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In fact, would God ever have free will? If he is all good, does that mean there is only one possible set of choices he could make, those which were the morally right choices? If God doesn't have free will, then he isn't really all powerful. This is one reason why the idea of an all powerful, all knowing, all good being doesn't make sense to me. Maybe I'm misinterpreting what Christians believe about God, if that is the case, please enlighten me.

xMathFanx(1019) Clarified
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@Antrim

Thoughts on Meritocracy ?

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Republicans stand for initiative, hard work, SELF RELIANCE, and taking full responsibility for one's own life.

Republicans recognize that we're all in a COMPETITION, the COMPETITION of the 'cut and thrust of life and condition themselves mentally to be ready and able to succeed in this conflict of SURVIVAL of THE FITTEST, just as mother nature intended.

The parasitic idlers and weak minded look to those with a political dogma which supports the altogether unnatural and totally false hypothesis that we can all live in a SOMETHING FOR NOTHING Utopia.

Such feeble minded fools like to refer to such left with sentiments with phases like, 'THE CARING PARTY, when what they really mean is, 'I don't want to work, accept responsibility for my life, but would like someone to provide me with taxpayer's hard earned dosh and take control of my affairs,as I'm too lazy and incapable.

Through 'NATURAL SELECTION mother nature intended these wasters to become extinct but we keep them alive artificially and pay the price every day as these Democrat supporting blooding spongers suck the life blood from the economy.

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I think that can be said for the politicians of any country .

Dermot(4056) Clarified
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Yes , saying something is art holds sway academically , art is defined by many in academia as “ anything that gets a reaction “ ,

You and your son are pretty good at a game I love to play myself and it’s very funny and great fun , I convinced some tourists in Dublin years ago that three guys digging a hole outside the National Gallery were actually performance artists , the startled workers were astonished at the amount of photos this group started to take of their efforts at digging a decent sized hole .

Here is a little sample of art speak which I really like .......

My work explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and emotional memories.

With influences as diverse as Kierkegaard and John Lennon, new combinations are generated from both simple and complex layers.

Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of meaning. What starts out as triumph soon becomes corrupted into a tragedy of power, leaving only a sense of what could have been and the chance of a new understanding.

As temporal impressions become clarified through emergent and personal practice, the viewer is left with a glimpse of the inaccuracies of our future.

I believe that the question itself is invalid. Any rational thinking breathing person will have their own viewpoints that may run the gamut on positions throughout the spectrum of diverse views. What I’m saying is, is that to think of two separate position ie: two different political parties, as somehow representational of all the voters myriad of different positions is insane. An incredibly huge portion of the population would find themselves divorced from reason as their party endorsed some sacrilegious point of infantile reason. In point of fact people’s opinions and views seemed to be claimed by one party or the other forcing a person to come up with a party of evil, and then one of lesser evil to vote for as they sort out thier moral values and the prevailing views that can be substantiated by their local politician. This is the sad Fact of a two party system that is owned by corporations for personal familial gain.

Dermot(4056) Clarified
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Marcus , that’s fine I just wanted to see exactly where you’re coming from

I’ve spent my life working in the arts , I’m a full time watercolour artist and occasionally oils , my work is mainly landscape and seascapes and weekly I sell my work at a weekend gallery here in Dublin .

At my weekly showings I’m surrounded by all types of art and every year more and more so called modern and abstract art is on show , the trends every year indicate that the world is slowly been won over to purely abstract art

Art colleges over here no longer teach kids to paint or draw as it’s all about “ ideas “ now , kids are encouraged to make installations and art using video and of course performance art , college kids come to me from some of the best Art colleges begging for lessons in painting , it’s tragic to say the least

Another remarkable trend is colleges world wide now offer courses in Art speak which is basically learning to talk absolute bollocks and applying it to art , huge money is made by people who can effectively use this language whilst talking to a customer about a piece of abstract art

It’s remarkable to think that in a hundred years maybe people will think that abstract and modern art were in fact the real deal and people who did not “ get it “ were just ignorant , impressionist art caused outrage when first shown and paintings were hung high so spectators would not destroy them in a rage , now look at the public and their almost universal love of impressionist art

It’s interesting to watch people in a gallery looking at modern art , men normally adopt a pose where they knowingly stroke their chin and proceed to explain to their other half what the artist is trying to “say “ the gallery owner then presents himself and shovels the bullshit using the most bizarrely nonsensical arty sounding language , a lot of times the buyers are buying to present an image of being worldly and upwardly mobile and buy the art because it’s what others are buying and it surely must be brilliant because the lovely man in the gallery used language that sounded artistically intellectual

Incidentally I caused outrage online last year by saying I detested Van Gogh and rated him as a dreadful artist ( I still do ) , his later pencil drawings were superb compared to his clumsy earlier works but showed how much he advanced in this medium as in the pencil , his paintings to me are clumsy and truly appalling

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There are brutal and uncivilized people in every society if your armed they’re also armed , I would much prefer a brutal individual to be un - armed

I’m not talking about moral advancement whatever that means , do you think moral advancement is not defined by what one is allowed to do ?

If advancement is self restraint then society has a long way to go , using law to prevent people from carrying lethal weapons is what I want the law to do

A truly advanced society is one where no feels the need to carry a gun in order to walk freely and go about their day

JustIgnoreMe(3311) Clarified
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JustIgnoreMe(3311) Clarified
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Yea - you would think it would be ripe troll-bait.

The mistake you make here is in concluding that the complexity equals impossible complexity.

"The 29 observed reactions include the formation and/or interconversion of glucose, pyruvate, the nucleic acid precursor ribose‐5‐phosphate and the amino acid precursor erythrose‐4‐phosphate, antedating reactions sequences similar to that used by the metabolic pathways."

http://msb.embopress.org/content/10/4/725

"We show that precursors of ribonucleotides, amino acids and lipids can all be derived by the reductive homologation of hydrogen cyanide and some of its derivatives, and thus that all the cellular subsystems could have arisen simultaneously through common chemistry."

http://www.nature.com/articles/nchem.2202

"We have demonstrated for the first time that we can make uracil, cytosine, and thymine, all three components of RNA and DNA, non-biologically in a laboratory under conditions found in space"

https://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-ames-reproduces-the-building-blocks-of-life-in-laboratory

"The results demonstrate that the initial dissociation of the formamide molecule could produce a large amount of highly reactive CN and NH radicals, which could further react with formamide to produce adenine, guanine, cytosine, and uracil."

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/3/657

One of the reasons we don't know yet how life originated on earth, is that there are so many ways that the processes can happen - ice, clay, space, hydrothermal vents, etc. etc.

If you would like to falsify abiogenesis - name the process that can't happen - nucleotide formation (check), lipid-based membranes (check), metabolism (check), self-replication (check), etc...

marcusmoon(400) Clarified
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Dermot,

I don't know if it is more civilized to be unable to defend yourself against brutal and uncivilized people.

I tend to think that moral advancement (which is what I understand you to mean by civilized) is not a defined by what people have, or by what they are allowed to do.

I think advancement is defined by self-restraint.

Using law (and the violence implicit in enforcing that law) to prevent people from carrying firearms merely creates the illusion of advancement.

A truly advanced society would be one in which everyone carries a loaded firearm, but no one discharges it.


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