You see, what I like to think, rather than the popular belief, is that an infant god, not an old god, was playing in his toy room when it accidentally banged two of its toys into each other, causing the universe to form. Of course, it spoke a language, you know, because it needs to talk to other people, and wrote a book. It contains all of the rules for people to follow, and if you follow them you get to go to the magical toy room in the clouds and if you don't follow them then you get to go there but you have to stand in the corner for all of eternity.
Your belief is interesting, though.
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Apr 22, 2013This may have been discussed before, but I want to bring out another opinion on the death penalty. What if, just maybe, the person can choose between the death penalty and life in prison rather than a forced death penalty or life in prison? This way, people can choose to spend all of their lives in jail to think over what they've done and possibly be let out early for lots of good behavior and money saving if provided with a bail (though unlikely) or just die immediately. Not to say that this is or isn't realistic, I just want to see what your opinions would be if this was to happen.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
So, what is your opinion on this stance? What is your opinion on the death penalty as a whole? Discuss.
Mar 31, 2013As a past Christian, I can understand how you feel. Instead of doing what you want to do, however, I began to question God's existence. Why is this a sin? Why would God want all of your love and if you don't give it send you to the fiery pits of Hell? No person deserves that. Seems like God is a pretty bad guy. He seems greedy. Doesn't he sin, then? Isn't he a hypocrite? Also, aren't there people starving, dehydrating, lost in the woods, etc.? Why doesn't he save them? Then I began to think of all of the things that didn't make sense in the Bible, scientifically. Instead of worrying about it, I became an atheist. Much easier for me, and it makes much more sense. When I became an atheist, I felt as though a burden, a weight, if you will, was lifted off of my shoulders. For me, it felt good. If God does exist, because I am definitely not saying that he doesn't, I can at least live in Hell for all of eternity with friends with similar interests. To me, that seems much more important than living in Heaven with people that I dread.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
Since you seem to want to stay on the path of Christianity, for which I cannot blame, I'd say go to your priest or pastor. Tell them about it. Ask for forgiveness. Get baptized or whatever belief you have. Or, as TheEvanCat said, become Protestant.
Mar 26, 2013And spring blooms. You find a love that's true. You don't know what now to do. Because the chase is all you know. She stopped running, months ago.Posted in: General Off Topic
And all you see. Is where else you, could be, when you're at home. And out on the street, are so many possibilities, to not, be alone.
I caught the gap, so I filled it. It felt odd without it.
Mar 15, 2013There were plenty of these in the past, but that's alright.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
I believe that abortion is completely alright and should be aloud and legal in all places because you should have the right to have or not have a child. I don't care when, I don't care why, I don't care if it happens. So long as it is legal.
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Jun 4, 2013Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and ScienceQuote from wewooo
1. How did the Universe begin?
I'm no physicist, but there certainly is a wide variety of compelling theories offering an explanation for this.
To preempt the inevitable rebuttal that the universe had to come from something, and that something had to be causeless and therefore be god, or some other form of the Argument of the First Cause, I'll link to cyclical models of the universe, specifically the Big Bounce.
2. Where did Morals come from?
Where did morals come from originally? Or where do they come from on a day-to-day basis?
Either way, the answer involves evolution. Simply put, it's beneficial for an animal like us to be sociable; to act towards each other in a positive way, and help one another in times of need. Empathy arose out of a necessity, as a species that left its wounded to die and its young to go uncared for would be quickly dispatched by an already hostile environment. We had morals before we were even human, in this sense.
On a day-to-day basis, this kind of thing meshes with culture and our own personal tastes to create a holistic sense of morality. We take in information from the world, process it through the filters of biology, culture, and personal views, and then project this ethical judgement out onto the world: I detest murder, rape, and thievery because of this process, both conscious and subconscious, and so does most everyone else.
As an added note, it's rather impossible for morality to originally come from religion, because religion requires language and morality is prior to language. For Zarathustra to tell the people of what is right and wrong he needed words, and those words only developed once a community of like-minded individuals -- formed around an ethical code they agreed on -- began to use the same sounds to denote the same things.
I understand that most of that was simply asserted, but if you need arguments I can go into further detail later -- I'm just trying to answer your questions at the moment.
3. Why do we have a conscious?
The question seems malformed. 'Why' implies purpose, and I don't think that's the perspective an atheist would approach this with. I may be wrong, though.
4. Where do you go when you die?
If I'm to be poetic about it, I go back to where I came from: the Earth. I am completed as a human being through death, indeed, I become all the more moral because of it; I no longer harm anything around me, and I say nothing bad about the millions of bacteria, insects, and scavengers I provide for with my body. Schopenhauer called this the 'Bliss of nonexistence.'
