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Mark your calendars! Clear your schedules! Defragment your hard drives and install those updates!

It is time for How FishPreferred Are You?

As you may know, Gantic will not be available to do his usual schtick this year, thus it falls to me to continue this weird tradition of quantifying your similitude to some vague standard through a series of convoluted and seemingly arbitrary tests.

Sign-up is open until 10 spots are filled, or until September 9, whichever is sooner. You may wager any number of Gantic Points you like, but they will be disregarded because Gantic Points have no relevance to this game.

ROSTER:
1ʭ Hardstrike
1ʭ MattEmAngel
1ʭ Yellowcat
1ʭ hafaroman
1ʭ Coral42
1ʭ Boofuss
1ʭ Moegreche
1ʭ PLGuy
1ʭ Swarmlord2*

*Additional entry, because Hey, why not?

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@MattEmAngel @PLGuy
If either of you want to take a stab at answering, you have until some time around noon.

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Sure:

1-1) Never attribute to another's stupidity what can as easily be attributed to your own.
1-2) Everything which rotates rotates clockwise.

2) First a plane from USA to Hanoi and then a shuttle bus from the airport in Hanoi to Old Quarter.

And my second shot:

1) Thing 1 and Thing 4 from Round 3 - because they are cool and you are interested in black holes.

2) Thing 2 and Thing 3 from Round 3 - Thing 2 to make sure that the geometry of airplane's (on which you will fly to Hanoi) wings is correct. Thing 3 to use Noise-canceling Headphones to cancel the noise of plane's engine (they are producing canceling waves like these shown in Thing 3).

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Answers:
1 "Knowledge is not as simple as having the right answers. Knowledge is a way of finding them." - Me, from a webcomic forum you've probably never seen.
2 A large barrel and a small tree. I'm referring to Old Quarter from Thief: Deadly shadows.

52.5ʭ Hardstrike
92.5ʭ MattEmAngel
85.0ʭ PLGuy

55.0ʭ Swarmlord2

MattEmAngel and PLGuy, as the players with the most pisca, will advance to the next round.

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Round n-1 is the WEPR round. You knew this was coming, didn't you? If not, then I can't imagine why. The two arguments linked below have gone mostly unchallenged for several years. We are going to fix that (in this thread, of course, not the old ones). The choice of argument goes to the first finalist to claim one.

Argument 1

Argument 2

Explain exactly why this person's argument is wrong. In keeping with standard procedure of ridiculously overweighting the last round of every game, this will be for a total of 100ʭ. Feel free to quote the article directly. 20ʭ will be deducted for any logical fallacy you make.

You have until Saturday (Oct 21) to post your counter argument.

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Duuude I cant believe I didnt think of Thief, I played that game for like 5 times.
Also I'm glad I dont have to write lengthy essays in order to prove someone is wrong... like a common internet warrior.

Edit: Good luck to both of you
#PrayforPolandGuy #MattEmWinner

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Uff good that you've chosen Argument 2 for yourself @MattEmAngel - it is much more distant for me than the first one.

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It's divided. I'll be looking for certain points in your arguments that are similar to the points I would make.

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So, I am third. I am glad. Thanks for this, @FishPreferred

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Answer to 9.5 years younger @Bloody_Wolf Yeah so wherever you are, whoever you are I'm challenging your argument in this topic.

First of all...Christians don't kill other people just for holding different beliefs. They do believe that theirs is the only way to God, but come on, no one in a Christian church would go crazy just because a Buddhist monk decided to walk in the door. I do remember the Crusades, but that was simply a political plot to gain land under the guise of a holy war. The church had nothing to do with it. As for "turning the other cheek," this doesn't mean Christians are pacifists, or allow themselves to be trod upon. It just means they don't go around retaliating against people all the time.
To address the hypocrisy issue, I agree it exists and is a major problem. In fact, the church is aware of it. The fact is that everyone will give in to sin sometimes, but anyone who calls himself a Christian and purposely goes on sinning is just going to cause trouble for himself and make others think that Christians are no different from any other people when it comes to bad behavior.
As for human nature, I've noticed that almost invariably, when left to their own devices, humans will choose evil over good. Also, as strange as this may sound, truth and morality are not relative concepts. They are absolute. Think about it; anyone who believes in physics believes in absolute truth. Is it not an absolute statement to say, "There exists a force in our universe called gravity which holds its structure together." ? Gravity works. That's an absolute statement. I don't believe in situational ethics, either. Things like murder and thievery will always be wrong, and no situation or circumstance can change that. There will always be good and evil, right and wrong.
Whew - feeling a bit rantish...better quit before I write a whole book in this post! XD

First of all...Christians don't kill other people just for holding different beliefs. (…)
I do remember the Crusades, but that was simply a political plot to gain land under the guise of a holy war. The church had nothing to do with it.

