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by Greta
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 9
Views: 73

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

The Great Beast offers its attractions to satisfy the need for meaning. All it asks is the sacrifice of our attraction to the pearl of great price. For some the sacrifice isn't worth it as they strive to experience objective meaning. If you are going to speak poetry without being specific, then you...
by Greta
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Beauty and Brains in Chess
Replies: 15
Views: 91

Re: Beauty and Brains in Chess

Leaving a bit of cleavage uncovered could distract many male opponents :lol: Some of the women look as though they are simply dressing for comfort, and at least one other appears to have been the a glamour studio for a makeover for the occasion, which suits the tone of the article. It's not as thoug...
by Greta
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 9
Views: 73

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Of course the concept of God is real. God is meaning. Whatever satisfies your need for meaning is your God. The Great Beast offers many possibilitres for providing meaning. Money, fame, sex, power etc all provide meaning. They are your gods. Why call them "gods", superimposing ancient concepts over...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: The state in between sleep and consciousness
Replies: 14
Views: 1392

Re: The state in between sleep and consciousness

I know some people have like a favorite dream that they really like to think back on, but I can't relate to ever getting much euphoria or pleasure from a dream. I don't usually wake up from one super happy or glad I dreamed about something. Sometimes I'll get some good writing material from one. I ...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 9
Views: 73

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Yes, there's no reason to assume that a meta-mind is true, but that would appear to be the most naturalistic approach to the idea of deities. I am not sure that if a universe- or Earth-sized mind existed whether it would notice the suffering of animals/humans. It's not as though we ourselves agonise...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 9
Views: 73

Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

This thread has been inspired by, firstly, chats with others about agnosticism and, secondly, by reading the over-sure statements of believers on this forum. Dubious had previously aired this thread's idea but I did not understand what he was trying to get across at the time. The penny has now dropp...
by Greta
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does intelligent alien life exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: Does intelligent alien life exist?

Some possible reasons for the Fermi Paradox: Are there any more? The question I've heard most often is "Where are the Aliens?" but more important is "Why would an Alien come here?" Don't they have enough problems of their own? Personally, I think #4, 5 & 6 are most likely. Imagine if we/our AI foun...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Born Again?
Replies: 18
Views: 583

Re: Born Again?

Isn't one birth enough? :) AtariKo, I'm wondering what it was about Hume's theory of causation that attracted you.
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 69
Views: 463

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

The tribe Greta is a part of sustains itself through fragmentation; through the separation of thought and feeling. Nick, you have done some reading and have a broad vocabulary, but you seem to be incapable of comprehending the written word. So, in lieu of understanding, you waste the forum's bandwi...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does intelligent alien life exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: Does intelligent alien life exist?

Some possible reasons for the Fermi Paradox: 1. The rare Earth hypothesis - we are the only ones, ever. 2. The Great Filter - we are the only surviving semi-advanced civilisation at present due to inevitable sustainability issues around our point of development. 3. Related to the Great Filter, where...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The Status of Ethics Today
Replies: 3
Views: 27

Re: The Status of Ethics Today

On a national and international level the stakes are rising as the Earth has ever less to give us and competitions for what's left intensifies. As with Golding's Lord of the Flies, ethics and morality is revealed to be a luxury item largely only available in good times. Also note the oft-observed tr...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 69
Views: 463

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

The mess appears to me like a work in progress, still yet to be organised... That’s a valid point even though it seems the more we know without the time to digest causes more mental constipation and confusion becoming ever more insidious to ourselves and the planet. At this time in particular the p...
by Greta
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Trolls, the superior race
Replies: 26
Views: 300

Re: Trolls, the superior race

You have. So, take your word for the way of things? Can you be trusted? Don't trust me! I am a sociopath with a long history of homicides, kidnappings, grant larceny, torturing of hamsters and possibly responsible for several genocides and extinctions. I have been known to bite babies' heads off an...
by Greta
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 69
Views: 463

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

Ostensibly today's networks would allow for quick meme transmission but commercial enterprises with vested interests work to muddy the waters and slow the information's effective dissemination. That is true but personally I think the situation is made worse by the speed of transmission. One would a...
by Greta
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 52
Views: 418

Re: Back to Infinity

is it that people ignore the notions of wholeness and interdependence, or that they ignore existential thought generally? I think people ignore it until something happens in their lives that makes them re-evaluate whats really important and some might find a new way of looking at life. Yes. Family ...