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by Vendetta
Sun May 28, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: What is the best...?
Replies: 21
Views: 105

Re: What is the best...?

Automatic car? Any American car, the Europeans had to design a new transmission for every new car they made and seldom got it right. The Americans would design a transmission, develop it, and then put the same transmission in everything, so everything had a good transmission. So, what little run-ar...
by Vendetta
Sun May 28, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Jaffa cakes are evil
Replies: 38
Views: 188

Re: Jaffa cakes are evil

Arising_uk wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 10:25 pm
vegetariantaxidermy wrote:Pringles are delicious but they could do with a chicken flavour without embellishments.
All abominations! The only true Pringles come in a red-box.
Truer words have never been spoken.
by Vendetta
Sun May 28, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 272
Views: 2466

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

It'll probably come up again, right after the next homicidal Muslim kills a bunch of innocents. In other words, talk to you tomorrow or the next day. My sincere apologies. It wasn't even one day. I presume you've been hearing or reading about events in Egypt? Whom do you blame there? Was it the Qua...
by Vendetta
Sun May 28, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Should the government require safety messages on products and advertising?
Replies: 56
Views: 473

Re: Should the government require safety messages on products and advertising?

Jesus Christ, can you understand plain American English? Government warnings on cigarette packages and advertising are not warnings at all, but merely represent the government trying to discourage smoking, which it has absolutely no authority to do under the U.S. Constitution. Can't you get that th...
by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: when lying is the right thing to do
Replies: 48
Views: 865

Re: when lying is the right thing to do

This is an interesting perspective, and yes, in that sense you're right. But this can be applied to other situations in the world beyond cards where people can manipulate others for gain, without outright lying to them. Is this any more ethical than lying? By manipulation, do you mean manipulating ...
by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines
Replies: 50
Views: 1147

Re: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines

In order to create a simulation of something, there requires to be something there to base the simulation on. That which the simulation is based on is considered true reality in that sense. I've simulated plenty of things that are effectively imagined worlds. Some assign ontic reality to imagined t...
by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines
Replies: 50
Views: 1147

Re: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines

In order to create a simulation of something, there requires to be something there to base the simulation on. That which the simulation is based on is considered true reality in that sense. When you simulate, say, a human brain; and when your simulation is very very good; how do you determine wheth...
by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: when lying is the right thing to do
Replies: 48
Views: 865

Re: when lying is the right thing to do

I don't think there are any instances, but you're welcome to try and name one. My position, which is actually a spiritual practice until one has no choice, is, if you can't tell the truth, don't speak. For Walker-- I adhere to the very same principle, except in a game of cards. 😏 As much as I abhor...
by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines
Replies: 50
Views: 1147

Re: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines

1. The thing being simulated\emulated would be reality. . A simulation of the behavior of a thing is not the same as the thing itself. We can simulate the early evolution of the universe after the big bang. But that's not the universe. In order to create a simulation of something, there requires to...
by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: can we simulate meaning consciousness in artificial intelligence using language and program proper association
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: can we simulate meaning consciousness in artificial intelligence using language and program proper association

can we simulate meaning consciousness in artificial intelligence using language and program proper association Yes - so long as you use the term - simulate. I feel creating an "AI" capable of having a conversation to the degree of the Turing test is not overly difficult, however any bod suggesting ...
by Vendetta
Sun May 21, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: when lying is the right thing to do
Replies: 48
Views: 865

Re: when lying is the right thing to do

People lie to preserve their self-image all the time. Or further, to preserve the physical or emotional stability of others. That does not require lying. For instance with a child, you truthfully tell the child what is good about the child. From this, the child will learn what is not good about the...
by Vendetta
Sun May 21, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: when lying is the right thing to do
Replies: 48
Views: 865

Re: when lying is the right thing to do

Walker wrote:
Sun May 21, 2017 2:52 pm
ken wrote:
Sun May 21, 2017 7:21 am
I do not know. I can not think of any examples of when lying is the right thing to do.
People lie to preserve their self-image all the time.
Or further, to preserve the physical or emotional stability of others.
by Vendetta
Sat May 20, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 1184

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

The only people who worry about being dead are the living. Well, the vexed question has been begged...how long is "life" really? Does it begin and end with the physical body? Before we reassure people not to worry, shouldn't be be completely confident of that answer? That seems reasonable...after a...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 1184

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

without reasonable doubt, Notice that phrase. "Beyond a reasonable doubt," it goes. It's used in courts and in judging of scientific matters. But notice the word "reasonable." All it implies is that at present, no sufficient reasons for doubt can be found. But it stops well short of saying, "Beyond...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 1184

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

It is certainly true that it is not often possible for us to validate the experience of another. But frequently enough it is possible for us to get strong warrant for believing the account they provide even if they are the only one But you cannot apply this to the scientific method. The more exacti...