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Letter 8 by The Joshua Letters on January 19th, 2012, 9:56 am
I ended the last letter by saying that I wanted to move on in this letter to a piece of the puzzle that would bring my Matrix analogy out of the movies and into reality. However, that is going to have to wait. I’m getting ahead of myself.

I revealed an incidence in the last letter about when I questioned God regarding his making of the Earth. He told me that he purposely made it in such a manner that there would be viable evidence on both sides of the debate so as to allow for faith to be tested (one choice is no choice). What I want to do now is analyze the major theories of Science with respect to the origin of the Universe and Nature against this concept and my Matrix analogy. The theories I will analyze are, The Theory of Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and the theories that come from Quantum Mechanics (I can’t find have been given proper names yet). I will address these theories one at a time.

To set the stage, let me review a bit. Adding what I learned from God into my Matrix ana...

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Penn Point: Agnostics Suck! - Penn Point by Sisyphus on December 14th, 2011, 6:10 am
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Kant, Quasi-Realism, and the Autonomy of Aesthetic Judgement by Zin5ki on April 10th, 2011, 11:26 am
By Robert Hopkins, from European Journal of Philosophy 9:2, 2001, pp.166-189.

It seems that antirealists are keen to espouse their own means of explaining why, when faced with aesthetic disagreement, it is of merit to hold one of the two aesthetic ascriptions to be somehow defective, somehow in violation of a norm. Of course, this must be so without wholly aesthetic states of affairs being appealed to.

Hopkins considers a Kantian maxim, an understanding of which I cannot proclaim, in order to establish such a norm. Whilst no obstacle is presented by suggesting that aesthetic judgements are non-cognitive expressions of pleasure, which although unpopular is certainly an understandable doctrine, Hopkins employs the rule that the harmony between what Kant calls the understanding and what he calls the faculty of imagination is a necessary condition for making an aesthetic judgement (p.170)....

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A bit of sadness creeping in by JohnD on April 30th, 2013, 1:08 am
I visit and write in these forums my views, my thoughts and my beliefs. If someone sees them worthy and adds them to their own I'm proud, I'm joyous and I'm thankful. But when I write and am ignored or have my words rephrased by someone else or worse still when my words are attributed to another no matter their qualifications then I'm saddened because then I'm nothing, I have no meaning, no value to speak of. For whatever reason it has been done it has been done to me and truly I don't understand why.
True I don't have the academic qualifications that others here have, but then I was lead to believe it wasn't necessary.
It's a bit of sadness creeping in that I feel I need to resort to this soliloquy in order to get things off my chest.
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Letter 3 by The Joshua Letters on January 19th, 2012, 9:52 am
I’ve said before, that despite the fact that for the first time in history all of the information necessary to answer life’s great questions is available, I can’t find anyone that has put it all together and published it. I don’t know exactly why this is, but I speculate that it is not because the answers are overly complex but rather because they are all together unbelievable. This brings me to the last topic on truth itself that I will discuss prior to proceeding - belief. If you go through the trouble to discover and comprehend the truth, yet then for one reason or another chose not to believe it, what good is it? However, this is exactly what I find amongst the groups that have attempted to tackle these questions, and it is true for both sides of the isle. Both Religion and Science appear to be so caught up in age-old arguments (which began long before there was enough information to intelligently have the arguments in the first place) that they can’t or won’t see the truth when it fin...

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