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by uwot
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 199
Views: 1502

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

Immanuel Can wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:52 pm
For collectives cannot be summoned unless they can be rallied around some common cry.
Christianity, for example.
by uwot
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Individualism vs. Collectivism
Replies: 199
Views: 1502

Re: Individualism vs. Collectivism

We can't afford to romanticize the idea of "the many" using their power to destroy less powerful groups. They've done it too often, throughout history, and have justified their actions on the theory that "the many" can't be wrong, no matter what they do. Nor can we afford to romanticise the idea of...
by uwot
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia
Replies: 37
Views: 470

Re: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia

That looks like a useful way of saying it. It does suggest a belief that behaviour can be influenced by language, which is probably a whole topic in itself. That's effectively the point the article makes. The 'thought collective' (Fleck) or 'paradigm' (Kuhn) and their particular models, method and ...
by uwot
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: One for the loons.
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: One for the loons.

Walker wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:08 am
If a medical doctor tells you he knows nothing, find another doctor.
And if she says you've got cancer of the bollocks and has to chop them off, get a second opinion.
by uwot
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Effect of human activity on climate change is insignificant
Replies: 189
Views: 1751

Re: Effect of human activity on climate change is insignificant

Ignorance on parade. Effect of human activity on climate change is insignificant, and cannot be proven otherwise. I'm guessing you're not a scientist of any stripe, so I gotta ask, what makes you so certain? Because there is no proof. Lemme get this straight: you are certain because there is no pro...
by uwot
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?
Replies: 68
Views: 387

Re: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?

Butt then there's the interesting question of why it is lots of women like anal sex? What do you base this claim on? How many have you asked? You likely know the answer but the question is worthy. Meh, all I know is that no woman has ever asked me for anal sex. My suspicion is that the last contact...
by uwot
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Effect of human activity on climate change is insignificant
Replies: 189
Views: 1751

Re: Effect of human activity on climate change is insignificant

Walker wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:16 pm
Ignorance on parade.

Effect of human activity on climate change is insignificant, and cannot be proven otherwise.
I'm guessing you're not a scientist of any stripe, so I gotta ask, what makes you so certain?
by uwot
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?
Replies: 68
Views: 387

Re: Are members of the gay community better adjusted, in a moral sense; than homophobes?

Dachshund wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:32 pm
Butt then there's the interesting question of why it is lots of women like anal sex?
What do you base this claim on? How many have you asked?
by uwot
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Effect of human activity on climate change is insignificant
Replies: 189
Views: 1751

Re: "man- made climate change"

Ain't no such thing. Ya know Henry, I'm no more of a climate scientist than you are; how can you be so confident? The thing is, I don't see that the overwhelming majority of scientists who claim that co2 is a greenhouse gas have anything like as much to gain as the fossil fuel companies - oil, coal...
by uwot
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: One for the loons.
Replies: 3
Views: 49

One for the loons.

There's a legend in western philosophy, one version of which has Socrates asking Pythia, the high priestess at Delphi, who the wisest person was. 'No one is wiser than Socrates' came the answer. 'Really?' says Socrates, 'But I know that I don't know anything.' 'Exactly.' says the priestess.
So...
by uwot
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: MUSLIM SENATORS IN THE US...WTF !
Replies: 270
Views: 3059

Re: MUSLIM SENATORS IN THE US...WTF !

Dachshund wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:02 pm
The fact is that he entire Islamic religion is based on lies, dissimulation, deception and duplicity.
Duh! Name a religion that isn't.
by uwot
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia
Replies: 37
Views: 470

Re: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia

I think its more about how philosophy can say anything influential about different approaches. Well, there's logic and rhetoric (Grammar too, if the liberal arts are your thing). The challenge is to make a valid case and present it well. The rhetoric is in part down to the persuasive skills of the ...
by uwot
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: MUSLIM SENATORS IN THE US...WTF !
Replies: 270
Views: 3059

It's like this Henry...

Yeah I live in London too. I know the area around Whitechapel very well, having gone too Art School in Aldgate, ran a business in Poplar and until recently taught in colleges in the manor. You ask for evidence, which is right and proper, but it is notoriously difficult to prove a negative. Mr Can's ...
by uwot
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia
Replies: 37
Views: 470

Re: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia

Skepdick wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:52 pm
It's still computational.
Well yeah. That's maths for you.
Skepdick wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:52 pm
It's called the "word problem" for a reason.
It's less of a problem if you can understand the context.
by uwot
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia
Replies: 37
Views: 470

Re: Philosophy of Science: The First 2½ Millennia

Is it fair to say the issue is whether philosophy gives us something that can actually guide action? I think it is fair to say that ethical, political, religious and even scientific philosophical models guide action. If it just tells us we're clueless, and that can't be improved on, it's a problem....