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by Dunce
Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: What's the Difference Between the Narration in Your Head...
Replies: 95
Views: 20036

Re: What's the Difference Between the Narration in Your Head

How specific about my location do you want me to be? Norwich is not a big place. Not always in the same part of it anyway.
by Dunce
Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: What's the Difference Between the Narration in Your Head...
Replies: 95
Views: 20036

Re: What's the Difference Between the Narration in Your Head

My inner-narration never allows me to forget it. I am human, all too human.
by Dunce
Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: What's the Difference Between the Narration in Your Head...
Replies: 95
Views: 20036

Re: What's the Difference Between the Narration in Your Head

I think hearing voices is more common, more normal than you think. Not everyone who has such experiences makes the mistake of going to a conventional drug-pushing psychiatrist for help. Eleanor Longden's story is a particularly scary one, but has a happy ending http://www.ted.com/speakers/eleanor_lo...
by Dunce
Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Wittgenstein,Tolstoy and the Folly of Logical Positivism
Replies: 6
Views: 2099

Re: Wittgenstein,Tolstoy and the Folly of Logical Positivism

"Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the idea of duty, are things that, when in error, can turn hideous, but - even though hideous - remain great; their majesty, peculiar to the human conscience, persists in horror. They are virtues with a single vice - error. The pitiless, sincere joy of a fan...
by Dunce
Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Wittgenstein,Tolstoy and the Folly of Logical Positivism
Replies: 6
Views: 2099

Re: Wittgenstein,Tolstoy and the Folly of Logical Positivism

What did Bertram Russell make of all this soldiering? Didn't like war much did he, Bertie?

The account of Wittgenstein's courage highlights the limits of virtue ethics. Courage is a virtue, yet it can be exploited to serve futile or immoral ends. Can a virtue become a vice under such circumstances?
by Dunce
Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Replies: 72
Views: 11883

Re: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Both thinkers miss the true nature of humans, their needs and aspirations. Possibly because they didn't mix with a wide enough range of them? Utopias are valid imaginative exercises. Such exercises should however, be followed by analysis of the obstacles to realizing such worlds in the real world. ...
by Dunce
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Professional Baseball & Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Replies: 4
Views: 1742

Re: Professional Baseball & Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Melchior wrote:anyone who believes that a biker could win seven tours de france principally because of PED is deluded.
We don't know just how much of a factor they were in the era to which you refer. They were pretty blatantly decisive in 1996 before the 50% haematocrit limit was brought in.
by Dunce
Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Mathematics & Reality
Replies: 28
Views: 5637

Re: Mathematics & Reality

Well, the point about the mathematical order is that it is only perceptible to a rational intelligence. Only an intelligence that is capable of counting, comparing, and understanding rational inference is capable of grasping mathematical ideas. Nowadays because of the instinct to think of everythin...
by Dunce
Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Professional Baseball & Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Replies: 4
Views: 1742

Re: Professional Baseball & Performance-Enhancing Drugs

The sport which, more than any other, has been troubled by drugs and the ethical dilemmas they present has been professional cycling. Drug use of one kind or another was endemic in the sport for much of its history, but it was the prevalence in the nineties and noughties of EPO and other means of 'b...
by Dunce
Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:53 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Prison Doesn’t Work
Replies: 7
Views: 2085

Re: Prison Doesn’t Work

Men are sent to prison by judges not connected socially or even geographically to those they sentence, and who are thus insulated from the consequences of their decisions. I suspect if judges were more closely connected socially or geographically to those they sentence, their inclination to issue c...
by Dunce
Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Moral Manipulation & the Problem of Evil
Replies: 45
Views: 10414

Re: Moral Manipulation & the Problem of Evil

Well, I do not deny the existence of evil, for it clearly exists, in a plethora of forms, shapes, and sizes. Does it? Joel Marks has been - in the pages of Philosophy Now - quite engagingly arguing against such concepts. In my experience, those who have the strongest sense of good and evil are peop...
by Dunce
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:45 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Does Psychiatry Medicalize Normality?
Replies: 1
Views: 1835

Re: Does Psychiatry Medicalize Normality?

Most people do not have the writer's difficulties with the term 'medicalize'. People who declare themselves to be practicing medicine are treating people who have been deemed patients with what have been deemed medical treatments. They are diagnosing, hypothesizing, prescribing and in some cases com...
by Dunce
Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Master of the Absurd Turns 100
Replies: 4
Views: 2111

Re: The Master of the Absurd Turns 100

BBC radio is having a bit of a Camus fest this coming weekend. Sat 2nd Nov 9.06, repeated 20.06, BBC World Service World Book Club discusses The Outsider http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01kdgsp Sat 2nd Nov 21.45, BBC Radio 3 The Wire - Leila Aboulea's drama The Insider is inspired by Camus' the Out...
by Dunce
Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: Can philosophy cure depression ?
Replies: 51
Views: 19641

Re: Can philosophy cure depression ?

Read Bartleby The Scrivener by Herman Melville to see the funny side of depression and as a warning of where it can lead.
by Dunce
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Empathy & Imagination
Replies: 4
Views: 1178

Re: Empathy & Imagination

Wouldn't a sense of empathy be a positive advantage to a terrorist? The idea of employing terrorism as a tactic is to instill fear in a population; to terrorize them into submission so they acquiesce in your demands. A good understanding of people's fears is therefore an asset. As a terrorist, you w...