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by John
Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists
Replies: 1887
Views: 166889

Re: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists

If there is a God then atheists have morality. If there isn't a God then we have no morality. So why worry :) Just so I'm clear, are you saying that you support the divine command view of morality? I.e, what God does is good rather than God does what is good? I would say God is good. I know when we...
by John
Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists
Replies: 1887
Views: 166889

Re: A Challenge to Richard Dawkins and the Atheists

Wootah wrote:If there is a God then atheists have morality. If there isn't a God then we have no morality. So why worry :)
Just so I'm clear, are you saying that you support the divine command view of morality?

I.e, what God does is good rather than God does what is good?
by John
Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Pandaemonium, a light suggestion
Replies: 0
Views: 1484

Pandaemonium, a light suggestion

Pandaemonium , by the Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre, was my holiday read this year (I'm just back from a break in Spain) and I'd heartily recommend it for anyone attracted to the idea of a highly irreverent satirical take on the debate between religion and science. Think secret army researc...
by John
Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Laws and Descriptions
Replies: 5
Views: 2191

Re: Laws and Descriptions

Except that they don't.
by John
Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Obligatory Introduction
Replies: 19
Views: 3969

Re: Obligatory Introduction

if you're lookin to get your man a good ass kickin just for kicks...Texas is the place to go. Just mosey up to any bar and tap the biggest and meanest lookin cowboy on the shoulder and say, "My boyfriend says he don't like your looks." Good times...lol. That'll get your ass (though it's usually ars...
by John
Fri May 14, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: God doesn't play dice: cause and effect
Replies: 24
Views: 6926

Re: God doesn't play dice: cause and effect

Doesn't that put you in agreement with Einstein then? He didn't like quantum theory because it was problematic explaining it in terms of cause and effect, which he was commited to.
by John
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'
Replies: 15
Views: 11255

Re: Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'

Jonathan Harker is the lawyer and yet poor Dracula gets the reputation for being a blood sucker. There's no justice in the world.

And I do like your writing style and would have been quite happy to read more.
by John
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: evolution... have people got something very wrong ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2644

Re: evolution... have people got something very wrong ?

jetsetjason wrote:the black death

the industrial revolution

short, sharp, changes in the environment ?
What about it? What effect on evolution are you proposing such events might have had?
by John
Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: evolution... have people got something very wrong ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2644

Re: evolution... have people got something very wrong ?

You can't just be the product of your parents and their environment because they are also the product of their parents (your grandparents) and their environments and so on and so on. Evolutionary change is cumulative in very small steps. Just because a trait was important in the past and is no longe...
by John
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:21 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: I'm new, and I come bearing a question.
Replies: 21
Views: 5892

Re: I'm new, and I come bearing a question.

You have to love the fact that Christian resellers have discovered the power of spambots though.
by John
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Leviathan Rose
Replies: 12
Views: 2828

Re: Leviathan Rose

I think you mean canine parvovirus which is usually shortened to parvo.
by John
Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:03 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 2090

Re: Introduction

As the search above shows, you can't do a straight degree in economics but you can do Politics, Philosophy and Economics (which is what I'm doing) or Economics and Mathematical Sciences. There are some additional options that allow you to do a Social Science degree with economics.
by John
Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 2090

Re: Introduction

Hi Tom, I've just completed A211 Philosophy and the human condition and just waiting on my exam result now. I've previously been studying economics and I now have two politics courses to complete my degree. I really enjoy philosophy but I don't have any plans to take it any further than I have acade...
by John
Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy videos
Replies: 104
Views: 46905

Re: Philosophy videos

The comedian Mark Steel covered a few philosophers in his TV (and radio) programs, The Mark Steel Lectures , most of which are available on YouTube. However, a number of his TV and radio programs are legitimately available for download on his own website at http://www.marksteelinfo.com/audiovideo/de...
by John
Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 7
Views: 2090

Re: Introduction

I've just come to the end of a first degree in philosophy and music after a very long time of part-time study with the Open University. I started life as a scientist (chemistry) and am now a painter. I hope to embark on some research into the ontological status of representation in music and the pl...