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  • #38067

    Davis
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    That’s another shortcoming of Religion, Philosophy, and Political Theory: Not enough life-hacks.

    Yeah. Political theory only led up to many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy everyday. But that pales in comparison with political theory’s terrible lack of life hacks: like how to keep a bag of rice properly closed or the best method for keeping your shoes odour free. It is scandalous that universities get all this money but contribute so little to the creation of youtube videos that show ingenious and cheap ways to keep your house in order.

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    #38066

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    I think Saturn is really the perfect proof of the flying spaghetti monster. Not only is Saturn in the shape of a meatball but it is surrounded by millions of strands of pasta in the shape of rings (the holy spirit of the infinite grace of the FSM). I mean what…do meatball shaped planets and pasta rings just naturally form all by themselves?

    #38048

    Davis
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    And, yes, Davis, if Philosophy is to be any better than Theology, it needs to come correct with something better than “Critical Theory” which is re-heated, re-packaged Marxism, a worldview whose stock in trade is corpses, and in particular “Critical Race Theory,” which is nothing but old-fashioned racism re-heated and re-packaged after sitting open overnight in Woolworth’s Ptomaine Tavern.

    Sometimes…reading your text Eco, sometimes, is like watching a headless chicken flail around with blood spurting everywhere and feathers flying all over the place. It’s confusing, one can make little sense of what is happening and not predict the nonsense about to come and yet it is oddly and eerily entertaining.

    #38040

    Davis
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    False binaries and zero-sum games such as what you’ve cited are part of the reason why Theology, Philosophy, and Political Theory haven’t advanced like Science and Technology.

    Are you seriously lumping theology and philosophy into the same category? Ugh.

    #38021

    Davis
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    Not my view: theirs.

    Yeah Unseen. I didn’t think for a second that you agreed with them. I was just addressing their text (not the fact that you were relaying their text). Admitting to inequalities in society is difficult for those who don’t suffer from (or even see) those inequalities. I have a few gay friends who live in a fantasy LGTBQ+ bubble in Madrid and believe that everything is now equal and fair for us. I point out there isn’t a SINGLE European premiere league player in Europe (amongst thousands and thousands of players) who is out of the closet and they just dismiss it. I point out numerous demonstrable cases of homophobic violence and murder in the very same city (even events that occurred just around the block) and it is just “some rare problem far away…even a bit of a myth”. Admitting the extent of systemic bigotry in society is hard for some…even those who are part of marginalised groups who suffer from that bigotry.

    #38019

    Davis
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    “Critical Race Theory” does not simply acknowledge the existence of racial discrimination in the U.S., but holds that everything that happens in the U.S., especially everything wrong, is explainable in terms of “race.”

    That’s a nauseating over-generalisation. That’s like saying economic theory posits that everything that’s wrong with the economy can be blamed on poor people. That is honestly as reasonable a hyper-over-generalisation about economics as you’ve just made above on critical race theory.

    “Critical Race Theory” thinks that “race” is a fixed construct and that people of the same “race” have identical thoughts, opinions, and interests that are irreconcilable with those of other “races.”

    Sounds like yet another gross misrepresentation of something you likely haven’t read a single word from a primary source let alone an objective or even encyclopedic source first. Instead you probably went straight to some conservative critique of critical race theory instead of trying to actually learn about it. This is a reoccurring issue in how you approach things you know little about. Find out what people who think like you have to say about it (or how they criticise it first) before investigating.

    Critical in “critical studies” is not the same thing as “critical thinking” and it doesn’t claim to. This misunderstanding is yours and yours alone. And if you do care in the slightest about critical thinking then you should be more selective with the sources you use and try sometimes to learn about a subject before making conclusions or accepting other people’s conclusions without a critical eye.

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    #38018

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    Yes, the history of the U.S. on “race” and slavery was bad and the present still has problems, but nothing not shared or exceeded by the rest of the world and nothing we haven’t fought successfully to overcome and nothing we can’t continue to solve in the future.

