• Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 4 hours, 26 minutes ago

    Different norms (benefit/harm; respecting the dead; etc.) can clash or have different goals or structures.

    This is certainly the case but I don’t think this would invalidate the rule. I mean, if suddenly a large number of people started getting upset if I used the words “marble, pickle and mirror” in the same sentence…I wouldn’t go out of my way…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 4 hours, 35 minutes ago

    I think the possibility of hurting or upsetting other people is significant enough to make an easily avoidable pointless activity one I wouldn’t do. If there are 1,000,000 equally good places to picnic and I instead choose 1 location where my activity could potentially hurt/upset a person, with no added value to doing it there…I think it’s a…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 12 hours, 19 minutes ago

    I would agree with you Kristina. But this is a deontological moral law. So it is always relative to the person to frames the law (even if they will that others also follow that law). In that sense, if you do have a good reason to challenge it then the law wouldn’t follow. Since I cannot for the life of me think of a reason why having a picnic on…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 17 hours, 51 minutes ago

    I understand the resistance to saying: yes it is immoral or no it is not. Because it is a difficult one to defend (not because it is necessarily relative). It seems  the general answer here is: it is in bad taste.

    However I do believe it is immoral in some moral systems. Deontological, utilitarian or virtue ethics to name just three (though it…[Read more]

  • Actually some of the most hilarious jokes are ones about a nation of people that have few, if any negative stereotypes like Canadians or the Finnish. They end up being super bland jokes that could apply to anyone (say if they were about the cold weather in those countries). Even funnier is when shows come along and just invent jokes. South Park…[Read more]

  • First you had Simon hyper generalising about woke people, and now Eco is doing it. Eco…consider laying off of the stereotypes. Woke people cover a very broad spectrum of people who use a variety of tools to cut down on harmful speech.

    Woke people can even include university jock frat boys who call out their friends when they make rape-jokes or…[Read more]

  • Davis started the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 2 days, 23 hours ago

    Is it wrong to have a picnic with some friend on top of a strangers grave? Let’s say the stranger’s next of kin are still alive and visit once a year (though not the day of the picnic).

  • Davis replied to the topic Anyone here into cryptocurrency? in the forum Small Talk 1 week ago

    European nations have a model that works. USA does not.

    Let’s not forget: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, Barbados (and that’s only to name first world countries). Even some second world countries have reasonable health systems where everyone is covered (such as Chile and Kazakhstan).

    Basically every…[Read more]

  • Enco you really are an expert at taking an over-all comparison and then trying to poke tiny holes in the better example, ignore or gloss over the huge holes in the lesser example and then somehow come out on the winning side. And the little holes that you poke become more and more ridiculous and desperate it is impossible to take you seriously.…[Read more]

  • Davis posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    Simon, if you create a second realm of truth to suit whatever world-view you like then that becomes relatively free of being challenged and free of negation. It may seem…

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    • Davis posted a new activity comment 1 week, 6 days ago

      His own words:

      I think Martin Luther correctly distinguished between what he called the magisterial and ministerial uses of reason. The magisterial use of reason occurs…

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      • Davis replied to the topic Group logo of Sunday SchoolSunday School 28th March 2021 in the forum Sunday School 2 weeks ago

        Simon I think you have to modify your definition.

        A well rounded mentally stable athlete who is a communist would fit that definition (takes care of themselves over the long term [fitness and self-care] and connects with something greater than themselves [a political ideology]) and yet that just doesn’t automatically seem spiritual to me. You can…[Read more]

      • LOL Reg. That sounds hilarious. I can imagine an old Madras granny making a high quality dhosa in Ireland and having it drone shipped to a rugged Irish island. That would pretty much define globalisation.

      • Having said all of that, I do have to admit the New York/Boston/Chicago/Eastern-Canada version of Pizza (a totally utterly different dish in my opinion) is still not bad. There was something memorable about having one of those thick crust and a shit ton of cheese on top pizzas from a good pizza place. Zheesh two slices alone is an entire meal. I’d…[Read more]

      • Yeah Neapolitan pizza is pretty heavy with a strong sauce. My friend from there told me that a lot of Italians actually don’t like it. It’s fantastic but I actually preferred the pizza in Sicily (in fact with literally every single national dish I and my friend thought everything in Sicily was superior for some unknown reason. In fact it was my…[Read more]

      • There are many countries I visited where you could easily have the food, just as good in a decent restaurant in some other country. I found there were three big exceptions. Some Indian food was not the same anywhere else (especially street samosas and dhosas). The second was Italian (just about everything, but including gelatti, fried panzerotti,…[Read more]

      • I’ve used the Canadian, British, German, Belgian and Spanish medical systems (all universal health care). In two cases they were very serious problems with bills that came to well over 100,000 euros or dollars (I don’t know the total cost because they never told me…I just know it was a LOT). The services were top quality. I never paid a cent,…[Read more]

      • Vaccine guilt is totally reasonable and understandable in essence. I have friends who qualify for vaccines because they super occasionally work with people at a medium risk. Meanwhile there are senior citizens who are still waiting for vaccines. My friends have gotten the vaccines either because it is mandatory or not taking it now would mean…[Read more]

      • Davis posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

        Have you ever heard of balconing?
        • We have regulations and anti-trust laws and have arrived at massive corporate power that creates a shocking gap in wealth.

          Most countries have relatively weak anti-trust laws though some European countries can be very strict depending on the industry. Canada has pretty weak ones…especially when it comes to things like Banking and Telecoms where…[Read more]

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