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by henry quirk
Wed May 22, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: All Hail Free Market Capitalism!
Replies: 76
Views: 11750

'capitalism' is not 'free market'

"There is no such thing as a free market." "There's a free market, all right, it's just not being practiced anywhere in the world at the present time." The validity of either/both statements depends entirely on how you define 'free market'. I see the 'free market' as nuthin' more (or less) than the ...
by henry quirk
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Love doesn't happen by chance or does it?
Replies: 60
Views: 10541

*takin' about love as noun, here...not love as verb

As some wag put it: 'love ain't nuthin' but lust misspelled.' Way too much attention is paid to gland-based longings/appetites. And -- of course -- since a whole whack of folks make a living playin' to, making appeals to, 'appetite', it's no wonder lust gets dressed up by those folks and presented a...
by henry quirk
Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: In what ethical-theoretical direction do you lean?
Replies: 6
Views: 2071

Re: In what ethical-theoretical direction do you lean?

Anarchistic Sociopathy, summed up as 'get the hell out of my way!'.
by henry quirk
Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 9
Views: 1834

Re: Free Will

Following Notvacka's example, I post a bit I wrote for another thread (similar) thread. ----- If 'free will' means 'unconstrained will', then, no, there's no such animal (the very flesh that comprises an individual imposes constraint). The problem, I think is purely semantic, that being: trying to f...
by henry quirk
Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~~~ Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident ~~~
Replies: 60
Views: 11255

Bill,

I can't see any point in repeating myself.

Read my posts in the thread (or not).

*shrug*
by henry quirk
Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mans Ultimate Purpose
Replies: 90
Views: 13082

"...capping wealth would return capital to the government..." And take it out of the pockets of the used car salesmen, er, politicians (who already wield ENORMOUS power). You'll never see a cap on wealth. But, if hell should freeze over and such a thing did come to pass, expect the rich to 'go elsew...
by henry quirk
Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~~~ Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident ~~~
Replies: 60
Views: 11255

Read again, Bill.

I refute you (or, at least, navigate 'round you).

And: you never answered the question, 'so what?'
by henry quirk
Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~~~ Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident ~~~
Replies: 60
Views: 11255

Re: ~~~ Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident ~~~

"Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident"

Again: so what?
by henry quirk
Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mans Ultimate Purpose
Replies: 90
Views: 13082

"Cutting ties between the rich and the government is impossible when wealth dictates the leaders." Agreed. Equally impossible: capping wealth (for the reason you offer above). # "The global science community agrees on global warming trends and dangers" And, of course, scientists are immune to the te...
by henry quirk
Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~~~ Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident ~~~
Replies: 60
Views: 11255

"the result of a choice"

Sure, but much of what's foisted up an any one person is not the result of his or her choice but is instead the accumulated inertia of a whole whack of other folks' choices (mixed in, of course, with what unthinking Reality has to offer). Take the clip of the car/bike accident above: each of the act...
by henry quirk
Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mans Ultimate Purpose
Replies: 90
Views: 13082

"Do you have a better suggestion(?)" A few. 1-If the 'poor' are of such interest to you, then devote yourself to 'them' (instead of pissin' time away on a forum). 2-Instead of suggesting caps on income or wealth, work to cut the ties between 'the rich' and 'government'. The best way to do this is to...
by henry quirk
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~~~ Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident ~~~
Replies: 60
Views: 11255

uk, be nice... ;) Bill's notion is valid (even if he expresses it oddly), and still I ask: so what? So what if the sum of a man's life is nothing? I say it depends entirely on perspective...that is: on the macro scale I'm nothing...fortunately (for me) I don't 'live' on the macro scale; I 'live' on ...
by henry quirk
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~~~ Your ENTIRE Life is One Complete Accident ~~~
Replies: 60
Views: 11255

You are nothing

So what?
by henry quirk
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mans Ultimate Purpose
Replies: 90
Views: 13082

...a majority will agree...

So what? At any given time, in any given place, most folks will 'go along'. Many are too stupid to do otherwise. Many are too weak to do otherwise. If, as I think, purpose is subjective, individual, then why should the one give a rat's ass about the domesticated many? You, as you say, have a desire ...
by henry quirk
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mans Ultimate Purpose
Replies: 90
Views: 13082

glean = to gather information or material bit by bit