5. Why are we here?
Again, I think this is a malformed question because of the 'Why.' Any answer I give, I believe, would be particular to me; I'd rather not dictate to anyone else the purpose for their own life.
6. Where does Religion, Art, and Music come from?
Us. Not to be monosyllabic, but this just seems obvious. Maybe I'm missing something.
7. Is it okay to commit murders, rape, homosexuality, going to stripbars, looking at pornography, and other forms of rebellion if you think there is no God to guide you?
Murder and rape are not okay in the slightest; why would they be? I wouldn't want either of those things to be done to me, and I can see quite clearly that they hurt people, and do things to them that they don't want and don't benefit from, so I have no problem declaring that those things are wrong.
I don't base this belief off some substantial moral rule that exists outside of myself (that just gets goofy from an ontological standpoint) but instead on my personal beliefs, upbringing, and observations as discussed above.
8. How did everything come from nothing?
We don't know that it did, or that it had to. See my response to the 1st question (if you're actually reading these anyway).
9. If we came from monkeys how come there are monkeys still living today?
We didn't come from modern-day monkeys; we came from a common-ancestor we share with monkeys.
I don't particularly like Dawkins, but when he sticks to his professional field of evolutionary biology he can actually be quite informative and tolerable:
10. How did the eye form?
A gradual process through evolution. I understand that the point here is to demonstrate how absurd it is for something so complex as the eye to form 'by chance,' but that's just a hackneyed misunderstanding; evolution doesn't operate randomly and it doesn't produce things like the eye in a single generation.
Somewhat caustic tone aside, this video offers a very good, very visual demonstration of this process:
Jun 4, 2013NO NO ONE NEEDS FREEDOM OF SPEECH. THEY SHOULD TIPTOE AROUND ME AT ALL TIMES AND NEVER CRITICIZE CORPORATIONS ESPECIALLY, THEY MAKE THAT JUNK FOOD I LIKE. IN FACT. I'M EMOTIONALLY FRAIL AND INSECURE AND I HOPE THE GOVERNMENT STRIPS AWAY ALL CONCEPT OF HUMAN RIGHTS SO I CAN CONVINCE MYSELF IT'S TO KEEP ME SAFE. AND SO I CAN FEEL SECURE AND NEVER WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING IN LIFE. THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER HURT ANYONE ANYWAY, THEY CAN'T THEY CAN'T, THAT CAN'T BE TRUE!!!! I HATE HAVING TO FEEL LIKE I NEED TO PROTECT MYSELF, I KNOW THEY'LL KEEP ME SAFE. THEY'LL GET THEM TERRORISTS AND TAP MAH PHONES AND WATCH MY INTERNET AND PUT CAMERAS EVERYWHERE AND FLY UNMANNED DRONES EVERYWHERE. NOTHIN' LIKE THE BEAUTIFUL GLISTENING FEEL OF ALUMINIUM SAFETY PATROLLING THE SKIES ON A CALM SUMMER DAY. AH. I FEEL SO SAFE, HELL YEAH. AMERICA. KEEPIN ME SAFE ALL DAY ERRY DAY GONNA GO DROWN MYSELF IN MEANINGLESS MINDLESS TRIVIALITIES LIKE REALITY TV LOL AND EAT SOME OVERPRICED SOY PACKED, MSG LACED DORITOS. THEY'LL FIX THE ECONOMY AND THOSE SCIENCE TYPES'LL FIX GLOBAL WARMING TOO PROBS I DUNNO. BRB GONNA GO DRIVE MY TRUCK THAT GETS 10 MPG AROUND (LEL I DON'T EVEN TRANSPORT THINGS THAT WOULD REQUIRE A TRUCK HAHA) I'M LAZY XD SO FUNNY. I HEARD THAT MY CARBON OUTPUT IS TRIVIAL COMPARED TO HEAVY MANUFACTURING AND POWER GENERATION NEWAY. WE SHOULD KILL MORE MARINE MICROORGANISMS, THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CO2. DUH, THEY'RE IN THE WATER, HOW COULD THEY.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
TAKE MY RIGHTS, TAKE EM. I'M NOT USIN EM ANYWAY. MURRICA FREEST COUNTRY [email protected]!11we213E
Jun 4, 2013Well. I'm not an Atheist but it seems like anyone could just about answer some of those so here it goes.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
1. Well, the begining of the Universe is a bit sketchy as we don't know everything just yet and resorting to "well I don't know, therefore God did it!" is not how science is/ should be done. But the most popular theory is the "Big Bang" look it up sometime.
2. Morals come from each and every one of us, my own morals may differ from yours and yours may differ from a psychopathic murder rapist. Or they might not, I don't pretend to know what you do in your spare time. But our own morals tend to come from our upbringing and our own experiences.
3. There is no why. Well if you're asking an Atheist there is no why. A better question might be how we have consciousness but that would be more of a philosophical question.
