I agree. No one, I say again! NO ONE! has the right to inflict their ideas, good or bad, on another person. This is the basis for every religious persecution that has ever taken place, and is abhorrent.
Glad you?re enjoying TAD. We unintentionally made TA worse because their best commenters followed us here. We also benefited when NPR closed their comments. Some really great folks landed here from there.
It looks like many countries are aware of the dangers of religions. So they have wisely placed some restrictions on them. The question "would I fight for religious rights? My answer is I believe that people should have those rights. But I sure as hell wouldn't fight for them.
He asked a good question. But again, he didn't claim that all Christians/Muslims were immoral. He asked how they can be considered moral if they follow their respective holy books to the letter, considering these holy books are not moral books with good, moral guidelines. They're awful books with awful rules for an awful, barbaric time.
And? So what? Is it illegal to be facetious?
Samesies. I felt like the walking dead all day yesterday. Hopefully today is better.
Consciousness can be conceptualized as building on different levels. Self awareness, awareness of surroundings, awareness of nutrients or sunlight, subconsciousness, organic stimulus response, determination among potential alternatives or choices, informing of potentialities of Consciousness, maybe even systemic regulation and reconciliation of events within and of parameters. I do not see how mere substance could cumulate a storage of information (stored consciousness?) absent an expression of consciousness at some level. I do not say substance is consciousness, but I do not see how it could be expressed in ways that cumulate information in the complete absence of Consciousness.