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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2008, 01:58:47 AM »
If a voice shouted down at me as I lay on my deathbed "what do you want to know?" I'd be stupid enough to answer "who do I have to ask?"

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2008, 02:52:11 AM »
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If you had the choice of having any question answered before you died what would it be?

"Can I speak to a supervisor?"

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2008, 02:53:38 AM »
how about:

<b>are we doomed to never fully comprehend and resolve a lot of questions because the construction of our brains makes it impossible to do so.</b>

I would risk answering no to that
Naturally though it depends on the "lot of questions" :-[

Sometimes I think we/I cant figure out a lot of stuff cause we keep turning them over in our minds (is that the same as our brain?!? close enough I'd say) - i.e. we give the [conscious] mind (far?) too much importance in the scheme of things.

Think of all the discoveries that were made when people had given up on ever finding the solutions/answers. I remember reading something Einstein said along those lines, I think he may even have credited [someone/thing else]. Me, I'm not too well up on my science history but believe there's a bunch of other very famous discoveries/solutions that were found "by accident" or as said when people had either given up or simply given up thinking about the problem. *

Naturally I'm not saying we shouldnt think :P   So far, I'll just say that "we give the [conscious] mind too much importance in the scheme of things"

* although it's very often like that also with people who want to have kids but are unsuccessful - when they give up "trying" .. eh .. out pops a kid 9 months later. So I guess that's related to being relaxed when trying to find a solution? :)

EDIT: added [stuff in square brackets]
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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2008, 03:04:41 AM »
What is the sound of one hand clapping?

'Oooohhh, I love it!' when it makes contact with my girlfriend's (bare) bottom.   :-*

(Sorry for cheating by asking a self-answering question.  A dirty one too.  Hey, if God can self-create, well...and there's no one dirtier than God.  He's the one who made us with dirty parts and dirty minds.)
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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2008, 03:24:17 AM »
What women want???

I just can't understand them...  :)
But I think it is better this way, we don't get bored.

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2008, 07:30:04 AM »
Why are women so hard to understand?

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2008, 07:50:30 AM »
What women want???

I just can't understand them...  :)
But I think it is better this way, we don't get bored.

Send me $1000 and I'll give you a few clues ;)

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2008, 08:36:24 AM »
Well, now I'm buying a car, so I am in short supply of money. Maybe one or two clues for free, please??? :D

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2008, 09:18:48 AM »
What women want???

I just can't understand them...  :)
But I think it is better this way, we don't get bored.


Send me $1000 and I'll give you a few clues ;)

From my experience, I've found that just asking usually works best. :Thmbsup:

P.S. Carol: $1K. Love it! ;D

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #34 on: October 08, 2008, 09:32:27 AM »
How to get a girlfriend in next life? :-[ 

How we come to know that soon we're going to get girlfriend? :P

(Please Note Condition :- From 10 hrs Busy Weekdays & just 1 day off[ :(   :P ] )

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2008, 11:29:57 AM »
What is the sound of one hand clapping?

'Oooohhh, I love it!' when it makes contact with my girlfriend's (bare) bottom.   :-*

(Sorry for cheating by asking a self-answering question.  A dirty one too.  Hey, if God can self-create, well...and there's no one dirtier than God.  He's the one who made us with dirty parts and dirty minds.)

Er... the expression "the sound of one hand clapping" does a have "dirty" connotation, but it usually refers to "Self-abuse" (to put it politely).
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #36 on: October 08, 2008, 11:31:34 AM »
How to get a girlfriend in next life?

Telling ya, mahesh, a much more important question to have answered is: "How to get a girlfriend in THIS life?" I never thought I'd figure that one out, either, but when I stopped trying to answer it, the answer came to me!
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2008, 11:50:30 AM »
Well, now I'm buying a car, so I am in short supply of money. Maybe one or two clues for free, please??? :D

Cheapsakate - that's why you don't know the answer already  :-*

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #38 on: October 08, 2008, 12:10:45 PM »
If a voice shouted down at me as I lay on my deathbed "what do you want to know?" I'd be stupid enough to answer "who do I have to ask?"

By far the most intelligent response so far in this thread.


<note as moderator> Please let's be careful not to let this go into the field of religion </note as moderator>

Are logic and religion no longer science? Yes, dangerous science, but science anyway.

