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04 Jul 2010, 10:58 am

live and let topic

I am an atheist, but if others want to take comfort in believing then this is their prerogative, and personal. It is an individual right, and as long as it does not become a way to bully others it can exist along with other beliefs or their lack.

I am against the politicization of any specific religion; this is a private matter, and this is how I feel about abortion, and sexual matters between consenting adults.


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04 Jul 2010, 11:54 am

sartresue wrote:
live and let topic

I am an atheist, but if others want to take comfort in believing then this is their prerogative, and personal. It is an individual right, and as long as it does not become a way to bully others it can exist along with other beliefs or their lack.

I am against the politicization of any specific religion; this is a private matter, and this is how I feel about abortion, and sexual matters between consenting adults.

Well, technically this isn't just a religious belief, but also a position that causes individuals to take political positions, and even deny rape victims the treatment that would prevent them from worrying about carrying the child of their rapist.



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04 Jul 2010, 5:09 pm

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sartresue wrote:
live and let topic

I am an atheist, but if others want to take comfort in believing then this is their prerogative, and personal. It is an individual right, and as long as it does not become a way to bully others it can exist along with other beliefs or their lack.

I am against the politicization of any specific religion; this is a private matter, and this is how I feel about abortion, and sexual matters between consenting adults.

Well, technically this isn't just a religious belief, but also a position that causes individuals to take political positions, and even deny rape victims the treatment that would prevent them from worrying about carrying the child of their rapist.


The politics of rape topic

I see what you mean, AG. But if a woman is raped, there is an exam to discern HIV and pregnancy. This is private and the community does not know the outcome, at least here in Canada. The US seems to be more snoopy, and that may be why here in the Great White North we can be more smugly assured about rights. There was an issue many years ago with a couple (nonreligious, as far as I know) who broke up and she was pregnant with his child, and she had to fight to have the right to abort, because he made a big stink about it and took it higher than provincial court. She eventually got the case overturned and he went on to find some other woman to have his child. :roll:

Politics should be separate from other sections: religion, military, police, science, medicine and medical care, and law. I know there is the generic politicking to protest and the like and to try to change things but at least in Canada the spheres of influence are distinct.


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04 Jul 2010, 5:18 pm

sartresue wrote:
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live and let topic

I am an atheist, but if others want to take comfort in believing then this is their prerogative, and personal. It is an individual right, and as long as it does not become a way to bully others it can exist along with other beliefs or their lack.

I am against the politicization of any specific religion; this is a private matter, and this is how I feel about abortion, and sexual matters between consenting adults.

Well, technically this isn't just a religious belief, but also a position that causes individuals to take political positions, and even deny rape victims the treatment that would prevent them from worrying about carrying the child of their rapist.


The politics of rape topic

I see what you mean, AG. But if a woman is raped, there is an exam to discern HIV and pregnancy. This is private and the community does not know the outcome, at least here in Canada. The US seems to be more snoopy, and that may be why here in the Great White North we can be more smugly assured about rights. There was an issue many years ago with a couple (nonreligious, as far as I know) who broke up and she was pregnant with his child, and she had to fight to have the right to abort, because he made a big stink about it and took it higher than provincial court. She eventually got the case overturned and he went on to find some other woman to have his child. :roll:

Politics should be separate from other sections: religion, military, police, science, medicine and medical care, and law. I know there is the generic politicking to protest and the like and to try to change things but at least in Canada the spheres of influence are distinct.


Well, I am merely talking about emergency contraceptives, which in some cases we have issues where people refuse to provide them on grounds of conscience, which can be a problem.

As for the separation of politics from religion, military, police, science, medicine, medical care, and law? Well..... it is hard for me to see that happening in most societies as in some of these areas, politics is officially in charge in some form or fashion.



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04 Jul 2010, 10:38 pm

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The politics of rape topic

I presume that for many, usually pro-choice, it is unconcibable that a woman or a young girl has to carry the child of her rapist for 9 months, for me that would be torturous, and I would advise her to get rid of that thing, yes, I said thing. Problem is that pro-lifers, for one, some seem to claim that abortions performed because of rape and incest are rare. :roll: and this idea, according to a website I found, that "The solution to rape is not abortion. The solution to rape is stopping rape." which the phrase itself seems terribly absurd, as well as "a pro-life who makes the exception of rape is not really pro-life". Now, given that those views, generally, come from the christian right, no wonder there are STRIDENT atheists out there.

http://www.pregnantpause.org/aborted/curerape.htm
http://www.christiananswers.net/q-sum/q-life005.html


