COOD: Civilized One-on-One Debates on God, Science, Religion & Metaphysics

Debating was always a hot topic… [Source: Wikimedia Commons]

Tired of having heated discussions on God and religion with angry people?

Tired of having impolite or rude reactions to your logical arguments?

The art of debating is simple: Just be polite and respect one another!

And yet, to-day it is harder and harder to find someone who can actually do that!

And that is a pity because too many interesting discussions are lost due to the simple inability of people to just sit and listen to each other. In modern era everyone is so keen on persuading others for their own opinion that the hardly find time to listen to the opposite opinions. But fool yourself not: No matter how right you think you are, the existence of an opposite opinion is a treasure that you should cherish!

To tackle this modern problem a new debate safe-space is introduced: COOD!

A private invitation-only group where polite discussion is the only rule!

> Join group at COOD: Civilized One-on-One Debates on God, Science, Religion & Metaphysics <

A place where people debate only on a one-on-one basis and not in the usual ‘everyone attacking everyone’ manner which resembles lynching more than it resembles actual discussion.

And that is not the only good thing about COOD!

The debates are structured in a way that allows for pure and civilized exchange of ideas, allowing everyone the time to read and understand the opinion of the other side! Debating happens with one person posting after the other in sequential order – posting avalanches of ‘arguments’ to burry your ‘opponent’ with arguments is simply not allowed. Strick administrative oversight ensures that each person says something and then waits for the answer of the other side before posting again!

Last but not least: The debates at COOD end after twenty (20) posts from each side and posted. No more than 20 posts are allowed per person! Keep it short and sweet! In that way everyone will pay more attention to the arguments they post rather than getting into a vindictive mode of constant posting until the other party does not have the time or the nerve to keep up. Civilized discussions happen with structure and at some point they have a civilized end.

Everyone reading can then assess the discussion at their own pace.

Any topic can be of course be the subject of another debate as many times as people wish, as long as the above rules are met (Read the Rules in the page for more details).

Too COOD to be true?

Perhaps it is time to believe in miracles…

Facebook, drones, Internet: The need for NO-Internet! [Φοβού τους Δαναούς…]

If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be … in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and at a summit in New York earlier this week, the company revealed those drones will be the size of jumbo jets.

In March of 2014, Facebook acquired drone maker Ascenta, whose solar-powered drones could potentially remain airborne at 65,000 feet for months or years at a time. (Ascenta’s web page has disappeared since the acquisition, leaving only a goodbye notice in Facebook-blue.) To make this project fly, Facebook plans on testing one of the drones over American skies by 2015, hoping to have the project off the ground in three to five years. (1)

Φοβού τους Δαναούς και δώρα φέροντες… say the Greeks.
Be afraid of those who come with gifts… in a free translation.

Is the Internet a gift after all?
Does it bring us together?
Does it makes knowledge sharing earier?

Or does it make us more stupid?
Or maybe it increases our solitude?

Turn off the Internet and see.
See how you will read more books. More actual books with actual knowledge, not bot-writen Wikipedia articles.
See how you will see more of your friends. Not Facebook imaginary friends but actual living friends.

If only the planes of Facebook crashed.
You would never read this article,
but you would be much wiser in any sense…

Be careful of people who bring free gifts.
Because they usually are not free.
And certainly they are not gifts…

Facebook, Google, the death of Internet, true knowledge…

In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is shifting. WhatsApp charges users $0.99 a year, a fee it justifies in a straightforward way—no ads, no data mining, no kidding. Now that one of the world’s most prolific data miners owns WhatsApp, we’ll see if the service can continue to guard privacy in the same way. Regardless, the lesson stands. People are realizing just how much their data is worth.

The free Internet will soon be dead.
Because we value our privacy.

We want to Google for information of others, but we do not wish others to search for our data.
We like to keep close to our selves rather than open up to the Universe.

Wise men repeatedly advised people to think openly.
To try to unite with the cosmos.
Who would thought that this advise would be relevant to today’s Internet.

Search for knowledge inside your self.
And then let everyone in.
Google and Facebook will lose all their money.
And you will win the world…

Facebook, face detection, our lost soul…

Facebook researchers have built DeepFace, an algorithm that can pick a face out of a crowd with 97.25 per cent accuracy. That means it is almost as good as we are at recognizing a face. (1)

But is that correct?
Can this be correct?

Is our face simply a pattern of lines and colours?
Do we recognize faces based only on these attributes?

An era void of life.
An era where lifeless beings seeing only lifeless things.

We have stopped seeing our soul in our eyes.
Our face will soon be only a pattern of lines and colours.

Facebook will soon INDEED detect faces…

Animals. Facebook. Friends.

We all know that the internet loves animals. Now you can take that adoration one step further and friend a wild animal on Facebook.

The creatures are getting online thanks to WildMe, a social media app that pulls data from citizen-science platform WildBook and turns it into Facebook pages. The prototype app, already live online, has pages where users can friend and get updates on whale sharks and polar bears. (1)

The Internet has already become a domain for non-human entities. (see “Internet, bots, humans” here) Now even animals come into place to fill in the puzzle! We must accept it one way or another: In order to find our human nature we must leave behind anything related to non-human activities. We know what activities these are. We are just too addicted to them…

Unless we want to hang out with animals, the difficult path is open for us to take…

> Check out the other related to dehumanization post at Harmonia Philosophica Blogger portal! <

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