Charles De Farias

Dedham, MA, United States

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Charles De Farias
Posted about 2 years ago
Heribert Watzke: The brain in your gut
Very interesting talk, but I'm bothered by one thing. I was really intrigued by the "there are more neurons in your gut than in a cat's brain." Unfortunately, I can't find any evidence whatsoever to support this fact. This may not seem like a big deal, but I was hoping to do a sort of project around this little tidbit, and I'd greatly appreciate it if anybody knows of A) a source that confirms the ENS (enteric nervous system) has over 300 million neurons or B) a way to contact Dr. Heribert Watzke (I've googled high and low and even had a swedish friend help me out, but to no avail.) I know how silly this seems, but this is rather important to me and any help would be appreciated. You may contact me here or at charles37@live.com
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Charles De Farias
Posted over 2 years ago
Abolishing the use of the term Atheism.
No. Somebody quoted before, "Atheism is as much a religion as not collecting stamps is a hobby." Albeit using the quote in an argument to say Atheists ARE religious, the quote stands in my favor at this moment. A lack of belief is not equivalent to a belief system. A belief system requires ideologies, dogmas, etc. etc. To be Atheist is simply to not accept things without prove. A true Atheist, or at least a true "agnostic atheist" will never say, "I KNOW god is not real." Richard Dawkins himself said that on a scale of 1-7, his lack of belief is a 6 because to be a 7, you would have to know. Atheists that say "I KNOW god isn't real" can be accused of having a religion, I suppose, but most Atheists are agnostic atheists in the sense that if sensible proof of god's existence is presented to them, they will accept it.
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Charles De Farias
Posted over 2 years ago
Abolishing the use of the term Atheism.
Eh. I don't know how I feel about that. A) Atheists should be represented by the ENTIRE government as it is. Government is supposed to be secular and completely devoid of religion anyway. Of course, it isn't though. B) I dislike anything that makes atheists seem united, really. I support talks and groups among atheists, but not so much "Atheist chaplains" or atheist representatives in government. It creates the same problem the word "Atheism" does, which is making "Atheists" seem like they share more than anything but a lack of belief, which isn't the case.
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Charles De Farias
Posted over 2 years ago
Abolishing the use of the term Atheism.
Agnostic what? I hate to argue semantics, but there are Agnostic Theists and there are Agnostic Atheists. Agnostic theists are those that believe there's some sort of supernatural force, but aren't sure what it is. Agnostic Atheists are those that believe in nothing they can't prove, but if one were to prove the supernatural, they would believe it. As for the "conversion" comment, that's not true. To be an "atheist' is to lack belief, that is all. This compulsion to convert as you put it is merely human nature. If somebody tells you 2+2=22, and you know (or think you know) that 2+2=4, you're going to feel compelled to "convert" them into accepting the "truth" that 2+2=4. It's just how most people are. Note the "most", not all Atheists have that compulsion. Just like not all people would bother to get you to understand that 2+2=4.