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by duszek
Wed May 23, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: There is no art or beauty
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: There is no art or beauty

Beauty is an interpretation of a physical perception.

Beauty is a concept attached to a physical perception.

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by duszek
Sun May 20, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you lie to yourself?
Replies: 22
Views: 423

Re: Can you lie to yourself?

What lying to oneself implies, I think, is that one draws the right conclusions from premises that lead to these conclusions, AND at the same time trying hard to suppress or to forget or to ignore some premises that would contradict these conclusions. You cannot take absolutely everything into accou...
by duszek
Mon May 14, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Think positive
Replies: 9
Views: 183

Re: Think positive

In therapies people are invited to get in touch with the repressed material in their minds.
The goal is to become more free and happy.

Could it be that positive thinking is soul-destroying because negative emotions are not allowed to surface ?
by duszek
Thu May 03, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you lie to yourself?
Replies: 22
Views: 423

Re: Can you lie to yourself?

One sort of lie to oneself is rationalizing. .....Does it sound convincing to anyone ? Only to the one who is determined to convince himself. And if you think that's self-deception, you should read some religious apologetics, or nationalist jingo. Yes, Skip. But why is this person trying to convinc...
by duszek
Thu May 03, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Who should make the first move...
Replies: 14
Views: 277

Re: Who should make the first move...

How about inocuous moves ? Anybody can invite an acquaintance for a beer. Any pretext works. And then things can develop on their own and one day one of the two can ask: "Are we going to marry or not ? Because my mother wants to know." And if the chat is not a good one can always back out using an e...
by duszek
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Truth about Lying
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: The Truth about Lying

An important part of the speech act is the tone of the voice. If the tone of the voice suggests certainty then it must be a lie because how can you be certain in that case ? If the tone of the voice suggests honest hope only then it is not a lie. If the listener cannot decide how to interpret the ac...
by duszek
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you lie to yourself?
Replies: 22
Views: 423

Re: Can you lie to yourself?

One sort of lie to oneself is rationalizing. We could try it here to see if it always works. "I love my wife but I buy physical love from other woman because ... 1. my wife is tired and prefers a good book 2. I get more satisfaction from variation (it can be observed among apes that polygamy is norm...
by duszek
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is the earth getting overpopulated?
Replies: 60
Views: 1944

Re: Is the earth getting overpopulated?

Is there any country or area whose density of population could be considered just right ?
In the UK perhaps ?
by duszek
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How can a woman ruin a man ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1351

Re: How can a woman ruin a man ?

It´s not a book review.

It´s a comment in process.
I share my expectations of what going to happen next and am ready to admit if I was wrong.

Compare it to real life:
you meet a new person, you speculate about him, later on you know more and reinterpret your initial impressions.
by duszek
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What does silence mean?
Replies: 27
Views: 964

Re: What does silence mean?

In everyday life people who feel obliged to keep the ball rolling try to avoid silence.

Who feels obliged to keep the ball rolling ?
A person afraid of being dumpled because not entertaining enough.
by duszek
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Self-centeredness
Replies: 15
Views: 779

Re: Self-centeredness

It seems to me that:

"self-centered" is a neutral term,

"selfisch" or "egoistic" is a perjorative term

A selfish person defends one´s own interests and takes advantage of other people.
by duszek
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Self-centeredness
Replies: 15
Views: 779

Re: Self-centeredness

Leaving the mainstream means that you annoy your family and friends. I happen to read a book by a certain Patrick McGrath, "The Grotesque", which is about a Sir Hugo Coal, a self-appointed paleontologist, warring with the Royal Society, who has ended up as a vegetable in a wheelchair, probably due t...
by duszek
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How many senses do we have?
Replies: 16
Views: 1476

Re: How many senses do we have?

1. "sense of touch"

versus

2. "sense of humour"

versus

3. "sense and sensibility" (a title of one of Jane Austen´s novels)

Is it the same kind of "sense" in the three examples ?
by duszek
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Self-centeredness
Replies: 15
Views: 779

Re: Self-centeredness

An excentric stays away from the center (= mainstream) and thus can focus on his own personal center or centre, undisturbed by social expectations and peer pressures. An excentric can also become a photographer or a bird-watcher and forget about oneself, focusing mainly on exterior objects. Eccentr...
by duszek
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How close to perfection can we get?
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: How close to perfection can we get?

Would a perfect muffin become less perfect or even more perfect if you placed a cherry on it ?