I have spent the last fifteen years of my life asking all sorts of impossible questions, and believe I have had some of them rightfully answered - not by fools like Richard Dawkin, but by that heavenly voice that turned out not to be a thunder in the storm but a whisper in the breeze - but at the end of day (life), the question is not from me, but to me: What did you do?

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #39 on: October 08, 2008, 12:21:53 PM »
What's the secret for eternal life?

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #40 on: October 08, 2008, 12:32:24 PM »
is there a universal 'truth' or is it all personal interpretation?

since i believe there is a UniTruth, then why do people have to kill each other in searching for it, or trying to prove they found it? 
wouldn't they be better off with a combined effort? why do people have to argue that 'their' God is the one true God, when there is only One in the first place, just called by a different name? you humans are such weak paranoids.

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #41 on: October 08, 2008, 01:47:06 PM »
<note as moderator> Please let's be careful not to let this go into the field of religion </note as moderator>

Are logic and religion no longer science? Yes, dangerous science, but science anyway.

I have spent the last fifteen years of my life asking all sorts of impossible questions, and believe I have had some of them rightfully answered - not by fools like Richard Dawkin, but by that heavenly voice that turned out not to be a thunder in the storm but a whisper in the breeze - but at the end of day (life), the question is not from me, but to me: What did you do?

Religion is not science and does not lend itself to scientific exploration. This is not in any way meant to invalidate religion or to denigrate the followers of any religion, it's a simple statement based on definitions... That's not why I'm posting, though. If I may, I think João was merely trying to forestall the kind of rancorous debate that could easily flow from posing these kinds of questions. I think that's the emphasis, not restricting peoples' right to express their views.

I may of course be VERY wrong  :o
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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #42 on: October 08, 2008, 03:05:08 PM »
how about:

<b>can AI eventually demonstrate sentience/consciousness.</b>

also:

<b>can humans (as a species) move beyond superstitions</b>

Or the other way around?
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.  - Benjamin Franklin

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #43 on: October 08, 2008, 03:14:20 PM »
What are the winning lotto numbers for 2009?

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #44 on: October 08, 2008, 03:39:27 PM »
One? Dude, I GOTTA know more than that!!

Where do all the left socks go?

You know the fundamental particles that everything in the universe is made of? What are THOSE made of?
(or the corollary - "You know those tiny vibrating pieces of string that everything in the universe is made of? Are they cotton, rayon or polyester?")

What's the answer to n/0?

Will we ever see a day when my brain will become as powerful as my computer?
(true, my computer is a mere toy calculator compared to the vast powers of the average brain, but please explain to me why some days I cannot remember my own phone number?)

I think that'll do it. I could be wrong.

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #45 on: October 08, 2008, 04:12:50 PM »
my joke was hillarious, how come no one is laughing about it?  :(

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #46 on: October 08, 2008, 04:26:09 PM »
my joke was hillarious, how come no one is laughing about it?  :(

I'm contacting a moderator about your joke, mouser!
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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #47 on: October 08, 2008, 04:34:29 PM »
Sorry Mouser, I thought it was funny but then "what women want", "one hand clapping" and "religion and science" distracted me.

So, for the record...
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"Can I speak to a supervisor?"

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #48 on: October 08, 2008, 04:59:06 PM »
Are logic and religion no longer science?

Religion is not science

- no, religion is usually not science. Here I used the word religion instead of theology, because that was the word used by the moderator, but this way I made it all unclear. Sorry! The science theology is most certainly open to any degree of exploration (and interpretation), I should think. The problem is that the scientist have to actually practice the theology, if s/he will test if it is valid. You cannot have a computer tell you the result, but will have to test & see for yourself WITH yourself! And that is usually not too easy without already believing, because theology includes all of your very life.

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Re: One answered question before you died
« Reply #49 on: October 08, 2008, 05:01:39 PM »
What's the secret for eternal life?
Joh 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (English Standard Version of the Bible)

I know I may risk moderatorial wrath - but the question posed is inevitably, inexorably a religious question. Ponderings upon the nature of reality, whether there is a beginning or an end, the existence or otherwise of a Supreme Being, the limits and comprehensiveness of the scientific method to ascertain truth (and the nature of truth), whether there is life after death etc. are all religious questions. The answers given are all religious answers whether couched in metaphorical or scientific language.

Where there are differences among us I trust they can be expressed politely.

David