First of all you are generalizing by using present simple tense in the beginning, because:
Over the centuries Christians were performing genocides over other religion/religions for holding different beliefs (called heresies), it was called Inquisition primarily pagans and then protestants (also Christians but on the other side of schisms), after that Aborigines in time of colonisation.

And about Crusades: Crusade can be announced only by the pope. The first Crusade started in 1096. The main reason of it according to Wikipedia (reliable article) was the fact that the emperor of Byzantium introduced Muslims to the pope Alexander II as awful pagans. For some people it was a plot to gain land, for some to defend borders but for majority of participants it was for the God (more or less hypocrisy involved). Pope declared that every earlier and further sin will be forgiven… and one can only imagine where did that declaration lead medieval soldiers… The slogan of the Crusaders was: “God wills it!”

They do believe that theirs is the only way to God, but come on, no one in a Christian church would go crazy just because a Buddhist monk decided to walk in the door.

Another generalization: There’s no assurance that in some church there won’t be a xenophobe at given moment. And believe me – one could find an excuse for violence (most certainly not performed directly in a church) – like f.e. retaliation:

As for "turning the other cheek," this doesn't mean Christians are pacifists, or allow themselves to be trod upon. It just means they don't go around retaliating against people all the time.

This time I’ll cite some of the Nazi’s ideology that also derives from Christianity. Hitler in one of his explanations:

“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. ...Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross. ...”

Most Nazis worship Hitler and his interpretations of the Bible. Nazi Christians might strike for their never exhausted need of revenge to any Yew (and it seems that also to any apparent confessor of other faith). But also a Christian doesn’t need to be Nazi to have extremist notions and be intolerant against other religions. I mean that in every group of people there are good and evil people and upbringing with Christian faith doesn’t guarantee that a person will be good and tolerant for neighbours. There are many more factors to that than just a faith (namely whole bunch of nature, nurture and society factors). Also there are more peaceful religions, although not all are as peaceful. Having a proper Christian upbringing certainly is a positive factor.

To address the hypocrisy issue, I agree it exists and is a major problem. In fact, the church is aware of it.

What do you mean by that? There are many scandals caused by priests, which the Church always tries to fix, but I think that by hypocrisy you meant any sin done by priests. This claim needs sources or at the very least more explanation for some credibility.

The fact is that everyone will give in to sin sometimes, but anyone who calls himself a Christian and purposely goes on sinning is just going to cause trouble for himself and make others think that Christians are no different from any other people when it comes to bad behavior.

So… somebody would be right? No matter if it is Christian, Jew or other religion – everybody who does evil deeds has the same fault (in the same circumstances) for his/her behavior. What you had written makes me think that you consider Christians as better people than confessors of other faiths, because only if they go on sinning they are no different to other people who do so. So otherwise we, Christians, are better people than other? That fights with these quotes from the Bible:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 32:8

“So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, (…)” Acts 10:34

As for human nature, I've noticed that almost invariably, when left to their own devices, humans will choose evil over good.

I, on the other hand, have noticed that almost invariably people when left to their own devices will choose these options which give the best results costing the least and it is most of the time choosing good well over evil and (or, well there’s always something between these two extremes, the better option). If by “left to their own devices” you mean: live without the guidance of the Bible, then I think that people might act good without ever reading the Book. Many other religions also predicate good deeds and even people who are atheists might have many virtues guaranteeing good choices over evil. Virtues which were developed by some other means.

Also, as strange as this may sound, truth and morality are not relative concepts. They are absolute. Think about it; anyone who believes in physics believes in absolute truth. Is it not an absolute statement to say, "There exists a force in our universe called gravity which holds its structure together." ? Gravity works. That's an absolute statement.

I found an article which was saying same things and these are from a book called “True Truth: Defending Absolute Truth in a Relativistic World” by Art Lindsley.

Basically this book blames relativism for causing religious absolutism which led to Inquisition, Crusades and Nazism and then author creates the new, reformed, absolute truths. I didn’t have an opportunity to read more than a review of that book. I wasn't sure if this was all made up before I had searched for Absolute Truth in the Bible:

“Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
John 14:6

"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
John 16:3

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
Numbers 23:19

You see, according to these quotes God is the absolute Truth. If you consider vision of truth of every person as absolute then your interpretations of the Bible are… specific and you just didn’t understand your sources of information – which as it turned out are also interpretations of the Bible made by the author. I wholeheartedly don’t agree with one thing he had done in his book: justifying religious absolutism by blaming relativism of it. Give me a break! The reason why Inquisiton looked as it looked was because Christians were blinkered by oppressive absolutism, they were totally intolerant for new religions (which they called heresies), because of treating Christianity as the one and only acceptable religion and its precepts as absolute (there were exceptions). According to Wikipedia at start the Church was trying persuasion, but when it didn’t work the real Inquisition started. They were sentencing people to death after trials (often including tortures) which couldn’t result in innocence. Allegedly priests started to perform the trials and sentences to prevent secular lynches – even worse in results.

