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by Skip
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Argument of Sam Harris
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Argument of Sam Harris

Bon appetit!
by Skip
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 152

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

Your opening statement is "It's happening now; it's always happening." which is confusing as you're saying here that evolution is always happening (perhaps you care to rephrase). What's confusing? Evolution is a continuous process : it happens all the time , as long as an organism has DNA to pass o...
by Skip
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 152

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

Thin body hair and bipedal stance were already part of the description of Homo sapiens, and several earlier hominids - at least a million years before. Neither evolved noticeably in the last 200,000 years. The cultural advancements mainly took place in that recent time period.
by Skip
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 152

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

Here's another thing. I agree that evolution is slow. Yet it seems many changes have happened with humans in a short period of time. Loss of hair, walking upright, developing languages, wearing clothing, being aware of death, developing agriculture, medicines, math, etc. PhilX 🇺🇸 There are two diff...
by Skip
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Argument of Sam Harris
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Argument of Sam Harris

Is the belief in substance, full stop, psychotic? No; nor does anyone claim that it is. In that case, to say an apple is an apple, and not a homogeneous clump of mass, is psychotic. Up until it's chewed and swallowed, it's an apple. After that, it's a clump of mass, then chyme, etc. It's quite sane...
by Skip
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 152

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

I'm not implying anything. I considered it obvious that extinction ends evolution. Extinction is always a possibility - for any species.
Having survived a previous threat doesn't mean you're more or less likely to survive the next threat: each event carries its own set of probabilities.
by Skip
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 152

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

It's happening now; it's always happening. There are no "steps"; most of the time, it's just a gradual trend that's so slow it can't be seen or tracked. Human lifetimes are long and evolution is slow. If there were a significant mutation that suppressed or killed off all its competing genes, you mig...
by Skip
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is a good substitute for sex (including masturbation)?
Replies: 9
Views: 128

Re: What is a good substitute for sex (including masturbation)?

Philosophy Explorer wrote:
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:44 pm
So what can you substitute for it?
Prayer; self-flagellation; kneeling on cracked corn; penance.
by Skip
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is a good substitute for sex (including masturbation)?
Replies: 9
Views: 128

Re: What is a good substitute for sex (including masturbation)?

I wouldn't mix sex with a car chase, but I guess it could liven up meditation and for some people, it's already work and/or art.
by Skip
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Rights
Replies: 72
Views: 466

Re: Rights

What you say is at least mostly true but corrupations can get you to sign a contract when they intend bad faith. They can restrict you, condemn you, force you into court at great expense and even punish you, all outside the law. If some contracts are not written for this purpose then why are they w...
by Skip
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Rights
Replies: 72
Views: 466

Re: Rights

[A government ... may be effective or incompetent, corrupt or honest, inadequate or overweaning, frugal or profligate. None of those variable conditions affect the definition of contracts, laws, rights, obligations, citizenship or constitution.] By design the law in many cases is designed to protec...
by Skip
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 76
Views: 660

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

There is a lot of argument these days regarding the "existence of god", where neither term is defined - or rather, where both are subjective, so that every participant brings their own notion of existence and god. Nothing can be proved, so all points of view are equally valid. But mere existence isn...
by Skip
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you lie to yourself?
Replies: 5
Views: 80

Re: Can you lie to yourself?

duszek wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:30 am
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.
by Skip
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you lie to yourself?
Replies: 5
Views: 80

Re: Can you lie to yourself?

All humans can lie to themselves. It's a property of the multi-lobed brain to be able to sequester conflicting or contradictory knowledge in separate compartments. Thus, it is possible for a scientist to believe in the supernatural, for a Christian to enrich himself to the detriment of fellow parish...