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by Starfall
Mon May 18, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How religion can harm young minds...
Replies: 165
Views: 19066

Re: How religion can harm young minds...

First of, you're quoting thedoc there, not me. My bad. I think that might have been an issue with the auto quote function, as I didn't type any name in personally. As for the actual content of your post, it just shows you have a poor grasp on the history of the church, science, and the philosophica...
by Starfall
Sun May 17, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How religion can harm young minds...
Replies: 165
Views: 19066

Re: How religion can harm young minds...

I am currently reading the book "The Book that Made Your World" by Vishal Mangalwadi. In it the author makes the case that Christianity enabled the sciences to develop in the west while Eastern religions had the opposite effect of not promoting science at all. In the authors opinion it was the Chri...
by Starfall
Sat May 16, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How religion can harm young minds...
Replies: 165
Views: 19066

Re: How religion can harm young minds...

Here is one example of young children wanting to find out 2 things: 1./ what is the world like? 2./ how do we know? Once, many years ago, my son asked: “Daddy, how big is the world?” When I told him that Earth is a globe of about 12,000 km in diameter or 40,000 km around the middle, he asked “How d...
by Starfall
Sat May 16, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?
Replies: 35
Views: 4347

Re: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?

The idea is nice, but the adversarial justice system arises from the adversarial social system. Capitalism is based on competition and puts emphasis on winning, so obviously the justice system in a capitalist society will also share those traits, even if there is an absolute truth behind the case. S...
by Starfall
Sat May 16, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why I became a vegetarian...
Replies: 190
Views: 23584

Re: Why I became a vegetarian...

I think Ned's view can be summarized as follows: He values animals and treats them like humans, as he does not see any difference that matters. However, ultimately one's own health is more important. He limits his participation in "bad things" as much as possible without considerably harming his own...
by Starfall
Sat May 16, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?
Replies: 35
Views: 4347

Re: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?

If you restrict the area of justice to only criminal law, then it becomes easier to find alternatives, because as I said, there is some absolute truth in criminal cases. The jury system is well suited for dealing with the subjective nuances of any case, in fact, that is why the system exists in the ...
by Starfall
Sat May 16, 2015 6:36 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why I became a vegetarian...
Replies: 190
Views: 23584

Re: Why I became a vegetarian...

Cruelty. Eating meat does not necessarily involve cruelty. Compared to the living conditions and death meted out by nature, the same that animals are offered by humans is positively luxurious. Even if cruelty were involved this is a very human parochial interest which has no relevance or meaning to...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why I became a vegetarian...
Replies: 190
Views: 23584

Re: Why I became a vegetarian...

It would end the discussion if humans lacked free will. But humans also reproduce by nature, yet there are people who do not do that. We obviously do not get to choose whether we want to breathe or not, if we refuse to do so then we will die pretty quickly. However, if you can live without eating me...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 11:16 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?
Replies: 35
Views: 4347

Re: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?

(Reply to Ned) The shortest answer I can give is that it is not that simple, but you know that already, don't you? :) First of all, comparing science with justice is just wrong. Science is universal and objective, justice is not. You cannot use the methods of debate science uses in the area of justi...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Proposal for a new social contract
Replies: 18
Views: 2843

Re: Proposal for a new social contract

The economy being self-contained is certainly a very important factor in reducing corruption. At the very least, it cuts off the corruption outside of the country from flowing in, and the system only has to tackle internal corruption. If the system continues functioning as you plotted out, then ther...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Proposal for a new social contract
Replies: 18
Views: 2843

Re: Proposal for a new social contract

The good(!) side of capitalism is that it doesn't get corrupted by greed, because it is built on greed. That is why it has lasted so long, and all other systems simply faded from existence. Pure communism, I think, runs into more issues than your intermediate system does. You successfully eliminate ...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why I became a vegetarian...
Replies: 190
Views: 23584

Re: Why I became a vegetarian...

If we could have an universal standard of what is right and what is wrong, then there would be no theory of ethics, no debates, no disputes. The core of ethics is that there is no single right and wrong. It changes from person to person. Every person has a certain set of values that they base their ...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Proposal for a new social contract
Replies: 18
Views: 2843

Re: Proposal for a new social contract

I have doubts that this system would work as smoothly as you describe. I will mention two issues in this post, but I also think that the class conflict that might arise from the two different economies is something to watch out for. An important issue here is that someone has to make sure the govern...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why I became a vegetarian...
Replies: 190
Views: 23584

Re: Why I became a vegetarian...

Your post is ludicrous. I'm sure Hitler believed what he was doing was the right thing. Should he be applauded as well? Animals are not bred to torture them. They are bred to be food. There is no malice involved. There is a distinction between men and animals, and we are healthiest when we eat some...
by Starfall
Fri May 15, 2015 8:46 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why I became a vegetarian...
Replies: 190
Views: 23584

Re: Why I became a vegetarian...

The reason for the drop in demand is important. If it is because meat is too expensive that people opt not to buy it, then the vicious circle you described would come into effect. However, if the reason is that most people simply no longer eat meat anymore, then mass producing meat would be a money ...