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Quiche Lisp wrote:

{In response to Drahliana and Hama}

I'll explain.

My father was born in a culture with an ancestors' cult (in Madagascar).

In this society, you exist because of your ancestors - and vice versa : if you have no children, you won't become an ancestor. There will be no continuation of your existence after death - and your existence would have been severely diminished in meaning.

So, for the inhabitants who cling to the traditional malagasy way of life, life is not conceivable without ancestors enduring after death.

Their worldview not only allows, but commands that there's life after death.

Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:


The only reason to believe one is to have the view that you can not imagine the universe without your presence within it.
You believe in the afterlife for the same reason you believe in anything: it makes sense to you, or (if your beliefs change) it comes to make sense to you ; i.e it is consistent with your worldview.

Ok, so? I demand for a random stranger to hand me a suitcase full of money, at least 10 million dollars. But nothing happens. Because a worldiwiev and demands don't matter.

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

Radcliffe being evil is a huge let-down. I liked him.

As for Nadeer not knowing how genetics work: how common knowledge is it that the Inhumans have Kree modified genes from days or yore rather than it being a plague brought by the recent invading aliens? And even if this is known to her (as it should be), it would hardly be the first time politicians have ignored uncomfortable truths in favor of some stupid s!~@ that better fits their worldview. "It's a plague introduced by outsiders" is far more palatable than "it's an innate potential passed down by our ancestors".

@ T. Seitz: Mister Miracle is DC...

He looked at the Darkhold. Soul said bye bye.

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Quiche Lisp wrote:
I think there's an afterlife if your worldview allows for an afterlife.

Point is that worldview is completely irrelevant, as it is personal and requires belief without evidence. Until there is proof that the afterlife exists, proof that is not "I feel it in my heart" or "I just know there is", I am free to claim, with certainty, that there is no such thing as afterlife. Burden of proof lies squarely on the shoulders of those who claim that there IS an afterlife. No such proof has been provided for thousands of years, since "the bible says so" or similar isn't proof.

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Quiche Lisp wrote:
I think Coriat is being sarcastic tongue-in-cheek hyperbolic provocative :-).

So was I

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Coriat wrote:
Hama wrote:

There is also a word for that.

Strawman argument. As well as ad hominem argument.

You're just trying to scare people off with that fancy Latin.

There's a word for that (well, two words): verbal terrorism.

Standard terror tactics of logic and reason.

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Quiche Lisp wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
As I said, when dogmatic American leftists don't get what they want, it is ALWAYS because people are misogynist, racist and otherwise *ist, not because the stuff they wanted might not have been attractive enough to matter for those who could join.

I couldn't agree more.

There's a word for that (well, 2 words) : intellectual terrorism.

Not that misogynism isn't a real thing. But when it's always about misogynism, gender or whatever - in the afterlife ever :-p -, well, then it isn't about these things at all.

In my opinion, it comes from a (typically North American)* puritanical worldview : the tendency not to discuss subjects, but to reduce people and their argumentation to their supposed/surely irredeemable flaws.

I.e : "You're a BAD person, and you corrupt whatever you say with your BADNESS."

* It's also a very leftist essentialist point of view a.k.a. ideological purity.**

** I was raised in a very leftist environment. I've got nothing against Lefties (Is that a word ?) that I haven't got against Conservatives :-).

There is also a word for that.

Strawman argument. As well as ad hominem argument.

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Irontruth wrote:

You want names and dates?

If you care, do some google searching, most of this happened on the internet, so it's fairly well documented. If you don't care enough to do that, I'm not going to waste my time doing it for you.

Edit: to be more specific, I'm tired of being told this kind of stuff doesn't exist, presenting proof that it does, and people stubbornly resisting and refusing to acknowledge it. If you don't see it, that's your hangup. If you want to convince me it's not your hangup and this is all in my imagination, I'm willing to hear the evidence, but it's going to have to be pretty convincing.

Actuable, epmirical, repeatable, peer reviewed proof?

