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by Sculptor
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: the righteous tyrant
Replies: 28
Views: 250

Re: the righteous tyrant

Legitimation has to be on some universal principle, not on personal preference. Except that there are really no universal principles. Such technologies of power as they exist can, and are invented and reinvented. History is awash with novel ideologies from brute force, through various mystical/reli...
by Sculptor
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Is morality objective or subjective?
Replies: 1974
Views: 61591

Re: Is morality objective or subjective?

There is a moral reason for showing why morality isn't objective - that there are no moral facts, but only moral opinions. People who think there are moral facts always think their own moral opinions are facts, and can therefore feel justified in imposing those moral opinions on everyone else, if t...
by Sculptor
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: the ethics of violence
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: the ethics of violence

If anyone has more than ten times the amount of power or resources than you without having worked at least ten times harder or smarter, it is self defense to take it from them. If you do it alone, that is a crime, if you do it with others its a revolution; if you do it with laws then that is democr...
by Sculptor
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: the ethics of social decapitation
Replies: 1
Views: 22

Re: the ethics of social decapitation

Advocate wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:04 pm When society doesn't allow intelligent people to make their own decisions about how to conduct themselves, it's cutting itself off at the head.
Compliance with COVID rules is not problematic amongst the intelligent, it is the preserve of the dolt and underhead.
by Sculptor
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: this is not the straw man you're looking for
Replies: 36
Views: 266

Re: this is not the straw man you're looking for

The hard evidence for these things is dubious at best... 100 million dead is a low estimate, involving not even all of the known cases . It's the BEST it gets. :shock: It's almost certainly true that Socialism killed far more in the last century. We don't know precisely how many more, but more. Soc...
by Sculptor
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: this is not the straw man you're looking for
Replies: 36
Views: 266

Re: this is not the straw man you're looking for

Most of the deaths in early Russian and Chinese communism were due to famine and most of the famine was due to Trofím Denísovich Lysénko trying to merge political ideology with agricultural fact. This had nothing to do with communism/socialism per se and was only tangentially about central planning...
by Sculptor
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Coronavirus Discussions
Topic: Masks Seem to Help
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Masks Seem to Help

I will say that wearing a mask does seem to help. My family and I have been wearing them pretty consistently and this past season is one of the few cold and flu seasons that none of us came down with any kind of virus or infection. Knock on wood, hope it stays that way. It's not just you. The word ...
by Sculptor
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Racial Alternatives
Replies: 6
Views: 60

Re: Racial Alternatives

Terrapin Station wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:08 pm
RWStanding wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:57 pm Racial Alternatives
There is a simple question that needs answering.
What are the four alternative forms of society or non-society, that relate to culture and race.
The one I'm in favor of is "how about everyone stop thinking about anything in terms of race"?
I'll go with that.
by Sculptor
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Reality as Darwinistic utility
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Reality as Darwinistic utility

Do we see reality? https://www.facebook.com/ZDoggMD/videos/3239011792991723 I thoght this a rather good way to look at perceptions of reality, until the guy mentions QM, and take the description into a realm which adds nothing to the idea of reality he presents. This sounds pretty Leibnitz monadish...
by Sculptor
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Coronavirus Discussions
Topic: Free tests on demand in the UK today
Replies: 0
Views: 12

Free tests on demand in the UK today

Today you can just go into any Pharmacy or testing centre, and collect up to four free tests for yourself and your family. Or request by post. It is my view that the government are dumping these tests because they are basically useless, and not fit for purpose. This is just another aspect of governa...
by Sculptor
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: I laughed so hard I nearly had an brain aneurism
Replies: 1
Views: 56

I laughed so hard I nearly had an brain aneurism

I've been reading a bit of comedy theory, as you do. And came across this. I love Stewart Lee, and have seen him often on stage. He's written books of academic interest and has a deep understanding of his craft. He has often criticised PC, though often very ironically. Anyway the punch line is great...
by Sculptor
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Are there .5% or 35 million Active Killers at Present?
Replies: 302
Views: 2419

Re: Are there .5% or 35 million Active Killers at Present?

Veritas Aequitas wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:39 am I have answered your question but you are blinded by confirmation bias.

Words that emerge from an increasingly desperate struggle to revive a dead hobby horse.
by Sculptor
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Are there .5% or 35 million Active Killers at Present?
Replies: 302
Views: 2419

Re: Are there .5% or 35 million Active Killers at Present?

I have answered your question but you are blinded by confirmation bias. It started with this; When a belief is institutionalized within a FSK, it qualify as knowledge and such knowledge is independent of individuals' beliefs or opinions. Example of the above knowledge is a below; Note E=MC2 is a sc...
by Sculptor
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Hermeneutics: Applications?
Replies: 81
Views: 907

Re: Hermeneutics: Applications?

Note your claim is that your perceptions do not entail concepts. My point is the perceptions of all things will necessitate concepts. If you perceived a tree, there must be a pre-existing concept of tree in your brain for you to understand all the waves input into your brain represent a tree. No wa...