Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What are your views on the design argument?

This is the belief that the universe works so well, there must have been a designer (God) in order for it to be so functional.

try not to see it from a conventional religious view, eg. God made the world in 7 days

This is to help me get different views for my RMPS class, so be nice 🙂

Answer by Trans humanist eupraxsophist
The design argument is a classical “argument from personal incredulity,” a logical fallacy. Basically the argument says, “I can’t possibly imagine how all this could have come about naturally, therefore it must have been (my) god.” It is also an “argument from ignorance,” another logical fallacy: “Science can’t explain everything, therefore, those things that science still hasn’t been able to figure out must be in the realm of the supernatural, i.e. god did it.”

This is not just bad argumentation logically and scientifically, but theologically as well. Science is not static; what is unknown today may very well be explained tomorrow. Our total sum knowledge is constantly growing. This puts creationists in the position of either having to dispute known, verifiable science, or to have an increasingly irrelevant “god of the gaps” as their god is increasingly relegated to a position of triviality.

Oftentimes, creationists will simply dismiss or ignore science which becomes inconvenient for them. For instance, so-called “irreducible complexity” has already been explained away by a variety of demonstrable, natural explanations. Yet creationists still continue to tout it as “proof” that their god exists and evolution does not. Favorite examples like the eye or the bacterial flagellum are now very well understood in terms of the mechanisms that brought these into use, but creationists continue to use these examples time and time again, apparently in the hope that their audience is as scientifically illiterate as they are. And unfortunately, this tactic is still somewhat successful for them.

Answer by Andy G
this argument is such a ‘catch 22’ statement its like saying god must exist because god is perfect, god must exist as god would not be perfect if he/she/it did not exist. its a tautology.
How do we know the universe works so well, we have nothing to compare it with and the workings of the universe is changing (according to scientists etc) all the time with different dimensions,and the things they come up with in quantum physics, it makes you think do we really know what the universe is never mind our own perception of the world around us.

Answer by Generalist
G The universe doesn’t work well at all. It is full of disruption and destruction and only works for short periods in isolated pockets. The reason for the design addiction is that people fear control of their own lives and the responsibility that goes with it.
You are the creator of your world. if you want to improve it, use the LDK consistently.
Life Decryption Key
By Generalist 12-08

Life often looks like a secret puzzle or an encrypted message, especially when we are facing problems. We need to decrypt the message and make some decisions.
The first is to decide if we want to control our lives, or want to rely on an outside force. The second is whether we believe that causes produce effects. This document is intended for people who want to be responsible for their lives, and who accept that causes produce effects. Effects are produced by causes and we have to make the right causes to get the effects we want. Those who want to control their lives rationally and responsibly, and accept that effects are produced by causes, please read on.

Instead of guiding ones life by the flurry of concepts, hopes, fears, and aphorisms we learn, it is more effective to conduct daily life while using a concise, accurate and short set of reality descriptions. We need a mental key to make the jumble understandable and make decisions more accurate and easier to enact.

The key exists. It is intended strictly to improve the conduct of daily life. It is a primer on how to improve the here and now. The future will be determined by how we deal with the present.

The question naturally occurs, “What are the right causes to optimize life for oneself and others?”

Please write down all the words of intangibles that attach to life such as love, imagination, dreams, life, hope, fear, hate etc. Then write down all the words that relate to the tangible aspects of life. Think of brain, body, table, car clouds, air, soil, and on without limit. Yet, there is no mind without a brain. There is no car without thought. There is no wood for a table without the intangible life of a tree. The list of tangibles and intangibles is endless in English. However, the inseparability of tangible and intangible aspects is summed up in the words Myoho.

Write down all the words for causes you can think of and effects those causes can have. They are all summed up in the words Renge-Causes simultaneously produce effects like the flower and the seed of the lotus.

Everything is always changing. Write down all the words that come to mind about things changing-Clouds, faces, butterflies, concepts, memories and on and on. They are all summed up in the Japanese word Kyo. Because everything is always changing, no one is stuck where shehe is.

The three words Myoho Renge Kyo include every aspect of life and exclude nothing.

This formulation, used with focused intention, serves as a life decryption key to enable anyone to see the relationships that exist between good concepts and harmful ones. It was derived over thousands of years by brilliant people in India and China and finally used as the title of the Lotus Sutra in Kumarajiva’s translation of the Lotus Sutra. A 13th century Japanese monk named Nichiren recognized it for what it is and realized that anyone could guide their life better by using this key. He discovered the great treasure of life where anyone had access to it and dedicated his life to providing clarification and access.

