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by Greta
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Fewer people die, fewer people gets born
Replies: 13
Views: 86

Re: Fewer people die, fewer people gets born

The way things are going, I wonder for how long will people be needed for warfare or many jobs.

Realistically you can't keep increasing population forever - something's got to give.
by Greta
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 626
Views: 4533

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Greta wrote: It's a balance. You need your shield because there really are threats out there - but hyper-reactivity is wasted energy and creates unrest that is not needed in already overheated and overcrowded societies. Yes. And reason governs both love and fear so thank goodness we have a natural ...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 626
Views: 4533

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Yes, you generally don't hold a shield if you think there's nothing to fear. As things stand, there's plenty to fear in a complex, overcrowded and hyper-competitive society with rapidly changing rules and social mores, and rapid and rabid responses to faux pas. The irony of all ironies, of course, ...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 51
Views: 482

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. They might consider that in Adam and Eve the ancients were simply creating an allegory for the powers of humanity beyond that of other animals, and the price we pay for that awareness in suffering. this the Jewish view...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 51
Views: 482

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. What is Original Sin if not ignoring a stupid command to not gain the knowledge of all things? Regards DL According to some simple people a few thousand years ago. As I say, I think Original Sin is an analogy for human...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 626
Views: 4533

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

The question then comes from the OP, what might prompt people to be reluctant to give up their shields? Most people are not even aware that they carry a shield - hard to drop something when you don't even know that you carry it... even harder when you believe that you are it. Good news is that it d...
by Greta
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 626
Views: 4533

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Being alive means being a small entity in an environment that constantly wants to absorb you, both literally and metaphorically. The ego is an organism's shield. The ego says, "I am, and I intend to stay that way. You cannot claim me or my stuff" (not yet). The question then comes from the OP, what ...
by Greta
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 51
Views: 482

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. They might consider that in Adam and Eve the ancients were simply creating an allegory for the powers of humanity beyond that of other animals, and the price we pay for that awareness in suffering. Question: were Adam ...
by Greta
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 51
Views: 482

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

I'm thinking that we have two possibilities to ease away from Iron Age language: 1. God might be order and Satan, chaos. However, since total order is stasis and, as far as we're concerned, stasis is not all that great, then. 2. God is a productive balance of order and chaos while Satan is imbalanc...
by Greta
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 48
Views: 539

Re: my last word about Tolle (and you, his fans)

henry quirk wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:56 pm
Ink,

If an adult needs a stranger, by way of a book, to tell him he's not the slave of hs life/thoughts/etc. then that needy person is severely retarded.
It's probably best if you keep quiet and just let the grownups talk, little fella.
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 48
Views: 539

Re:

"ET's work is used by cognitive therapists but they are not libertarians' favourite people and, thus, not yours." I don't know anything about cognitive therapy or what Libertarians or other libertarians think of cognitive therapy. As with you, I don't know anything about progressives or "liberals" ...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 101
Views: 818

Re: Einstein on the train

Thank you Greta. Yeah, there's a whole chapter on time in the book (had to leave something out, or no one would buy the bloody thing.) It leaves you free to go hard into the nitty gritty of time in your next publication! The irony is that the chapter on time is 'Einstein on the train', which is the...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 51
Views: 482

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

I'm thinking that we have two possibilities to ease away from Iron Age language: 1. God might be order and Satan, chaos. However, since total order is stasis and, as far as we're concerned, stasis is not all that great, then. 2. God is a productive balance of order and chaos while Satan is imbalance...
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 48
Views: 539

Re:

henry quirk wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:43 am
"All ET does is provide some tools and th' like ti sort out yer mind."

Snake oil.
Then again, you consider just about anything that's not related to your ideals as snake oil. ET's work is used by cognitive therapists but they are not libertarians' favourite people and, thus, not yours.
by Greta
Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Replies: 48
Views: 539

Re:

Can't get out? Then invest in beer: damn sight better than Tolle. 🤮 Zest for life, Greta: just zest for life. Not seein' that in yer sugarplum. Never said they shouldn't: i favor the free market...sell that snake oil...I'm just sayin': if you're life is wantin', Tolle ain't the guy to make it right...