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by Skip
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Which would you prefer?
Replies: 25
Views: 220

Re: Which would you prefer?

They were not there to have fun; they were there to be observed. Lab rats.
Once they discovered fun, they had to be discarded.
by Skip
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Which would you prefer?
Replies: 25
Views: 220

Re: Which would you prefer?

Paradise is on Earth, by definition. It may be mythical, but it was never anywhere except in the Tigris valley. All the inhabitants were flesh-and-sap or -blood or whatever; materially alive. In theory, the gods could plant another garden someplace else - east of Beijing, say, or west of Chicago - b...
by Skip
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?
Replies: 84
Views: 2611

Re: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?

That, basically, sums up my point made in my first entry in this thread: "to even start discussing about any efficiency grade of a system, one should first know the system, its purpose and intricacies". And I now expand it: to even start discussing about any purpose of a system, one should first kn...
by Skip
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: The end.
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: The end.

I liked "star stuff" better. Just as meaningless, but sounded good when Carl Sagan rolled it off his tongue.
by Skip
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Gender Documentation and Definition
Replies: 7
Views: 210

Re: Gender Documentation and Definition

Arising_uk wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:07 pm
Immanuel Can wrote:Cheers. :D The brilliance is classic Python. It's almost like they saw this coming...
:lol: Do you think IC can see the irony in him quoting from the Life of Brian?
More to the point, do you think he understands any of the allusions to sex and gender roles? Or who Reg is?
by Skip
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Star Stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Star Stuff

The spectacular truth is—and this is something that your DNA has known all along—the very atoms of your body—the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on—were initially forged in long-dead stars.
That explains a lot. We're all clinkers.
by Skip
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?
Replies: 84
Views: 2611

Re: How do atheists find meaning in a purposeless universe?

[Skip - Wouldn't having a definition, or image of purpose be prerequisite to finding one? ] That's not a given. For example if one would argue for the possibility of a purpose forming simultaneously with the act of finding. So: It doesn't matter whether you had a purpose all along or not; it doesn'...
by Skip
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech
Replies: 24
Views: 458

Re: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech

He can't go back to school - they have rules of civilized conduct there and he's a conspicuous objector.
by Skip
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Gender Documentation and Definition
Replies: 7
Views: 210

Re: Gender Documentation and Definition

They used to put whichever of the two recognized sexes looked obvious on the newborn. When it was not obvious, they asked the parents for their preference, did whatever plastic surgery was required to make the external baby conform to the parents' wishes and put that on the documentation - thus caus...
by Skip
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Chomsky's "Who Rules the World?"
Replies: 5
Views: 320

Re: Chomsky's "Who Rules the World?"

Anyone read this book? I'd like some open discussions on its contents, particularly the notion of the "Masters of Mankind." No, I haven't read it, but I've listened to a couple of video clips. Interesting subject - and I see it's already elicited one Pavlovian response.... or maybe it's just patell...
by Skip
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech
Replies: 24
Views: 458

Re: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech

I did not see or hear Chomsky; I do not support any man, and of-bloody-course I think what I want.

If you have issues, make them plain, provide the links and be specific about what you wish to discuss.
by Skip
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech
Replies: 24
Views: 458

Re: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech

Anyone can watch that show for themselves and see that Chomsky is a supporter of college speech codes, which is why he claimed that a college campus is the same as a student's home. If you see the show differently, then I'm really not sure what you claim to be seeing. If Chomsky was against such co...
by Skip
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech
Replies: 24
Views: 458

Re: Noam Chomsky Versus Free Speech

Let's analyze the claim that Chomsky did not endorse speech bans on college campuses. The claim is that he never said this and merely spoke out against students being harassed. What "claim"? I merely asked for proof of your claim that he did. Once you're supplied that, and I hear what he actually a...
by Skip
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is it ok to discriminate when you get married?
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: Why is it ok to discriminate when you get married?

Getting married is too personal, yes. But how about a child´s birthday party ? Should it be o.k. to invite school friends of one´s own race only and exclude the other ones ? People discriminate according to the social status of the parents anyway, I suppose. Private party, personal preference. Nobo...
by Skip
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is it ok to discriminate when you get married?
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: Why is it ok to discriminate when you get married?

I was just making fun of the topic, because it's a silly topic.
Constitutional rights and guarantees against discrimination have nothing to do with private, personal relations.