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by tbieter
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Simone Weil
Replies: 34
Views: 3676

Simone Weil

This morning I finished Weil's short essay on the abolition of all political parties. It is really on the nature of all political parties. I highly recommend it to you. I've been thinking about party discipline recently, I expected my senator, a Democrat and a lawyer, to vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch...
by tbieter
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Can Science Explain Consciousness?
Replies: 30
Views: 4568

Re: Can Science Explain Consciousness?

Regarding the following article, http://forum.philosophynow.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=22495&p=323024#p322482 , this text from the U.S. Supreme Court reflects the current prevailing secular Weltanschauung: “Our precedents "have respected the private realm of family life which the state cannot enter."...
by tbieter
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Gay Rights: A Question of Fairness
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Gay Rights: A Question of Fairness

"Lurking in the background are assumptions about the ability to parent. Women are thought to be more nurturing than men, and heterosexuals are assumed to be natural parental material. Notice that if gender is the prime criterion, and women are to be preferred to men in matters of childrearing, then ...
by tbieter
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 16
Views: 3132

Re: LUCIFER

Right now the police in the region are seeking a man named LUCIFER believing that he murdered a woman and stole her car. http://www.twincities.com/2017/07/31/stolen-car-used-by-mendota-heights-gunman-found-in-lake-elmo-police-say/ Why would birth parents name a child LUCIFER? The history of the nam...
by tbieter
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What's in a name?
Replies: 16
Views: 3132

Re: LUCIFER

Right now the police in the region are seeking a man named LUCIFER believing that he murdered a woman and stole her car. http://www.twincities.com/2017/07/31/stolen-car-used-by-mendota-heights-gunman-found-in-lake-elmo-police-say/ Why would birth parents name a child LUCIFER? The history of the name...
by tbieter
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Whose Life has Value?
Replies: 53
Views: 8785

Re: Whose Life has Value?

“When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.” ~ Simone Weil Whose life has sufficient or insufficient value for you so that they should be either ...
by tbieter
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Ontario to experiment with universal basic income
Replies: 19
Views: 4392

Re: Ontario to experiment with universal basic income

Here is a new twist in Campaign Finance Reform which entails the government giving away money. Readers may find this interesting as a creative approach to solving problems: See: http://www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher/about-the-program . Questions? Comments? Minnesota has long had a program of publ...
by tbieter
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Does Op Art exist?
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Does Op Art exist?

Think about it. If it exists, it must be an illusion by definition. If it doesn't exist, then what are we experiencing? If it does exist, how do we distinguish op art from an illusion? Do you think op art can be beautiful? (I do) Or is it still art to you without being beautiful? So what do you thi...
by tbieter
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Gender Documentation and Definition
Replies: 39
Views: 3945

Re: Gender Documentation and Definition

Immanuel Can wrote:
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:53 am
This used to be comedy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgp9MPLEAqA

Nowadays, it's postmodern, liberal orthodoxy.

How things do come around!
Thanks. Brilliant observation.
by tbieter
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Does Op Art exist?
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Does Op Art exist?

Think about it. If it exists, it must be an illusion by definition. If it doesn't exist, then what are we experiencing? If it does exist, how do we distinguish op art from an illusion? Do you think op art can be beautiful? (I do) Or is it still art to you without being beautiful? So what do you thi...
by tbieter
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How do Christians Expect to Convert Atheists?
Replies: 691
Views: 53622

Re: How do Christians Expect to Convert Atheists?

Thankyou, I don't and I won't. But keep on feeling free to sniff around my BS even though you don't and won't like the smell. Your posts remind me of something that I have heard and dismissed before. In college I took a philosophy class and for a few classes we had a substitute professor and he sta...
by tbieter
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The meaning of life?
Replies: 86
Views: 9019

Re: The meaning of life?

Why is there something rather than nothing? Why is there life in the universe? Why not just a universe of inanimate beings?

Don't these questions precede the question of meaning?
by tbieter
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Are People Rational?
Replies: 15
Views: 2675

Re: Are People Rational?

What about groupthink, the term coined by George Orwell, in his novel 1984 which refers to the human's act of holding two false and contradictory beliefs as true simultaneously? Groupthink violates the law of contradiction, the "first law of thought", that a thing cannot be and not be at the same t...
by tbieter
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Eric Hoffer
Replies: 12
Views: 2490

Re: Eric Hoffer

“And what excellent material are women for the building of a totalitarian society! Their capacity for blind fath, self-sacrifice, leader worship, and snooping makes them ideal true believers. What a picture: an elite of intellectuals served and guarded by an army of amazons.” - Working and Thinking...
by tbieter
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Why do people watch porn?
Replies: 51
Views: 5871

Re: Why do people watch porn?

pornography In my experience, badly done porn, in contrast to well-done art, elicits not sexual arousal but boredom. And, thus, this effect frustrates its cause. by contrasting 'bad done porn' with 'well-done art', you equals 'well done porn' with 'well-done art'. But is well-done porn art? Dependi...