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« Reply #45 on: February 11, 2009, 06:30:25 PM »
I made a rather snide comment on that thread. LOL. I mean if you honestly think about it it wasn't that long ago that people thought the entire world was flat. *shrugs*

I'm gonna have to disagree with that statement on two counts; first of all, the ancient Egyptians mathematically calculated that the Earth was round. In the middle ages generally it was only the poor who thought the Earth was flat.

And also: not that long ago? I guess you've never heard of the Flat Earth Society  :D :D :D

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« Reply #46 on: February 11, 2009, 06:35:47 PM »
Point is, if we're trying to be respectful and tolerant of other people's beliefs, let's not limit it to people whose beliefs seem plausible to us.
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« Reply #47 on: February 11, 2009, 06:38:59 PM »
That is true Sarah, but I still just can't help making fun of some things. It is just my nature. When it is 100% far-fetched and there is undeniable scientific proof that it is the way it is, it is hard to believe that it is true. "And by scientific I mean results that are VISIBLE and can be physically measured.

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« Reply #48 on: February 13, 2009, 07:59:04 AM »
Many of the poor in the Middle Ages thought the earth was round, too.  It just wasn't 100% accepted back then like it is now.
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« Reply #49 on: February 13, 2009, 08:05:28 AM »
But there wasn't any complete undeniable evidence that supported that claim.  So I wouldn't  have believed it then either.  If there is no evidence to prove or disprove something then I don't believe or not believe.  However, if there is undeniable proof, then I believe it. :/
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« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2009, 08:25:18 AM »
No proof is undeniable, believe me.

Have you not read DesCartes (an absolute skeptic) or William James (a "radical empiricist")?
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« Reply #51 on: February 13, 2009, 08:37:27 AM »
I have not.  I should though.  It sounds like it would be philosophical.
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« Reply #52 on: February 13, 2009, 08:48:30 AM »
Indeed.  I rather liked DesCartes, and I'm liking what I've read of James, too.
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« Reply #53 on: February 14, 2009, 08:48:38 PM »
Is he French?
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« Reply #54 on: February 15, 2009, 02:32:28 AM »
The name sounds French to me.

Actually, come to think of it I believe I used snippets from books of his when I used to debate.
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« Reply #55 on: February 15, 2009, 04:15:30 PM »
I'm just asking 'cause the name sounds really familiar.
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« Reply #56 on: February 15, 2009, 11:58:45 PM »
Descartes was French but spent most of his life in the Dutch Republic. (Wikipedia)
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« Reply #57 on: March 03, 2009, 11:06:15 PM »
I actually find Wikipedia very useful.
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