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    Quote Originally Posted by Ojian View Post
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    I don't think you understand the difference between 'prescriptive' and 'descriptive.' The question is what is going on in people's brains, not what some random dictionary says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mingularity View Post
    I don't think you understand the difference between 'prescriptive' and 'descriptive.' The question is what is going on in people's brains, not what some random dictionary says.
    And you know what is going on in people's brains....how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ojian View Post
    And you know what is going on in people's brains....how?
    By studying how brains work.

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    I like this quote:

    “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
    ― Søren Kierkegaard

    To me, faith is nothing more than a decision to choose experience over understanding. As much as I suspect (and would wager) that there is no reason or God-like personality behind existence, as a human being I choose to leave such questions aside. Faith, I think, is this decision to leave such things aside and to get on with the business of living. The atheist perspective is helpful in dispelling the fog of superstition and annihilating irrationality, but it's not useful in responding to the absurdity of life. Only some form of spirituality, even a scientific perspective of wonder, can provide the meaning and emotional vulnerability necessary to weather life's challenges.
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    And we call our daughters Faith, while we name none of our children Sceptic.
    In the Soviet Union, people sometimes gave children names like Tractor, Electrification, and even Melsor, an acronym from "Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, October Revolution". When de-Stalinization began, these last had to change their names to Melor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    I like this quote:

    “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
    ― Søren Kierkegaard

    To me, faith is nothing more than a decision to choose experience over understanding. As much as I suspect (and would wager) that there is no reason or God-like personality behind existence, as a human being I choose to leave such questions aside. Faith, I think, is this decision to leave such things aside and to get on with the business of living. The atheist perspective is helpful in dispelling the fog of superstition and annihilating irrationality, but it's not useful in responding to the absurdity of life. Only some form of spirituality, even a scientific perspective of wonder, can provide the meaning and emotional vulnerability necessary to weather life's challenges.
    I like ENTPs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    faith is nothing more than a decision to choose experience over understanding.
    For 200,000 years we experienced the Sun going around the Earth, but over the last few hundred years we have come to understand that the Earth goes round the Sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    I like this quote:

    “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
    ― Søren Kierkegaard
    What counts as an experience of life?
    [Trump's] rhetoric is not an abuse of power. In the same way that it's also not against the law to do a backflip off of the roof of your house onto your concrete driveway. It's just mind-numbingly stupid and, to say the least, counterproductive. - Bush did 9-11


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    ^^If I don't like the experience I am having, I can try to improve it. Sounds like problem-solving to me.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Faith permits life and love. Faith alone, its related to hope too and nothing without deeds or actions.

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