Search found 2424 matches

by Skip
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

explain the difference between free will and reaction to desire. In the age of reason: I decide whether to replicate myself, and whether and how long my life is worth extending - I don't leave those decisions either to some "emotional respect for life", (which in practice usually means: God values ...
by Skip
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

Nick_A wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:43 am
The smoke clears.
What a relief!
Secularized religion
Did you just make that up, or is it one of the stock oxymorons of your ilk?
it's everyone for themselves and just do what you want.
with your own life, yeah. Free will. I realize it's a difficult concept.
by Skip
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

[Doesn't society deserve this consideration?] [S. Nope.] Now you've done it. You will earn the wrath of Greta. You suggest that cold hard logic may not be sufficient to solve the problem of over population. I didn't suggest anything of the kind. That's your shtick. I disagree that society deserves ...
by Skip
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

Mothers decide which babies should live. Hardly ever. Famine decides. AIDS decides. Armies decide. Fat old men in distant rich countries decide. Then when they get older murderers in society decide if they should be killed. Huh? Everybody doesn't grow up to murderers, or we'd have no population exp...
by Skip
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

[I'd rather decide for myself and let them decide for themselves.] Of course you would. So would everyone else. Good. We kill the ones who prevent us all making our own decisions, and ... https://www.google.com/search?q=the+world+will+be+a+better+place+lyrics&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-ab B...
by Skip
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

Skip, how inhuman of you! Now if you were saying that all secularists should be killed ... ;) I'm okay with leaving all the faithfuls alone; just want to knock the influential props out from under them. Only the guilty, not the dupes. Nature has never been kind or pretty and that looks to remain th...
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 77
Views: 403

Re: What could make morality objective?

[You keep the conceptual; we'll take the pragmatic.] The problem with that is that the pragmatic only "works" if a) you enforce it with power, not reason. Since no other kind of morality has been enforced by reason alone, no loss or gain there: police will continue to be needed. and b) if nobody qu...
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

[The only question is whether individuals have the right and power to decide whether and how much they reproduce, and when it's time to die.] But you cannot make such a decision. It isn't fair. I have made both of those decisions for myself - declined to reproduce and devised an exit strategy. The ...
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 77
Views: 403

Re: What could make morality objective?

Immanuel Can wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:37 pm
"A human told me" has never been an adequate reason for a moral precept.
Worked for kings.
"a bunch of humans told me" been any better.
works for elected legislatures.
You keep the conceptual; we'll take the pragmatic.
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

Bravo. Kill first and ask questions later. What's left to ask? We already know what rules various priesthoods have made regarding the reproductive functions of other people. Only logic should determine if you live or die Who said anything about logic? Everybody dies - that's not up for debate. The ...
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 77
Views: 403

Re: What could make morality objective?

[moral dictum of all Monotheists - Jew, Christian, Muslim: Thou shalt not enslave thy fellow man. ] That would be true of the first two, You mean as instructed by the Old and New testaments? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+21&version=ESV http://bible.oremus.org/?passage=Ephesian...
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: How would you control the world population?
Replies: 52
Views: 215

Re: How would you control the world population?

How would I control the world population?
Kill all the priests - not just the Catholic ones; all of them, imams, parsons, ministers, shamans, popas.
Then burn all their holy books.
Then do whatever seems reasonable and practical.
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 77
Views: 403

Re: What could make morality objective?

[But you haven't mentioned morality at all.] .... "morality" and "the desires of God" are identical in Monotheistic thought. So we can have it equally as: Morality (i.e. "what God desires") is human freedom... Human freedom is contrary to slavery. Slavery is contrary to morality. Premise 1 is analy...
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Evolution question
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Evolution question

I suspect synesthesia is not a function of the sensory organs, but of some cross-connections in the neural network. No idea whether any other species has this facility - obviously, we can't ask a dolphin how February sounds, or what colour the number 6 is (a quiet thrumming alternating A and G; dark...
by Skip
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Evolution question
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Evolution question

Has it ever happened in a species where one sense switched with another, e.g. switching the sense of smell with the sense of taste? 🇺🇲PhilX🇺🇲 Why switch? Those two senses probably diverged from a single set of sensory receptors: both smell and taste receptors detect the concentration of chemicals, ...