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kwhipke1's Opinions

Is masturbation morally acceptable?      Agree      07 Mar 2011      0 Points
I agree that it is morally acceptable from my system of morals, but that doesn't mean that all moral systems hold it to be morally acceptable.

For Christians, it is not morally acceptable.

I think the phrasing of this question isn't synergistic with how the site is meant to work.

Are spiritual experiences evidence of the supernatural?      Disagree      07 Mar 2011      0 Points
For any spiritual experience someone claimed was caused by their deity of choice, I could claim that it was caused by aliens with superior technology and have no more evidence that that interpretation of the experience was correct than their interpretation. In fact, there are an infinite number of interpretations about what supernatural entity actually caused it (or if it even was supernatural), so the chance of any claim that one interpretation is right is basically 0. The only thing you can say with any certainty is "this experience happened".

Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion)      Disagree      07 Mar 2011      1 Point
Given the evidence, the likelihood that the earth is around 4.5 billion years is higher than the likelihood that the earth is 6000 years old.

That is, of course, before assuming the existence of My Preferred Supernatural Entity.

Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?      Disagree      07 Mar 2011      0 Points
Faith is usually defined as believing without evidence, and is claimed to be a necessary part of religion.
Science requires evidence.

Is adoption (of orphans) better than birth?      Agree      07 Mar 2011      1 Point
I define "better" in terms of utility - that which is good maximizes happiness and minimizes unhappiness.

Birth is a painful process that can have complications leading to the injury or death of the mother and the death or deformation of the baby. Many claim (I say this from personal experience), however, that it was a positive experience like no other.

With adoption, on the other hand, you know a great deal more about the health of the child. For one, you know it survived. Also, the pain of birth has already been borne. In other words, the net happiness would be decreased by allowing another person to experience the pain of childbearing - adopting minimizes this pain. This is particularly subjective, however, since some probably feel a strong desire to give birth and think they would be unhappy if they didn't. For individuals, they must consider how unhappy not bearing a child would make them vs. how much physical pain bearing a child would cause.

Now for the far reaching positive impact:
Birth increases the population while adoption increases the likelihood of happiness for an individual who might otherwise not have led a happy life. You can view it as a choice - Imagine you are in a room with two buttons. In that room are children in an orphanage (a less than ideal situation). If you press button 1, a new child will be created who you can raise, and the children in the orphanage will not escape their situation. If you press button 2, one orphan will be given to you to raise.
You are almost certainly guaranteed to improve the quality of life of the orphan, while creating a new life is, in my opinion (and in a society with no shortage of people), morally neutral. In addition, creating that new child only contributes to overpopulation.

As a closing note, the subjectiveness of the situation is important to consider. Obviously, couples who would only grudgingly adopt should bear a child. Couples who cannot, in other words, conceive of being happy with an adopted child and who cannot change their minds should probably not adopt. However, couples who are open to either option, in my opinion, should go with adoption. Whether a given couple should even be raising a child is another question entirely.

Is marriage a good thing?      Neutral      07 Mar 2011      1 Point
I agree that this is a very subjective question, but we can look at general trends to determine if, for the average human, is marriage "good" defined in the context of some system of morality.

From a utilitarian perspective, on average, happy marriages make people happier than if they were single, while unhappy marriages make people less happy than if they were single.

I am of the opinion that individuals considering marriage should take these statistics into consideration when making that decision. I've witnessed much unhappiness from people (and their children) who are in sub-par marriages.

Comparisons with Experts and Influencers

The similarity between kwhipke1 and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on kwhipke1's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Sam Harris
Writer, Speaker, Atheism Activist
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Merle Hertzler
Born Again Atheist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

World's Largest Encyclopedia
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Bruce James Chapman
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Cahit Guven
Economics Lecturer
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Bill Maher
Political T.V. Host, Comedian
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Steven Weinberg
Nobel Laureate in Physics
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Pickup Artist
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Sam Schulman
English Professor
50% agreement / 1 opinions

George W. Bush
United States President 2001-2009
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Laura Kipnis
Media Studies Professor
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Jane Austen
Famous Author
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
25% agreement / 2 opinions

Russell Humphreys
Creationist Physicist
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Barack Obama
United States President
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Immanuel Kant
Iconic Philosopher of 18th Century
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Albert Mohler
President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Richard Feynman
Nobel Laureate in Physics
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Andrew Sullivan
Journalist, Author
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Deepak Chopra
Inventor of Quantum Healing
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

kwhipke1's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers kwhipke1 typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Medium Disagree Is the Earth approximately 6000 years old? (as opposed to 4.5 billion)
Medium Neutral Is marriage a good thing?
Low Disagree Are spiritual experiences evidence of the supernatural?

Projected Opinions

kwhipke1's projected opinions are opinions kwhipke1 is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Neutral Does God exist?
Medium Agree Is morality objective?
Medium Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Medium Disagree Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?
Medium Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
Medium Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Low Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
Low Disagree Is truth relative?
Low Agree Is self-deception a fault?
Low Agree Is "ought" derived from "is"?