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General Discussion / Re: Too Cool not to post
« Last post by Alex Simmons on Today at 12:18:29 AM »
My daughter's boyfriend lost his lower leg in a motorcycle accident a few years ago and uses a prosthetic. It's a topic I'm very interested in these days
What would you like to know?

Everything.  Good  places to read up on the topic. Especially information about prosthetics.
No sources really, just online research and often there are support organisations that compile info, like this one in the USA:
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/resources/prosthetic-faqs-for-the-new-amputee/

I'm sure a Google will find plenty of reading material:
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=information+about+amputation+and+prosthetics

(Plus, if you know any good amputee jokes)
Hmmm, I'm stumped.

Usually they are spontaneous after a beer or two, mainly because after a couple of beers I'm legless.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #616
« Last post by JuniorSpaceman on April 29, 2017, 11:22:28 PM »
After listening to the segment, I think it's much less likely that any historical Jesus existed at all. Though I'm under the impression that there were itinerant preachers at the time, and that apocalypticism was a popular theme among them. Maybe voluntary poverty and nonviolence as well. So he could well be an amalgam of the type.

There is one thing that Christopher Hitchens pointed out that I found kind of interesting: the sheer amount of fabrication needed to get Jesus from Nazareth to Bethlehem may be significant; if Jesus was a purely fictional character, why not just have him born in Bethlehem and be done with it?
Thank you for posting the video - it's always fun to be reminded of Hitch.

As for the claim, that would make more sense if we are imagining Jesus was 'invented' in the same way that 'Don Draper' was invented - to fulfill a particular storyline, by a person (or a small group of people) who had a particular narrative in mind for him. All of the 'problems' that Christian apologetics needs to resolve only come about because of a later, larger structure imposed on the narrative, that would not have been there in the first place. On his way to becoming the Christian god and part of the trinity, Jesus would have gone through a number of identities - teacher; prophet; messiah (which in Jewish mythology was not equivalent to god); and perhaps some others that we have lost trace of.

My biggest problem with this sort of 'wouldn't you expect ...' argument for religion (eg "If he was made up, wouldn't you expect them to invent him as being born in the right place?") is that they are weaknesses being sold as strengths for no logical reason. As such, they're identical to the conspiracy theorists' "It must be true, because the fact there's no evidence here (or contrary evidence here) proves that the evidence is manipulated by the conspirators". Starting with motivated reasoning (as Steve talked about, with regards Religion), and accepting both evidence and bad or missing evidence as convincing, you can literally prove anything.
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General Discussion / Re: Fresh Vegetable Prices?
« Last post by The Latinist on April 29, 2017, 10:55:55 PM »
A huge company like Wal-Mart probably has longer-term contracts to hedge against just this sort of thing.  Their prices will undoubtedly rise, too, of higher prices persist, but perhaps more slowly.
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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #616
« Last post by werecow on April 29, 2017, 10:32:14 PM »
After listening to the segment, I think it's much less likely that any historical Jesus existed at all. Though I'm under the impression that there were itinerant preachers at the time, and that apocalypticism was a popular theme among them. Maybe voluntary poverty and nonviolence as well. So he could well be an amalgam of the type.

There is one thing that Christopher Hitchens pointed out that I found kind of interesting: the sheer amount of fabrication needed to get Jesus from Nazareth to Bethlehem may be significant; if Jesus was a purely fictional character, why not just have him born in Bethlehem and be done with it?

Anyway, he says it much better than I can:

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Podcast Episodes / Re: Episode #616
« Last post by werecow on April 29, 2017, 10:17:52 PM »
Maybe there was a historical Satan, too.

I took part of a course on India a little over a year ago, and they talked a bit about the ties between Hinduism and Zoroastrianism, and how it points to a shared origin. For example, the Daeva are basically Zoroastrianism's demons, whereas the Deva are Hinduism's deities. The Asura, on the other hand, are Hinduism's demons, but Ahura Mazda is Zoroastrianism's creator God. IIRC the speculation was that this was the direct result of the Iranian/Indian split, and that a lot of their respective mythologies may have been rooted in their shared history. I think he even speculated that a lot of figures from these mythologies may have originally been historical figures.
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TV & Movies / Re: Bill Nye Saves the World or Does He?
« Last post by SkeptiQueer on April 29, 2017, 10:17:30 PM »
Its strange how off the tone is.

In "Bill Nye the Science Guy" he seemed genuinely happy and excited to share information and help people learn. In this show, it almost seems preachy. Less "Let me show you something cool" and more "listen here you idiot".

He almost seems angry and impatient at times. Strangely enough the science in this show seems more dumbed down, even though this show is supposed to be "for adults" and his other was was aimed at kids.
The whole thing feels rushed. Half-assed.I think I'm also outside the target demographic, so maybe that plays in.
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Religion / Philosophy Talk / Re: Religion.jpg
« Last post by werecow on April 29, 2017, 09:46:30 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: Are SGU listener geographic locations available?
« Last post by Desert Fox on April 29, 2017, 09:28:30 PM »
If you are listening to the SGU in Saudi Arabia, it might be unhealthy for it to be found out.
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General Discussion / Re: Are SGU listener geographic locations available?
« Last post by The Latinist on April 29, 2017, 09:21:04 PM »
My VPN says that I'm clearly in Northeastern Canada.

No, it doesn't. ;)
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General Discussion / Re: Fresh Vegetable Prices?
« Last post by Desert Fox on April 29, 2017, 09:16:46 PM »
One item weird though. . . While the grocery store went way up, I went to a Walmart a few days later and prices were unchanged.
Basically $1 for a head of lettuce and $1.50 per pound for broccoli.
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