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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm a crypto person and I've really enjoyed God's Unchained. Downside is that it requires a desktop but it is really fun.

    I'm a crypto person and I've really enjoyed God's Unchained. Downside is that it requires a desktop but it is really fun.

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  2. Comment on What's your SILLY unpopular opinion? in ~talk

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    Pluto was Roman too. Hades is Greek

    Pluto was Roman too. Hades is Greek

  3. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    Thank you, I enjoyed the conversation and I'm very appreciative of the link you gave me.

    Thank you, I enjoyed the conversation and I'm very appreciative of the link you gave me.

  4. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    Thanks for sharing that with me. You've had quite a spiritual journey. I find serendipitous moments fascinating. I found your description of your visions very exciting and it must have been a...

    Thanks for sharing that with me. You've had quite a spiritual journey. I find serendipitous moments fascinating. I found your description of your visions very exciting and it must have been a powerful moment to have lived through when you realized the first matched your lived experience. The other three seem to show a progression of sorts and maybe you're working on that through your time with academic biblical and things like this thread. As I said I was doing research on the second great awakening and found it interesting that Charles grandison Finney also purports his divine vision to have felt "electric" and described it like "liquid love." It makes me curious as to what psychological processes are occurring in those moments. I think you're doing great work and I'd love to see more religious people with a greater interest in the academic aspects.

  5. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    Would you be willing to share what experiences you had that brought you from atheism to theism?

    Would you be willing to share what experiences you had that brought you from atheism to theism?

  6. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    I've subscribed to /r/academicbiblical a while back happy to see a rigor equivalent to /r/askhistorians. Good to hear about the other 2 subs with similar rigor. I've been researching and writing a...

    I've subscribed to /r/academicbiblical a while back happy to see a rigor equivalent to /r/askhistorians. Good to hear about the other 2 subs with similar rigor. I've been researching and writing a lot about the Second Great Awakening lately and have been researching about different Christian beliefs specifically. I'd be happy to hear more about your viewpoint. How would you differentiate your agnostic theism from the beliefs of deism? I am not a biblical academic scholar so please give me some leeway if I'm missing obvious differences

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  7. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    Thank you for such responsive feedback, haven't gotten a chance to say it until now. What's your personal relationship with religion if you don't mind me asking? I notice you handle a wide range...

    Thank you for such responsive feedback, haven't gotten a chance to say it until now. What's your personal relationship with religion if you don't mind me asking? I notice you handle a wide range of comments with quite the academic shrewdness which is a rare but welcomed sight these days. You seem to work around biblical academics but don't necessarily seem to be one yourself (correct me if I'm wrong, going by memory here). And you seem to be fulfilled by religious texts without openly pushing any specific beliefs. All a good combo and why I'm curious as to your views

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  8. Comment on What do you want someone to ask you about? in ~talk

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    What's the academic consensus on the story of God's testing of Abraham by sacrificing Isaac? Many nonbelievers see this as a cruel jape by God but I think I heard somewhere (source amnesia) that...

    What's the academic consensus on the story of God's testing of Abraham by sacrificing Isaac? Many nonbelievers see this as a cruel jape by God but I think I heard somewhere (source amnesia) that it might have been a parable about the importance of ending human sacrifice as during these times such a practice was fairly common. Ever since I heard that I've wanted to learn a little more about the academic understanding of this so any input is appreciated. Thanks!

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  9. Comment on Jeffrey Epstein Commits Suicide at Manhattan Jail in ~news

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    At the potential expense of their job... Likely with no compensation

    At the potential expense of their job... Likely with no compensation

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  10. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    I think that's exactly right. Today, this applies to culture. In America, I could put it into context with many typically white people who don't have any significant family history of oppression....

    I think that's exactly right. Today, this applies to culture. In America, I could put it into context with many typically white people who don't have any significant family history of oppression. They look at those who insist on paying attention to the oppression caused by the United states or Europe as an overreaction.

