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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    If claiming that disbelief is in fact a belief then one could claim that no taste is in fact a taste of its own. So, does water have a taste?
    Water tastes like ions. Unless you go with dionized water. Though some believe that drinking dionized water is bad for you.
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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    well, you got me. but where on earth do we find water that occurs naturally that is without other ingredients?
    That is irrelevant. The question whether one can actually taste water. There is no evidence that one can. One can taste minerals etc. You can't taste water.
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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    That is irrelevant. The question whether one can actually taste water. There is no evidence that one can. One can taste minerals etc. You can't taste water.
    don't tell me what i can't taste. ;-)

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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    well, you got me. but where on earth do we find water that occurs naturally that is without other ingredients?
    There's no natural source of "pure water" in that regards. Distilling and dionization are human techniques. Dionized water is super super pure water. It's absolutely nothing but molecular water. Distilled water gets rid of other impurities. But pure water in and of itself is a very aggressive solvant and thus even if there was a natural source for it; it wouldn't remain pure for long.
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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    If atheism is a religion then so is not believing in santa or the toothfairy, leprechauns, the loch ness monster, and bigfoot.

    We would apparently have a ****load of religions out there that we didn't know about.

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    When you consider the fact that religion does not require a belief in a divine or supreme being then atheism can be a religion.


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    a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
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    a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
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    the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
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    the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
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    the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
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    something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
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    Atheism has no belief. It's a lack of belief. There is no "set of beliefs" or "practices"

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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    well, you got me. but where on earth do we find water that occurs naturally that is without other ingredients?
    naturally, there is not really any pure water to be found, even rain water is not pure, raindrops form by water molecules condensing around dust particles. Spring water has been filtered and purified by percolating through rock sediment, it is typically devoid of organics, but it inherits minerals and ions from the sediments it seeps through which imparts flavor.

    Pure water is a result of human processes, A good RO/DI (reverse osmosis/de-ionization) system can produce water that is 99.99%+ pure. Water this pure is flavorless, which is unappealing in its blandness. I use RO/Di for aquarium usage, and chemical testing, my drinking water comes from the same filtration system, but is not ran through the final polishing stages, I remove 98 - 99% of the contaminants, but I leave something in there to at least keep some taste to it.
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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    If atheism is a religion then so is not believing in santa or the toothfairy, leprechauns, the loch ness monster, and bigfoot.
    Incorrect. In each of those things you are speaking about a SPECIFIC thing...Santa Claus, Toothfairies, etc. Specific individual things can be directly proven. For example, with a toothfairy we can note that there's never been a case of a tooth legitimately vanishing from under a pillow and having money. We can trace back likely specifically to the original creations of it as a fake thing, etc.

    However, a belief that "supernatural beings do not exist" as a broad thing would be a belief. There ARE supernatural instances and issues that haven't been fully explained away or unquestionably proven false, however having faith that they're all explainable due to natural law is still a belief. Its you believing something despite there being no concrete definitive answers.

    Atheism has no belief. It's a lack of belief. There is no "set of beliefs" or "practices"
    Yes it does, its the belief that there is no possible way anything can exist outside of natural laws. Its the belief that the universe is completely lawful, without any elements of chaos that potentially can act outside of natural law and thus are supernatural. It is the belief that even though there are NUMEROUS things we have absolutely no way to distinctly prove beyond a reasonable doubt that those things are still natural and follow natural laws and can be explained through science even if we're not able to yet.

    Arguing Athiesm isn't a religion is one thing, and I'd agree there. But it most certainly IS belief of faith. It is NOT the absence of belief. The closest to that is an agnostic. Athiests fully believe that a diety or the supernatural simply is impossible and untrue. That is a belief. Agnostics don't believe that there is or isn't something supernatural, they just think its unknowable so don't bother themselves with it either way. THAT is the closest to an absense of belief, not athiesm. Placing ones firm ground in a particular unknown is faith.

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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    If atheism is a religion then so is not believing in santa or the toothfairy, leprechauns, the loch ness monster, and bigfoot.

    We would apparently have a ****load of religions out there that we didn't know about.



    Atheism has no belief. It's a lack of belief. There is no "set of beliefs" or "practices"
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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    I am a staunch anti-leprechaunist myself.
    So you discriminate against mythical creatures? The Outrage!!!! Harry Potter will hear of this sir! <stomps off>
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    Re: Does water have a taste? Is atheism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Incorrect. In each of those things you are speaking about a SPECIFIC thing...Santa Claus, Toothfairies, etc. Specific individual things can be directly proven. For example, with a toothfairy we can note that there's never been a case of a tooth legitimately vanishing from under a pillow and having money. We can trace back likely specifically to the original creations of it as a fake thing, etc.
    And I am saying the same with regards to Poseidon, Zeus, Allah, and Jehovah.

    However, a belief that "supernatural beings do not exist" as a broad thing would be a belief. There ARE supernatural instances and issues that haven't been fully explained away or unquestionably proven false, however having faith that they're all explainable due to natural law is still a belief. Its you believing something despite there being no concrete definitive answers.
    My atheism has nothing to do with "supernatural". I don't "believe in something despite there being no concrete definitiive answers".

    Yes it does, its the belief that there is no possible way anything can exist outside of natural laws.
    No, it's not. It's the lack of belief of an invisible man in the sky orchestrating our lives.

    Its the belief that the universe is completely lawful, without any elements of chaos that potentially can act outside of natural law and thus are supernatural.
    Incorrect. Though, IMO, anything that happens is natural. Which is why I reject words such a "supernatural" and "natural". They make no sense logically. If there were a god, it would most assuredly be "natural".

    It is the belief that even though there are NUMEROUS things we have absolutely no way to distinctly prove beyond a reasonable doubt that those things are still natural and follow natural laws and can be explained through science even if we're not able to yet.
    No, it's the lack of belief in an invisible man in the sky who shoots lighting bolts out of his ass.

    Arguing Athiesm isn't a religion is one thing, and I'd agree there. But it most certainly IS belief of faith.
    No, there is no belief.

    It is NOT the absence of belief.
    Yes, it is.

    The closest to that is an agnostic. Athiests fully believe that a diety or the supernatural simply is impossible and untrue.
    Incorrect. We simply lack belief in them. Much like I lack belief in fairies. I don't "believe fairies are simply impossible and untrue", I just don't believe in them.

    That is a belief. Agnostics don't believe that there is or isn't something supernatural, they just think its unknowable so don't bother themselves with it either way. THAT is the closest to an absense of belief, not athiesm. Placing ones firm ground in a particular unknown is faith.
    Agnostics think it's unknowable, Atheist simply lack belief.

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