jakelafort

  • Pope, it most certainly took effort. On the other hand it is something that comes with time in an environment conducive to learning. My hypothesis is that identification of flawed arguments are sometimes preconscious. I am quite certain that is how it was with me as described already. Only time will tell. And as Davis points out we don’t know yet…[Read more]

  • Davis, i am going to draw again on experience. So i recently revealed to my dad how in Court i sometimes knew an argument was flawed before giving it any thought. If it was not immediately clear to me I would have to ponder. He laughed and said you inherited that from me.

    Years ago he told me his mind was in some ways a prison. He had no control…[Read more]

  • Hey Pope, maybe i am in right field.

    Lets start with the language Enco used. “since critical thinking and logic operates only by conscious choice.” I am not denying that we can improve our critical thinking consciously-that it can be enhanced over time. I also agree that our schools absolutely suck in failing to teach kids how to think…[Read more]

  • Writes Enco…since critical thinking and logic operates only by conscious choice.

    Nope. We don’t choose to believe or disbelieve. We don’t choose to think/reason logically or fallaciously.

    When i practiced law my identification of BS/illogical/fallacious arguments in court occurred unconsciously. But then i had to consciously contemplate how…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week ago

    Robert writes…….but damn…they could be some incredibly entitled, righteous bastards.

    That is exactly what i was trying to convey. But on top of that it was the English and other colonizers who had the burden of imparting their superior culture. Kipling is a good writer but he reflected White man’s burden Lloyd.

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week ago

    Just looked it up. My association of the phrase with Kipling was spot on but it is a poem which i forgot. That guy google knows everything.

    Take up the White Man’s burden—

    Send forth the best ye breed—

    Go send your sons to exile

    To serve your captives’ need

    To wait in heavy harness

    On fluttered folk and wild—

    Your new-caught, sullen…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week ago

    Robert ya got the reference. My sense is that it is Rudyard Kipling or at least his mien.

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week ago

    Davis, the British fucked over a great many people. Ever read about their role in the Irish famine? It is not just their colonialism. White man’s burden, Lloyd. The thing is some Jews never left Palestine. And after the diaspora and various rounds of persecution Jews returned to Palestine. Jews were thrown out of England and France. Forgot the…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week, 1 day ago

    How can we have any confidence youngsters will live out their natural lives? It feels like we are accelerating towards our extinction. A level of irrationalism that would make a novel or movie too unrealistic to hold my interest…

    The persistence of belief smashes rationalism into a million pieces..

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week, 1 day ago

    Robert writes: Fuck all this tribal bullshit and I say we just let god’s people kill themselves. I don’t care about any of these ideologist assholes. The US will be lucky if it doesn’t disintegrate into similar tribal civil-war bullshit in the near future.

    Although it is a confusing morass getting statistics i think USA has more of God’s peopl…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week, 2 days ago

    China invading the USA would be an act of war dissimilar to Jewish survivors fleeing persecution to return to their ancient homeland. One sovereign nation is invading and overcoming another. I assume you are equating China and USA. USA voted in favor of partition if i recall. That is the extent of their involvement. The USA also deprived…[Read more]

  • I agree with Robert.

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Israel vs Middle East in the forum Politics 1 week, 3 days ago

    Davis, that takes a great deal of imagination, a Trump-like expansion of reality to metamorphose the actual history of Palestinians and Israelis into a workable analogy.

    In reality a people who were persecuted for centuries, on a path to extermination by the Germans and aided by other Europeans with virtually no succor save a good citizen here…[Read more]

  • Pope, i heard that same idea in re to the rapid population of a galaxy from Neil Tyson on a Sam Harris podcast. The notion of a free market of ideas is nonsense but the notion of a rubber is glue, bounces off of me and sticks to you market is somewhat apt.

  • No worries Unseen.

  • Yes Unseen and in keeping with your request i did not answer Davis.

    I am not downplaying the significance of Taiwan and China.

  • Unseen, i don’t know if there is. You and Davis and Enco are posting here about Israel. I know Pope said something about creating another area for Israel but i did not see it and apparently you did not either. But here is something about the topic.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/10/09/1044772875/south-china-sea-territory-disputes-intensify-u-s-china-tensions

  • @Unseen, if i understand the implications of your question and the answer it suggests then superficially it is NY or Copenhagen and the Jews were mistaken in their perception.

    But that is a superficial answer. First one must understand the issue of a homeland from the perspective of Jews having just escaped the holocaust. Primarily filled with…[Read more]

  • Oh hey Unseen, hope it won’t cause Taiwanese dyspepsia but Enco and Davis opened the door.

    Israel is never going to be understood without context. The anti-Israeli contingent will point to its abuses. They conveniently omit the abuses of their country and the greater nations of the world. (Not always of course but often) It is also clear that…[Read more]

  • I once had a client i represented in the sale of her home. She called me all stressed the day before the closing. She was a hoarder and apparently procrastinator cuz her shit was knee deep and then some. Of course the seller has a legal duty to turn over the property in broom clean condition. Anyways i said my afternoon was clear and volunteered…[Read more]

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