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by Notvacka
Thu May 02, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Tell me. Tell me the truth.
Replies: 6
Views: 4209

Re: Tell me. Tell me the truth.

Very interesting topic. "And you know what's so good about the truth? Everyone knows what it is no matter how long they've lived without it." But what is the truth? How do you recognize it for what it is? "Do you really want another child?" This is the kind of question most people could probably ans...
by Notvacka
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is the cause of random quantum fluctuations?
Replies: 4
Views: 2517

Re: What is the cause of random quantum fluctuations?

What is the cause of random quantum fluctuations? Do random quantum fluctuations have no cause? Are you trolling? The "cause" of quantum randomness is beyond our observation, theoretically as well as practically. (Heisenberg, you know.) Since science only deals with the observable, your question is...
by Notvacka
Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: In what ethical-theoretical direction do you lean?
Replies: 6
Views: 2092

Re: In what ethical-theoretical direction do you lean?

Mine is a variation on traditional reciprocal ethics, similar to the Golden Rule; perhaps not very helpful, but clear and simple: I chose the words "good", "evil", "right" and "wrong" to show how morality emerges and what morality is, by making these cear and useful definitions: good = what I want e...
by Notvacka
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 9
Views: 1860

Re: Free Will

Hello, LeadByExemption! I have written about free will and determinsim many times on this forum. For your benefit, I'll quote myself: Our very use of language here makes it obvious that something must be wrong with the concept of free will. The common expression is "I have a free will" rather than "...
by Notvacka
Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why do good people suffer?
Replies: 107
Views: 23540

Re: Why do good people suffer?

It's really hard for me to believe that adults actually believe in all this silly mysticism, that is obviously contradictory at every turn, that they get so obviously riled up and frantic, about a simple fairy tale. It's unfair to treat it as a "simple fairy tale" when there are people who build th...
by Notvacka
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why do good people suffer?
Replies: 107
Views: 23540

Re: Why do good people suffer?

Satan spread his rebellion to our earth. And where did Satan come from, then? Do you believe in Satan as a separate power, comparable to God? Makes me think of a hilarious scene from the movie Time Bandits where Evil rants about the shortcomings of the Supreme Being and is interrupted by a minion: ...
by Notvacka
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why do good people suffer?
Replies: 107
Views: 23540

Re: Why do good people suffer?

If God created a perfect world, how could sin develop? The world is not perfect. And there is something to be learned from the world not being perfect. Is God the Creator also the author of sin? God is the only source. Where else could anything come from? Far from being the author of sin, He is "th...
by Notvacka
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why do good people suffer?
Replies: 107
Views: 23540

Re: Why do good people suffer?

Can you direct me to the Chapter or verse in the Scriptures that states God is responsible for man's downfall. There is no need to quote Scripture. Either God is the supreme creator, the sole source and cause of everything, or not. And if not, then we are not really talking about God with a capital...
by Notvacka
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why do good people suffer?
Replies: 107
Views: 23540

Re: Why do good people suffer?

There is really no such thing as the “innocent” suffering. We are all guilty of being innocent, since the choice was never ours in the first place. God made us who we are. There can be but one free will, the will of God. Therefore, nobody could "deserve" punishment, other than God. But we have alre...
by Notvacka
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why do good people suffer?
Replies: 107
Views: 23540

Re: Why do good people suffer?

The question is why does anybody suffer? Why is there suffering in the world?
by Notvacka
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:25 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: US government goes Kafka and few seem to notice
Replies: 1
Views: 763

US government goes Kafka and few seem to notice

This most alarming attack on civil liberties in the US has been strangely absent from the headlines in most mainstream media:

http://www.longislandpress.com/2013/03/ ... liberties/
by Notvacka
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why do some of us believe in God and others do not
Replies: 38
Views: 11225

Re: Why do some of us believe in God and others do not

People don't read books now a-days. You are right. And here is a book about it that I recommend: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Illusion-Literacy-Triumph-Spectacle/dp/1568586132 But since you don't read, Chris Hedges...
by Notvacka
Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Chris Hedges "Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Over &
Replies: 18
Views: 3038

Re: Chris Hedges "Brace Yourself! The American Empire Is Ove

Thanks for the link. Very interesting. I think both Bill and Bob should watch this.

I haven't read any of his books, but I ordered Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion and The World as it Is from Amazon after watching the clip.
by Notvacka
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: An Introspective Look at Choice
Replies: 46
Views: 8180

Re: An Introspective Look at Choice

Yes. I could not have chosen differently, but somebody else could. Had I chosen differently, then I would have been somebody else. It's common to speculate about what one would have done, had one been somebody else. Unfortunately, we are stuck with being ourselves. And, for instance, had you been An...
by Notvacka
Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: An Introspective Look at Choice
Replies: 46
Views: 8180

Re: An Introspective Look at Choice

Ah, the ever popular question of free will! :D Free will is the experience of having choices, alternatives to choose from, and of being the one doing the choosing. Yes, free will is this experience, a fundamental aspect of human existence. We make choices every day, and experience them as real. Howe...