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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The struggle the USA faces in accepting kindness for all
Replies: 0
Views: 1

The struggle the USA faces in accepting kindness for all

“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy see...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 354
Views: 12632

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Whom should I believe? So it isn't that he (Dennett) is ' entirely denying qualia ' in the sense of denying that we have individual subjective reactions to the world. It is more that he doesn't think that to give these the collective label 'qualia' achieves anything, except to confuse the issue furt...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: An oil future?
Replies: 7
Views: 83

Re: An oil future?

Also, to reduce fatalities would be easy: reduce speed limits all over on all roads to 10 miles per hour. Or better still, five miles per hour. We'd all starve to death, or most of us would, but there would be no road fatalities. I do not wish to restrict driving so much that we eliminate fatalitie...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Socratic Ignorance vs Secular Intelligence
Replies: 33
Views: 729

Re: Socratic Ignorance vs Secular Intelligence

"A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering". ~ Buddha Well, that was easy! But I wonder how useful that sentiment is when your starving to death, slowly consumed by a plague, burned alive or in the process of being drawn an...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How close to perfection can we get?
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: How close to perfection can we get?

The answer depends in part on what is meant by "perfection" in the first place. Therefore I let the user make that definition and discuss his/her thoughts. PhilX 🇺🇸 Some say five milliomicrons, or five times 10 to the power of minus twelve metres. I say that's crap. 6.24 times ten to the twenty-thi...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Do you care about style ?
Replies: 13
Views: 499

Re: Do you care about style ?

Style also means a writing instrument, in Ancient Greek. Or in some other ancient language. For style of speech. Hm. I should pay more attention to how I speak. I am easily spoken over, you know, I start a story or a sentence, and by the time I say the third word, someone else starts another story a...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Ultimate Questions by Bryan Magee
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Ultimate Questions by Bryan Magee

This article was a waste of reading. Luckily it was not long. A brief synopsis he could have written discussing the book he read: "We don't know squat all, so we could believe, but belief has no legs to stand on either, when it comes to knowledge." Well, duh. Even worse, it appeals to the god gap. T...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 116
Views: 1855

Re: Secular Spirituality

There may be many jokes in there for all we know, in which case people could be living by the tenets of ancient satire :) I'm sorry, Greta, but I trust myself to laugh when something is funny. The Bible has not one funny line. This is important. To me a joke is something that is funny, that you lau...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 354
Views: 12632

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Greta wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Nobody has solved the hard problem, although plenty (like Dennett) believe they have.
Dennett dinnit dunnit.
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Socratic Ignorance vs Secular Intelligence
Replies: 33
Views: 729

Re: Socratic Ignorance vs Secular Intelligence

"A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering". ~ Buddha Well, that was easy! But I wonder how useful that sentiment is when your starving to death, slowly consumed by a plague, burned alive or in the process of being drawn an...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is God competent or incompetent?
Replies: 12
Views: 135

Re: Is God competent or incompetent?

Consider that you are an animal who should follow natural law. In natural law, the God of an ant is an ant. The God of a lion is a lion. The God of a man, if we follow that logic and truth, should be a man. Do you agree? I've known dogs to whom their apparent god was a man. Cats, no. All other pets...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: I have a highly qualified psychological counselor booked for 12 sessions
Replies: 3
Views: 38

Re: I have a highly qualified psychological counselor booked for 12 sessions

Yanks and your bloody 'therapy'. Every 'psychologist' I have known has been a nutter themselves. You would be better off getting a cat (cheaper too) or a dog. Just out of curiosity, how much does she charge per session? It would not be cheaper on the long run to get a cat. Plus, curiosity could kil...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 80
Views: 4962

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

The question would be self-answering if worded thus: "Is thinking in words and sentences possible without knowing even one language?"

Ha.
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Self-centeredness
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: Self-centeredness

A self-centered person pays attention only or mainly to himself. How do they manage to be self-centered without getting bored ? Being self-centered doesn't mean you're isolated or bored with yourself. In fact some who are that way may actually have a following. It all depends on the ways ego-centri...
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Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Local Discussion Groups
Topic: 4th PHILOSOPHY NOW FESTIVAL
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: 4th PHILOSOPHY NOW FESTIVAL

The 4th Philosophy Now Festival will be held all day THIS SATURDAY, 20th January 2018, in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. Full details are here: https://philosophynow.org/festival If you are in London this Saturday, do drop by. It should be fun! Is that London UK or London, ON, CA? Important ...