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by Skip
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What does it take to start a revolution?
Replies: 10
Views: 123

Re: What does it take to start a revolution?

Absolute and total desperation. People have to be so oppressed, hungry and miserable that they don't care if they're shot down in the street, charged by cavalry, smoke-bombed, pepper-sprayed, beaten, disappeared, tortured, imprisoned for decades. They have to feel things can't get any worse; that th...
by Skip
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you honestly say you don't discriminate?
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Re: Can you honestly say you don't discriminate?

Live with? No. Ogle, fantasize about, lust after.... Most guys don't discriminate on the basis of skin colour; they may use other criteria.
Trust me on this. Never mind - I'll trust you.
by Skip
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you honestly say you don't discriminate?
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Re: Can you honestly say you don't discriminate?

What, but discrimination has absolutely nothing to do with choice, or making a choice. Of course it does. In matters of taste, a discriminating palate is one that can distinguish good from poor wines;that can tell the difference between various herbs; one who understands how art is produced; in fas...
by Skip
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you honestly say you don't discriminate?
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Re: Can you honestly say you don't discriminate?

Obviously. That's why it's so helpful to finish the sentence. Discriminate against whom, on what basis? I do like squash more than turnips; green more than pink; classical piano more than ... whatever is coming over the loudspeakers in the mall. At the end of a pee-wee soccer game, I'd rather take m...
by Skip
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Why Didn't Harems Inspire Feminist Poetry?
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: Why Didn't Harems Inspire Feminist Poetry?

Who's in charge of a harem? Are they likely to publish any literature or poetry that runs counter their own interests? Is anybody who lives in a harem in any position to get published, or have their work become known, outside? Of course a lot of concubines were educated - in the skills of entertaini...
by Skip
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is the world better off without science and technology?
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Is the world better off without science and technology?

What constitutes science and technology? The simplest explanation is that which does not occur in nature, certainly some complex objects occur but other objects are made by humans and do not occur naturally. I think that 'man made' would also qualify in most cases. I don't think science and technol...
by Skip
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 16
Views: 1196

Re: What's in a name?

A mature and intelligent man of my acquaintance named his son Brian Orville, never considering initials.
You can't anticipate everything people will think of - especially schoolboys.
Beats Lassie, anyway.
by Skip
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is the world better off without science and technology?
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Is the world better off without science and technology?

What constitutes science and technology? https://www.wired.com/2011/01/new-crow-tools/ Like this? or this? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4083517.stm Where does it start? The world would definitely be better off without humans, but science is the expression of intelligence and curiosity; ...
by Skip
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 16
Views: 1196

Re: What's in a name?

Harbal wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:27 pm
Philosophy Explorer is a bit of a mouthful, I suppose.
I think PhilX works just fine.
by Skip
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 16
Views: 1196

Re: What's in a name?

Here in Europe you cannot just change your last name if you have a problem with it. I once came across a lady with the last name Frankenstein. I did not dare to ask her about it. Here y'go https://www.houseofnames.com/frankenstein-family-crest It's a perfectly respectable family name. It's not thei...
by Skip
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is fear of hospitals irrational?
Replies: 21
Views: 508

Re: Is fear of hospitals irrational?

...or whether he washed his hands between the lavatory and the operating room. I was originally referring to the roles of coroner and practitioner. Doctors used to carry a notorious lot of infection from autopsy room to operating theater. But now I'm tempted to add a nice silver-headed cane, which ...
by Skip
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is fear of hospitals irrational?
Replies: 21
Views: 508

Re: Is fear of hospitals irrational?

Just so long as your doctor is sober enough to remember which hat he's wearing, you should be okay.
by Skip
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Comment by Fatbelly, Guardian today
Replies: 62
Views: 1024

Re: Comment by Fatbelly, Guardian today

All those chickens got to roost someplace.
by Skip
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is fear of hospitals irrational?
Replies: 21
Views: 508

Re: Is fear of hospitals irrational?

Dalek Prime wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:13 pm
What gloves? :shock:
Um, can I see you in private for a minute? Not good news, I'm afraid...

(BTW, that's exactly how my GP broached the subject of cancer. His last line in that conversation was: "It'll be rough, but you're not going to die." He was correct on all points, so who can quibble?)
by Skip
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is fear of hospitals irrational?
Replies: 21
Views: 508

Re: Is fear of hospitals irrational?

Dalek Prime wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:03 pm
Hmmm. My doctor is also a coroner.
Make sure he changes gloves.