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by Gary Childress
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Deleted Thread?
Replies: 14
Views: 138

Deleted Thread?

Did a thread I started regarding an article on Einstein possibly being "racist" get removed by the mods? It seems to have disappeared. Did I do something wrong in posting it? I thought it was a pretty civil discussion for the most part. :?
by Gary Childress
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What can be done to increase humanity’s conscience?
Replies: 60
Views: 612

Re: What can be done to increase humanity’s conscience?

Seeds wrote: However, as you can see, a materialistic (non-spiritual) attitude does not engender a great deal of empathy for strangers. In which case, how can we overcome that problem? Don't you think perhaps a two pronged approach? What I mean is , firstly. that the child or adult is exposed to st...
by Gary Childress
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: In Search Of Book...
Replies: 1
Views: 46

In Search Of Book...

I don't think I've ever seen a book like this (other than Wittgenstein's Tractatus) but I would love to find a book of contemporary philosophical arguments laid out step by step with premises and conclusions on numbered lines. What I mean is that most philosophy books I encounter are sort of written...
by Gary Childress
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Can Science Explain Consciousness?
Replies: 28
Views: 3049

Re: Can Science Explain Consciousness?

I think the short answer is "no", Science cannot "explain" consciousness, at least not in a "reductionist" sense whereby we try to explain it in terms of physical substances and also not in the sense that I can observe someone else's consciousness. I think the consciousness of another will forever b...
by Gary Childress
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: bullshit philosophy at its finest.
Replies: 44
Views: 1222

Re: bullshit philosophy at its finest.

don't follow - being a limited God - this particular. clueless about, but value learning/talking with myself to become a Greater God. if willing ;-/ God or not if you are a solitary being you won't be inventing the kind of language we are using as for starters you couldn't talk to yourself in the f...
by Gary Childress
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy as "Special Ed"
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Philosophy as "Special Ed"

I had a pretty dysfunctional childhood, or at least one that seemed very different from most of my peers who grew up around me. I was exceptionally shy and depressed most of the time. Later I developed repeated psychoses (though I've been largely free of psychoses for a couple years now). As a resul...
by Gary Childress
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Divine Exclusion?
Replies: 33
Views: 254

Divine Exclusion?

I've been agnostic for a significant portion of my life. Generally I sort of hold the belief that agnosticism makes the most sense for any of us, when concerning allegedly transcendental matters such as gods, spirits or "afterlives". It also seems like a healthier belief because conceptualizing God ...
by Gary Childress
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who fell in Eden? Man or God?
Replies: 9
Views: 171

Re: Who fell in Eden? Man or God?

Who fell in Eden? Man or God? Christians see a fall for man in Eden while the Jews see it as where man was elevated. I see it as where, thanks to God’s murder by neglect of Adam and Eve, as where God fell. Adam and Eve would have lived much longer if God had not locked away the tree of life. Common...
by Gary Childress
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Price of Enlightenment
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: The Price of Enlightenment

I was browsing the Amazon Kindle store which I just downloaded on my cell phone a couple days ago and came across a particularly interesting title to me, The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities. I browsed a little of the previews of the book which seemed to possess some very relevant and tim...
by Gary Childress
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Price of Enlightenment
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: The Price of Enlightenment

actually, the price of several if not most college texts is comparable to the price of this -Imp A friend of mine took a course back in college, something to do with NASA and how funding for space programs is supposed to work (IIRC). He told me at the time that his text book was something over $100...
by Gary Childress
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Price of Enlightenment
Replies: 8
Views: 144

The Price of Enlightenment

I was browsing the Amazon Kindle store which I just downloaded on my cell phone a couple days ago and came across a particularly interesting title to me, The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities. I browsed a little of the previews of the book which seemed to possess some very relevant and time...
by Gary Childress
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Socialism: What Has Gone Wrong?
Replies: 258
Views: 15671

Re: ain't no such thing as 'free'

Somebody pays for all of that...not one bit of any of it is 'free'. That is undeniably true, nothing is "free" (or produced out of thin air). Every good and service comes from the work of someone. Socialism is supposed to be about just, equitable and/or fair distribution of what is produced and als...
by Gary Childress
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Ways the North Korean Problem Can be Resolved
Replies: 109
Views: 6263

Re: Ways the North Korean Problem Can be Resolved

A day after predicting "global catastrophe" if North Korea's nuclear tests lead to anything other than talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the situation may be "impossible" to resolve. Putin made the comments after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the...
by Gary Childress
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Truman's folly
Replies: 102
Views: 7237

Re: Truman's folly

Not really. Consider The Great War, which the US did not enter until very late (and probably unwisely). We actually have not been the ones guilty of 'mass murder genocide'. Try Japan, China, USSR, Nazi Germany, Holland, Belgium, the UK, etc. Not to mention Hannibal... Melchior, I would love to thin...
by Gary Childress
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Truman's folly
Replies: 102
Views: 7237

Re: Truman's folly

I have a BA in philosophy, and am very well read. I dropped out of college after being diagnosed with Schizophrenia and therefore don't have a BA. I accumulated enough overall credits to be considered a "junior" and actually took a lot of extraneous courses I didn't need as part of my "curriculum",...