4. Well it depends. If you want to be put in a casket then your body goes in there and rots and feeds the worms and the insects and the plants in the Earth. You can go just about anywhere you want to. I even heard you can get ashes shot out into space if you're wealthy enough. But if you're religious then you can go wherever you want to, or wherever your religion dictates you will go I suppose.
5. Well... Again a better question might be "how" otherwise it's more of a philosophical question. Asking an Atheist would more than likely yield a "there is no reason" answer however.
6. Where does religion, art, and music come from? I wasn't going to answer anything until I saw this. Religion, art, and music tend to come from the people creating them. I can't help but feel that that's a bit of an asinine question because where else would it come from? Sure if you're religious you could argue your religion comes from God (or the gods) but music and art? It comes from thousands of years of culture and advancement.
7. Well. Going by the laws of most of the places I've heard about/ seen. No its not ok to murder or rape. But really it depends on how evil you are? Are you of "pure" (defined by the common morals of 'murica) heart then murder, rape is not ok. Whereas porn, strip clubs are ok but not really talked about and homosexuality is perfectly fine to us good folk of the non-religious, and even many religious folk, communities.
But really, it depends on your own morals.
8. I don't know. Off the top of my head I don't think there are any generally accepted scientific theory as to pre-Big bang time so I don't know, I could be wrong though.
9. Perhaps you don't understand Evolution. I don't feel comfortable explaining it in any fine detail but, from my understanding, we have common ancestors. It's not, chimpanzees, chimpanzees, chimpanzees, and then suddenly, humans. We simply had a common, ancestor, who I believe was not a chimp, gorilla, or any other primate in our family and we got seperated and evolved different traits to fit our habitats.
Nov 9, 2012Update:Posted in: Hardware & Software Support
Project Forge is currently ON HOLD for now. It is absolutely NOT CANCELLED but will remain on hold while I work on another smaller project which I have hopes will provide me with initial funding to work on Project Forge full-time.
I will update the topic with info about my new project once there is something to show and give you guys the website so you can follow the progress of Project Forge once it starts back up again.
Hope you guys understand. A game like this needs more than just spare time.
Thanks for all the support!
Hello and Welcome!
I thought it was about time that I unofficially announced the game I am working. I was getting impatient about not telling anyone and I'm bored and tired today with a constant headache, so obviously it's the perfect time to carelessly announce my newest video game title!
There is still nothing good to show yet, so don't expect any pics, but that will come soon enough.
For today I just wanted to tell you about a new game in development that you might start lovin' your brains out.
This topic will be updated semi-regularly with major updates. If you don't see anything you're interested in right now then check back again in a few months and you might like what you see then.
( Working Title )
Project Forge is a Dynamic, 2D, open-world sandbox, indie Fantasy Action-RPG of GODLY proportions.
It is currently in development along with the custom created Flux Engine* for PCs.
(Edit: Apparently there is an old 'Flux.Engine' on the internet... This is NOT the same thing. My engine is completely new and designed by me personally.)
The art style will be along the veins of other SNES-style retro graphics, such as with games like Terraria.
It will attempt to capture the beauty of the best of SNES games, such as Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana) as well as add some modern flare.
It is currently being designed to be a revolutionary new type of RPG, seamlessly blending the best concepts from every popular RPGs and sandbox, games such as Minecraft... As well as adding it's own unique twists to the stale RPG genre.
It was heavily influenced by the game series known as 'Fable'. But in ways in which Fable failed, Project Forge will succeed... and in some ways it is a blatant attempt to 1-Up (more like 10-Up) Lionhead, the developers of the Fable series.
Project Forge puts you into a role you have never before played in a Role-Playing Game.....
....You will step into.... the role of a God.
General Game Description:
Welcome to the World of Forge! A world where You are a God...
Using the powers of any true God, you will venture forth and create your own world and have dominion over all of its land, people, and resources, as well as it's monsters.
Whether you choose to craft the landscape, fight monsters, save or destroy towns, answer prayers or ignore them, or even fall in love with the world's inhabitants... It will all be up to you as the God of this world.
... But make no mistake... with every action there is always a consequence in the world....
...Of course, to begin your new Journey in the World of Forge you will first have to earn your powers back...
You have laid dormant, sleeping possibly for eons... Your powers have faded... You are a weak little godling...
- Earn back your Godly powers through the use of your Avatar
- Customize your own unique avatar and then further customize it with unique weapons, armor, and vanity items.
- Collect hundreds of items, weapons, and armor... and go out to the community to collect even more!
- Practically anything in the game can be crafted, items, weapons, or armor... except for the rarest of the rare.
- Battle monsters, humans, and godly-bosses... or never spill a single drop of blood... It's your choice!
- Fight with a weapon, weave magic together and create your own spells, or even imbue your weapons!
