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by Londoner
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1321
Views: 41625

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

Me: Nor do I believe in linear time as if it was a thing in itself, which it plainly is not. Plainly? How do you arrive at that? Because time is measured by events. It is not a substance. If it was, I would like somebody to give me a few years as a Christmas present. You mean it's unfalsifiable. Ye...
by Londoner
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Race versus culture
Replies: 556
Views: 5955

Re: Race versus culture

The first thing I'm seeing is Indian national production never declined during the whole period of the Raj as some claim, it grew continuously from 1600 on. I'm also seeing the drain on Indian gross domestic product into British is almost negligible, rarely much more than 1%; considering services r...
by Londoner
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Race versus culture
Replies: 556
Views: 5955

Re: Race versus culture

Oh, so millions of Britons didn't settle in South Africa and Rhodisia? And Britons didn't build any schools and railroads? You are the worst sufferer of confirmation bias that I have ever known. If some colonies had settlers - but some didn't - then this shows that the motivation for colonies in ge...
by Londoner
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Race versus culture
Replies: 556
Views: 5955

Re: Race versus culture

No. The colonies, as always has been the case historically were trading outposts and in some cases outlets for excess population. The effort to maintain trade rights drew the Europeans into territorial conquests they had no use for, since administration is very expensive. The other major objective ...
by Londoner
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Race versus culture
Replies: 556
Views: 5955

Re: Race versus culture

Except that European countries invested vastly more into their colonies than they extracted. Extracted in what form? The reason that you have colonies is to provide yourself with a larger, and sometimes closed, market for your finished goods and also to extract primary products. If you had a normal...
by Londoner
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 25
Views: 344

Re: Certain Knowledge

I have to disagree with this. A cause can have an effect without having a will. A ball can bounce off another ball, making (causing) the other ball to move or change its original course of movement, without either of them having a will, never mind a free will. Now please don't go into a tangent, "s...
by Londoner
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1321
Views: 41625

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

Everything that begins to exist has a cause. (davidm has already done a comprehensive job on the argument as a whole (see above)) I would say of this premise that it exploits an ambiguity in language; does 'everything' mean 'the universe, all that is, all that has ever been, all that will be, as a ...
by Londoner
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1321
Views: 41625

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

You don't have to believe in CD, of course; but if you believe in linear time plus causality (as at least an empirical, material explanation), then you're inevitably also going to be stuck with a First Cause. I do not think 'causality' is the same as 'empirical, material explanation'. Nor do I beli...
by Londoner
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Race versus culture
Replies: 556
Views: 5955

Re: Race versus culture

I expect there are a number of ways we can demonstrate the continuity of identity of ethnicities. One way would be to show that Chinese continue to use the same character since the second millennium BC (Western Zhou period) to identify their nation: 中. This can probably be said of spoken word too, ...
by Londoner
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1321
Views: 41625

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

And here's your follow up question, reworded a bit: if the chain of causes is allegedly "endless," then how did it get started at all? For x-ininity had to happen before x-1,0000000, which had to happen before x-100, which had to happen before x-1, which has to happen before x+1 can happen at all. ...
by Londoner
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1321
Views: 41625

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

You can't "choose" what is the product of Causal Determinist forces. So if your diner thinks he "detests" bacon, it's not because he chose to. It's because of prior biochemical compounds in his body, which are products of his original assembling and his environment, and these are products of prior ...
by Londoner
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Certain Knowledge
Replies: 25
Views: 344

Re: Certain Knowledge

Does wanting your arm to move and then moving it not count as free will? Then what would? 'Free will' is not usually understood as some disembodied force unattached to people. It is the will of an agent . True. But it is not free from causation. Will is also caused. Maybe you ought to define what y...
by Londoner
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Alt-Right Art
Replies: 52
Views: 963

Re: Alt-Right Art

Yes, Seleucus. That is how the dictionary records the way the word is used. But does it help us decide if when the art gallery in the OP is called Alt-Right and the gallery disagrees, which is correct? No it doesn't, because words like 'associated with' and 'including' beg the question of whether th...
by Londoner
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Alt-Right Art
Replies: 52
Views: 963

Re: Alt-Right Art

What? That doesn't actually help to define the term, because you haven't stated what you consider as an 'alt-right lobby group'. It just leaves me scratching my head, because there are no currently-elected candidates even pushing anything like that. Besides that, I'm pretty sure your assessment is ...
by Londoner
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Alt-Right Art
Replies: 52
Views: 963

Re: Alt-Right Art

Me: I'd say 'Alt-Right' describes the people with the money. So another person who wants to change what it actually means? Just goes to show exactly what I'm talking about, here. Very few people who use the term seem to have any solid grasp of what it means - even to themselves - and especially its...