The way to use it is to add the shortened Sanskrit verb for focusing intention and create Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. This is spoken repeatedly with the palms pressed together to close the energy circle and focus the mind-brain-body on the essential realities. It releases delusions and limitations as reliably as vitamin C cures scurvy.

Since we each have our unique paths and desires, there is no prescription for what people should focus on when they use the tool. It is all available. The human mind has vast possibilities to explore once we resolve the confusion. There is no intent to move anyone to think in a certain way. There is definite intention to help human beings to think more effectively in ways that improve their individual and collective lives.
For more detailed information see
http://www.sgi-usa.org. Or
http://www.SGI.org
Caveat; SGI does not use the term life decryption key. That term is my attempt to summarize the essence of the philosophy taught by SGI.

Answer by Hans Pfaall
That whoever came up with it,has a bad understanding of cause and effect; seems to take the outcome of natural laws and portray it as an initial ‘aim’; so it has to invent an intelligent being as well.

Answer by dolphin314etc
It is amazing that St. Anselm could get anybody to believe it. People were not exactly dumb back then. They had the benefit of Aristotle, so they had some rudimentary idea of logical thinking. I believe the upper class has never hesitated to lie to the lower classes, when presenting such a lie would make the lower classes more docile and easily led. The design argument got a lot of boost from St. Aquinas, who I believe was on the payroll of the Catholic Church, and made up arguments to help that organization recruit more people and keep the already-signed-up people docile and obedient.

I think it’s a sin to take advantage of the ignorance and logical confusions of other people for recruitment or manipulative purposes. Therefore I think Anselm and Aquinas, who must have known that their design arguments were absurd, were deceptive and manipulative sinners, getting over on their fellow man, using their educational opportunity to do so, and being well-supported by the Powers that Be in the meantime — nice houses, big pay, lots of privileges (sort of like the Wall Street crowd and the Big Banks today).

One of the problems with the design argument, apart from the fallacy of personal incredulity, is that it is inevitable. Any universe that has constants which allow matter to freeze out as elements, and then to concatenate as compounds, including hydrocarbons and water, is bound to produce life and probably intelligent life eventually somewhere. When this happens the intelligent lifeform is bound to notice how perfectly suited the universe is to its (the lifeform’s) own existence. It was all designed for me — is the inevitable conclusion.

Inevitable conclusions are great in mathematics — given the axioms of Euclid in Book I of his Elements, the Pythagorean Theorem is the inevitable conclusion. But they are terrible in Physics, Ontology, or Metaphysics (including logic).

All conclusions about “What is so” or “What is” or “What exists” should be based on observation, leading to hypothesis, leading to experiment, leading to verification or falsification.

Any ontological or scientific proposition that is non-falsifiable is outside the domain of reason. For math, including geometry, it’s OK for propositions to be non-falsifiable (see also Lobachevsky, Reimann, Euclid, Minkowski, Courant)

The idea that the universe is too perfect not to have been created by an intelligent designer is non-falsifiable.

Therefore the design idea (it’s not really an argument, it’s a fallacy) is outside the domain of reason. The fallacy is absurd (as are all fallacies) but not so patently absurd that it could not garner a few thousand years of belief by uneducated people and religiously biased simpletons — many of whom sit as Deans of Philosophy in major universities in the USA today — or as members of the Roman Rota. These people write books, and work hard to keep the ancient shibboleth alive. Most of them don’t even have the logical skills of the ancients, and they are so self-brainwashed that they are not consciously aware of trying to get over on the less educated. Their thinking has been so plyered around by the ones who manipulate them, that they are not aware that they are manipulating others.

Self-interest and bias also play a role. The tobacco executives would not have to be evil people trying to do wrong for eight of them to line up in a row before Rep Henry Waxman and swear that tobacco is not addictive. Self-interest and bias can make anybody say anything. Charity sees through it — and like Joan Baez says “Be not too hard if he’s sold or bought, cause he’s just making out as best he can”. I’m there. Love.

But be pleas’in, don’t mess with reason. Thanks in advance Philosophy Deans included, Roman Rota included.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What’s a good saying for a red FIRE Taco Bell sauce packet costume?

I need suggestions for the saying to put on my Halloween costume. I’m the red FIRE Taco Bell sauce packet. Something creative with a zing or a little sassy since I’m a blonde college girl. Thanks!

Answer by Mi-Chan (vio)
Kiss me if you can catch me ‘cuz I’m just too hot 😉

Answer by groovyville
Is it hot in here, or is it just me?

You can disregard the fire alarm, it’s just me.

If it gets too hot in here, I can leave.