    What are you talking about? The west of the West gave up slavery before America did (in some cases nearly a century before). And their governments have profusely apologised for it, unreservedly condemned it, made no excuses and it is part of their educational curriculum for decades. Even Canada which had limited slavery was teaching about it in Ontario 30 years ago along with their brutal treatment of Native Canadians with a chapter in a history text book that focused more on the mistreatment of Chinese railway workers than the mythology and grandiose “founding history”. While of course it isn’t enough…they are dealing with their history, not downplaying it, excusing it or pointing out “oh yeah other people did it too”. In Spain and France their education system spends a lot of time covering the atrocities of colonialism and tries to counterbalance the “great moments of their history” along with the shameful unspeakable evils their kings/governments committed. When I read the narratives of American history written by Americans and see the curriculum that Americans learn it looks like a country that has only vaguely scratched the surface of its barbarous injustices and half-hardheartedly admits “we could have done some things better”. A country that cannot admit its faults, errors and problems is incapable of real change.

    #38003

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    That was a painful video to watch. Critical race theory is racist because it’s race based? That would be like saying a study which tries to determine to what extent women are unfairly discriminated against in job hiring practices is “sexist” because it focuses on women. The study is simply a tool to gather information about a situation which is already problematic because of systemic sexism. Trying to find out information about sexism is sexist? Trying to develop ways to counter sexism and level the playing field is sexist? That this is absurd  should not be beyond anyone’s comprehension. And yet you hear this kind of shit ALL the time. People saying that identity politics is “divisive” when it simply is addressing unfair division. That pride rallies “exclude” when they are trying to address unfair discrimination, bullying, violence and exclusion. You might as well say having a program where emergency funds are given out in exceptional circumstances where the severely poor will starve if you don’t…is somehow “classist” because it focuses on income and need and excludes the wealthy (or those just getting by).

    Some critical race theory is over the top nonsense (especially the stuff that gets into post-modern babble). It shouldn’t be hard to filter that shit out. Some solutions offered are extreme and yes, they can have a slight tinge of division or even racism (these are exceptional cases). And some of it can manifest itself into absurd situations (that get heavy press conference). But for the most part, the ideas of critical race theory should not be controversial. Racism is absolutely everywhere. These problems need to be urgently addressed. If you want the quality of this research to go up, to become more empirical and more “effective” then research dollars should be thrown at it, resources and serious interest and commitment should be invested by governments. That isn’t happening. They have little political incentive to dedicate more than a few minutes of their time to this. At least some academics are.

    #37890

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    Are these angels green with big heads?

    #37883

    Davis
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    Euro-progressives? What the fuck? Eco…you don’t seem to really understand what progressivism is. The right to be forgotten law is not controversial in Europe. It was signed by 27 countries including those with very right wing governments. It is an incredibly logical and sensible law and people’s data should be protected from possible unscrupulous and manipulative use. I get emails from firms I applied to jobs with asking to give permission to hold onto my private data. I can choose to let them hold onto highly detailed profiles of my job history or not.

    The business of government is, in theory, realising the interests of the people who put them in office.

    This isn’t a “progressive” or “highly liberal issue”. You are the fringe eco. Your extreme libertarian bare-bones-government fuck-those-with-problems let-companies-rampage-against-citizen’s-interests mentality is the view that should be seen as cuckoo and scary. Letting companies do whatever the shit they want with your data is toxic. It’s like letting companies dump whatever they want into rivers. It is governments business to regulate companies when they do toxic things that can pointlessly damage people just to make a tiny bit extra. Why the shit wouldn’t the government do that? So you have to resubmit a CV after an extended absence (or click a box when they ask if they can keep holding onto your data). That is a tiny inconvenience in comparison with company’s manipulating the information they have about you when you don’t want them to. You have a gift for pointing that a possible pebble in someones shoe is a good reason not to ensure the boulder hanging over their head isn’t secured properly.

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    #37873

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    At the end of the few months, you get the virtuous to bully the immoral to go through first, and if it doesn’t provide you a path to Disney, you just hope for dear life all the shit you’ve accumulated helps you bribe someone on this side of the door or the other.

