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Why are we here?

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No, not the big existentialist question, "Why are we (humans) here (this universe)?" but a significantly smaller question, "Why are we (atheists and agnostics) here (Debating Christianity site)?".

I can think of a number of reasons:
  • curiosity
  • overwhelming desire to convert the converted
  • intellectual challenge
  • seeking TRUTH™
  • Learn what they believe and how it is defended
  • other
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Confused wrote:Imitrex can help with tension headache due to it's vasodilating effects. Not a labeled use, nor is it usually used for them, but can get much quicker relief. Not to mention many people who suffer from migraines usually live a highly stressful life and stress can induce tension headaches which can be precursor for migraines, just a the halo effect is a precursor.
I didn't know that. My wife and quite a few of my in-laws have migraine. She gets really ticked off when people are confuse bad headaches with migraine. They are two different things.
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McCulloch wrote:
Confused wrote:Imitrex can help with tension headache due to it's vasodilating effects. Not a labeled use, nor is it usually used for them, but can get much quicker relief. Not to mention many people who suffer from migraines usually live a highly stressful life and stress can induce tension headaches which can be precursor for migraines, just a the halo effect is a precursor.
I didn't know that. My wife and quite a few of my in-laws have migraine. She gets really ticked off when people are confuse bad headaches with migraine. They are two different things.
And I get both far too often :(
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Galphanore wrote:And I get both [bad headaches and migraine] far too often :(
Evidence of Intelligent Design! :whistle:
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McCulloch wrote:
Galphanore wrote:And I get both [bad headaches and migraine] far too often :(
Evidence of Intelligent Design! :whistle:
Yep, as is my carpel tunnel syndrome and bad eye sight.
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McCulloch wrote:
Confused wrote:Imitrex can help with tension headache due to it's vasodilating effects. Not a labeled use, nor is it usually used for them, but can get much quicker relief. Not to mention many people who suffer from migraines usually live a highly stressful life and stress can induce tension headaches which can be precursor for migraines, just a the halo effect is a precursor.
I didn't know that. My wife and quite a few of my in-laws have migraine. She gets really ticked off when people are confuse bad headaches with migraine. They are two different things.
I can sympathize. I get migraines and use the shot imitrex for them. I don't claim they are the same types of headaches. But tension can trigger a migraine. Tylenol won't help a migraine, but imitrex can help a tension headache if it is severe enough. We give it or midrin so some that come in to the ER with severe tension headaches and get fairly good results. It is better than giving them narcotics and helps weed out the drug seekers from those with true headaches.
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McCulloch wrote:
Galphanore wrote:And I get both [bad headaches and migraine] far too often :(
Evidence of Intelligent Design! :whistle:
LOL. Not very intelligent if you ask me. But does fit in with the jealous and vengeful God does it not. "Do as I say or I will inflict horrible migraines and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome on you".

Just kidding.
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Re: Why are we here?

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[Replying to post 1 by McCulloch]

I'm here for a number of reasons:

1. Learn how to debate.
2. Improve my writing skills.
3. Improve my thinking skills
4. Put my ideas to the test
5. Have a focus for my interest in epistemology.. debating with Christians is great for that.
6. Have something to do whilst having my morning coffees ( now, plural ) This might be a circular reason.
7. Improve my understanding of very weird language and ideas.
8. Tackle, hands on sort to speak those wonderful and wacky apologists.
9. Have fun
10. Actually meet ( if only online ) very interesting people
11. Make long long lists.
12. Attempting to insert scatological references without anyone noticing.
13. Reaching out to that invisible audience that just MIGHT need a nudge in the right direction ( guess what that is )

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Originally, I wrote an essay challenging what I thought were a few common Christian beliefs and I wanted some feedback on it--to see how Christians would respond--others too. i thought this would be a great place to post it and get feed back. However, the feedback was very minimal--kind've disappointing.

Now it's more about intellectual stimulation. I browse the posts and see if there is anything worth responding to. Some of the posts are interesting and others are based purely on Scriptural references which are discussing some kind of fantastic tale or prophecy which are ridiculous--on those, it seems to me, is a waste of time.

And, like others, it is a learning experience--discovering how others think.

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