Answer by Tony DiNozzo
These are some of the actual sayings they have:

I am in good hands now.*
If you throw this would it be a flying saucer?
Of all those sauce packets, why me? Why now?
Open quickly I’m burning up in here!*
It’s okay you can say it. I love you too.
Help! I can’t tell where I am. It’s dark and I can hear laughing.
will you marry me?
Use your stomach nacho mind.
You had me at taco.
I don’t do well under pressure.
Guess it’s just you and me now.
I’m single, are you?
I see how you look at other sauces.
Dibbs on the Taco.
Ahhh… we meet again.
At night the sporks pick on me.
Be gentle.
Bike tires scare me.
Can I drive?
Can I ride shotgun?
Dibs on the taco.
Do you add sauce left to right, or right to left?
Have you people call my people.
Hello.
How many of these do you already have in your glove compartment?
I collect straws.
I love you, I’m just not in love with you.
I M A HOT T R U 2?
I’m a people packet.*
I’m in good hands now.*
I’m just doing this between films.
I’m not just another pretty face.
I’m taking the day off. See next packet.
I’m with the band.
Is it me, or is it hot in here?*
It’s okay, you can say it. I love you too.
I’ve been through fire for you!
Ketchup? Puh-leese.
Live life one sauce packet at a time.*
Make a wish.
Mild sauce…the new ketchup.
Mmmm…sauce.
My other taco is a Chalupa.
My sauce is an honor student at Taco State.
Nice palm. I read a great deal of pleasure in your future.
Not it!
Not to be used as a floatation device.
Open quickly…I’m burning up in here.
Pick me! Pick me!
Polly want a taco?
Promise you’ll text me in the morning.
Roadtrip?
Save a bun. Eat a taco.
Scratch & Sniff: Gotcha!
Single hot sauce seeking friendship, maybe more.
Tah Dah!
Thanks for rescuing me, Mild was getting on my nerves.
The feeling is mutual.
The official sauce of Taco Bell.
The road to mediocrity is littered with empty ketchup packets.
This is gonna end with you eating me, isn’t it?*
This space for rent. Inquire within.
Use your stomach, not your mind.
Warning! You’re about to make a taco very happy.*
When I grow up, I want to be a waterbed.
Where are you taking me?
Why order a taco when you can ask it politely?
Will you marry me?
Will you scratch my back?
Willing to relocate.
You had me at taco.

sorry for repeats (if any) the starred are what I thought you may be looking for.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : How often do you do something altruistic?

What was the last example you can remember?
Ok seriously the argument that there is no such thing as altruism gets pretty old. Yes to an extent we do everything for ourselves, but not exclusively. I’m afraid your cynical attitude doesn’t impress me.

Answer by Cafe Combate
I’m not that self-righteous.

No seriously. I pick up litter as I walk. Anywhere I am. I see a discarded empty bottle of Gatorade, I pick it up and carry it till I find a garbage can.

Answer by marysylvie2000
Too often. I do not think of myself enough. It is terrible. It should not be that way. Last week, I gave good advice to someone who did nothing to help me. I should have refrained from being so good. But it is compulsory and it does not help me at all.

Answer by geoxena
Every second – by gracing the world with my presence.

Just a joke – I try to keep others in mind all the time by being polite and considerate, but I don’t think there’s actually any such thing as a truly altruistic act. It feels good to do good, so we get when we give, too.

Answer by samsmartkid
Never. I do nice things-to people I love, or to the really destitute strangers. I come off the experience feeling better about myself, and with people i know, I can request a favor later without feeling like a leech.

I support charitable causes-in my area, or that i agree with. Everything I do has at least a touch of personal interest. It can be material or intellectual interest, but personal none the less.

Nothing wrong there!

Answer by Sisyphus
Even altruism is a form narcissism. It’s part of the hero-complex inate in human nature. It can be institutionalised into after-death rewards too. I meditated somewhere on Saturday and gave some money in appreciation of using the room.

Answer by Tia
There’s always the argument about whether an action is truly selfless or not.
People argue that such actions give people a sense of self satisfaction or gratification and therefore it isn’t truly selfless because they got something out of it.

My previous comment aside, i’d say I do little things most everyday. I think a lot of people do, whether or not they realize it at the time.

Answer by beanbag
Not often enough. Seriously. I should do more.

My activities revolve around serving young women and their families, as I am a mother of 5 grown children. The family I am actively involved with has 3 kids, one who is non-verbal at 10 years old, and severely challenged. The Dad travels out of town once or twice a week so I go over and lend a hand. I just try to be an extra set of eyes, ears and hands for the Mom and a cheerful motivator for the rest.

