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by commonsense
Mon May 22, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can you ever lie to yourself?
Replies: 11
Views: 1361

Re: Can you ever lie to yourself?

Not to disagree, but just to add another question to the grind--if you can lie to yourself, would you believe the lie? This question is not exactly the same as the one posed by PhilX. You can say to yourself, "I am going to exercise at the gym every day," or "I am a handsome fellow," or "I shot the ...
by commonsense
Fri May 19, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

Touche! I try to be as literal as possible as well.
by commonsense
Thu May 18, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

I just noticed this. If they believe it's a pseudoscience, and they think psychology could expose them, then they themselves must be thinking that a pseudoscience would expose them! I could say that I assumed you could write. :D
by commonsense
Thu May 18, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

Most believe this because they fear being exposed! It's so telling of one ' s psyche. Does this mean that most people who believe that psychology is a pseudoscience are in fear of being exposed by a pseudoscience? No, it means that those that call it a pseudoscience do so because of the fear that t...
by commonsense
Thu May 18, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

BTW, I have long considered psychology to be a soft science, but I think "pseudoscience" is a better term. Most believe this because they fear being exposed! It's so telling of one ' s psyche. Does this mean that most people who believe that psychology is a pseudoscience are in fear of being expose...
by commonsense
Wed May 17, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

Discrimination, no matter if it's the against kind or the in-favor-of kind, is nothing but bigotry, irrational bias and unfounded prejudice. Discrimination is contagious, thus explaining its infection of children from parents. Discrimination is global, thus explaining its appearance in unanticipate...
by commonsense
Wed May 17, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

I have dealt with this first hand, I taught in a mixed school and on my first day, before I had said or done anything I was labeled as a bigot and a racist by some of the black kids because I was white. It was assumed that I would discriminate in favor of the white students before I had done anythi...
by commonsense
Wed May 17, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

I have dealt with this first hand, I taught in a mixed school and on my first day, before I had said or done anything I was labeled as a bigot and a racist by some of the black kids because I was white. It was assumed that I would discriminate in favor of the white students before I had done anythi...
by commonsense
Tue May 16, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Explicit Knowledge
Replies: 140
Views: 12356

Re: Explicit Knowledge

Commonsense wrote: I value beliefs because they are what make us just a little lower than the angels and they become what inspires humanity :D I suppose you mean good beliefs. I suggest that you want is good beliefs, and beliefs that are held lightly and with due humility to abandon them if they ar...
by commonsense
Mon May 15, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Explicit Knowledge
Replies: 140
Views: 12356

Re: Explicit Knowledge

Surreptitious57 wrote: However I am only interested in what actually exists not what may exist because I want it to. That is not the way reality works. But sometimes beliefs do cause people in societies to act according to the beliefs. We often want what peer pressure or manipulation makes us belie...
by commonsense
Mon May 15, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Explicit Knowledge
Replies: 140
Views: 12356

Re: Explicit Knowledge

I value thought over belief because it is a discipline interested in trying to understand the universe from as objective a perspective as possible Whereas belief is more interested in doing this from a subjective perspective that conforms to a pre conceived notion of the entity commonly known as Go...
by commonsense
Mon May 15, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

I agree that the essence of discrimination is to treat someone as a generalization rather than as an individual. I believe there can be, but does not have to be, mistreatment involved. There also can be a stigma involved, but I don’t think there has to be that either. There is always an element of f...
by commonsense
Sun May 14, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

Re: Discrimination is inevitable

Discrimination is inevitable. It just isn’t universal. Those who discriminate are those who have discriminating tastes. Those who do not, have not. Why is discrimination inevitable? How do discriminating tastes come to be? Is discrimination a feat of nature or of nurture? How useful is discriminatio...
by commonsense
Sun May 14, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Explicit Knowledge
Replies: 140
Views: 12356

Re: Explicit Knowledge

I do not require the existence of God as you define it to understand any thing. Logic and reason can be rigorously employed with out reference to any entity. I find the concept entirely meaningless. An intelligent mind is not required to impart logic and reason because they can and indeed do stand ...
by commonsense
Wed May 10, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: How many fingers do I have?
Replies: 22
Views: 3682

Re: How many fingers do I have?

This is my online dictionary's definition for number: "an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations and for showing order in a series or for identification." 'she dialed the number carefully' In our ba...