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by Lev Muishkin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:50 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Racism does it make sense?
Replies: 54
Views: 9858

Re: Racism does it make sense?

SpheresOfBalance wrote:
Stuartp523 wrote:Is Kayla of mixed race?
We are all of mixed race! It's called the Human Race! It's the only Race that matters!
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I don't think it is the only race that matters. A broad diversity of other species also matters.
by Lev Muishkin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:47 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: The Theory of Evolution - perfect?
Replies: 964
Views: 137958

Re: The Theory of Evolution - perfect?

We all have a "reptile" brain under everything else. But do we therefore know what it means to be a reptile? Should Thomas Nagel have aimed lower? Is there anything about 'being' that is different from the experiences you have? What do you think Hume would have said, Lev? I don't think even a repti...
by Lev Muishkin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: The Theory of Evolution - perfect?
Replies: 964
Views: 137958

Re: The Theory of Evolution - perfect?

Ginkgo wrote:
Lev Muishkin wrote:
It's just an interesting side line, which supports the idea of evolution. Afterall - if you were a god, why would you bother to mimic part of the history of development.
Yes, God seems to be a bit of a tinkerer. Sir Isaac would be happy.
What are you on about?
by Lev Muishkin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Belief in God is Properly Basic.
Replies: 83
Views: 12549

Re: Belief in God is Properly Basic.

Most religions that I am familiar with, are based on the faith that certain things are true, without proof. Flailing against a belief that lacks proof, but is based on faith, is a particularly silly argument, and yet this is the mainstay of most atheist's arguments against the existence of God. In ...
by Lev Muishkin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Belief in God is Properly Basic.
Replies: 83
Views: 12549

Re: Belief in God is Properly Basic.

Silly circular logic. Whilst this might be true, you are not saying how or why. He didn't create our cognitive abilities, apparently we only gained our cognitive abilities from eating the apple of wisdom, so in that we should have stayed eternally stupid if not. Belief in god does not necessarily e...
by Lev Muishkin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:32 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Authentic vs. Vicarious?
Replies: 110
Views: 15169

Re: Authentic vs. Vicarious?

No one has stooped as low as yourself: an ad hominem is a species of philosophical fallacy. I see no evidence, as yet of any philosophy from you - but then I am new here. You still have failed to answer the simple question with any philosophy. Denigrating it as a "cozy chat" is not an example of ph...
by Lev Muishkin
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Authentic vs. Vicarious?
Replies: 110
Views: 15169

Re: Authentic vs. Vicarious?

I do not think I have ever had a vicarious experience. What does one look like? I can imagine performing an act of employment; does that count? I took the OP as being related to the Jackson's Knowledge Argument and Lewis' Ability Hypothesis. I could be wrong. Fine. So what is a vicarious experience?
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Authentic vs. Vicarious?
Replies: 110
Views: 15169

Re: Authentic vs. Vicarious?

I do not think I have ever had a vicarious experience.
What does one look like?
I can imagine performing an act of employment; does that count?
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Authentic vs. Vicarious?
Replies: 110
Views: 15169

Re: Authentic vs. Vicarious?

Only for Hexhammer. But he doesn't discriminate - he offends everyone. I wish to take issue with this claim. Mr Hammer doesn't offend me in the slightest and is a source of great hilarity. I should have said he 'attacks' everybody, not offends. I also find him entertaining. So, is the thread a dead...
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Autism, synapses. Healhy. "Not healthy"...
Replies: 17
Views: 3360

Re: Autism, synapses. Healhy. "Not healthy"...

Children with autism have more nerve synapses in their brain. [ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140821124730.htm ] Is it possible that we with the LESS synapses regard people with MORE synapses as "problematic" and "non healthy"? How arrogant can we be? How blind? We seem to all "know"...
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Which cultures do you feel are superior/inferior to yours?
Replies: 76
Views: 12312

Re: Which cultures do you feel are superior/inferior to your

LM said: "...covering 750 million persons...." Where did the extra 400+ million people come from? PhilX Okay - I'll take your word for it. I don't think that changes the argument much. It's important when you want to be regarded as an authority figure. PhilX I don't. Anyone can misremember
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can time be infinite?
Replies: 186
Views: 25621

Re: Can time be infinite?

LM said: "You are contradicting yourself. On the one hand you are asking if time is infinite then you are insisting that it is by assuming that units of time are divisions of the infinite. If time were infinite then no point in time would have any value, as the time before and the time after would ...
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: different way of understanding grammer.
Replies: 45
Views: 7378

Re: different way of understanding grammer.

Sorry, VT always just puts me in a bad mood. Interest was charged for post war loans, but no money was made on lend lease, most of it wasn't returned and most of that debt forgiven. I always thought the U.S. was neutral by law and lend lease was a legal way to get around the neutrality acts by thos...
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Racism does it make sense?
Replies: 54
Views: 9858

Re: Racism does it make sense?

Northern Europe is in Europe, yes. So whenever one replies to a topic of discussion, he can create a new topic of discussion and claim to be remaining on topic so long as the new topic encompasses the old? Wouldn't it be the other way around? Are you either confused or are you just getting desperat...
by Lev Muishkin
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can time be infinite?
Replies: 186
Views: 25621

Re: Can time be infinite?

LM said: "Infinite quantities cannot be divided logically. If you divide an infinite quantity in two, you get two infinite quantities, and if you divide them infinitely you get an infinite number of infinite quantities. This is, of course absurd. Thus the idea of ANY infinite thing is absurd." Not ...