The honest truth is this family gives me more than I give them. They praise me, seem to LOVE my jokes and games, and when I hug one of those kids, I feel GOOD. This family routinely calls me their “angel” and I leave taller than when I walked in. So maybe I am doing it all for me…but I do try to find people or circumstances where one woman, a little bitty one at that, can do SOMETHING…even if it is a small thing, and usually every week provides an opportunity to serve, if I accept the challenge. Honestly, sometimes I walk away when I should do something else.

I should do that more, but giving your heart away takes a great deal of energy I don’t have due to health problems. And getting involved sometimes hurts, because you can’t change people or the “way things are.”

Answer by Mike Y
Every day, I guess. For reasons I’m not going to go into, I’m overly aware of my surroundings. And it just doesn’t make any sense to see something wrong and not do anything about it. I gave a homeless man money today… not a lot, but it was like 50% of my current net worth.

Edit:
I don’t understand why psychological egoism is so trendy. If your stance is that people perform altruistic acts to feel good about themselves, here’s a question for you: WHY DOES IT MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD?

Answer by space
I am uncertain that it is possible for anybody to give you the correct answer based on their knowledge. How are you able to prove whether a deed you performed was altruistic? Your actions are driven by your unconscious mind which is a highly complex mechanism. It is difficult to reach deep into your unconscious mind and find out exactly every single reason why you performed a good deed. For an example, a person may perform a good deed not out of best interest for the party in need of help but just to make himself/herself feel good. Make sense?
———
Edit:

My reply above is the same as Sisyphus’ response, it is the presentation/expression that is different. He/She is right, this is called deep cynicism, every altruistic deed is a form of narcissism. Way to go!

Answer by Generalist
G Half a minute ago I gave the LDK for the eighth time this morning.
Life Decryption Key
By Generalist 12-08

Life often looks like a secret puzzle or an encrypted message, especially when we are facing problems. We need to decrypt the message and make some decisions.
The first is to decide if we want to control our lives, or want to rely on an outside force. The second is whether we believe that causes produce effects. This document is intended for people who want to be responsible for their lives, and who accept that causes produce effects. Effects are produced by causes and we have to make the right causes to get the effects we want. Those who want to control their lives rationally and responsibly, and accept that effects are produced by causes, please read on.

Instead of guiding ones life by the flurry of concepts, hopes, fears, and aphorisms we learn, it is more effective to conduct daily life while using a concise, accurate and short set of reality descriptions. We need a mental key to make the jumble understandable and make decisions more accurate and easier to enact.

The key exists. It is intended strictly to improve the conduct of daily life. It is a primer on how to improve the here and now. The future will be determined by how we deal with the present.

The question naturally occurs, “What are the right causes to optimize life for oneself and others?”

Please write down all the words of intangibles that attach to life such as love, imagination, dreams, life, hope, fear, hate etc. Then write down all the words that relate to the tangible aspects of life. Think of brain, body, table, car clouds, air, soil, and on without limit. Yet, there is no mind without a brain. There is no car without thought. There is no wood for a table without the intangible life of a tree. The list of tangibles and intangibles is endless in English. However, the inseparability of tangible and intangible aspects is summed up in the words Myoho.

Write down all the words for causes you can think of and effects those causes can have. They are all summed up in the words Renge-Causes simultaneously produce effects like the flower and the seed of the lotus.

Everything is always changing. Write down all the words that come to mind about things changing-Clouds, faces, butterflies, concepts, memories and on and on. They are all summed up in the Japanese word Kyo. Because everything is always changing, no one is stuck where shehe is.

The three words Myoho Renge Kyo include every aspect of life and exclude nothing.

This formulation, used with focused intention, serves as a life decryption key to enable anyone to see the relationships that exist between good concepts and harmful ones. It was derived over thousands of years by brilliant people in India and China and finally used as the title of the Lotus Sutra in Kumarajiva’s translation of the Lotus Sutra. A 13th century Japanese monk named Nichiren recognized it for what it is and realized that anyone could guide their life better by using this key. He discovered the great treasure of life where anyone had access to it and dedicated his life to providing clarification and access.

The way to use it is to add the shortened Sanskrit verb for focusing intention and create Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. This is spoken repeatedly with the palms pressed together to close the energy circle and focus the mind-brain-body on the essential realities. It releases delusions and limitations as reliably as vitamin C cures scurvy.

Since we each have our unique paths and desires, there is no prescription for what people should focus on when they use the tool. It is all available. The human mind has vast possibilities to explore once we resolve the confusion. There is no intent to move anyone to think in a certain way. There is definite intention to help human beings to think more effectively in ways that improve their individual and collective lives.
For more detailed information see
http://www.sgi-usa.org. Or
http://www.SGI.org
Caveat; SGI does not use the term life decryption key. That term is my attempt to summarize the essence of the philosophy taught by SGI.

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