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by uwot
Mon May 20, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 775
Views: 6485

Re: Einstein on the train

Human beings can have and hold 'separatist' views, open new groups, isolate themselves away, and not like to associate with "others", based on their DIFFERENT views, but none of this can take away from the fact that the view, thought, assumption, belief, and/or opinion; that the Universe is getting...
by uwot
Mon May 20, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein's train. All change, please.
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Einstein's train. All change, please.

Fuck it, given up on that other thread. Anyway, here's a couple of quotes to remind us what that was supposed to be about: “I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician, he is also a child placed before natural phenomenon, which imp...
by uwot
Fri May 17, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 775
Views: 6485

Re: Einstein on the train

Age wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 1:47 pm
There is a part where you say; The Universe is getting bigger. Now, would you like to clarify what the actual Truth IS?
Again:
uwot wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 11:18 am
Fucking hell, you bonehead! Which bit of 'Einstein on the train and other stories' do you not understand?
by uwot
Fri May 17, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 775
Views: 6485

Re: Einstein on the train

But if one is the author of a book, which is about scientific matters, and writes in a way that, to me, appears to be stating things about the Universe, for example like; The Universe is getting bigger , then I like to question this. Fucking hell, you bonehead! Which bit of 'Einstein on the train a...
by uwot
Thu May 16, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 775
Views: 6485

Re: Einstein on the train

Will has presented an excellent educational resource based on current theories. If we was to depart from them, then it would be a work of speculation, not of science education. As far as I can tell he seems to have everything correct and also explained some nitty-gritty aspects of the theories that...
by uwot
Thu May 16, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Border crises
Replies: 216
Views: 1716

Re: Border crises

Intuition may be as or more reliable than linear logic. It may produce interesting imaginings, but "more reliable" it's definitely not: at least, not where truth is the issue. Science doesn't advance without intuition. Thomas Kuhn made this clear in 1962, yer might wanna read the article I wrote fo...
by uwot
Tue May 14, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Cultural Relativism is wrong
Replies: 110
Views: 979

Re: Cultural Relativism is wrong

Most often, the Atheists I've met irrationally insist that though the universe is a product of unguided chance, with no consciousness behind it at all, somehow their own lives and the lives of those they love are valuable anyway. Mr Can, have you never heard of love, beauty, laughter, family, frien...
by uwot
Sun May 12, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"
Replies: 292
Views: 3318

Re: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"

I had not understood the supposed need of salvation was connected to the belief that one is born wicked. Thanks! Well, it's the thing that those of us who have never been blighted by religion despair of. Ya don't need some fucking 'perfection' to love, just do it and if there is an afterlife, take ...
by uwot
Sun May 12, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"
Replies: 292
Views: 3318

Re: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"

Belinda wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 12:16 pm
Uwot, obviously you have outgrown these children's stories. I think there is still a lot of good in Christianity if it's reinterpreted for modern adults.
The good is in the modern adults. They simply have to forget this bollocks about being born wicked and in need of salvation.
by uwot
Sun May 12, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"
Replies: 292
Views: 3318

Re: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"

I don't suppose you are interested. That's twice now. Tell ya what: you let me decide whether I'm interested. But for the sake of interesting conversation and learning how other people see things, might you include some quotes from what you wrote about Medieval cosmology? Well, it was focussed on t...
by uwot
Sun May 12, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"
Replies: 292
Views: 3318

Re: Ronald Beiner and his book "Dangerous Minds"

The sacrifice of an animal was better than human sacrifice. How so? Was it more efficacious? Or better simply because an animal's life was wasted, rather than a human's? The ancient religion was about propitiating a god . Do you think the world is a better place because of the sacrifices? Is it goo...
by uwot
Sun May 12, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 775
Views: 6485

Re: Einstein on the train

All of science is about negotiating interpreted meaning of observations that are assumed 'true'... The thing is, the observations are not assumed true - they are very thoroughly checked. Firstly by the people who originally make the observation, because it is career death if you make a bold claim w...
by uwot
Fri May 10, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein on the train
Replies: 775
Views: 6485

Re: Einstein on the train

I treat everything as "pointers" to stand as referents to anything and ignore the actual facts they point to. Which is fine, but when someone tells you they don't understand your nomenclature, it doesn't help if you replace that with symbols. My symbolic logic is functional, albeit rusty, and witho...
by uwot
Fri May 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Cultural Relativism is wrong
Replies: 110
Views: 979

Re: Cultural Relativism is wrong

If you don't believe genocides or pedophelia or wife-beating are "evil," then I guess you'd be a consistent Atheist. Mr Can, atheists do not have a handbook that condones these things. If you ever pull your head out of your arse and actually read your Bible, you will discover rules that mandate eac...
by uwot
Thu May 09, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Is sex-selective abortion an immoral thing to do?
Replies: 165
Views: 1167

Dic

henry quirk wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 3:51 pm
All more the reason to tread lightly and err on caution's side.

If we can't cleanly say what a person is: then mebbe we ought not be killin' 'things' that just might be people.
Who is "we"? Sounds awfully communitarian, as if the demands of the collective usurp individual decisions.