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by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 171
Views: 3097

Re: Secular Intolerance

Nick_A wrote:
What is the process of spirit killing?
What spirit killing means for me is destruction of the impulse to curiosity, adventure, autonomy, love, courage, and pleasure.

You?
by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 107
Views: 973

Re: What is art?

Nick_A wrote: The proponents of the Great Beast determine the relevance of art in progressive art appreciation. Is that all there is? Thanks for clarification. No. I believe that some works of art are better than others. Art appreciation is taught in several ways. One is to learn how to be a maker o...
by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 107
Views: 973

Re: What is art?

Nick_A wrote:
The proponents of the Great Beast determine the relevance of art in progressive art appreciation. Is that all there is?
I have forgotten what "The Great Beast" is .
by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 107
Views: 973

Re: What is art?

The doc wrote: I wasn't suggesting to label a child as a failure but I think it is important to give them a realistic expectation of the world. I agree. I am glad you cleared that up. The doc: It is true that everyone is not good at the same thing but the public school system is not the place to fin...
by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 262
Views: 1471

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

Gustav, the Sermon on the Mount has no ethical "inner" meaning that matters. Its ethics are as plain as can be. As transmitter you are responsible for your own lucidity. You should try to write in a more straightforward style instead of whinging about my stupidity. Your use of English is circuitous ...
by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 262
Views: 1471

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

Science Fan accused Gustav Bjornstrand : I even worship a Jew as God, although Jews are supposedly inferior in my bubble world. Presumably Gustav doesn't credit the historical Jewish Jesus with superhuman powers. The superhuman powers belong to Christ of faith. Gustav, do you understand what I am sa...
by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 107
Views: 973

Re: What is art?

The doc wrote: Political correctness is total Bull Shit, and doesn't deserve the attention it gets. Chess is a game with definite rules and to abandon the set rules of chess is nonsense, chess is not politically correct and never should be, play the game as it is or go find another game where you wo...
by Belinda
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 171
Views: 3097

Re: Secular Intolerance

Nick_A wrote: You tell me: has America evolved or devolved in relation to its purpose? My impression for what it's worth is that America has evolved away from what I know about its Constitution . Everything evolves. America has declined in standards of democratic equality. I hope that American polit...
by Belinda
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 107
Views: 973

Re: What is art?

The artist must be aware of the techniques by which the transmission of this emotion becomes possible through the means of his chosen work of art. A sensitive viewer will experience the same emotion the artist put into their work of art. When this happens the communication called objective art occu...
by Belinda
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 107
Views: 973

Re: What is art?

Art means not only pictures but also music, theatre, weddings, perfumery, poetry, cookery, costume, novels, architecture, Christmas trees , speech making, sculpture, shop window dressing, dancing, face painting, flirting, funerals, and cosmetics. The idioms which I listed can be combined to unusual ...
by Belinda
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 107
Views: 973

Re: What is art?

It's impossible to define art because art is one of those concepts that extend throughout what Wittgenstein called a family of meanings. If by 'art' the OP intends to evaluate then we need to decide on the criteria which we will use for evaluation. Some examples of criteria:- skill expression of fee...
by Belinda
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 262
Views: 1471

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

But your own ideas also have antecedents; freely-determined thought does not exist. Given that there are no ideas without antecedents we need is try to match human nature with whatever ideas are extant and select the ethics that most harmonise with human nature. I don't object to reviewing the idea...
by Belinda
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 262
Views: 1471

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

Gustav Bjornstrand wrote: It is always better --- certainly more interesting! --- when one manages to lift off the shackles, the straightjackets, of imposed politically-correct thinking and to make some steps toward freely-determined thought. But your own ideas also have antecedents; freely-determin...
by Belinda
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 47
Views: 1077

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

Commonsense wrote: I believe there are people who make emotional decisions rather than cognitive ones, perhaps because it is easier for them to "think" with their heart or their gut. My guess is that this may be especially applicable to those with less intellectual growth, less education and less in...
by Belinda
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 262
Views: 1471

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

I read the material recommended by Gustav Bjornstrand on the development of ideas from the Greeks, through the Schoolmen notably Thomas Aquinas, to the philosophers of the enlightenment , and Kant. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08066a.htm The difference between the ideas of Forms by Plato and by A...