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Lol they are not being terrible. Telling people the uncomfortable truth is a good thing.

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Quark Blast wrote:
Hama wrote:
Well divine beings are supernatural, plus there is no evidence of supernatural whatsoever, so, until someone proves that supernatural exists, I will deny that it exists. It's that simple. Burden of proof is always on the back of those who claim that something exists.

Well, it's standard to believe that you don't get something from nothing. Except in the case of the Universe. In that case you get everything from nothing.

Does that count?

Ever heard of matter antimatter creation? Or reverse annihalation? It's happening all the time, literally something coming out of nothing.

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Burden of proof

Quote:
When two parties are in a discussion and one makes a claim that the other disputes, the one who makes the claim typically has a burden of proof to justify or substantiate that claim especially when it challenges a perceived status quo

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Mike J wrote:

Coruscant to Mustafar takes less time than it takes a 3rd degree burn victim (who just lost two legs and an arm) to die of shock/exposure/loss of blood/whatever.

Hyperspace = plot speed for me. Plot factor 5, engage!!!

because in a galaxy where they have artificial gravity, hyperspace, blades of solid plasma suspended in a powerful magnetic field and a mystic ability to control and heal people, it is completely implausible they have medicine that can keep him alive?

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Anonymous Warrior wrote:
The Raven Black wrote:
I know at least one dedicated atheist who believes in the supernatural (things such as shamanism IIRC). Not as a set of beliefs but as unexplained occurrences
That's interesting. I've met agnostics who accept the existence of the supernatural, but never anyone who flatly denies the existence of a (or multiple) divine beings without also denying the supernatural. So then, is it a viewpoint that weird stuff happens, but it doesn't mean anything? Or is there more to it?

Well divine beings are supernatural, plus there is no evidence of supernatural whatsoever, so, until someone proves that supernatural exists, I will deny that it exists. It's that simple. Burden of proof is always on the back of those who claim that something exists.

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It will. It has Vanessa Hudgens in it. And the trailer is extremely unfunny.

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Takes far longer than minutes. They just don't show the grueling hours it takes.

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Again, galaxy is a vast vast place.

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jemstone wrote:

But it didn't, though.

Original Star Wars didn't. Splinter of the Mind's Eye (gag... I wrote a book report on that in second grade. Gaggggg.) never did, and it was the official canon sequel to A New Hope until the movie went over like gangbusters and we got the much better Empire.

We didn't get Secret Jedi until well into the books (side note: Han Solo At Star's End was a great novel and I'll fight anyone who argues with me at dawn. With lightsabers), so for EU/ExU canon, sure.

I'm down with Neo-Disney canon introducing Secret Jedi, as long as it's done well. I just want them to keep the original intent of ANH in mind as they go. That's all.

RE: Ideon Jeez, dude. You could have told me it was Tomino.

Now that I have context, no. No that's not what I want at all. I want the deaths of characters to be meaningful. To have purpose and impact. I don't want Star Wars: Revenge Of The Grim Reaper.

Which, considering how much I love the Cyberpunk genre, may seem a little odd, but if you know me, it makes sense.

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Well judging how disney does things today, I'm sure they will introduce the secret jedi plotline very carefully and in such a way which will not detract from the Skywalker family importance. Galaxy is a vast, vast space. There is room for other force users, failed jedi or weak, to accomplish meaningful things on their own without it having to impact the story of the original trilogy in the slightest or can be seamlessly integrated without having to mention that "a jedi did it"

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I see a point. I like being alive and living a life. I don't need a bigger meaning.

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thejeff wrote:
Hama wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Is there an afterlife? Yes.

It is accepted as truth that there is one if you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and even every Pagan religion if I am not mistaken.

So if you believe then yes.

Believing in something doesn't make it true. Proof does. Conclusive, repeatable, empirical proof.

So things that aren't proven aren't actually true? They only become true when proven? Weird.

