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by Greta
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death a harm?
Replies: 256
Views: 21357

Re: Is death a harm?

i guess some people just don't quite understand how 'needless' is superior to 'needy'. That reminds me of Buddhist thought. Buddhism originated in Asia, which has been crowded, competitive, dangerous and uncomfortable for a long time. In context, the notion of non-existence being preferable is logi...
by Greta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death a harm?
Replies: 256
Views: 21357

Re: Is death a harm?

It’s often like a den of rattlesnakes. I was horrified upon arrival... but now I find it good training/transformational ground and a good/humorous release for my own venom... for a little while at least. I'm still in the horrified stage :) It seems that the most natural evolvement/progression would...
by Greta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:31 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Consequences of Atheism
Replies: 269
Views: 17885

Re: Consequences of Atheism

The last two posts are the best ones on the thread.
by Greta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Picasso: genius taking the piss?
Replies: 83
Views: 9049

Re: Picasso: genius taking the piss?

Picasso's work is beautiful to my eye and he had great talent, his lines always having exceptional rhythm, be they in his paintings, sketches or cartoons. My favourite pieces of his are probably Girl Before a Mirror and Guernica. I usually find realism in painting to be less interesting than abstrac...
by Greta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death a harm?
Replies: 256
Views: 21357

Re: Is death a harm?

Unconsciousness - as per standard definitions - has been the default state of nature for billions of years. However, it appears that that situation is changing.
by Greta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death a harm?
Replies: 256
Views: 21357

Re: Is death a harm?

How do you know it's non existence before and after? Do you have proof? Is it just because we are not aware of it? I'm not arguing for a before/afterlife or reincarnation or recurrence, but the truth is nobody actually has a clue. So it would seem a major assumption to make without evidence about so...
by Greta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Although we know ... we don't
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: Although we know ... we don't

"we let the body control us as if the body is supreme, when in reality, the body is not supreme" Not quite. If the body was supreme then we wouldn't let it control us. We could just go and enjoy ourselves. When you get older, especially, the body has a way of getting your attention. I find it hard t...
by Greta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death a harm?
Replies: 256
Views: 21357

Re: Is death a harm?

"depression" isn't always the case; unless one considers anyone who prefers nonexistence, depressed. Of course I do. If you're not suffering a great deal, the absolute last thing you want is to not exist - you want to be alive, connected, curious about what happens next, interested in possibilities...
by Greta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What will become inevitable if man finds immortality?
Replies: 37
Views: 5029

Re: What will become inevitable if man finds immortality?

'God' An odd response for someone with a Brian Griffin avatar. I think you need to define "God" to make sense. I liked the "annuities" answer. Long term investments would seem a good idea. The Earth would become a tad crowded, though. Hopefully the immortal humans wouldn't need to eat, drink or req...
by Greta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death a harm?
Replies: 256
Views: 21357

Re: Is death a harm?

The only times I have ever wished I didn't exist were during times of depression and sadness. I suspect that's what's going on here, as a few have suggested. "depression" isn't always the case; unless one considers anyone who prefers nonexistence, depressed. Of course I do. If you're not suffering ...
by Greta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:58 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death a harm?
Replies: 256
Views: 21357

Re: Is death a harm?

The only times I have ever wished I didn't exist were during times of depression and sadness. I suspect that's what's going on here, as a few have suggested. Certainly some people in developing countries have good reason to think it's better never to have existed. Still, great emotional pain can ste...
by Greta
Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is This Enlightenment?
Replies: 45
Views: 3769

Re: Is This Enlightenment?

Jaded Sage wrote:There is a significant difference between enlightened people and unenlightened people, and only the former are aware of it.
What if one is aware that they are not enlightened?
by Greta
Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is a Window?
Replies: 8
Views: 1982

Re: What is a Window?

A window is a deliberate weak area of a boundary that allows some of the outside in, and some of the inside out.
by Greta
Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:47 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How did the universe arise out of nothing?
Replies: 6
Views: 1192

Re: How did the universe arise out of nothing?

This has been the accepted view amongst Lawrence Krauss and others for some time. The article's author seems to be suggesting that mathematics are embedded in the sea of virtual particles, and then governed the inflation of a particular virtual particle into the known universe. Seems pretty formative.
by Greta
Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:50 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Is this artwork?
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Re: Is this artwork?

Very cool, and no doubt expensive.

Basically some activists are trying to encourage us to slow the inevitable loss of privacy that technology brings. In this life some people act as accelerators and others and brakes. We probably need both.