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Philosophical discussions and debate

 "...the further great minds advance, the more ordinary people they leave behind." - Kenneth W. Krause.
a web site that bridges the divide

 
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This web site is a resource for those who are seeking understanding and have the courage to accept the truth no matter how much it may displease our preconceived notions.  We cover topics such as science and religion, political philosophies, and discus how one judges the veracity of our views of the world.  The goal is not to contribute to cutting edge science and technology, nor challenge the work of professional philosophers, but rather to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for our place in the universe.

Debates on Science and Religion

Debates on Science and Religion covers a wide variety of topics including current events, and how we go about separating what is true from what is false. Users are welcome to participate in lively debates.

Essays on Science and Religion

We are soliciting essays from scientists, engineers, theologians, clergy, and our readers to address pertinent issues of the day.  All essays will go through a review and editorial process before being posted to ensure that they meet the standards of honesty, integrity, and scholarship. Submission guidelines will be posted shortly. More

When is Debate Pointless?

Public debate is an essential ingredient of democracy. By encouraging both sides to present the most convincing argument, the facts surface and allow the rest of us to make up our minds. However, this process only works if the individuals involved are interested in making an informed assessment of the issues.  At some point the facts emerge and the debate is over. read more

 

 

The Schrodinger Cat

 

A feline's a classical beast,
That measures the poison released,
It knows that its livin',
Or dead when it's given,
A potion that makes it deceased.

 

Read more about Schrodinger's cat
 

 

Intellectual Honesty
When our goal is understanding, we must discard our preconceptions.  If our goal is to prove them liberal or conservatives wrong, then we are not interested in the truth.

Discussions About God
How can we know if God exists? There is no evidence for God... More

 

Interesting Quotes

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.” -- Richard Feynman
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful ."- Seneca (4BCE- 65 CE)
“How do we know that our holy books are free from error? Because the books themselves say so. Epistemological black holes of this sort are fast draining the light from our world..."- Sam Harris
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of an evil treatment from a ruler they consider god fearing and pious. On the other hand they less easily move against him believing that he has the gods on his side" - Aristotle (384-322 BCE)
“We were convinced that the people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.” - Adolf Hitler, in a speech in Berlin on 24 Oct. 1933
"Therefore be on your guard against the Jews, knowing that wherever they have their synagogues, nothing is found but a den of devils in which sheer self-glory, conceit, lies, blasphemy, and defaming of God " - Martin Luther (On the Jews and Their Lies)
"...it is undesirable to believe in a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it true.” - Bertrand Russell
“Without religion you have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion.” - Steven Weinberg
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” - Albert Einstein
"To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.” - Albert Einstein
 

 

 

How do we know...

  1. there's a massive black hole at the center of our galaxy?

  2. the universe formed in a big bang?

  3. evolution really happened and its going on today?