Hi from Portugal

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Hi from Portugal

Post by PauloL » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:32 pm

I'm in Portugal and registered here because I'd like to exchange some philosophical ideas, mainly in the topics of religion and consciousness.

I'm a physician and these themes follow me since childhood.

I don't have any degree in Philosophy, but I really like very much it mainly for its argumentative power.

I hope to participate in many discussions and believe many of you will too in mine, everything in a very constructive way.

I'm very open to critics, however acid they are, something I've trained for years, and very hard to attain, I think. But this is the core of freedom of speech, not just accepting agreements and critical views under condition that they are polite enough (even though I praise politeness, of course).

I don't like censorship in any way, unless under strict rules and transparently. My model are some British newspapers that allow users to comment, and suppress some annoying posts, but allow people to check them if they wish.

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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Harbal » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:54 pm

PauloL wrote:
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:32 pm
I'm in Portugal
Never mind, it could be worse, you could be in the USA.

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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by PauloL » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:10 pm

Harbal wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:54 pm
PauloL wrote:
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:32 pm
I'm in Portugal
Never mind, it could be worse, you could be in the USA.
:lol:

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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:20 pm

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Knowing that Portugal has decriminalized all drugs, I get that you are hi from Portugal. Question is, How high are you?




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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by PauloL » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:16 pm

Bill, thanks for your words, I'm fine.

The only problem is that they created lots of restrictions on e-cigarettes to the point of creating a huge excise on nicotine, forbidding its importation and treating any attempt of importation as tobacco smuggling, facing a fine up to 165.000€ if it's a small quantity and jail if they find it a large quantity.

It's much easier to consume cocaine here, indeed.

Best regards from Portugal.

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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:48 pm

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What's your drugs of choice?...I mean...ya know, for philosophical perspective?



Also, what is your biggest fear living under a near dictatorship?



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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by PauloL » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:00 pm

I don't prefer drugs, Bill and I don't fear dictatorships. I don't think one is about to come, I think war is nearer us all.

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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:12 pm

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War? Like an international war?




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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by PauloL » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:13 pm

Of course, Bill.

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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:18 pm

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Which drugs have you used & why do you not like them?


Do you look at your experence with addiction as ultimetly beneficial and uniquely insightful?




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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by PauloL » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:26 pm

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BIll, you look like a shrimp (this is a compliment).

My only substance addictions are nicotine and maybe caffeine.

Perhaps you'd like to disclose yours, too.

I don't like psychotropic drugs. Not even alcohol. I'm sorry.




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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:48 pm

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Don't be sorry. Probably a good thing, the right thing, that you don't take psychotropic drugs.


I have found, in a lifetime devoted to philosophy; introspection, that an individual may benefit from mind altering drugs.


If you are just beginning a philosophical journey of introspection you may quickly realize that the biggest hindrance to self-introspection is fear.






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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:39 pm

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What do you perceive precipitating a future possible international war & which countries do you see as being active participants?




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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by PauloL » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:15 pm

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What I perceive is the international situation. Norway has just resumed compulsory conscription for a reason. Syria is another Spanish Civil War for sure, but this time Russia's participation is much more active. The countries involved always include the same: Russia, USA, Germany, GB, and France.

I think you didn't answer my question, is this correct?.




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Re: Hi from Portugal

Post by Bill Wiltrack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:35 pm

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If you are inquiring about my views and my experience with drugs, I encourage you to research my past posts. You will be richly rewarded.

They are quite explicit & and will go well beyond anything I can describe within this post.

May you be given strength in your battles of the future.



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