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by Notvacka
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:23 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.
Replies: 20
Views: 6993

Re: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.

I agree that it is annoyingly compelling!! At worst, though I think this sort of error encourages intelligent design thinking, as it is rather more common in evolutionary studies than it ought to be. I wouldn't worry. Where is the intelligence behind putting a baseball cap on backwards, for instanc...
by Notvacka
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: can men be feminists
Replies: 282
Views: 56958

Re: can men be feminists

Satyr wrote:Yes, men can be the most vehement feminists. It is their only way to get sexually noticed.
Yours will be a one track mind as long as you let your genitals do all the thinking.
by Notvacka
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.
Replies: 20
Views: 6993

Re: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.

And if she is incapable, as she seems, of expressing herself with language that accurately represents the case as it is, then is what she is saying meaningful in any sense at all? Perhaps it's not all that meaningful, and quite possibly even less useful, but I still find it fascinating. If nothing ...
by Notvacka
Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.
Replies: 20
Views: 6993

Re: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.

It's much worse. Susan Blackmore is convinced that what she calls memes and temes (things like wearing baseball hats on backwards, and folding the ends of toilet paper in a certain way) , Are "using you to replicate themselves because they want to survive" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ_9-Qx5Hz4...
by Notvacka
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: can men be feminists
Replies: 282
Views: 56958

Re: can men be feminists

I like it too, but it doesn't "drive the point home" as well as all that. The parallel between women's equality and animal rights is not so close that what's true of one is true (mutatis mutandis) of the other, and it's possible to support gender equality without being a feminist. Just saying. The ...
by Notvacka
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: can men be feminists
Replies: 282
Views: 56958

Re: can men be feminists

Rortabend wrote:If you have to be a woman to be a feminist then I don't hold out much hope for the future of animal rights. Woof woof.
I love this comment; how it drives the point home perfectly, whilst being funny too. Wish I had written it myself. :lol:
by Notvacka
Mon May 30, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: A brief nicety...
Replies: 46
Views: 12260

Re: A brief nicety...

I reject any claim, i think, that morality can be anything beyond which people believe is the right thing to do. To go further would be an appeal to a divine legislative authority; or a set of Platonic values that exist out there in the ether somewhere. In practice there is no 'absolute' from which...
by Notvacka
Sun May 29, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: can men be feminists
Replies: 282
Views: 56958

Re: can men be feminists

Can men be feminists? Sure. I am one. As for the hypocrisy angle, I suppose that for some men, particularly young men, getting laid is the main drive behind almost everything they do or say in the presence of a desirable female. I don't know if pretending to be a feminist would actually work. It doe...
by Notvacka
Sat May 28, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.
Replies: 20
Views: 6993

Re: Why 90% of biological science is stuck in the dark age.

It is almost as if humans are incapable of avoiding this sort of language... I did come across a paper once called something like the 'evolution of purpose' which suggested that this tendency to see the world in teleological terms is actually an adaptation. Primitive humans that had this trait, it ...
by Notvacka
Tue May 17, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: The Arts of the Beautiful by Etienne Gilson
Replies: 14
Views: 43562

Re: The Arts of the Beautiful by Etienne Gilson

There are many ways to appreciate a work of art, and in my experience they complement each other, rather than cancel each other out. I find the notion that knowledge and analysis would somehow hinder "pure" appreciation of beauty quite ridiculous.
by Notvacka
Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27746

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

Capitalism as I use it is not a catch phrase for everything. For instance, it is not the same as democracy. Not only is capitalism not the same as democracy, but if you think about it, it's actually opposed to democracy. Modern representative democracy is about giving power to certain people (polit...
by Notvacka
Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27746

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

Spike, the way you use the word "capitalism" it becomes a catch phrase for almost anything. I don't think you have much grasp of the concept, and since there is no consensus on a precise definition of the word "capitalism" anyway, I suggest that you try to state your case without using that word at ...
by Notvacka
Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is Time Slowing Down?
Replies: 23
Views: 6499

Re: Is Time Slowing Down?

How about when we observe light from great distances? Isn't this a universal clock showing time through the aeons? Just a thought. I am just a layman so I say this with no authority other than intuition and basic logic. I'm no physicist either, though I have read a lot on the subject. :) I'm not su...
by Notvacka
Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is Time Slowing Down?
Replies: 23
Views: 6499

Re: Is Time Slowing Down?

If one Planck time is defined as the time it takes a photon to move 1 Planck length then surely this is the same as regularly perceived time slowing as well. The speed of light is incorporated into the definition of the Planck length. If you change one, you change the other. If time were "slowing d...
by Notvacka
Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is Time Slowing Down?
Replies: 23
Views: 6499

Re: Is Time Slowing Down?

I like this idea of time slowing down and have actually wondered it myself, but instead my thoughts drifted towards a variable speed of light. I wonder, would this aparrent slowing of time explain cosmic expansion? I imagine the speed of time would be proportional to the density of the universe and...