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by commonsense
Wed May 17, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Discrimination is inevitable
Replies: 23
Views: 3027

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: 3027

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: 3027

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: 12812

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: 12812

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: 12812

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: 3027

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: 3027

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: 12812

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: 3895

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...
by commonsense
Wed May 10, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Is Bigotry Just A Failure of Imagination?
Replies: 73
Views: 8723

Re: Is Bigotry Just A Failure of Imagination?

I came to the notions that follow after reading Oliver Burkeman's article: Bigotry is emotional, not rational. Bigotry is a manifestation of fear, a feeling and not a thought. It has little to do with analogies, assumptions or stuff from the realm of cognition. Empathy is also a matter of feeling a...
by commonsense
Tue May 09, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: How many fingers do I have?
Replies: 22
Views: 3895

Re: How many fingers do I have?

Can you give examples of preassigned numbers that don't have a value? PhilX I will try to, but first I need to understand what you mean by "preassigned numbers". Would you please clarify for me? Sure. Those are numbers you haven't assigned values to. PhilX All numbers will have values, but their va...
by commonsense
Tue May 09, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: How many fingers do I have?
Replies: 22
Views: 3895

Re: How many fingers do I have?

Philosophy Explorer wrote:Can you give examples of preassigned numbers that don't have a value?
PhilX
I will try to, but first I need to understand what you mean by "preassigned numbers". Would you please clarify for me?
by commonsense
Tue May 09, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: How many fingers do I have?
Replies: 22
Views: 3895

Re: How many fingers do I have?

I'm assuming by "one quadrillionth", you mean one quadrillionth of one. This is a fair assumption, and a table of numbers will confirm it. In math (emphasis added), the value of one is commonly agreed to be one. Therefore it wouldn't make sense to say the value of eight ones will be eight quadrilli...
by commonsense
Tue May 09, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: How many fingers do I have?
Replies: 22
Views: 3895

Re: How many fingers do I have?

I agree with you, PhilX. But consider this--the value of one is somewhere between zero and two. One quadrillionth is between zero and two. If the number of fingers is eight and the value of one is a quadrillionth, the value of eight ones will be eight quadrillionths. To a person counting fingers, ei...