    And that is exactly the result that God would want if he were real (which he isn’t).

    #37869

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    A choice would be…clearly telling your child they can accept your help and love or take the more difficult path in life (but still offer whatever support you can along the way).

    However hiding your existence from the agents you created, leaving a set of ancient conflicting rules and then either giving your children eternal bliss or horror based on their choices (which they are making blind with zero guarantee you even exist and competing voices saying it works differently or you don’t exist at all) … is a vicious cruel immoral “choice” to give to the things you created and apparently “love”.

    I don’t remember the precise details of this scenario but I remember reading a good analogy to the so called theological free will gambit: You throw a bunch of 10 year old children into a classroom and you provide 100 text books. Some are bigger or more attractive than others but non look authoritative. All the books mention doors at some point. Only one book is the correct “guide” for what to do but there is nothing in the room that spells out which one it is or helps you determine that. But in only one of those books you have the answer to “which of the many doors” you should exit through”. You give the kids a few months to thoroughly read the books (with lots of distractions and limited resources and no clear leadership) and then after a few months of discussion they have to leave through one of many doors. They have no idea what to expect (or that there is even anything good or bad behind any of the doors). However just one of those books spells everything else out correctly. If you follow that book by the letter…and go through the correct door you go to Disneyland for a few years. If you go through any other door you get to live in a North Korean concentration camp for a few years. And that is a fair system of “choice”.

    God’s invisibility, silence, ancient scripture and “free will” is exponentially more absurd and cruel than the scenario above. And a billion people believe this and worse, highly intelligent educated theologians think the whole scenario is reasonable and moral and that this God is amazeballs.

    WTF?

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    #37854

    Davis
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    Before colonialism the Abrahamic faiths had only partial reach into Africa (mostly Saharan and parts of East Africa), only partly in Asia (mostly West and Southern tip of South East Asia), barely in Oceania and completely non-existent in the Americas. And outside of Europe…almost all of it was through Islam with little pockets of Christianity here and there such as in Ethiopia and the Caucuses. In areas where Abrahamic religions hadn’t arrived or had minimal impact, homosexuality was perhaps frowned upon, sometimes it is not known, in some cases tolerated and in others rather accepted. What we do know is that tolerance of homosexuality was virtually wiped out in Southern Africa and the Americas for a LONG time and is vaguely making a come back in pockets of the Americas and a few somewhat progressive areas of South Africa. Abrahamic religions through colonialism so thoroughly instilled their idea of heterosexual sex and male dominated relationships in parts of the world that LGTBQ+ acceptance seems very very far away. This is especially the case in some Central African countries where some American evangelicals are still actively making life even more miserable (and potentially deadly) for LGTBQ+.

    All you have to do is compare countries in proximity to one another in East Asia which had some similar customs and acceptance of LGTBQ+ such as Thailand and the Philippines. After the mostly Christianization of the Philippines their acceptance of LGTBQ+ seriously diminished (though not entirely) while in non-Christianised Thailand this did not happen.

    #37834

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    The photographs taken last week speak volumes about our inability to improve as a species.

    You always have the hope, of course, that humanity can (and with some lasting stability) overcome many of our serious flaws, but I certainly wouldn’t bet a lot of money on it. I frequently wonder what kind of life there is on other planets. Did intelligent life emerge from something other than natural selection? If not, did any of them manage to emerge without the crippling bi-products of the evolutionary process? We’ve reached an astounding level of scientific knowledge and wealth and yet half the world lives in borderline deprivation, the majority of women around the world are treated as inferior things and it seems like our planet will be on fire in a century or so. My life is alright. Billions of people’s lives aren’t. That makes me sad as a fellow human and I would imagine if other being were around, I’d be embarrassed too.

    #37808

    Davis
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    WTF Enco? You just accused our rational and unemotional responses as being a “meltdown” by starting your own post with an emotional theatrical outburst? You have a very strange concept of meltdowns as well as “rights”.

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