To sum up: it is your thing if you believe in the content of this book – it’s author’s attempt and not absolute truths composed on a church council. Truth is relative. Some people might believe in things that are false for others, I will provide some examples but first let’s come back to the theory of gravity. I’m not saying that it is at any point fault (I think that it would be pointless to do so), but in science theories might be challenged and denied if there is enough evidence from studies. That happened many times throughout the ages, as examples: The list of superseded scientific theories.

It’s good to take scientific theories as truth and that would be ridiculous to deny many of them, but if there happens to be proofs denying them people shouldn’t defend these theories and treat them as absolute. So I hope that you see how truth is often situational...
And morality… It’s good to be governed by a healthy morality in life. But we can’t expect that every person in the world, or at least from one faith will adopt the same absolute morality – it is a fictional view on this subject, it’s impossible.

Also countries have laws that at given point should be respected, it’s good to look at them as absolute at very least to avoid penalties, but also because they are precisely described and try involving many possibilities. Also in this case I can’t tell that there aren’t any situational/relative laws. Also every country (in USA every State) have differences in law. It would be great if all the people in the world would adopt Geneva Conventions, but you can’t expect to make that happen f.e. in dictatorship countries.

I don't believe in situational ethics, either. Things like murder and thievery will always be wrong, and no situation or circumstance can change that. There will always be good and evil, right and wrong.

And I believe in them. Thievery of food done by starving people and murder caused in self defense are my examples. Every court in civilized country will treat these as special circumstances and lower the sentence. The Bible also says this about such situations:

Thievery in starvation:
"People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house."

Killing in self-defense:
“If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him”

Also some killing in war is justified in the Bible, because God Himself dictated battles to be fought and killing is inseparable part of wars.
Quote from from another article:

“The Bible never condemns the actions of a soldier following orders on a battlefield.”

To square this thought away the article says that every killing leaves a stigma and that is why God told David:
“You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood”
1 Chronicles 28:3

Quote from the Bible:
“And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land. 2 And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it.”
Joshua 8:1-2

All in all I didn’t agree with almost anything from your argument even if I’m also a Christian (Catholic). That isn’t 100% caused by the fact that it’s a competition. The game is called “How FishPreferred are you?” and yet these are my arguments - I didn’t try to answer like the host would (I have no idea how anyway). Also lack of facts and claims without any support of articles made your argument very “easy” to attack. I mean there was so much to attack that I don’t know if in the end I answered properly on your argument.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inquisition
https://www.openbible.info/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades/
https://www.gotquestions.org/killing-in-war.html
https://www.gotquestions.org/absolute-truth.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superseded_scientific_theories
https://www.amazon.com/True-Truth-Defending-Absolute-Relativistic/dp/0830832351
http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2430792/jewish/The-Spanish-Inquisition.htm

I just hope that some of my arguments will match up to yours @FishPreferred and I’ll get more than 20 pisca XD

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Yes so that means that you have the second argument and the first one is for me - that's why I answered it. Am I missing something?

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The clue that we have to challenge both arguments is here:

"The two arguments linked below have gone mostly unchallenged for several years. We are going to fix that (in this thread, of course, not the old ones)."

That's why I understood that 1 person should counter the first argument and 2nd person the 2nd argument. I don't see anything about the choice of argument for both of us either. @FishPreferred Am I right? (I hope so)

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I didn't notice before how ambiguous the instructions were. PLGuy is correct; you're responding to different arguments.

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Oh man that's great that I understood your intention. I thought that if we were to counter the same argument, you would have given us a way of subscribing answers without letting know the other person, like f.e. via e-mail.

My corrections since I can't edit the post now:

Over the centuries Christians were performing genocides over other religion/religions for holding different beliefs (called heresies), it was called Inquisition primarily pagans and then protestants (also Christians but on the other side of schisms), after that Aborigines in time of colonisation.

Inadvertently I put converting pagans, fighting with heresies and converting Northern American "Indians" to one bag and labelled it as Inquisition. Inquisition is a term related only to fighting with heresies.

And two not erased words:

I, on the other hand, have noticed that almost invariably people when left to their own devices will choose these options which give the best results costing the least and it is most of the time choosing good well over evil and (or, well there’s always something between these two extremes, the better option).
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truth and morality are not relative concepts.

I just wanna add that I didn't even mention truth in the meaning of a component of logic, because this guy clearly didn't mean it. Although I'm not the best logician I do understand that denying that logic's truth is absolute is a self-destructive act.
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