I'd always assumed there was an actual truth out there and our attempts at proving things were just trying to decipher what it was.

No, just that without proof, we don't know. And belief is a poor substitute for knowledge.

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Aranna wrote:

Is there an afterlife? Yes.

It is accepted as truth that there is one if you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and even every Pagan religion if I am not mistaken.

So if you believe then yes.

Believing in something doesn't make it true. Proof does. Conclusive, repeatable, empirical proof.

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No, you die. As your brain shuts down and begins to rot you cease to exist as a person. Your body simply becomes a piece of meat. There is no afterlife.

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I hope there will be as little Naomi Rapace as possible

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
I liked the last Indiana Jones movie, if that was what you were referring to.

Good for you. I did not.

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
Eh, not convinced yet. It has some of the right look, but could end up like the last time Ford reprised a beloved role.

You mean two last times.

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Alan Tudyk is a great voice actor.

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There was Shocker?

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Piracy is killing the movie industry? Are you kidding me?

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I love that Felicity Jones refused to wear a tank top and insisted on clothes that will not display her figure prominently

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Tjis just in

I'm psyched, who else is psyched?

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Stormtroopers are elite troops of the empire, of course they can aim properly. The fact is that all of those times they missed in the movies, they MISSED ON PURPOSE. First it was to get them to show where the rebel base was. Then to get them to get into an almost no-win situation in episode 6. Look at Empire and how they kicked their asses.

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Matthew Morris wrote:

Personally I loved how <redacted> went from friend to future foe.

THAT is how you do Hal Jordan/Thall Sinestro DC!

It was kinda weak imho.

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Black Dougal wrote:
Sorry, this is slightly off topic but just watched SW Rebels and see Thrawn has 6 blue, 3 red and 3 orange/yellow bars on his insignia. Would that put him above Krenic and on the same level as Tarkin?

Militarrily yeah, but not politically. Tarkin has more red pips. If I was paying attention to what baron was saying.

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Tangled's songs are an infinite amount better than frozen songs.

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Greylurker wrote:

Nobody else laughing at the referance to the Vigilante her cousin used to work with. All costumes and gadgets.

I think that is the 2nd wink towards Batman we've had this season.

You think they are setting us up for a Batgirl team up.

When was the first?

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Seriously stop throwing red herrings and strawman arguments it's getting really annoying.

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Ok, I think I understand what you mean, if the race doesn't play a crucial role of the character, it should really be a non-issue.

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Oh what about the race lift of the gunslinger in dark tower? Or is that ok because a white character is being played by a black actor?

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I hate Borsk Fey'la with a burning hatred.

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It's only the first trailer.

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I love how the people think they know what will be in the movie after watching a 2 minute preview which was left intentionally vague, like every good trailer should.

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She never stripped naked.

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thejeff wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Don't give me The Seven Samurai with one white actor (or replacing just the seven with white actors), just go ahead and make The Magnificent Seven.
But. . . That IS what the Magnificent 7 IS.

But, as he said, changing the setting also makes a huge difference.

Retelling the story with white characters with everything moved to the old West is very different than leaving it in Japan and just making the main characters white.

You do understand that Major is a cyborg? She can look however the hell she wants to look. She gets built not born.

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I'm really pissed that

Spoiler:
the Eye of Agamotto is an infinity stone.

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Vidmaster7 wrote:

well They did have quite a few similarities in the comics too. I think when we are talking about a superhero whose known for his intellect pompous often goes hand and hand. I mean Mr. fantastic... the name alone....

He didn't name himself that.

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He-Man was amazing.

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Gunslinger cameo? Where?

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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The problems with the Warcraft movie had nothing to do with the plot as all around subpar acting and/or direction.

Had to do with plot as well.

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Aberzombie wrote:

Just got back from seeing it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Didn't see the sneaky tie-in. What did I miss?
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I loved the Human Target dude.

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OMG JOHNY BLAZE. I squeeked.

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Well Realms are the best setting for D&D

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