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by Systematic
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to convince anyone with the right words?
Replies: 215
Views: 21561

Re: Is it possible to convince anyone with the right words?

I have often wondered just how powerful language alone can actually be. Is it possible to convince anyone of anything by just saying the right thing? Perhaps it's more of a psychological question than a philosophical one, but imagine a machine capable of looking into your brain which knows everythi...
by Systematic
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Intolerance
Replies: 1224
Views: 122534

Re: Secular Intolerance

Let's just say that you are allowed to believe whatever crazy nonsense you want. But before you go forcing it on other people, remember that you are going to Hell if you convert anyone forcefully.
by Systematic
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Luring Us into Simplicity
Replies: 8
Views: 1664

Re: Luring Us into Simplicity

In the U.S. we train soldiers. They don't need to think much.
by Systematic
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: What if ... 1000000 Lb. currency limit?
Replies: 9
Views: 1081

What if ... 1000000 Lb. currency limit?

What would happen if you were only allowed one bank account, and, you were not allowed more than one million pounds or its equivalent in your own nation's currency. Would it keep the people from hoarding. Would anyone dare to keep that much cash or gold at their businesses? What would happen to the ...
by Systematic
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Luring Us into Simplicity
Replies: 8
Views: 1664

Luring Us into Simplicity

Failing the option to outright tell people what to do and to think, which they do anyway somewhat, those with options have taken an alternative route. All of the most enticing options to modern man limit our options. They make everything so simple that it limits what is actually possible to accompli...
by Systematic
Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Massive Mass Reparations for African-Americans
Replies: 27
Views: 4170

Massive Mass Reparations for African-Americans

The topic of reparations for African-American slavery in the United States has been proposed. Rather than the paltry amount that will likely be proposed, I believe that the real opportunity lies in being highly generous. Due to the relatively small size of the African-American population residing in...
by Systematic
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Simplicity in legislation
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Simplicity in legislation

I have a hunch that simplicity in legislation and constitution is normally better than complexity. For example, the text of Obamacare could have simply been made to say that a small tax would be levied, and it could have added a procedure for medical professionals to collect their own share of the f...
by Systematic
Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Partial Egoism
Replies: 22
Views: 2821

Re: Partial Egoism

Ken, I agree with most of the points that you are making, but I don't see how anyone is helped if we must all be altruistic. Anarchy is not altruistic. Standing up to the powers that be is not altruistic. Unions are not altruistic. These things mostly uphold the self-interest of several people. And ...
by Systematic
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Partial Egoism
Replies: 22
Views: 2821

Partial Egoism

When reading Nietzsche, I realized that there were certain problems with altruism. Basically, if everyone were completely altruistic, there would be no one to hold everyone to the altruistic standard. There is basic anarchy. It is apparent that Nietzsche did believe in altruism when upheld by the ma...
by Systematic
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 137186

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

Firstly, I believe that free will is impossible without a soul. The will would just be an amalgamation of experience and situation and genes unless there is a soul. Secondly, I think that we do have a soul, since we have free will. Also, I am a liberal, or rather an anarchist. I don't see the point ...
by Systematic
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Proliferation of Difficulty
Replies: 4
Views: 885

Re: The Proliferation of Difficulty

Impenitent wrote:sloth for everyone?

-Imp
The point is not sloth for everyone. The point is ability for everyone. If a little work gets you further, imagine how much a lot of work can bring in.
by Systematic
Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:32 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Proliferation of Difficulty
Replies: 4
Views: 885

The Proliferation of Difficulty

Presently, most people are paid more for dealing with difficulties than with eliminating them. The doctor gets paid more money for seeing patients than for making a computer program that could see patients. Their job security requires that their job be difficult, since ease in their own job would al...
by Systematic
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is Knowing the Truth Enough?
Replies: 15
Views: 1983

Re: Is Knowing the Truth Enough?

Most of the people have no respect for what is wise and true. They don't think critically, and neither do they listen to those who do. Plato was the first to introduce the ideal of the philosopher king. The philosophers will likely reject the idea due to the notion that no one should have absolute ...
by Systematic
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Thinking Man's Religion/Spirituality
Replies: 48
Views: 5970

Re: The Thinking Man's Religion/Spirituality

. Dubious and Systematic There certainly doesn't seem to be a link between the two things that a mind in the habit of employing reason would accept as legitimate. Yes! absolutely, but that was the system for almost two millennia. Legitimate it was, if you didn't agree you were consigned to the ash ...
by Systematic
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Robotics, AI, and Politics
Replies: 1
Views: 518

Robotics, AI, and Politics

Politics in the United States seems to have an unhealthy assumption. Apparently we all need a job—maybe two. But robotic labor and AI are becoming cheaper and more efficient than human labor. In some cases they already are. I propose that we embrace this change rather than fear it or try to ignore i...