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by duszek
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus
Replies: 116
Views: 1567

Re: Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus

It could be the feeling of a small partial victory.

You manage to roll a heavy stone for just one meter.
Or you manage to achieve something small in your simple life, like cooking a nice meal, making a nice cup of tea or coffee.
by duszek
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 43
Views: 960

Re: Coronavirus

What´s the worst case scenario ? If everybody in the world gets the virus not everybody will die. Only 2 per cent die, it seems to me. Mainly people with asthma and heavy smokers probably. I am sorry for the Chinese and don´t cast stones at them. They also eat locusts and other tiny animals and we c...
by duszek
Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: What is your 20 20 Vision?
Replies: 56
Views: 944

Re: What is your 20 20 Vision?

People will grow more and more weary of smart phones and a new wave of non digital life will begin.
by duszek
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Do we hate our benefector ?
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Do we hate our benefector ?

In the novel Avenger a CIA man wants to know why so many people hate the US. A British spy explains to him: because they hate people who help them. They cannot forgive the US that they are rich and powerful and thus able to help. So the motive behind the hate is mainly envy. Do you agree ? A possibl...
by duszek
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is it o.k. to chase a murderer in a foreign country ?
Replies: 9
Views: 343

Re: Is it o.k. to chase a murderer in a foreign country ?

In the novel in question a young American man went to Bosnia to help refugees and got murdered by a Serbian criminal who just disappeared when Milosevic was removed from power. The grand father of the young man asked a senator for help but the 16 intelligence services in the US (CIA, NSA and all the...
by duszek
Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is it o.k. to chase a murderer in a foreign country ?
Replies: 9
Views: 343

Is it o.k. to chase a murderer in a foreign country ?

In the highly instructive novel by Frederick Forsych "Avenger" I was told that the US had passed a law that they could chase a murderer of a US citizen also in a foreign country if this country was not cooperating. To do this they would use secret agents, many of them experienced war veterans. It do...
by duszek
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you tell lie to yourself?
Replies: 78
Views: 1321

Re: Can you tell lie to yourself?

Is telling a lie to oneself the same as avoiding admitting some obvious and unpleasant truth ?

That your boyfriend is a jerk, for instance.
by duszek
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

I also read "Mémoires d´une jeune fille rangée" and I remember that she lived in modest conditions because her family was impoverished. They had to save heating. Her whole pleasure was learning. Not much fun available. The person who seemed to have fun was Stépha. I don´t remember the spelling of he...
by duszek
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Quote of the day
Replies: 40
Views: 1177

Re: Quote of the day

Is this supposed to be an attraction ?
by duszek
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: "How do you define...?"...Definition
Replies: 57
Views: 1226

Re: "How do you define...?"...Definition

Fine in Latin means border or limit.

When we define a word we explore its limits and borders in relations to other words (or terms).

The limits of the word "animal" stretch and include human beings but not living objects that do not move, like trees.
by duszek
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Unproven assumptions
Replies: 103
Views: 3601

Re: Unproven assumptions

Mr Frosteagle

We take for granted what works.

What works ... enough ?
What works ... better than other options ?
What seems to work ?
What works for the time being ?

What works for me does not work for a perfectionist like James Cameron. (I happen to read his biography at the moment.)
by duszek
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Three boxes and an Indian couple
Replies: 16
Views: 627

Re: Three boxes and an Indian couple

The hotel is in the Bible Belt in the US and the maid wants to replace the bible in the Nachttischschränkchen by a new one they got from a generous benefector.

:lol:
by duszek
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Three boxes and an Indian couple
Replies: 16
Views: 627

Re: Three boxes and an Indian couple

Mick, I have an idea. If wrong boxes or rooms open themselves then the room picked at first could also open itself and thus reduce the chances to 50 to 50 for the remaining two ones. The show master opens an empty box leaving out the first choice. That´s why the mathematician in the novel tried to ...
by duszek
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Three boxes and an Indian couple
Replies: 16
Views: 627

Re: Three boxes and an Indian couple

Mr Age, thank you for your attention to this problem that I am still struggling with myself. The maid was invented to make the original choice or pick left aside. If it was simply for one of the wrong rooms disclosing themselves as wrong then the Indian couple might have left from the original pick ...
by duszek
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Three boxes and an Indian couple
Replies: 16
Views: 627

Re: Three boxes and an Indian couple

Mick, I have an idea. If wrong boxes or rooms open themselves then the room picked at first could also open itself and thus reduce the chances to 50 to 50 for the remaining two ones. The show master opens an empty box leaving out the first choice. That´s why the mathematician in the novel tried to i...