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    Signed into Gmail, it said the site can't be reached

    Today when I signed into my Gmail account on my computer (on Chrome), after hitting the sign in button after having entered the password, I did not come to my inbox as would be expected, but instead got the message that the site can't be reached. After short while, I suddenly got to my inbox...
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    Moral constructivism

    A while back I listened to an episode of Sean Carroll's podcast Mindscape called On Morality and Rationality. I am fascinated by moral philosophy, and if you have two hours to spare and have the slightest interest in the topic, I encourage you to listen to this episode. In his book The Big...
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    "When Wokes and Racists Actually Agree on Everything"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev373c7wSRg Unfortunately, this feels kinda true.
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    Why is it so difficult to invent or develop scalable technology to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere?

    Probably a stupid question (I'm not an inventor, technologist, or engineer by any means), but here we go: In addition to getting off our collective addiction to fossil fuels, we would ideally need technology that can suck CO2 out of the atmosphere. Such technology does exist, it is just not...
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    Why has Facebook started to request that I change my password when signing in?

    For Facebook, I have two-step verification activated, and whenever I have been signed in and then sign out, I clear the Facebook cookies. I sign into Facebook proper (i.e not counting the Messenger app on my phone) like maybe once or twice a month. A few months ago when I signed into Facebook...
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    "The Alternative to Ideology"

    Jerry Taylor explains why he abandoned libertarian ideology: I really like this essay. I have noticed two things about ideologically passionate people: 1. They are rarely pragmatic. They are pretty uninterested in real-world data. It is only of interest if it can be used to bolster that...
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    The term "naturalism" is vague and bordering on being meaningless

    Among atheists, skeptics, humanists, freethinkers, etc, the term "naturalism" , or more formally "metaphysical naturalism" or "philosophical naturalism", is quite a popular term. For example, physicist Sean Carroll wrote: The Internet Infidels, which I think originally spawned this forum, or...
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    Was Deng Xiaoping a nationalist rather than a communist?

    According to Wikipedia: Might well be true. At the very least Deng Xiaoping was enough of a pragmatist and too little of a doctrinaire communist or Marxist to reform the Chinese economy away from orthodox economic planning. But if this is the case, how come then that Deng (and those like him)...
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    If moral realism is false, what is the job of moral philosophy?

    I think most people who are atheists, skeptics, or similar but distinct groupings, are of the view that moral realism (objective morality) is not true, that is, that there aren't any moral facts out there to be discovered, unlike for example lost tombs of Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Morality is a...
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    How do we fix the scientific illiteracy that threatens the world?

    I don't really know where to put this thread, but it is kinda political, so let's give it a try here. “We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and...
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    "How a Bible prophecy shapes Trump's foreign policy"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmWL0I3oytw Interesting stuff. So given all the problems that humanity faces like climate change, feeding the world, deadly diseases, etc, and basically creating a long-term sustainable future for humanity and other livings things on Earth, the kind of people...
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    Should atheists read the Bible for cultural literacy?

    I have seen the argument being made by some atheists, among them Richard Dawkins, that if you live in a Western country that currently is or historically was, largely Christian (which I think applies to most of us here), then there is a cultural literacy value in reading the Bible. Do you agree...
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    What would Mao Zedong think about modern China?

    Consider modern China. Economically and even socially it is very different from the society that Mao Zedong established. Yes, the Communist Party of China retains power with an iron-fist, but it is arguably communist in name only, not really in practice. Mao appears to be someone that the...
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    Would the anti-capitalists here find a capitalist welfare state to be an acceptable system?

    My understanding is that quite a few members here are opposed to a capitalist economic system. On some level I can understand the reaction, as the US has a very poor social safety net, and in some parts of that country, you'd wonder if you are still in the developed world. However, what would...
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    "Why you should hold your beliefs at arm’s length"

    I really, really like this essay, and I agree with it. It touches on some other topics as well, not only politics. What do you think? Do you agree with it, or not?
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    Please educate me about Evangelical Christianity

    So I vaguely know that Evangelical Christianity is a Protestant branch of Christianity (which in itself might not say much, Protestantism is huge) that is associated with support for Donald Trump, fervent support for Israel, and strong opposition to abortion. I have also read that it is...
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    What would you say are the meanings of those lyrics ("We Take It From The Living" by Powerwolf)?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNKf_UHD5w4 I really, really like this song. Fantastic vocals. However, what would you say the meanings of the lyrics are? Do they even have a coherent meaning at all? I know that this band often sings sarcastically (as I perceive it anyways) about religion, so...
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    What do you make of Tim O'Neil's "History for Atheists"?

    The author has articles about some of what he considers to be "the great myths": What to make of all of this?
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    "‘World Hijab Day’ insults millions of women and girls"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rinrVlrQ4g0
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    Getting skeptical about the concept of philosophical naturalism

    Internet Infidels, once in the distant past the mother-site of this forum, is dedicated to philosophical naturalism. They define it as: I can't help but feel that this has too many unwarranted assumptions. Why should one assume that the world (or the universe, which I think is really what is...
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