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by commonsense
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to convince anyone with the right words?
Replies: 215
Views: 28639

Re: Is it possible to convince anyone with the right words?

I have often wondered just how powerful language alone can actually be. Is it possible to convince anyone of anything by just saying the right thing? Language alone cannot change a person's convictions. It is almost entirely the characteristics of the listener that make the difference. Say, perhaps...
by commonsense
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: What do you think of Good-Samaritan laws?
Replies: 38
Views: 7190

Re: Re:

I'm wondering what laws people here know of in their jurisdiction that compel people to call for help or authorities. There have been many disputes regarding lawyer:client and doctor:patient privilege, where the state compels them to break professional confidentiality. Also ISPs. These obligations,...
by commonsense
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Re: Cloning

A full human being can not be cloned. The human 'body', genetic, part can be cloned but the human 'being', inner thinking and feeling, part (so far) can NOT be cloned. The nurture/nature argument has already been solved and formulated. Imagine cloning a human body now in the year 2017 and then plac...
by commonsense
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Starting with Statement #1
Replies: 9
Views: 1458

Re: Starting with Statement #1

Statement #1: I believe I am here for a limited amount of time. OK, I’ll bite: Starting with Statement #1, where Statement #1 is “I believe I am here for a limited amount of time.” Starting off, let me analyze the truthiness of Statement #1. “I believe…” Only the speaker can know if the speaker bel...
by commonsense
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Re: Cloning

Well that may depend on which part of the world one will clone people, some may clone a psycho, but in average one may benefit from cloning and get vastly more intelligent people. Let's assume that psychos cannot be cloned. Let's add to the unclonables those who have an untreatable physical disease...
by commonsense
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Re: Cloning

Impenitent wrote: Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:04 pm the clone of the deceased might put an end to the nature or nurture argument ...

-Imp
How so?
by commonsense
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Cloning
Replies: 10
Views: 2114

Cloning

What would the world look like--socioeconomically, geopolitically, culturally, sexually, racially, genetically or in any other regard--if it were acceptable to clone human beings, either living or deceased? Would that world be better or worse off than our current one? If you foresee troubling times ...
by commonsense
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How far would you accept technology?
Replies: 16
Views: 2535

Re: How far would you accept technology?

Perhaps the fear isn't so much over whether we can adapt as it is that human beings could become subservient to machines. It would be ideal if intelligent machines only improved our lives, but what if they did not? Do we have reason to fear technology? Why would humans create a machine designed to ...
by commonsense
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How far would you accept technology?
Replies: 16
Views: 2535

Re: How far would you accept technology?

Technology should be made with the intent to improve our lives, not replace them. Sometimes those two things overlap, like the inevitable increase of automation within the job market. My objection to that is that we shouldn't hold technology back based on a fear of not being able to properly adapt....
by commonsense
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How far would you accept technology?
Replies: 16
Views: 2535

Re: How far would you accept technology?

thedoc wrote: Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:51 pm As far as I could throw it.
What makes you say that?
by commonsense
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How far would you accept technology?
Replies: 16
Views: 2535

Re: How far would you accept technology?

People developing new technologies to cut jobs will never lose their job. I see your point. What if the developers created an app that creates apps? This is not meant to be taken as a facetious statement. I believe there are already programs that write code. I think it’s possible to use these kinds...
by commonsense
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How far would you accept technology?
Replies: 16
Views: 2535

Re: How far would you accept technology?

A broader question might be: can technology ever replace ALL jobs? I cannot imagine a job that could not ever be replaced by so-called intelligent machines. However, as technology replaces existing jobs, new jobs become available. Take telemedicine for example, a technology where physicians in thei...
by commonsense
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Statue removal
Replies: 101
Views: 21072

Re: Statue removal

When they're bitterly aggrieved that someone wished them "a happy holiday" instead of merry Christmas, it's because their traditions are being eroded. When someone objects to having another culture's sacred symbols made into a commodity and a joke, that's "oppressive political correctness gone mad"...
by commonsense
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Designer Babies
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Re: Designer Babies

What if the parents were to decide they want to terminate the pregnancy because a particular defect or disease could not be completely remedied?
by commonsense
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Designer Babies
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Designer Babies

In utero gene intervention is already technically possible. Traits like hair and eye color can be manipulated--even the sex of the unborn child can be selected during pregnancy. In the not very distant future, gene therapy in the womb might be used to treat rare diseases or prevent major birth defec...