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04 Jul 2010, 10:39 pm

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The politics of rape topic

I presume that for many, usually pro-choice, it is unconcibable that a woman or a young girl has to carry the child of her rapist for 9 months, for me that would be torturous, and I would advise her to get rid of that thing, yes, I said thing. Problem is that pro-lifers, for one, some seem to claim that abortions performed because of rape and incest are very rare. And this idea, according to a website I found, that "The solution to rape is not abortion. The solution to rape is stopping rape." which the phrase itself seems terribly absurd, as well as "people who call themselves pro-life who make an exception on rape are not really pro-life". Now, given that those views, generally, come from the christian right, no wonder there are STRIDENT atheists out there.

http://www.pregnantpause.org/aborted/curerape.htm
http://www.christiananswers.net/q-sum/q-life005.html


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04 Jul 2010, 10:58 pm

greenblue wrote:
sartresue wrote:
The politics of rape topic

I presume that for many, usually pro-choice, it is unconcibable that a woman or a young girl has to carry the child of her rapist for 9 months, for me that would be torturous, and I would advise her to get rid of that thing, yes, I said thing. Problem is that pro-lifers, for one, some seem to claim that abortions performed because of rape and incest are rare. :roll: and this idea, according to a website I found, that "The solution to rape is not abortion. The solution to rape is stopping rape." which the phrase itself seems terribly absurd, as well as "a pro-life who makes the exception of rape is not really pro-life". Now, given that those views, generally, come from the christian right, no wonder there are STRIDENT atheists out there.

http://www.pregnantpause.org/aborted/curerape.htm
http://www.christiananswers.net/q-sum/q-life005.html

Hell, statements like "the solution to rape is stopping rape" make me a STRIDENT student of economics! Don't people know about diminishing marginal returns???? I mean, sure I believe it is possible to stop rape, but the solution will be something like mandatory chastity belts and sex permission forms, neither of which makes sense.



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06 Jul 2010, 6:23 am

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There is no clear distinction between life and non-life. However, when a fetus starts to have the rights of a living human is another question.


That's my take on it too. "Life" is an abstraction. It is a human definition rather than a clearly defined state of organisation of matter. Thus "life" could be defined as any of the points mentioned by other posters. It is arbitrary.


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06 Jul 2010, 9:21 am

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There is no clear distinction between life and non-life. However, when a fetus starts to have the rights of a living human is another question.


That's my take on it too. "Life" is an abstraction. It is a human definition rather than a clearly defined state of organisation of matter. Thus "life" could be defined as any of the points mentioned by other posters. It is arbitrary.


A fetus consists of reproducing cells. One of the indications of life (being living matter) is reproduction of parts. A fetus is all alive until it stops replicating its parts and maintaining its thermodynamic state far from equilibrium.

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06 Jul 2010, 10:45 am

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i have heard many times that "life begins at 40".
so i do not see any moral dilemma in a termination before that age.


I am 84 and anticipating a full life as soon as it starts.I have no indication as to when that might be but local conditions are obvious it's not here.



Were you an atheist at the age of 4?

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06 Jul 2010, 11:12 am

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"Life" is an abstraction. It is a human definition rather than a clearly defined state of organisation of matter. Thus "life" could be defined as any of the points mentioned by other posters. It is arbitrary.


i define "life" as a deliberate movement (without necessitating consciousness) performed by a self contained system in order to maintain it's state of existence.

"life" is a process where energy is deliberately drawn into itself by whatever mechanism in order to perpetuate it's own existence.
deliberation does not require internal consciousness.



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06 Jul 2010, 11:22 am

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"Life" is an abstraction. It is a human definition rather than a clearly defined state of organisation of matter. Thus "life" could be defined as any of the points mentioned by other posters. It is arbitrary.


i define "life" as a deliberate movement (without necessitating consciousness) performed by a self contained system in order to maintain it's state of existence.

"life" is a process where energy is deliberately drawn into itself by whatever mechanism in order to perpetuate it's own existence.
deliberation does not require internal consciousness.


Obviously then, a satellite with solar panels is alive.



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06 Jul 2010, 11:50 am

Sand wrote:
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"Life" is an abstraction. It is a human definition rather than a clearly defined state of organisation of matter. Thus "life" could be defined as any of the points mentioned by other posters. It is arbitrary.


i define "life" as a deliberate movement (without necessitating consciousness) performed by a self contained system in order to maintain it's state of existence.

"life" is a process where energy is deliberately drawn into itself by whatever mechanism in order to perpetuate it's own existence.
deliberation does not require internal consciousness.


Obviously then, a satellite with solar panels is alive.


a satellite with solar panels will remain a satellite with solar panels regardless of whether it absorbs energy.

and if a satellite with solar panels absorbs energy, it is by external design and not by it's own deliberation.

a satellite who's solar panel is knocked out of alignment to the suns rays makes no attempt to realign itself unless externally instructed.

moreover, a solar panel that absorbs energy is not absorbing it for it's own perpetuation, but it is absorbing it for the facilitation of whatever the modules within the satellite require that is an externally designed function.

deliberation is not something that requires consciousness.

life "strives" no matter how simply.



