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by John
Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:20 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Cyber-University
Replies: 38
Views: 8610

Re: A Cyber-University

I'm pretty lazy with my note taking technique and it would no doubt meet with the disapproval of my tutors. When I started with the OU is used to read...reread and highlight...re-reread and make notes...but I soon discovered that it just wasn't practical for the time I had available. Now my method c...
by John
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Cyber-University
Replies: 38
Views: 8610

Re: A Cyber-University

Hi M, Thanks for the encouragement. I decided not to do AA308 because the real focus of my degree is the Politics and Economics elements but I did thoroughly enjoy A211. Philosophy of mind wasn't my favourite part though so even when I was getting carried away thinking that maybe I should promote ph...
by John
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Greetings From Ireland
Replies: 2
Views: 1212

Re: Greetings From Ireland

What if she's into BDSM?

Seriously though, the first post of yours that I noticed here was the highly judgemental one about people's sexual practices and how you tricked people into revealing aspects of their privates lives to you. And now you make an introduction as though this is a dating site?
by John
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Cyber-University
Replies: 38
Views: 8610

Re: A Cyber-University

mhoraine wrote:and available from October 2011, the new philo course A222 ( replacing A211 )
I did A211 last year :D
by John
Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 20999

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

Gustaf wrote: I would have expected more sympathy for the police from a teacher.
What about a greater understanding of young people?
by John
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Cyber-University
Replies: 38
Views: 8610

Re: A Cyber-University

Now that I know what he is reading I think that he looks frightened or at least deeply worried and unrelaxed. Like I felt when reading a book by Martha Stout about sociopaths. Will he read Orwell´s "Animal Farm" too ? It is important to have a balanced view. I'm actually not sure where he is. He ma...
by John
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:57 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 20999

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

I edited my earlier post and I agree with you. Any comments I've made on the actions of the teenager were made in response to other posts so I'd consider them legitimate.

I'd agree that examining the role of the state is of more importance though.
by John
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 20999

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

THe pair of you are ignoring the basic epistemological facts of the incident. You are also imputing causality to an abstract notion: society, influence, control, anger... The death of this boy was caused by a speeding bullet, once that caused a loss of blood pressure and the cessation of his heart....
by John
Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Cyber-University
Replies: 38
Views: 8610

Re: A Cyber-University

Richard Baron wrote:
John wrote:
duszek wrote:Nice Teddy ! :D
Thanks :D Can you tell what he's reading?
I am not at all sure that The Communist Manifesto is suitable reading matter for bears. Bären aller Länder vereinigt euch!
Well spotted :lol:
by John
Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Cyber-University
Replies: 38
Views: 8610

Re: A Cyber-University

Nice Teddy ! :D Thanks :D Can you tell what he's reading? But you could have some interaction with other cyber-students using skype (internet telephone). I do not have skype, or MP 3 or internet at home, but I know how they work from hear-say. You're right and there are some things in place to faci...
by John
Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A Cyber-University
Replies: 38
Views: 8610

Re: A Cyber-University

In the UK we have had the Open University for 40 years. It uses broadcast lectures, online discussions and tutors who advise students and mark essays. In the early days (before VCRs), dedicated students would get up at 5 in the morning to watch lectures. Now programmes are distributed on DVD. I'm a...
by John
Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 20999

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

tbieter wrote:Only Carl, his parents and his elementary school teachers are blameworthy for his death.
Unless any of these people exist in a vacuum then to claim they influenced Carl's actions implies that someone must have influenced their actions, which influenced Carl's, and so on and so on.
by John
Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer
Replies: 81
Views: 20999

Re: Teen Shot Dead By Police Officer

Note (last two paragraphs) that the writer apparently absolves the 17-year-old Carl of any personal responsibility for his fate. He had no duty to practice self-control. Only “we as a society failed Carl.” So, if Carl was responsible does that mean that society had no failings in this matter? If so...
by John
Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Hawking - philosophy is dead
Replies: 81
Views: 17711

Re: Hawking - philosophy is dead

Scientists are good at telling us what they can do but it takes wiser heads to tell them whether they should.
by John
Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello all
Replies: 1
Views: 958

Re: Hello all

Hi, welcome to the forum.