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by phyllo
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Your brain tricks you into believing... What?!
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: Your brain tricks you into believing... What?!

I don't think this definition makes any sense, but it seems clear that we nonetheless standardly have something like a very strong belief that we can very often, indeed routinely, do exactly what we wanted to do. As an example, suppose you are asked to take part in a poll where the question is whet...
by phyllo
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?
Replies: 109
Views: 14167

Re: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?

There are several ideas presented here: - Any action labeled as 'defensive' does not need to be examined. Any 'defensive' action is morally correct. - A Finnish soldier would not be asked to do anything immoral or unethical. - The personal morality of a Finnish soldier is identical to the state/soci...
by phyllo
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?
Replies: 109
Views: 14167

Re: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?

Finland was helping the Nazis. You can't avoid that fact. They could have done things differently but they made a choice to support Germany. If an individual Finnish soldier believes that the Soviet cause is preferable to the Nazi cause then he has an ethical issue because he is being ordered to hel...
by phyllo
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:01 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?
Replies: 109
Views: 14167

Re: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?

Finland was an ally of Nazi Germany and fought against the Soviet Union. There seems to have been mistreatment of Soviet prisoners in POW camps and concentration camps.

Maybe there are moral issues.
by phyllo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why I am a vegetarian....
Replies: 12
Views: 1777

Re: Why I am a vegetarian....

However...I am done with this forum.

Greener pastures beckon...

Happy posting to you all! :)
Only lasted 1 week.

Where are you off to?
by phyllo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Nature of Money - do we need it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1679

Re: The Nature of Money - do we need it?

You sense it and I sense it but Ned doesn't.

That guy in the factory could be the most honest hard working stiff imaginable. But after a while of putting in 8 hours, he'll do 7 hours and take care of some errands. Then he'll do 6 hours and go fishing.
He's not immoral or unethical. He's just human.
by phyllo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:20 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?
Replies: 109
Views: 14167

Re: Is volunteering for the military potentially unethical?

Coalition : 190 killed by enemy action, 44 killed by friendly fire, 248 killed by in-theater accidents Total: 482 Killed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War If you count accidents as friendly fire then 60% were killed by friendly fire. If you count accidents as a standard aspect of warfare then o...
by phyllo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Nature of Money - do we need it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1679

Re: The Nature of Money - do we need it?

When you're talking money, my friend, you're talking economics. If you took away money, I think you'd have a pretty tough time exchanging whatever you do for whatever you want. For instance, how would a person who helps assemble new cars exchange that production for a cup of soup? You misunderstand...
by phyllo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is tribalism the most enduring heritage from the past?
Replies: 95
Views: 9704

Re: Is tribalism the most enduring heritage from the past?

You claim not to be part of any sub-group, yet you separate yourself from 'us'.
by phyllo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is tribalism the most enduring heritage from the past?
Replies: 95
Views: 9704

Re: Is tribalism the most enduring heritage from the past?

why do I still, stubbornly, obtusely think
that I communicate
when I pontificate
on my internet link?
Maybe you should pontificate less and communicate more.

There is a difference. Pontification is talking down to people from a high pulpit. Communication is listening and speaking on the same level.
by phyllo
Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How can anyone take religion seriously?
Replies: 27
Views: 4079

Re: How can anyone take religion seriously?

See which of them appeals to you? I guess that you are asking the atheists which religion they find the most amusing. Everything you say indicated you think that religion is based on ignorance and believers are deluded, mistaken, brainwashed, engaged in wishful thinking, unaware of the basic rules ...
by phyllo
Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Your OWN personal morality
Replies: 46
Views: 6289

Re: Your OWN personal morality

In case of murder, the only person directly responsible is the one pulling the trigger. Without him the murder could not happen. I'm not responsible for the actions of the murderer, but I am responsible for defending myself from the murderer. You have to make sure that you are not sucked into immor...
by phyllo
Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is religion guilty of moving the goalposts?
Replies: 202
Views: 25665

Re: Is religion guilty of moving the goalposts?

You didn't notice the winky smilie? :wink:

BTW, what's a 'very advanced' sense of humor?
by phyllo
Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Your OWN personal morality
Replies: 46
Views: 6289

Re: Your OWN personal morality

No, you have a responsibility for your own actions. If you know that the customer is a thief of worse, you might take the next step and deal with it, if you feel you are up to it. But your primary responsibility is making sure that you are a positively contributing member of your society. Okay, so ...