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by RCSaunders
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 238
Views: 1915

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

In fact, without human freedom and choice, I would argue we could have no human responsibility either -- and unless I miss my guess, you're on that page too. Yes, exactly! The fact that the Bible states that everyone sins can easily be attributed to God's foreknowledge. Well, yes: but not exclusive...
by RCSaunders
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 238
Views: 1915

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

For now I'll only say a capacity to do something is not a propensity or inclination to do it. No such inclination is necessary, unless you believe Adam was created with an inclination to sin. Adam's a unique case, obviously. Nobody but he (and Eve) are described as having experienced a state of glo...
by RCSaunders
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 238
Views: 1915

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Well, if human beings aren't born with the capacity to sin, from where does it come? For now I'll only say a capacity to do something is not a propensity or inclination to do it. No such inclination is necessary, unless you believe Adam was created with an inclination to sin. Watch a child who has ...
by RCSaunders
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 238
Views: 1915

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

If we were always inclined to do the right thing, then we would never need ethics...we would just always do right, and we wouldn't say "That was moral," just "That's what we did." So the inclination to do wrong is also in humans. That's also clear Hi IC, (Do you mind if I use that? I don't mean i n...
by RCSaunders
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: There is no emergence
Replies: 92
Views: 870

Re: There is no emergence

Consciousness to me is the ability of the mind. My cat is conscious, but she doesn't have a mind. The mind is the unique kind of consciousness which only human beings have. The mind is the intellectual and rational aspects of human consciousness. There is no such thing as smell. If there isn't, whe...
by RCSaunders
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: There is no emergence
Replies: 92
Views: 870

Re: There is no emergence

The interaction between a gas and a sensor is purely electromagnetic. That's only one way to detect some chemicals. There are other better methods, such as gas chromatography, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and atomic emission spectroscopy, but no such method has anything to do with taste or smell...
by RCSaunders
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 238
Views: 1915

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Aw, I think you're being a bit hard on Nick, RC. People come from all sorts of places, and I don't mind talking with somebody who has views different from mine, whether on "religion" or on anti-"religion." In fact, it was in the hope of having those sorts of conversations I joined this discussion i...
by RCSaunders
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: There is no emergence
Replies: 92
Views: 870

Re: There is no emergence

That would be good if true. Just what tool do you have that is not skeptical, that is, that you can rely on to discover unquestioned truth? In your view, is there anything one can know is true with complete certainty and without doubt? "truth" is a rather overused phrase. It means very many things ...
by RCSaunders
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?
Replies: 78
Views: 579

Re: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?

Are you just blind or stupid. Maybe both. You have something against blind people, or the mentally deficient? Gays have been discriminated against for a long time .... So has everyone else, no one more than the Roma before WWII. Short people are discriminated against, black people are discriminated...
by RCSaunders
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: There is no emergence
Replies: 92
Views: 870

Re: There is no emergence

Skepticism is just one of many instruments in my mind's toolbox. That would be good if true. Just what tool do you have that is not skeptical, that is, that you can rely on to discover unquestioned truth? In your view, is there anything one can know is true with complete certainty and without doubt?
by RCSaunders
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?
Replies: 78
Views: 579

Re: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?

... to deny gays that life long love is evil. What is your problem? No one is denying anyone anything. I'm gay and happen to like lavender convertibles, and someone else thinks lavender convertibles are disgusting, does that make them homophobic? Go read my post, I do not even hint at sexual prefer...
by RCSaunders
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 238
Views: 1915

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

...being born again is the experience of a new perspective... I think you'll find that, in John 3, for example, it's a good deal more than that. One can get one's own "new perspective." But this is a birth from God, one distinct from the first. It's not something that comes with the first birth, as...
by RCSaunders
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: There is no emergence
Replies: 92
Views: 870

Re: There is no emergence

Good, because my opinion of your ignorance doesn't matter. That's right! As long as I convince you to stop peddling your over-used dualistic bullshit. The view I have is known philosophically as monism. I'm quite sure you will not find my views compatible with any past philosopher, while your own v...
by RCSaunders
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 238
Views: 1915

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Obviously we have different understandings as to the meaning and purpose of Christianity. I don't believe in the personal God so there is nothing to appease. All religion and mysticism is nonsense, and most of it is not only wrong, but dangerous. But most people do embrace some form of superstition...
by RCSaunders
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: There is no emergence
Replies: 92
Views: 870

Re: There is no emergence

Very good! That's exactly what, "strong emergence," is. It is as mystical as anything any religionist teaches. There is nothing mystical about strong emergence. It's born from the physical limitations imposed on us in proportion to the complexity of the systems we are trying to comprehend. We can't...