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by Dunce
Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is evangalism a moral imperative for Christians?
Replies: 16
Views: 7133

Is evangalism a moral imperative for Christians?

It did used to be didn't it? You would expect it to, wouldn't you? After all, if Christians take Christ at his word when he says, "No one comes to the father except through me", if they believe "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish b...
by Dunce
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Sex as either/or
Replies: 25
Views: 6134

Re: Sex as either/or

If you wanted it to be purely symbolic, couldn't you just go to sleep and dream about each other? "purely" yes, but it could be "just symbolic" without having to remove the actual physical interactions, because "just symbolic" refers to interpretation whereas "purely" means "stripped of anything el...
by Dunce
Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Sex as either/or
Replies: 25
Views: 6134

Re: Sex as either/or

If you wanted it to be purely symbolic, couldn't you just go to sleep and dream about each other?
by Dunce
Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:45 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: I Kid You Not: Knowingness and Other Shallows
Replies: 7
Views: 3020

Re: I Kid You Not: Knowingness and Other Shallows

An interesting related question is that of why Hannah Arendt, once a student - and apparently lover - of Heidegger, continued to defend him after the war, charitably portraying his Nazism as romantic naivety. This was despite Arendt being Jewish, only narrowly escaping the gas chambers and going on ...
by Dunce
Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Spinning Narratives, Spinning Selves
Replies: 1
Views: 1220

Re: Spinning Narratives, Spinning Selves

So if I learn a new language, can I become a different being?
by Dunce
Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:08 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: I Kid You Not: Knowingness and Other Shallows
Replies: 7
Views: 3020

Re: I Kid You Not: Knowingness and Other Shallows

Excellent analysis of Sarah Palin's modus operandi that goes beyond the usual sneering and dismissal of her as 'nuts'. I like the way it seems to be starting out on that familiar road, but then turns off down a more bumpy track to a far more interesting destination. The paragraph that starts by citi...
by Dunce
Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Mathematics, Morality & Machines
Replies: 3
Views: 1806

Re: Mathematics, Morality & Machines

I wonder if there are chessmasters who are poor bridge players. If so, are they the sort of people who become computer programmers? Is the gap between their sort of intelligence and artificial intelligence smaller than that between the intelligence of the best bridge players and artificial intellige...
by Dunce
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Golden Rule universal wisdom or universal follery
Replies: 16
Views: 7309

Re: Golden Rule universal wisdom or universal follery

It depends how those around you behave. It's like pacifism. If you can get everyone in the world to believe in it, the world becomes a better place. But a pacifist nation surrounded by military dictatorships isn't likely to last long. If you live according to the golden rule whilst being surrounded ...
by Dunce
Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 345239

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

Sometimes




in order to




see the truth




we need to




read between





the lines.
by Dunce
Sun May 29, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Capitalism & Human Values
Replies: 95
Views: 19686

Re: Capitalism & Human Values

Spike, how are you defining 'corporation' here? I think you are either using a wider definition than is usual in the context of a discussion on economics, or ascribing to corporations more of a social and political role than they are normally expected to fulfil. We usually think of corporations as l...
by Dunce
Sun May 29, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Capitalism & Human Values
Replies: 95
Views: 19686

Re: Capitalism & Human Values

Frank S. Robinson points out that capitalism is not a zero-sum game and that wealth is expandable. Well yes, but we don't live on an expanding planet. Capitalism has successfully sold people impossible dreams. Dreams that fail to recognise Earthly realities. For example, they have been sold The Car ...
by Dunce
Sat May 28, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: A brief nicety...
Replies: 46
Views: 12576

Re: A brief nicety...

Influenced by Spinoza, Kant, Hume, Heidegger, Jung, Ayers, Witt, Lao Tzu and too many others to list. Favorite topics are morality(which I hold an unconventional conception of), trust, truth, thought, and belief. No formal training to speak of. Not much else to say for the moment... I did think you...
by Dunce
Sat May 28, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: World Without Anger
Replies: 9
Views: 3941

Re: World Without Anger

Yes, the sporting example is interesting. In boxing, I suppose trainers actually encourage their boxers to feel anger towards their opponents? I don't know that - I know very little about boxing - but if that is the case then presumably that anger has no moral implication. Of course, too much anger...
by Dunce
Sun May 15, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Ever-Expanding Kingdom of Bull
Replies: 9
Views: 3381

Re: The Ever-Expanding Kingdom of Bull

I wonder which websites Neil Greenspan has been visiting to lead him to the conclusion that the growth of the internet has lead to a situation in which the average coherence and rigor of argument has declined, as more individuals with little or no expertise on a given issue offer opinions to the pub...
by Dunce
Sat May 14, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: World Without Anger
Replies: 9
Views: 3941

Re: World Without Anger

I've thought about this some more and I don't think losing in sport counters Joel Mark's argument. It's just that the morality of sport is confusing and condatictory. In sport, it is considered admirable to care so much about winning that you feel elated and proud when you do win and angry and asham...