    Although those who have a history of slavery or being treated inhumanely, such as modern day illegal immigrants who are encouraged to work in America by corporations for less than minimum wage understand realities of the world that many white Americans remain blind to because they haven't experienced it personally.

    But ultimately this can apply to any culture that is separate from one another

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  11. Comment on What is your favorite thought experiment? in ~talk

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    Since it isn't on here as of this writing Plato's Allegory of the Cave is a good one. Essentially the concept is you imagine a group of people chained up to a cave their entire lives facing the...

    Since it isn't on here as of this writing Plato's Allegory of the Cave is a good one.

    Essentially the concept is you imagine a group of people chained up to a cave their entire lives facing the wall of the cave. Out of sight, behind them, is a fire that is always kept going and bright. While out of view things that pass in front of the fire leave shadows on the wall for those in chains to see. These shadows are all they ever know outside of themselves and to them it is their meaning that matters.

    Now one day one of the chained people are freed and able to move and travel up to the fire. Seeing the source of the light would be powerful enough for this individual but the real shock is when they step out of the cave. The sky, the trees, the plants and animals, the people unchained, the colors, the sun, the moon...

    But the dilemma for this person is after experiencing all of this going back to those still chained and trying to explain it all to them. They would have no reference point. It would be completely fanciful and likely would be doubted or not believed.

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  12. Comment on Facebook’s cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others in ~finance

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    Facebook getting involved with a way to send and receive money is big and will likely be used successfully. But what benefit is there in it being their own money rather than just exchanging money...

    Facebook getting involved with a way to send and receive money is big and will likely be used successfully.

    But what benefit is there in it being their own money rather than just exchanging money that already exists? Why not just use already standing currencies? What benefit does pegging their own currency to the US dollar actually provide? It's not really crypto in the same sense that xrp (ripple) is not really crypto because its centrally controlled.

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  13. Comment on Facebook’s cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others in ~finance

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    The problem that all other cryptos need to overcome other than bitcoin is having an immutable ledger that isn't in the power of any single individual or company. With Libra coming out as a...

    The problem that all other cryptos need to overcome other than bitcoin is having an immutable ledger that isn't in the power of any single individual or company. With Libra coming out as a "stablecoin" by definition it will be controlled by one entity or another. While stablecoins have proven to be a great place to hold your crypto investment during a bear run, they ultimately offer little value beyond that. Why would I choose to use Libra instead of credit/PayPal/bank info? Their fees would have to be very low. Otherwise it's just another tether in a sea of tethers. Maybe by hoping to take a penny here or there from its 2+ billion users they'll make substantial profit

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  14. Comment on Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg in ~finance

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    so shut down the miners everyone, cadadr says we should go back to metal coins and dead trees and we can all hold off on crypto until they've found an energy efficient form of mining? The genie...

    so shut down the miners everyone, cadadr says we should go back to metal coins and dead trees and we can all hold off on crypto until they've found an energy efficient form of mining? The genie has been unleashed. It's not going back

  15. Comment on Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg in ~finance

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    this is a good point and I addressed it with the original respondent

    this is a good point and I addressed it with the original respondent

  16. Comment on Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg in ~finance

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    Okay, elderly technologically inept people are not the ones buying iphones, smart watches, ubers, airbnbs etc. Why aren't you using them to show how these technologies and ideas are useless?...

    Okay, elderly technologically inept people are not the ones buying iphones, smart watches, ubers, airbnbs etc. Why aren't you using them to show how these technologies and ideas are useless?

    What's disappointing to me is that you don't bring any outside sources to this conversation. This is simply just you saying bitcoin has no real value. and it's the more popular opinion to have here on tildes. I came to tildes because I wanted good discussion. You clearly know some important facts about bitcoin and crypto but you aren't giving reasons on why you're saying it has no value. I can say the American dollar has no value because it doesn't do anything, but I'm sure I wouldn't refuse a million of them if they were given to me though, so clearly there is a value. I bet the same goes if you were offered 100 bitcoin.

