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by Vendetta
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists
Replies: 544
Views: 11665

Re: Secularism versus the Demonization of Atheists

The short answer, then, is that we're here because God is love, and because He wants to bring us into a relationship with Him. We're not cosmic accidents or the detritus of an indifferent universe; we are here by God's deliberate intention, and are precious and valuable, and loved. I remember that'...
by Vendetta
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Humans - Intelligence & Wisdom
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Humans - Intelligence & Wisdom

Over my years it has become apparent to me that all people are the same, just differing degrees of intelligence, and wisdom - to understand the two are not coupled together to a great degree is necessary to understand what needs to be understood. While I am 100% behind you on the need to differenti...
by Vendetta
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Would theists find more meaning in their lives than atheists?
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Re: Would theists find more meaning in their lives than atheists?

I find your response deeply confused. Of course atheists say that the universe has no meaning. Saturn has no meaning. Grains of sand have no meaning. Empty space has no meaning. And so on. Quite right, according to Atheism. Nothing "means" anything, nor does any entity -- planet or person -- have a...
by Vendetta
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is doing evil a necessity of life?
Replies: 90
Views: 2510

Re: Is doing evil a necessity of life?

Isn't in required within the concept of God to be almighty? If there is a scenario in which he is not, then he must not be God. Vendetta, that's a crucial point and we come to the question of the almightiness of God, like if God can create 4-sided triangles. But we have here an empirical example, t...
by Vendetta
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is doing evil a necessity of life?
Replies: 90
Views: 2510

Re: Is doing evil a necessity of life?

PauloL wrote:
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:49 pm
To explain the elements, I think that God mustn't be almighty in that a universe had to be created according to physical laws,
Isn't in required within the concept of God to be almighty? If there is a scenario in which he is not, then he must not be God.
by Vendetta
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Gender Documentation and Definition
Replies: 7
Views: 370

Gender Documentation and Definition

As of recent, there has been some debate as to whether the gender of babies should be required on official documents. Many of those who specifically identify as "outside the gender binary" feel that gender is something that develops over time with exposure, and cannot be determined at birth. Therefo...
by Vendetta
Sun May 28, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: What is the best...?
Replies: 21
Views: 1131

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: 68
Views: 2072

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: 667
Views: 14552

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
Sat May 27, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: when lying is the right thing to do
Replies: 61
Views: 2480

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: 74
Views: 3277

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: 74
Views: 3277

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: 61
Views: 2480

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: 74
Views: 3277

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: 370

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 ...