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by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: ~ The Case For Socialism ~
Replies: 349
Views: 20926

Re: ~ The Case For Socialism ~

SpheresOfBalance wrote:Ponzi, OK! I was thinking more of a pyramid scheme; Simpatico!
The terms are perfectly synonymous, SOB. Ponzi schemes are pyramid schemes and can only end in riches for the few and tears for the many.
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Nothing direct, since the tradition did not even exist in Biblical times. But the whole human rights tradition, including the right of little girls not to be mutilated, derives from thence. The bible clearly insists that the genitals of little boys be mutilated so on what logical grounds should thi...
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

IC. Your self-righteousness makes me puke.
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use
Replies: 73
Views: 6985

Re: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use

Imagine Australia's first people acting only for self interest, Quite the reverse. Although occasional hostility was not unheard of in our indigenous people they knew no such thing as warfare and different tribal groups were known to work co-operatively for their mutual benefit more often than not....
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Neither "science of the gaps" nor "God of the gaps" theories are sensible. But it's only the scientifically naive and those who are naive about Theism who ever make them, so I think we can safely dismiss them both. Quite so. Conflating the unknown with the supernatural is an unworthy exercise for a...
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:23 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Now, how can such behaviours come about by Darwinian gradualism of any kind, since all three organisms have to be complete, proximate and viable before the parasite can complete even one single life cycle? They really can't. Without all three, and all in their complete form, there's no reason the p...
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:32 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use
Replies: 73
Views: 6985

Re: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use

And you owe what you have to people that got together. This could indeed be said for how homo sapiens clawed his way to the top of the tree of sentience on planet earth in the first place. Simply hitting each other over the head with heavy objects would not be the sort of winning strategy which cou...
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:25 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Apparently it's a variety of plover, though. Thank you. It's a rather obvious example but the natural world has literally millions more less obvious ones where different species co-operate with each other for mutual benefit. Such behavioural adaptations cannot be accounted for simply by using the n...
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "The Varieties of Religious Experience"
Replies: 81
Views: 6811

Re: "The Varieties of Religious Experience"

Jaded Sage wrote:I must've missed something. Did somebody say he meant someone like Manson?
Not explicitly, but a full reading of the text would certainly show that the intent would include Manson, Jones, Moon, Koresh, the Maharishi or any other figure who can attract a cult following. Maybe even Trump.
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Even a primal kind of empathy for creatures outside their group have been documented. In many of the higher order mammals and birds the word "empathy" would be the valid one in this context. However for the algae which photosynthesise within coral polyps this word is probably not appropriate. There...
by Obvious Leo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Is Personal Identity Arbitrary?
Replies: 48
Views: 5410

Re: Is Personal Identity Arbitrary?

Well, dependent, of course, upon your meaning of “objective object”, I have to disagree. As I have previously shown, it is possible to ‘know’ an object exists, even though we cannot subjectively experience this object. If this is the case, then would you agree that there IS such thing as an “object...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

IC. I have no intention of debating evolutionary theory with you but will simply agree that very few lay people in the community know the first thing about it. The misinformation propagated by the "Intelligent Design" brigade has been remarkably effective but biologists themselves are by no means bl...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

But it's not the GR. The GR is a moral precept: i.e. one that specifies moral duty. So say you. I was agreeing with Dubious that co-operation between individual organisms is a universal natural law. It is only how such co-operation manifests itself which varies from species to species and it hardly...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

I also don't know a single Darwinian who claims the primary motive of Evolution is altruism or "doing unto others what you would have them to do unto you." I don't know a single Darwinian, period, and I've been a biologist all my life. To the best of my knowledge Darwin's model of evolution was alr...
by Obvious Leo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 28067

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Not if you believe in survival of the fittest as the driver of Evolution. Nobody does. This obsolete trope only applies to the origin of species. Do you mean "in [the realm of] nature, the observance of the GR is everywhere"? There are literally billions of examples in biology but the most obvious ...