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by RWStanding
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Beyond Life
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Beyond Life

Beyond Life We may well be approaching the time when robots will be walking the earth and it will be impossible to decide, at least externally, whether they are sapient beings or biological constructions. They may be made organically, or even constructed like machines. p**** them and they will react...
by RWStanding
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Freedom
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Freedom

The term Free has a purely mechanical meaning as a wheel that is free. Or that people are capable of doing or acquiring something. It also has an ethical meaning And that can only be expressed in ethical terms, as defining the social-personal purpose that it is used for. And the social purpose is no...
by RWStanding
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Origins
Replies: 0
Views: 144

Origins

God is a term that can mean the reason for existence. But if it is held to mean something that causes or creates the universe then it needs a reason for how it exists. What then needs explanation is why anything exists and that includes space and time. Rationally we must start with the absurdity of ...
by RWStanding
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Happiness
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Happiness

Happiness We may all walk about the world with silly grins on our faces while the earth collapses in ruin. Happiness is an emotional state and it is not an ethical value. It would be excellent if all people were justifiably happy, but that would require a world managed in a way beyond imagination. A...
by RWStanding
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Confluence and Melting Pot of Cultures
Replies: 1
Views: 141

A Confluence and Melting Pot of Cultures

A Confluence and Melting Pot of Cultures A good travelogue and documentary of Sicilian history is currently on TV It is seen as a confluence of cultures and a melting-pot. But there is a problem here. It was what it was because of being a fairly small place, at the centre of much more vast areas of ...
by RWStanding
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Rights and Religious Freedom
Replies: 8
Views: 378

Rights and Religious Freedom

Rights and Religious Freedom Do the rights that are promoted have priority over the ethics expressed by religion? Are the rights merely an amalgam of values expressed by religions where they happen to agree? Does a community of a particular religion have the right to educate for and ensure conformit...
by RWStanding
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Corpus of Meat
Replies: 1
Views: 183

A Corpus of Meat

A Corpus of Meat Religions have had their fashions and the ‘secular’ religion of today has its fashions. Usually by being selective of values. Objects are not good or bad and are have moral equality in that respect. A corpus of meat is in that category, with all human being equal as objects. But we ...
by RWStanding
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Objects and Ethics and Equality and Tolerance
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Objects and Ethics and Equality and Tolerance

Objects and Ethics and Equality and Tolerance In the altruist society all people are equal, but everything they do is open to criticism or legal redress for its purpose. Within the bounds of what is tolerable everything must be open to criticism, with the freedom of individuals to disassociate thems...
by RWStanding
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ALTRUISM
Replies: 3
Views: 210

ALTRUISM

Altruism There appears to be little reason to doubt that Altruism is seen or approached and defined from three different directions. Only one of which is comprehensively complete. Individualists tend to see it as an expression of feeling between individuals. Society is merely a sum of individual int...
by RWStanding
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Political Rhetoric
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Political Rhetoric

Political Rhetoric Nothing is more tedious than political rhetoric. Its focus today is largely on the subject of trade, with free-trade vaunted. But it is patently obvious that nothing is free if it is regulated, unless the regulation simply says ‘hands off’. The tripartite significance is plain eno...
by RWStanding
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Patriotism Trumped
Replies: 0
Views: 478

Patriotism Trumped

Patriotism Trumped President Trump has vaunted the idea of Patriotism and Nationalism. The great problem with the term, Patriotism, is that it is favoured everywhere in all forms of state-society. Therefore, it is almost certain to be flawed in its usage, or inadequate ethically. From the vantage po...
by RWStanding
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: President Trump Speech to the UN 25/9/18
Replies: 32
Views: 1447

President Trump Speech to the UN 25/9/18

President Trump Speech to the UN 25/9/18 His rampaging oration which no doubt left many delegates bemused no doubt proves one thing. How difficult and even impossible it is to talk rationally in a world that is wedded to the idea of politics-ethics as a simple dimension between the Left and Right. H...
by RWStanding
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Sensation and Sentiment and Self Knowledge
Replies: 1
Views: 307

Sensation and Sentiment and Self Knowledge

Sensation and Sentiment and Self Knowledge It is probable that these must all evolve in tune with each other. Animals are distinguished from plants in having distinct bodies that can move within the external environment. Whereas a plant may be integrated with its environment quite widely and intense...
by RWStanding
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Darwin – Evolution – Ethical Choice
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Darwin – Evolution – Ethical Choice

Darwin – Evolution – Ethical Choice There is no essential difference between the choice Nature has in evolution, and choice in ethics by humanity. In both cases the most pragmatic choice of three, is Altruism at whatever level is practicable. If there is an excess of power exerted. as for instance b...
by RWStanding
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Equality and Uniformity
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Equality and Uniformity

Equality and Uniformity Equality and Uniformity is an ethical dimension opposing Class or Caste. If everything is totally uniform, then nothing has individuality and there is in reality just the one. Equality necessitates individuality, with differences that cannot be overtly ethical and must be cul...