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by RCSaunders
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Good Religion, and the Good It Can Do
Replies: 5
Views: 53

Re: Good Religion, and the Good It Can Do

by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby Good religion always seeks to edify both the person and society. Well, "all men mean well. The road to hell is paved with good intentions." It is hubris to believe one is put in this world to, "edify others," especially if one has to put over some superstition to do it. The “so...
by RCSaunders
Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

When I said the universe doesn't "owe" us anything, I mean that in an indifferent universe, one would have no justification of complaining of any lot in life. Only a universe devoid of life, consciousness, and human minds is indifferent. Nothing matters to rocks, rivers, mountains, planets, stars, ...
by RCSaunders
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Hi again, IC Well, let's consider that. What does "earned" mean, RC? I hope you are not serious. It means, "he that does not work, neither should he eat." It means that whatever you require to live in this world, food, water, shelter, clothing, goods, or wealth, if you have not produced them by your...
by RCSaunders
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Hi IC, If you do not choose to live and have no desire to enjoy your life, and have no objectives of your own, there are no requirements. Death, misery, and failure are the default conditions of choosing and doing nothing. If you choose to live and have any objectives at all (from the purely selfish...
by RCSaunders
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Blaise Pascal was right: there are some wagers that are never worth taking at all. Well, Pascal was willing to buy a pig in a poke. I am not. I'm not going to waste my resources of life, time, energy, and mind pursuing what, "might be," (and I have no reason to believe is) when there is the certain...
by RCSaunders
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

I care no more about mere "feelings" than you do. Then why do you write: "In other words, I'm speaking probabilistically, but with such astronomical odds in my favour that I'm feeling quite secure in that estimation." "And I think, therefore, that when we say 'I know the existent of concept X exist...
by RCSaunders
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

You believe you must, "know the inner states of others," or, "detect the inner life of your companions," before it is possible to enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with them, socially or commercially, or any other way. I do not. You're misunderstanding what I'm pointing to. I'm not pointing ...
by RCSaunders
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

IC, we are not going to agree on these things ... For we live in social groups, and depend very much on externals to know the inner states of others. To ignore all that would make oneself a social cripple, an incompetent in negotiation, and a liability in any social arrangement. And for all our fail...
by RCSaunders
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Here's how what you mean by seeing is different from what I mean. You seem to mean that what you see is not complete, that in some way, everything that is before your eyes is either not captured or not included in your final conscious, "picture," of what you are seeing. Oh, I think that's evidently...
by RCSaunders
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Hi again, IC I really appreciate the conversation. I especially appreciate the back-and-forth of grappling with complicated ideas. So do I, and I appreciate your courteous sincerity. If I have been inoffensive, it has been entirely accidental, but I'm glad it seems that way to you. When I use the te...
by RCSaunders
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Hi IC, I'm only going to address two points: what perception means and authority. I have never been fooled by what I see, and neither has anyone else. What one sees, they see. Actually, people have. They are, all the time. They think they "see" things that they have not seen. Jordan Peterson mention...
by RCSaunders
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

An object has "features." For example, a rock may be 2m across. But the quality of being "large" or "heavy" is not something intrinsic to being a 2m rock, but rather an attribution of "quality" based on that feature. Being a 2m rock makes it "large" or "heavy" for throwing, but "small" and "light" ...
by RCSaunders
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Oh, I think it's nowhere near so grim as that. Let's simplify: ... "Qualities" are properties attributed to things (examples, "redness," truthfulness") I'm afraid it is just as "grim" as I said it is, perhaps "futile" would be better. Qualities are not just, "attributed," to things. If a quality is...
by RCSaunders
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Hi IC, I'm not going to discuss every issue because I think there are some fundamental differenes we have that make the discussion of some things impossible such as the following: But "qualities" are not per se existents. They are only human evaluations of aspects of existents. This is why any discu...
by RCSaunders
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 360
Views: 5419

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

What bank? And how did we get it? Or do you believe we are born with some kind of innate knowledge? As I've already said, the "bank" is composed of things learned from parents, culture and personal experiences...whether or not we should add to that the innate is a good question, but most psychologi...