Gavin Collins

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Yes August, I remember when the requirement to have a luxury stereo system in your car came out, I tried to skirt the law by ordering a cheap one from Taiwan without multiple CD changers and terrible base quality. Eventually the police pulled me over because my tail lights were off. They noticed my sub standard stereo system and I got a €2000 f…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Fellow Unbelievers, Here’s a story that highlights the peril of government outlawing Misinformation/Disinformation/Malinformation. Again, be careful what you wish for: Russia:
    No one here appears to be advocating for any legislation, policy, or practice to that effect.

    Oh but you speak too soon Autumn. The goal of anyone who advocates for highly s…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Is that a slippery slope argument? Maybe, but the slippery slope argument, treated as leading to a conclusion with necessity is surely fallacious, but treated as a warning of a potential risk, as a temptation that would be easy to give into, there’s nothing fallacious about it.

    There is no maybe about your slippery slope, and your suppositions a…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Again with the slippery slope shit Unseen. I’m not engaging in slippery slope arguments. Yes, harm is relative. Hate speech laws are not geared towards people whose feeling are hurt over a rude opinion. They are geared towards protecting vulnerable groups from the most extreme hate-speech. Please stop the slippery slope nonsense.

    If you can…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    As I’ve said, allowing the government to decide what you can read, watch, hear, see, or believe allows any government to do it, not just a government enforcing your ideas

    You act as though there is any single country in the world which doesn’t have at least some measures banning books, videos or expressing certain ideas. Even in the US, the a…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Yeah and school bullying has always been around, and since my father’s generation something is slowly being done about it, with many people going “that’s just the way kids are”, while the victims are more able to trust adults to do something as they are relentlessly terrorised. Abusive environments that threaten someone’s well being, opportunities…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Who decides what we may say, see, and hear? What are their qualifications? Do they need some sort of education or expertise?

    And by what authority are such basic rights abridged? Should I assume you’d be happy with a censor who gives what the public thinks and believes no consideration whatsoever if that runs contrary to such a person’s val…

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  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Enco, I have no problem with curtailing free speech for reasonable reasons (which by the way you also have no problem with). What we agree on are things like: libel, some degree of copyright, incitement of crime, causing a panic etc.

    Where you seem to draw the line is with even the most virulent vicious bigoted hate speech which has been…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    A classic question for philosophy students is to ask them “OK, should we all go outside now and kill ourselves and if not, why not”. I think that question demands an answer.

    It is actually very interesting how moral systems deal with suicide/euthanasia. I heavily question the Judaeo-Christian baggage left over even in our secular societies tha…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 4 weeks ago

    I’ll remember next time Unseen you ask for evidence or sources, I will post some youtube video made by some guy talking about stuff. Of course I didn’t watch the video…why would I waste my precious time hearing some guy blab his opinions about shit when the very opening 30 seconds has all the markings of sensationalism, half-put together…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Unseen…a youtube video, unless it cites scholarly, academic or properly analysed is not a source. I don’t understand how you can talk about evidentiary value with a comedian making internet video.

  • Davis replied to the topic (Title Censored) in the forum Politics 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Absolute free speech is a total fantasy. It is impossible and virtually nobody would support it when you realise how many laws that actually curb free speech exist which are utterly uncontroversial. If you are against libel, copyright infringement, causing a panic or speech that incites a crime but are against laws which curb the most vile of hate…[Read more]

  • Enco must be a bot. A guy who has never known being treated with daily contempt for being born a way, lecturing us how to deal with it, making out our fight for improvement as some cartoonish victimhood and rage…is the kind of shit a bot would do. Only a bot would igbore EVERYTHING we have said in response but then go on to post more nonsense…[Read more]

  • Belle, anyone can reshape a word to suit their narrative. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as it is clear what they mean by that word, that their definition doesn’t cause pointless confusion (or confusion on purpose) and that the audience is given a convincing reason to take this definition seriously.

    When someone tries to use a term,…[Read more]

  • Pope…that is fine. Could you then define these two kinds of spiritual then please?

  • @davis – whatever definitions I could give, are never going to encompass all the things that people mean by the word.

    Simon, unless you are dealing wit poetry…why would you use a term that is this elusive? How can you achieve much (if anything) if people are talking about something different (or at least vaguely overlapping) when you can use so…[Read more]

  • So…you want to use “spiritual” without defining it?

  • So then your definition is deficient and needs some refining.

  • To be clear here Simon, you are claiming that most people playing in a volleyball league would call their membership “spiritual”?

  • I’m talking about being an active functioning member of an interdependent cooperative group or team of some kind, whose members are all working towards the same goal.  If my goals are identified with those of my group, then it makes me feel better in all kinds of ways.

    How is that different than a volleyball team, a knitting group making a big bl…[Read more]

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