    You are right that there are smaller exchanges, most notably OKex that inflate the volume artificially. I've also written on this topic before so I'll share that here as well:

    While the 95% of false trading seems to be true, the overall market cap of bitcoin appears to be healthy at the same time. Problems with arbitrage and a lack of regulation have improved significantly. 9 of the top 10 exchanges are regulated by FinCEN and other well regarded regulatory systems. These 10 exchanges are the only exchanges that deal in real volume (over $1M real daily volume) and half of these have employed market manipulation tools to prevent it. Source

    With Bitcoin coming into the world with only a place like MtGox as an exchange compared to this report Bitcoin is actually in so much a better position. With how young the cryptocurrency is and its global adoption being such a surprise, the fact is that so many exchanges are working in unity against this sort of wash trading that has been with the currency since the start. Basically, it's now harder than ever to continue to wash trade and these articles that are coming out exposing it are really one of Bitcoin's final global adoption hurdles.

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  17. Comment on Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg in ~finance

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    I'm all for more sustainable options but proof of stake has some centralization issues that could make switching to it obsolete. Do you have an example of a crypto that has everything it takes to...

    I'm all for more sustainable options but proof of stake has some centralization issues that could make switching to it obsolete. Do you have an example of a crypto that has everything it takes to compete with the qualities of bitcoin and is more sustainable? It's easy to just talk sustainability but harder to find concrete examples in the crypto world.

  18. Comment on Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg in ~finance

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    When you compare bitcoin to things doing "nothing" then your argument makes sense. But it is still being used and accepted worldwide. Facebook grandmas are not sensible to use as your "average"...

    When you compare bitcoin to things doing "nothing" then your argument makes sense. But it is still being used and accepted worldwide. Facebook grandmas are not sensible to use as your "average" person. The reality is there's $60B - $100B worth of transactions happening in crypto per day. So that's more than nothing, and it does have benefits that make it valuable not least of which is its immutable ledger, unlike a hummer sitting in a driveway.

  19. Comment on Bitcoin causing CO2 emissions comparable to Hamburg in ~finance

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    I've written about this before so I'll quote it here: Basically blaming something that uses electricity from an electrical grid as the cause of CO2 is indirect. Every year it becomes cheaper and...

    I've written about this before so I'll quote it here:

    First is that bitcoins energy consumption is likely overhyped. The article brings up that the focus should be more on how countries are still not moving to renewable energy sources but that bitcoin's true carbon footprint isn't even known. It also mentions that it could grow 100 times its size and still only use 2% of global energy. Considering that bitcoin is a global currency. It can be argued as reasonable and with countries moving to sustainable energy it can have minimal carbon impact.

    Basically blaming something that uses electricity from an electrical grid as the cause of CO2 is indirect. Every year it becomes cheaper and more sustainable to power the electrical grid across the planet with renewable resources.

    And energy is the primary power behind bitcoin's value. Unfortunately other coins that use "proof of stake" or "the tangle" have not proven effective yet at maintaining some level of decentralization of which bitcoin has proven to some degree. Bitcoin is essentially invulnerable to 51% attacks as well, something no other crypto can truly claim yet (for those of you who don't know what a 51% attack is, it's taking over the blockchain through a coordinated brute force attack of miners). It's able to be resistant to this because of the amount of power it uses.

    Standing up to politicians like Trump who deny climate change will be far more effective than having protests over using proof of work blockchains. Using electricity shouldn't be considered a sin in an age where renewables should be the expectation, not the alternative.

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  20. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tech

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    Two things: How about the host explaining how the robot competition is just an elaborate recruiting effort by robotic tech companies and then they show the competing teams come out to some techno...

    Two things:

    1. How about the host explaining how the robot competition is just an elaborate recruiting effort by robotic tech companies and then they show the competing teams come out to some techno version of the Requiem for a Dream song?

    2. I really appreciate both this video and the links submitted by other users on Shenzhen. It wasn't a city I was familiar with and despite it being clearly a global center it really isn't talked about as much as it should be. And honestly, that goes for a lot of major city centers around the world. I would love to see city compilations like this more often.

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