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  1. I never liked watching downrush but now that I got to play it a few times it's really solid. We didn't really try any of the others because we didn't have enough time.
  2. I got to play Halo 1 NHE (neutral host edition) last night and it's incredible. If 343 finds a way to make H1 on MCC play like that (please fix the 180 glitch with rockets though, and the bumpmapping on textures) then I think the game can make a real comeback. No spread on the pistol, training mode, and a lot of user made maps would be a godsend. Crossing my fingers.
  3. While atheism doesn't come with a prepackaged ideology (although there is something of a culture surrounding it online that I generally avoid), I don't see any truths about nature offered by religion and for that reason I reject it. Religion appears to be manmade and nothing but manmade. Using high-profile scientists as a source of authority is a mistake, because science has no authorities, only a body of understanding built on centuries of experiment waiting to be flipped over by better experiments. We're pretty sure we're on the right track but what contemporary scientific collective hasn't mostly felt that way? Unfortunately, religion has long surpassed its utility in this enterprise. It conveniently explains everything and can't be overturned by anything, which is why it stagnates and why science marches forward every day probing the intricacies of nature to shed light on how it really works. I personally know many devoutly religious scientists because the scientific method is indifferent to religious beliefs so please don't take this commentary as a science vs. religion thing, people have their own reasons for getting involved in science and it continues to work as long as the method is followed. That's all that really matters.
  4. Scientific theories can't be proven, falsifiability is fundamental to the scientific process.
  5. He could be in witness protection, but yeah the Epstein-style of blackmail gathering started with the mafia in the 50's and now governments around the world engage in it (including the US). This is the biggest story in modern times and if this guy really is dead, it will probably be forgotten by the mainstream news unless something crazy happens. But remember to keep arguing about gun control or Trump's tweets instead of being concerned with the global human-trafficking rings at the highest levels of society.
  6. I gotta check out this logic from beastprincess. Okay, so if the more skilled team wipes out the less skilled team, there shouldn't be power weapons on the map so that they can beat the less skilled team even harder? If that's correct, then lets apply it to power positions on maps. A more skilled team who wipes out a less skilled team shouldn't be able to gain a map advantage that allows them to win even harder against the less skilled team. Therefore, all maps should be symmetric and look like a competition paintball course. Brilliant stuff you two, someone send this argument to 343 before they ruin infinite for everyone.
  7. I need a tutorial on how to format posts on this forum. How did that get so whack when I used QUOTE and /QUOTE for everything? @legendaryshotz They do say that and it is accurate.
  8. A more advanced society is preferable as the quality of life goes up for everyone. I would define it by the level of technology possessed by that society as well as its ideals, for example the founding fathers of the US writing a secular constitution. That document was innovative for its time and it's value is still strongly present today. Having a theistic view is fine but I believe it clashes with the idea of increasing quality of life, given that theism has proven largely incompatible not only within its own sphere, but outside of it. Freedom of and privacy from religion is of great value in this country and others. Also, your premise should require a huge standard of evidence on itself to impose it as a guiding principle for a society, but myself and many others don't agree that it has been met to any acceptable degree. It loses its value when by default it alienates a significant fraction of the population. Saying good is just god's nature doesn't resolve the issue for me at all because, as I pointed out, there are multiple things demanded by god and acted upon by mankind that I don't find to be good at all. Also, the Euthyphro problem is called a false dilemma by its opponents, but I don't think the argument is anywhere near concluded on that matter. You would have to explain to me how you know that good is god's nature. I mean how you really know. Not to sound stingy but I'm just not compelled by statements, I'm compelled by reasoning. Of course, it is packaged in that demand that you have to be able to explain to me how you know a god exists so unfortunately the stakes are higher than I expected this response to reach lol, sorry. I'm not trying to checkmate or stalemate the conversation. I will have to refer to the previous paragraph of my response to address this. This is true, but the massive division within each of those religions doesn't sit well with me as I'm of the opinion that if I wanted humanity to prosper under my instruction manual, I would leave no stone unturned and no room for misunderstanding. A daunting task, to be sure, but clearly the existing instruction manuals have created more despair and complexity than unity and peace throughout our global timeline. I'm not saying I'm better or know better than god, I'm trying to say that I don't understand how we're the product of a good-natured higher power with the ability to create universes. Thanks, you as well. When I was in my 20's I learned a lot of lessons on what is most important for these kinds of discussions: the mutual exchange of ideas.
  9. This isn't really an interesting or poignant line of thinking given that the history of humanity who has spent time trying to understand the world we're in have come from nearly every background imaginable, be it religious or non-religious, is so vast as to be uncountable. If you follow a deity, I'd like to know if you've ever taken the time to try and figure out why yours is the right one to follow over any of the others. I'm talking really tried to figure it out. Those are great questions but the answer wouldn't satisfy you, it's that it would be much more surprising if we found ourselves living somewhere where it was impossible for us to live. If we required oxygen and had none but couldn't die, if we could survive complete ionization by insane temperature exposure, if we could defy any law of physics at will, these kinds of things would require extraordinary explanations. Physics, chemistry, and biology have come a long ways in explaining how nature works without finding anything that violates the natural order observed. Whether or not that is sufficient for you is not my call but know that I would struggle to invoke something more complex than anything we see that has never been seen to explain all of it, especially when that nature of that more complex thing is one of the most contentious topics throughout our species.
  10. They demonstrably create more stable and advanced societies where people have a high quality of life. To offer a different angle, why would endorsement from a higher power make anything intrinsically good? If it's because they're from a higher power then you're stuck because the higher power could demand anything and it would have to be considered good. Goodness becomes arbitrary at that point. That's how you get male and female genital mutilation, honor killing, the penalty for apostasy, punishment of homosexual behavior (when awkwardly, that behavior is due to a biological dice roll and is present in more species than it isn't), abhorrent treatment of non-believers, stifling of important scientific research (ya'll remember Galileo...), etc. This doesn't even resolve the issue of which higher power should be acknowledged as you know very well that there's more than one on the menu on this planet.
  11. Higher cranial volume doesn't ensure better neural arrangement or modulation.
  12. While I disagree with a lot of the mainstream liberal agenda these days, this post seems like quite an overstatement. When you ignore the signal to noise ratio and have real conversations with liberals you'll realize there's a lot of common ground to be reached. We're in this country together whether you like it or not so the most important thing to do is not be dismissive. We got the president we needed to push the pendulum back towards the center because the left end of the political spectrum has been overplaying their hand way too aggressively. I agree that conservatism has some good ideals and I tend to align with a lot of them, but it has its faults as well such as a huge reliance on religion to organize society. Good ideas should be able to stand on their own merit and not require the endorsement of a higher power, which I do not acknowledge the existence of based on the use of logic, the very thing you stated conservatives have the most of. Keep in mind that the US was created to have the first secular constitution in order to avoid theological tyranny on its citizens. Also, rap and rock are both excellent. Change my mind.
  13. Never say never as long as Bruce Willis is still alive.
  14. They used to but their scientists determined that their star was fascist and they built a giant rocket so they could go hit it with bike locks. You can imagine how well that plan worked in 5 million kelvin conditions. Okay now I'm worried lol.

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