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06 Jul 2010, 12:17 pm

b9 wrote:
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TallyMan wrote:
"Life" is an abstraction. It is a human definition rather than a clearly defined state of organisation of matter. Thus "life" could be defined as any of the points mentioned by other posters. It is arbitrary.


i define "life" as a deliberate movement (without necessitating consciousness) performed by a self contained system in order to maintain it's state of existence.

"life" is a process where energy is deliberately drawn into itself by whatever mechanism in order to perpetuate it's own existence.
deliberation does not require internal consciousness.


Obviously then, a satellite with solar panels is alive.


a satellite with solar panels will remain a satellite with solar panels regardless of whether it absorbs energy.

and if a satellite with solar panels absorbs energy, it is by external design and not by it's own deliberation.

a satellite who's solar panel is knocked out of alignment to the suns rays makes no attempt to realign itself unless externally instructed.

moreover, a solar panel that absorbs energy is not absorbing it for it's own perpetuation, but it is absorbing it for the facilitation of whatever the modules within the satellite require that is an externally designed function.

deliberation is not something that requires consciousness.

life "strives" no matter how simply.


In order to survive evolution has seen to it that living things have genetically structured systems to adjust to preserve its functioning systems. No deliberation is required for cooling systems, blood circulation, etc. Satellites have been designed to be responsive in the same manner. By your definition, they are alive.



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06 Jul 2010, 12:32 pm

Sand wrote:

In order to survive evolution has seen to it that living things have genetically structured systems to adjust to preserve its functioning systems. No deliberation is required for cooling systems, blood circulation, etc. Satellites have been designed to be responsive in the same manner. By your definition, they are alive.


Two things characterize living things:

1. They replicate
2. They have built in homeostatic controls (basically negative feedback loops) to maintain their dynamic state far from thermodynamic equilibrium with their surroundings. That is why warm-bloods like us maintain temperature (as long as we have fuel) and corpses cool off to the ambient temperature of the surroundings.

By that definition it is possible for for humans to construct living things from non-living matter. This has not yet happened but there is no inherent violation of physical laws for such a thing to happen.


In fact, if you grant what Craige Venter and has team has recently made is living, then artificial life has been created.

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Sand wrote:
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Sand wrote:
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"Life" is an abstraction. It is a human definition rather than a clearly defined state of organisation of matter. Thus "life" could be defined as any of the points mentioned by other posters. It is arbitrary.


i define "life" as a deliberate movement (without necessitating consciousness) performed by a self contained system in order to maintain it's state of existence.

"life" is a process where energy is deliberately drawn into itself by whatever mechanism in order to perpetuate it's own existence.
deliberation does not require internal consciousness.


Obviously then, a satellite with solar panels is alive.


a satellite with solar panels will remain a satellite with solar panels regardless of whether it absorbs energy.

and if a satellite with solar panels absorbs energy, it is by external design and not by it's own deliberation.

a satellite who's solar panel is knocked out of alignment to the suns rays makes no attempt to realign itself unless externally instructed.

moreover, a solar panel that absorbs energy is not absorbing it for it's own perpetuation, but it is absorbing it for the facilitation of whatever the modules within the satellite require that is an externally designed function.

deliberation is not something that requires consciousness.

life "strives" no matter how simply.


In order to survive(,) evolution has seen to it that living things have genetically structured systems to adjust to preserve its (their) functioning systems. No deliberation is required for cooling systems, blood circulation, etc.


i agree. the internal mechanisms of organisms are genetically determined and not able to be altered.
but i was talking about the absorption of energy from the outside world that is required for sustenance (sustaining/preserving) of the internal systems being a "deliberation".
what the energy is used for is a foretold preset, and the act of deliberately accessing energy is the thrust of life.
as a flower will turn it's face to the sun to suckle the energy of sunlight...as the tendril of a passionfruit vine will find a nearby branch to obtain support (with no eyes or mind)....as the roots of a seedling will break through concrete to get to the dirt where it can draw sustenance from, so is life a deliberation of motive action in order to sustain that which it is, but has no control over the manifestation of.

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Satellites have been designed to be responsive in the same manner. By your definition, they are alive.

they have no self inspired urge to correct their misalignment from sources of energy.

if the humans that designed and built them all are dead, then the sattelite that goes awry will remain awry.

life is internally urgent and not a remotely controlled phenomena.

i am not very interested in continuing this debate sand.

you can consider yourself the winner because i have no place in my messy life for trophies.