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by Thundril
Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The Key to Unlock the Door
Replies: 14
Views: 2958

Re: The Key to Unlock the Door

I think what is critical is that we are willing to forfeit bad thinking, which may force us into ceasing certain activities that we are very attached to indeed. If a good example of good thinking is: “We receive but what we give.” then what is the value of the highly competitive nature of something...
by Thundril
Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: John Rawls, the veil of ignorance and American attitudes
Replies: 34
Views: 6692

Re: John Rawls, the veil of ignorance and American attitudes

If you are speaking of influence, then that is not an issue of inequality but of civil rights. Put it this way. If Bill gates wanted to buy my house to throw me out in the cold, he couldn't do it. If one has a government that protects civil liberties, then it doesn't matter how wealthy someone is c...
by Thundril
Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: John Rawls, the veil of ignorance and American attitudes
Replies: 34
Views: 6692

Re: John Rawls, the veil of ignorance and American attitudes

And I believe they are wrong. They confuse the issue of inequality with other issues. What they are really against are such things as poverty. Now, we can have poverty, and equality, that is the state where everyone is impoverished. Or, we could have a situation of extreme inequality, but where eve...
by Thundril
Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:30 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: the 'old world' and the 'new world'
Replies: 7
Views: 1911

Re: the 'old world' and the 'new world'

bus2bondi wrote:i always feel like i'm caught in between, and what is the old world and what is the new world?
Maybe like THIS
Sorry I couldn't find a soundtrack. It's off the album Modern Lovers, which I lost somewhere along the way, but still remember with great affection!
by Thundril
Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Women cannot be Philosophers.
Replies: 28
Views: 7273

Re: Women cannot be Philosophers.

They don't feel the fragility of selfhood as much as males do. From this statement, I became aware for the first time, the struggle men have. Does it mean that "man has lost dignity in his own eyes to an incredible extent". Has women's "liberation" affected man to such an enormous degree that men s...
by Thundril
Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Herd Instinct or Social Brain?
Replies: 1
Views: 2026

Herd Instinct or Social Brain?

We are social animals. Our mothers don't scrape a hole in the sand, deposit a thousand eggs and then lumber off back into the sea leaving us to take our individual chances. We hang around in troupes. We learn from each other. We have even, across millions of generations, developed the ability to com...
by Thundril
Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Inspiration
Replies: 13
Views: 2136

Re: Inspiration

Anything that makes you want to do something better than you think you can is inspiration. A rookie burger flipper can be inspired watching an expert with 3 whole months experience. Downtrodden people can be moved to do great things by listening to a speaker like Martin Luther King. Anywhere between...
by Thundril
Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from a newcomer
Replies: 4
Views: 1607

Re: Hello from a newcomer

Welcome Saralynn! Where you from?
by Thundril
Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:56 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Write the first thought that comes to your head!
Replies: 27
Views: 8959

Re: Write the first thought that comes to your head!

No I know it is an unfair position to put someone in. In my experience, there is usually a motive behind the question, whether consciously accepted or not e.g. why are you not talking to or avoiding me? I have resolved to communicate better, even if it comes across like a primary school teacher ann...
by Thundril
Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:16 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: omfg the whole country is going insane fuck the republicans
Replies: 5
Views: 2342

Re: omfg the whole country is going insane fuck the republic

ForgedinHell wrote:
The courts will strike it down.
I hope you're right, FiH. It's surely a violation. (In more senses than one)
by Thundril
Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Write the first thought that comes to your head!
Replies: 27
Views: 8959

Re: Write the first thought that comes to your head!

Lynn wrote: A late male friend once told me to stop asking what guys are thinking about as it was bound to disappoint, his example was 'what would it be like to be a spy' :lol:.
:lol:
But now you know we will probably be thinking inconsequential twaddle, it won't be disappointing, will it?
by Thundril
Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Write the first thought that comes to your head!
Replies: 27
Views: 8959

Re: Write the first thought that comes to your head!

On reading the thread title, my first thought was 'Why?' My partner sometimes asks me what I'm thinking about, and I try to answer as honestly as I can. It could be anything from 'Where did I put my driving licence?' to 'What other explanations could there be for the universe's red shift?' She doesn...
by Thundril
Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: About this Forum
Topic: Hello Rick Lewis, Thank you
Replies: 83
Views: 27523

Re: Hello Rick Lewis, Thank you

Define your terms. Why is it "wrong", morally condemned by Judaeo-Christian ethics, to "hate", to spread negative emotions against those who themselves are negative and emotive? It's clear, now answer my question. On those definitions, I'm not sure it is always wrong to hate. I suspect it probably ...
by Thundril
Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: About this Forum
Topic: Hello Rick Lewis, Thank you
Replies: 83
Views: 27523

Re: Hello Rick Lewis, Thank you

The purpose of the forum is not necessarily the same as the purpose of philosophy. You got that right! And Rick Lewis proved this just now. I, for example, have no philosophical training (it probably shows, too); I just enjoy talking about ideas. The purpose of this, or any other, discussion forum ...
by Thundril
Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: About this Forum
Topic: Hello Rick Lewis, Thank you
Replies: 83
Views: 27523

Re: Hello Rick Lewis, Thank you

Because this censoring would be happening automatically, and would be completely impersonal and impartial, it presumably wouldn't provoke the "you can't stop me"/"yes we can" etc escalation which Mick describes. I've always been a bit irritated with word censoring on forums, and we have never enabl...