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by Greta
Fri May 26, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy and the Great Questions of the Heart.
Replies: 24
Views: 115

Re: Philosophy and the Great Questions of the Heart.

The Ten Great Questions of the Heart My universal answer is, 'I don't know', but below are my best guesses. 1. Are we alone in the Universe? (Does God Exist?) My best guess: a) there is surely other life, probably intelligent life, maybe even much more intelligent life; b) it depends on how you def...
by Greta
Fri May 26, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

Fundamentalist Islam is akin to a dying beast thrashing in its death throws. "Throes"? Perhaps. I would wish so, for sure. When an ideology gets to the point of marginalizing and brutalizing half of its own population, and blowing up its young men, it's pretty moribund. It's pretty clear Islam has ...
by Greta
Fri May 26, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

Which century would most appeal to you? I'm not saying we're not privileged. I'm saying we're not average, and we're not typical of where the world is headed. This may very well be the best things get. But in many ways, it's been better. Look at warfare, disease, infanticide, international politics...
by Greta
Fri May 26, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

... science, history and foreign languages are being cut out or reduced in the curriculum and religious education time slots increased. Survey shows that more than 80% of religion teachers support Shariah, additionally, 20% of total students are educated in madrasahs. They are working hard to elimi...
by Greta
Fri May 26, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

... if they had the same weapons as Christians and atheists they would use them instead. Yes. Terrorism is simply how one engages in warfare when at a large technological disadvantage. For the weaker combatant, the only access to the enemy is via their only unprotected zones - the citizenry. Everyw...
by Greta
Fri May 26, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

Immanuel, the conversation is too fragmented to be workable for me. As a windbag who likes to get a good roll :) on I'd rather focus on one of the point, where focus is not on which of our warring tribes is least bad, but what brings our tribes to both formation and to war. ...today's relatively gen...
by Greta
Thu May 25, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

... I don't know how "free" the indigenous people in your area were. Ours warred endlessly on each other, kept slaves, rambled from place to place whenever the local territory was exhausted, had little in learning or technology (not even the wheel), and nothing in medicine, and were basically super...
by Greta
Thu May 25, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 126
Views: 1451

Re: Secular Intolerance

Greta, men are more powerful than other intelligent species and we can and do decimate those other species. I see us as agents of larger forces than ourselves. Think of the breakdown of tissue during gestation. That's the equivalent to what I think is happening. Why do I think we are manipulated by...
by Greta
Thu May 25, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

...the dynamic of a wasting, flaccid and and inward-looking failing society echoes the problems faced by other empires / dominant cultures. Interestingly, that's what the founders of the US essentially saw when they looked at Europe. Yes, and Europe went down, just as the US is doing now. Fox is do...
by Greta
Thu May 25, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 126
Views: 1451

Re: Secular Intolerance

Nature is a living machine governed by the mechanics of universal laws. it is a wonderful and necessary machine. You would equate this REACTING living machine with the potential for conscious human being capable of conscious ACTION. I cannot see how mechanical REACTION is equal in objective quality...
by Greta
Thu May 25, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 126
Views: 1451

Re: Secular Intolerance

Nicko, we should be retitling this thread 'Nick's intolerance of "secularists"'. I thought that all I wanted was to better understand nature and reality in general. You just underestimate the purpose and importance of philosophy for the evolution of human being. Actually that is one reason for the T...
by Greta
Wed May 24, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

I'd say we are looking at yet another empire brought down by hubristic self focus. Perhaps. I don't know, though, that "empire" ever really applied to the US. I guess it does, if all you mean by "empire" is "very influential and powerful place." But I've always found the claims that America is an "...
by Greta
Wed May 24, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 126
Views: 1451

Re: Secular Intolerance

Again, you do not recognize the difference between human conscious evolution and human adaptation even theoretically. Those like you and F4 even become insulted when people question their answers. I have no problem with being questioned, just not having false assumptions pinned on me. Who does? You...
by Greta
Wed May 24, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 126
Views: 1451

Re: Secular Intolerance

Plato wrote of the tripartite soul. In other words, the collective human soul or essence has three parts: intellect, spiritedness (emotions) and appetites (sensory desires.) Modern psychology has expanded on this as can be seen here http://www.scandalon.co.uk/philosophy/plato_tripartite_soul.htm Th...
by Greta
Wed May 24, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

Re: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.

So what is the US's problem? "United" States is increasingly looking like a misnomer, almost Orwellian in its contrariness. I don't know. As an observer, I would say they've got a number of problems that are causing fractures. What would you think? I'd say we are looking at yet another empire broug...