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by spike
Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Issue 117
Replies: 4
Views: 1918

Re: Issue 117

A cover like that would have been fun!
by spike
Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Issue 117
Replies: 4
Views: 1918

Issue 117

I find this latest issue, 117, quite boring.
by spike
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

In the latest issue about Envisioning Society one thing was overlooked, the infrastructure that maintains and sustains it. For instance, if a society doesn't have the sewers, the water and plumbing systems, the electricity, the air, the communications skills or the transportation capabilities, it wo...
by spike
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

This issue on Visions of Society recalled in me a quote Margaret Thatcher famously made, “There is no such thing as society”. We know she was wrong. But she made that remark in frustration. She was bothered by a certain element of people who believed that if things go wrong in their lives society sh...
by spike
Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

Basically it boils down to Trust. Trust is essential to keep a society functioning properly so that it continues. The Soviet Union couldn't engender trust among it citizens because it operated deceptively and secretively, due to the fact it was an authoritarian state. It didn't trust its members to...
by spike
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

Society is perhaps the most complex of human undertakings. I wish PN saw it that way and that not all societies are alike. For instance, some societies are cleaner than others, more universal in concept and therefore more just. PN could have mentioned some of the external factors that have influence...
by spike
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

This issue of PN could have gone out on a limb and compared different societies and discussed why some do better that others. The Soviet Union also had a society. But what kind was it that allowed the Soviet state to collapse. What did it lack? Basically it boils down to Trust. Trust is essential to...
by spike
Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

Grant Bartley writes "Think big, and think deep" about how one might envision society, how it could be changed for the better and what values could be adopted to enhance it. I am thinking of one society in particular that started off thinking big and thinking deep, the first of its kind. It started ...
by spike
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

What kind of society are we supposed to be envisioning? Human society is the most complex system in the universe. And the more complex it gets the better it functions. Complexity underwrites the advancements and progress that otherwise would not occur. Complexity brings a sophistication to society t...
by spike
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

I didn't read any mention of human rights in the articles about our Visions of Society. I would thing they'd be central. The magazine could have added an article on the United Nation's declaration of human rights because it did much to shape our vision of society. I'm happy to say that human rights...
by spike
Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Envisioning Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2850

Re: Envisioning Society

The cover of this issue gives me the impression that society is seen by PN and company as a Cirque de Soleil , full of contortionists and such. I am wondering because sometimes it feels that way. I didn't read any mention of human rights in the articles about our Visions of Society. I would thing th...
by spike
Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: “all the consequences of this”
Replies: 2
Views: 850

Re: “all the consequences of this”

Kile Jones argues that atheistic existentialism is more compelling than religious existentialism. I am sure that is truth, that "atheistic existentialism is more compelling than religious existentialism". But at the moment, with all the religious existentialism that is flexing its muscle in the Mid...
by spike
Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Chaos & An Unpredictable Tomorrow
Replies: 27
Views: 3227

Re: Chaos & An Unpredictable Tomorrow

For those who don't move on beyond their own point of reference the world can be quite an unsettling and unpredictable place.
by spike
Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Chaos & An Unpredictable Tomorrow
Replies: 27
Views: 3227

Re: Chaos & An Unpredictable Tomorrow

... And there are those who also predicted the occurrence of 'peek oil' years ago, which hasn't happened as predicted. ... This isn't quite right I think as the problem is we can't get the figures from the major oil producers. The thing is, not to put too fine a point on it, we have not or will in ...
by spike
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Chaos & An Unpredictable Tomorrow
Replies: 27
Views: 3227

Re: Chaos & An Unpredictable Tomorrow

"Hence, chaos theory implies that the future is not predictable based on past events, as it used to be thought to be." I think we have captured and tamed the occurrence of chaos in the world to our advantage and made things pretty predictable. However, there are those who have tried to find and defi...