Andrew Furst

Are Atheists and Agnostics Illogical Regarding the Spiritual Realm? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: Are atheists and agnostics illogical regarding the spiritual realm? Response: It depends. I presume that you’re talking about the truth or falsity of arguments about the existence of the spiritual realm. First a few points about logic. Logic applies to arguments An argument is logical or illogical based on its form. Not based on the truth of its assumptions. For example, you can have an argument that has all true assumptions, but still be illogical – e.g. a horse has four legs, some horses are brown, therefore there are…read more

Have Smartphones Made Us Happier? – Dialectic Two-Step

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I would argue that if we look for happiness in smartphones, we’re doing it wrong. Happiness – a temporary thing – can come in two ways: The world lines up with our preferences (we get what we want or we avoid what we don’t want).  How often does this happen? We line up with the way the world is. This happens when we acknowledge that things don’t always work out the way we want and recognize that we can have a meaningful life if we avoid wallowing in disappointment If…read more

Can You Recognize Evidence For God? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: If you don’t know who or what God is, how will you recognize evidence for God? Response: Do you need to have knowledge of God in order to prove that God exists? <robot voice>alert, alert. you have successfully engaged the logic game, if you wish to play, your success requires that you follow the rules. If you break them, you need to accept correction or defeat.</robot voice> A claim of belief by one person or even a group of people does not constitute evidence. To make knowledge claim carries with it…read more

Are American Christians Being Persecuted? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: What makes American Christians, in general, believe that they are being persecuted? Response: They’ve seen, over the past 400 years, the pendulum of history moving away from them on social hot button issues. I see this as more a conservative political block crying wolf. While I have no faith in the articles of the Nicaean creed, much of what the Christian teachings remain at the center of what this country is about. While the relentless edge of the constitution is carving off the irrelevant influences of the Christian religion…read more

Can I Stop Time With Meditation? – Dialectic Two Step

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Question: How can I stop time through meditation? There is an exercise in meditation is able to control the mind giving an effect that time stops for a few seconds. Getting to this state is something I’ve always wanted. Response: Does that imply that time is in the mind. Interesting! What would that mean? Time is subjective? If time stops in your mind, how does that affect others? What about clocks? If you were somehow to achieve this pause in time personally, would anyone else be affected? Or would it mean…read more

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