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by Physics Guy
Sat Sep 30, 2023 9:28 am
Forum: Spirit Paradise
Topic: Artificial Intelligence - Our Own Bullet to Our Head
Replies: 12
Views: 163

Re: Artificial Intelligence - Our Own Bullet to Our Head

A golem is a legendary automaton made of clay and animated by magic. Maintaining control of the golem was supposed to be an issue. Modern discussions of robots and AIs often mention the legend. Golem XIV is the name of a superhuman artificial intelligence in a 1981 book by Stanislaw Lem. The book co...
by Physics Guy
Sat Sep 30, 2023 8:54 am
Forum: Terrestrial Forum
Topic: DCP: "The Theological And Historical Ignorance Of Protestants Is Astounding."
Replies: 20
Views: 317

Re: DCP: "The Theological And Historical Ignorance Of Protestants Is Astounding."

It's fair enough to say that most Protestants are ignorant about Mormon doctrines. To call that ignorance astounding, however, is bizarre. It's like pinochle enthusiasts being astounded by how ignorant basketball fans all are about the rules of their obscure card game. Why should Protestants know an...
by Physics Guy
Thu Sep 28, 2023 6:38 am
Forum: Terrestrial Forum
Topic: If plates then God
Replies: 433
Views: 6218

Re: If plates then God

Claiming I have dog is evidence that I have a dog. No further evidence is needed for the truth claim to be superficially believed. Claiming I have Roland the closet goblin in my room that eats subway sandwiches might need a little bit more tangible support. That is exactly what apologists are doing...
by Physics Guy
Thu Sep 28, 2023 6:14 am
Forum: Terrestrial Forum
Topic: Biblical city of Sodom & Gamorrah destroyed by asteroid, not God
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: Biblical city of Sodom & Gamorrah destroyed by asteroid, not God

If there were new evidence of an asteroid striking an ancient city, it would have been bigger scientific news than this. An asteroid impact is an obvious guess if you want to make the Biblical destruction of the Cities of the Plain into a real historical event, and that's a story that would appeal t...
by Physics Guy
Wed Sep 27, 2023 5:48 pm
Forum: Terrestrial Forum
Topic: If plates then God
Replies: 433
Views: 6218

Re: If plates then God

The plural of anecdote is not evidence. That sounds good but it's not true. Every single anecdote is a bit of evidence. For a general assertion like "all people are X", the set of "all people" is so large that it takes an awful lot of individual bits of evidence to tip the scales significantly. The...
by Physics Guy
Mon Sep 25, 2023 8:30 pm
Forum: Terrestrial Forum
Topic: If plates then God
Replies: 433
Views: 6218

Re: If plates then God

Having most people think there were plates made the whole story more interesting—to most people. Everyone still seems to feel that way today. Nobody wants to have to believe in Smith peering into his hat at a rock. Everyone wants to picture him poring carefully over ancient gold plates with a miracu...
by Physics Guy
Fri Sep 22, 2023 5:19 pm
Forum: [Super Spirit Paradise]
Topic: Stick to Comedy, Larry
Replies: 14
Views: 789

Re: Stick to Comedy, Larry

There’s a conceivable scenario in which almost anything could be the thing that saves me and my family. Cancer might kill the person who was going to murder us. You can’t decide what’s a reasonable way of defending oneself by looking only at the best possible cases. You have to weigh the realistic c...
by Physics Guy
Thu Sep 21, 2023 7:46 am
Forum: [Super Spirit Paradise]
Topic: Stick to Comedy, Larry
Replies: 14
Views: 789

Re: Stick to Comedy, Larry

So have I got this right? In case eighty-year-old history from another country somehow happens now in the United States, you want to be able to die in a different way even though this won't actually save anyone, and in order to keep this option open, it's important to keep the United States as the l...
by Physics Guy
Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:34 pm
Forum: Terrestrial Forum
Topic: Dan recommends the Heartsell technique to ward off apostasy
Replies: 25
Views: 3291

Re: Dan recommends the Heartsell technique to ward off apostasy

I have been struck by Jurgen Moltman's thought. He has some respect for suffering and limitations. Do you know if he has much traction over on your side of the Atlantic. I do not see him getting much in America at this time. I hadn't heard of Jürgen Moltmann myself until you mentioned him, huckelbe...
by Physics Guy
Tue Sep 19, 2023 6:48 am
Forum: Terrestrial Forum
Topic: If plates then God
Replies: 433
Views: 6218

Re: If plates then God

Does this also strike anyone else as a profoundly weak and embarrassing argument? Coming from someone as well regarded as Bushman? I don’t think it is an argument at all. I think Bushman is just making a rather noncontroversial observation that the majority of adherents in a particular religion bel...