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by uwot
Thu May 25, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

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

If you've lived in a culture where Islam is given free reign... I do. It's called London. The proportion of Muslims that mean us harm, is about the same as that of the Catholics who used to blow us up. It's probably in the same ballpark as the number of pro-lifers that are prepared to commit murder...
by uwot
Tue May 23, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: I am an Islamophobe. If you are not, you might not be a moral person.
Replies: 252
Views: 2165

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

I think that people don't like to live inside monolithic states. They don't thrive as individuals there. They do better when allowed to become what they want to become, within the reasonable bounds of geography, history and culture. Does this extend to religion? It's only authoritarian ideological ...
by uwot
Mon May 22, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 755
Views: 9697

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

1. I do not believe there is a god. It's ambiguous! Is it? Well, thank you for the brightness you attribute to me; but given that, would you not assume I am aware of inflection and commas? (Try reading this aloud 5 times, emphasising a different word each time: 'I didn't kill my wife'.) If you can ...
by uwot
Fri May 19, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 755
Views: 9697

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

"Sitting On The Fence "But," said the man, "I sat on the fence. I chose neither you nor Him. "That's okay," said Satan. "I own the fence." Author Unknown" You've shown us this before, doc. I do not think it means what you think it means. For all its folksiness, it is cynical attack on dissent; the ...
by uwot
Fri May 19, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 755
Views: 9697

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

I see it the same way, but strict atheists, by definition, see that there can't be a god, but that's what I like about you, you're actually reasonable. Here you go: atheist [ey-thee-ist] noun 1. a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings. No mention of the possibi...
by uwot
Fri May 19, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 755
Views: 9697

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

You can believe all you want but you can't know! I'm an Agnostic: agnostic[ ag-nos-tik] noun 1. a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience. Neither the atheist n...
by uwot
Thu May 18, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it
Replies: 40
Views: 537

Re: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it

I wish science had more qualitative investigation more than quantitative. Why? Long story short: science is a mishmash of observation, measurement and hypothesis. It is a brilliantly successful, but flawed enterprise, that people confuse with 'Truth'. Some people think that science is in the busine...
by uwot
Thu May 18, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it
Replies: 40
Views: 537

Re: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it

How exactly does one demonstrate the existence of a physical reality? By observation. Physical reality is not what people think. For example, the phenomena all confirm that the 'physical reality' is that if you drop something, it falls. You can make up any story you like to explain the phenomena, n...
by uwot
Wed May 17, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Can love be rediscovered?
Replies: 19
Views: 247

Re: Can love be rediscovered?

...I don't get the Heraclitean water idea, as it doesn't address my changing like the other two. It's suggesting that I cannot experience the same thing twice. I'm moving through experience in that model, not changing. Am I getting this all muddied? As much as I would if I were under the influence ...
by uwot
Wed May 17, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Can love be rediscovered?
Replies: 19
Views: 247

Re: Can love be rediscovered?

But "you can never change" according to Walker... How do you recover the past? You're constantly changing. PhilX Well, there's different takes on this. On the one hand, there's the Heraclitean stance PhilX and Spheres appear to be taking, that you can never step into the same river twice, because t...
by uwot
Wed May 17, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 19
Views: 563

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

Given that some people think this, some don't mind that, who exactly is included in the society you refer to that decides what behaviour is acceptable? Being considerate of others is what holds society together. Does being considerate of others extend to people sharing a forum with you? I accept th...
by uwot
Wed May 17, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 19
Views: 563

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

When it comes to children, what exactly is 'good' or 'bad' behaviour? Some people think children are 'bad' if they don't obey everything an adult says. Any adult. Some people think children should never argue with their parents, or express opinions. Some people don't seem to mind the horrible point...
by uwot
Sun May 14, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Is the term "redneck" politically correct ?
Replies: 367
Views: 3545

Re: Is the term "redneck" politically correct ?

Thank you, uwot. You're welcome. Is the term "redneck" socially aware then ? I don't know the whole story of the origin of "redneck", but I don't think it has ever been anything other than a term of abuse. People have their own definitions and, consciously or otherwise, will associate anyone they l...
by uwot
Sun May 14, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Is the term "redneck" politically correct ?
Replies: 367
Views: 3545

Re: Is the term "redneck" politically correct ?

duszek wrote:A difference has been pointed out:
"Socially aware" is a modest term, "politically correct" is a preposterous term.

Any other differences between the two ?
Not really. I think that sums it up very well.
by uwot
Sun May 14, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 1157

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

Remember the Ontological Argument...whichever you take (Anselm, Plantinga, whatever) and whatever you think of that particular strategy, one interesting feature, and one relevant to this question, would be the integral importance of "existing" as a perfection. This exposes the Platonic source of th...