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by Greta
Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 301
Views: 21017

Re: What is wisdom?

Of course. A common problem in philosophy forums. The fools! Why can't they understand!!?

When I wrote it I was thinking of Richard Dawkins reading his hate main from a gaggle of fundamentalist Christians :)
by Greta
Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why go through Spiritual Stress?
Replies: 32
Views: 2285

Re: Why go through Spiritual Stress?

the almost unbelievable good fortune of our existence. It's a good thing Dalek's not here to argue the point with you, Greta. He regards the fact of his own existence as an egregious violation of his human rights. Heh. I should speak for myself. No doubt there's plenty in African and the middle eas...
by Greta
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Fanon Scenario
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: The Fanon Scenario

I think sticking up for the underdog is related to protective parental instincts. We instinctively want to help the weak. Besides, the strong don't need our help (and have probably screwed us as well). If we are to make ourselves useful then we usually do best by standing up for underdogs rather tha...
by Greta
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why go through Spiritual Stress?
Replies: 32
Views: 2285

Re: Why go through Spiritual Stress?

Let's make it easy. If God exists then each of us an expression of God. If God doesn't exist then each of us is an expression of nature. What label do you prefer? Spinoza might have chosen either. There would seem to be many more stressful things than considering the wonders of nature and life and t...
by Greta
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:37 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 301
Views: 21017

Re: What is wisdom?

@ Jaded Sage Do you need equivalent wisdom to perceive it in others? I can recognise when others are being more calm, centred, smart, patient and understanding (ergo wise) than I am. With the Dunning-Kruger Effect people can be unintelligent enough to not realise their limitations. So, while a very ...
by Greta
Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use
Replies: 73
Views: 5767

Re: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use

There's no such thing as a free lunch in biology. A human body is the product of 4 billion years years of molecular evolution and any interference in its homeostatic balance comes with a price tag, which is always altered protein synthesis as well as imprecise cellular mitosis. That means we're all...
by Greta
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does the past exist ?
Replies: 59
Views: 5082

Re: Does the past exist ?

... the observer of physical reality can only observe a reality which no longer exists ... So, ironically, the past - which does not have an actual current ontic existence - is all that matters to us. Reality comes to us only in the faulty moments we manage to briefly grasp as myriad changes pass u...
by Greta
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use
Replies: 73
Views: 5767

Re: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use

Ha! One letter. First, a database would be updated registering one constituent in favour of relaxing prohibition. Then it would probably be sent to the Federal Police and ASIO for profiling.
by Greta
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use
Replies: 73
Views: 5767

Re: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use

I think you are characterising this issue very narrowly. "ADDICTION" has very little to so with this issue. - except that it is the raison d'guerre used to justify continual profiteering in the prison service, and the political kudos earned from the "war on drugs". Most recreational drug use has no...
by Greta
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 23897

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

The Golden Rule...can't do everything but it can cover for many situations in a pinch. One of the few things I truly believe in is the intrinsic value of love and kindness. As with any belief, there is no valid rational explanation for it ... underpinning the simple fact that I am attracted to love...
by Greta
Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use
Replies: 73
Views: 5767

Re: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use

The bottom line of this issue seems to be, which sick people are worth putting resources into saving? Where is the line drawn and when are people written off as lost causes? Our societies' pressures, complexities and crowdedness make it ever more difficult to find and achieve deep, lasting and satis...
by Greta
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use
Replies: 73
Views: 5767

Re: On Moral Arguments Against Recreational Drug Use

I think we've seen the results of drug prohibition. There's two possible approaches. The authoritarian method is highly effective so, in a number of Asian nations the stance is basically "If you take drugs we will kill you". Then there is the western approach where governments attempt to temper the ...
by Greta
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 23897

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

One philosopher who sincerely tries to "walk the walk" with a detailed morality is Peter Singer and, having heard of the efforts he makes to live up to his ideals, I'd say it's not for the faint-hearted; a difficult path. I know Singer, of course. And I would agree he does indeed do a fair bit to l...
by Greta
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 23897

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

This suggests that you're really just a moral pragmatist (not fussy with moral codes), and that the GR is merely an option you personally prefer for small scale ("detail") thinking. (Of course, that means it's anything but "robust" for you: it's actually very modestly applicable in your system, thi...
by Greta
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A Critique on Objective Morality
Replies: 356
Views: 23897

Re: A Critique on Objective Morality

Given the patchy and implausible claims of theism, the Golden Rule would seem the only simple and logical standard of morality. However, its limitations are made clear by human behaviours when there are serious conflicts of interest. Bad news, Greta. Not only is the Golden Rule not supportable by n...