- Craft the landscape (a la: Minecraft) in a 2D displayed, pseudo-3D environment.
- Build Villages, Towns, Cities, Castles, or anything you see in the game from the ground up, or use basic architectural blueprints and tweak your structures afterwards.... and then watch them grow and develop!
- Watch townspeople live out their lives... Following dynamic, unscripted time-schedules... Working, Playing, and just plain Living!
- Explore! - Explore the world of Forge and find randomly generated towns with various cultures, popping up or being wiped out, all over the world.
- Join the humans, or even the monsters, and live like them.... Hunting, mining, or even running a shop or a farm.
- Get to knowany of the world's dynamic and randomly generated inhabitants all with their own unique personalities and memories...
- Fall in love... You can marry or even have children with any inhabitant, and watch them grow up... Hey, it's your life.
- Or even use the powers of the gods to tweak NPCs... from their appearance to their personalities... or even their thoughts... then watch how they react and how the world around them reacts.
- Do whatever you want, IT'S YOUR WORLD!.... But beware... Everything you do has consequences.
.....Does this all sound too good to be true? ...Don't worry, it's not!
The game and it's engine are based off of dynamically written procedures that track time & events, and then procedurally updates the world as you play.... Events are mostly unscripted and randomly generated based on variables, such as towns, environment, NPCs, and etc.
Basically, it is applying the concept of 'procedural generation', which has been popular in games such as 'Spore' and many indie games, like Terraria, and finally applying it to the traditional JRPG, within an action-RPG.... As I said, before... it is a blend with some twists.
It will be a game like you've never seen before. It will redefine the RPG genre.
But don't get your hopes up just yet..... the game won't be out for QUITE a while. Development is only in my spare time and has only been going for some months now... There is still SO much to be done!
I should have some basic screenshots using the in-game tile-engine, hopefully before the end of January.
After more of the tile engine is complete I will work on implementing villager AI and hopefully have a small, very basic 'village editor demo' available.
I will update this topic whenever there is some big progress to update.
I was trying to put this in a post below, so OP wouldn't be so big, but I guess it will have to go right here for now..... I guess the forums won't let me 'double post'.
So now that I explained the game... let me talk a bit about the Game Engine it will run on:
The 'Flux Engine' is my own custom cross-platform, 2D, tile-based, RPG game engine which I am currently developing myself. It is written in C++, using OpenGL, SDL, and pugiXML libraries.
Flux allows for modular independence, meaning players will have the ability to add their own tiles, items, weapons, armor, and even enemies very seamlessly using only a tileset and some rather simple XML coding.
No need to learn complex C++, Python, or LUA scripting! Players will be able to develop and share their own game assets simply and easily, and even the most basic users can figure it out, based on only some XML and game-specific keywords.
Adding them to a game is not much more than 'drag & drop' into the game's asset folders, and the game does the rest!
The Flux Engine will most likely become open-source and available with a free, open license once it has been released sometime after the game. (The game itself is a separate program and will cost.)
May 24, 2013Acetyl is omnipotent because Acetyl says Acetyl is omnipotent.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
If there is disagreement, it is only because Acetyl placed the necessary stimuli in line to force you to disagree.
This is true because Acetyl made the makings of a book that says it is true. Therefore all Acetyl says is true.
If you believe in Acetyl, you are righteous, you are just. Because Acetyl says it is so.
Acetyl is the one true truth. The truth beyond truth. Because Acetyl says it is so.
You will burn for all eternity. And an eternity after you're done with the first eternity. For your disobedience of my will due to the script I created, you shall be damned under my temper tantrum and all encompassing wrath.
Acetyl is also a false God. That was created by Lain, who was created by coelacanths, that were created by the moon, that was created by carrots.
It is written.
Apr 5, 2013TVflea posted a message on Minecraft is unique. Let's try to keep it that way eh Jeb?Minecraft has grass, but grass is not unique. Therefore, grass should be replaced with linoleum, because linoleum is unique.Posted in: Future Updates
Apr 6, 2013Because clearly these are the only news sources that exist.Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
All three that you listed are awful in their own special way.
It is not really about bias as more about how it shows. Foxs bias shows in just making blatantly false statements but I think the people on there legitamtly think they are in the right. While MSNBC its more like some idiots being just confused and filling time.
CNN has their awfull CGI bullcrap and has a tendency to black out any news they might disagree with.
I get my news from as many sources as possible.
If I can I like to find a friend or just some dude on twitter who lives where it is happening.
Then I use the BBC to get a more western capitalist perspective on it. If I want a more American look at it I might use CNN. Then I have the Daily Show for a more centrist American perspective on it.
I use Russia Today to get a perspective from that side of the world.
I use the World Socialist Website to get a more left wing perspective on it.
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