• Davis replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 5 hours, 13 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 5 hours, 22 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 13 hours, 6 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 18 hours, 38 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]

  • Regarding the cognitive conflict article… I may be hampered by the fact that my last psych course was about 50 years ago, but I found the article a bit of a head-scratcher. Not only somewhat unsure what it said but also why it’s part of Sunday School this week.

    Is it saying that contrary to the researcher’s hypothesis (prejudice? stereotype?),…[Read more]

  • Unseen replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 2 days ago

    I wouldn’t sit on somebody’s tomb and have a picnic, unless it was about 2000 years old.

    A 2000 year old gravesite would likely be a national monument or world historical site, so you’d probably be subject to arrest.

  • What about this one:

    Two Jewish shopkeepers are shuttering their shops at the same time.

    Sol says to Ben, “How is business, Ben?”

    “Not good, Sol. I lose a dollar or two on every sale.”

    “That’s terrible, Ben.”

    “Well, yes and no.”

    “How so?”

    “I make up for it with volume.”


    A Mexican goes to a Chinese restaurant…
    He sits down at…[Read more]

  • I got Pfizer #1 with no side effect beyond feeling a little tired for a while and the expected injection site soreness.

    Shot #2 is reputed to be the hard hitter and that proved to be true for me, though the side-effect was rather unexpected: a very bad case of diarrhea that hit at about 5 a.m., causing me to get out of bed and run for the throne…[Read more]

  • Unseen replied to the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 2 days, 20 hours ago

    “On top” of the grave? Poor taste at best, though I think a graveyard should not be treated like a public amusement area. So, wrong in that sense, yeah.


  • Davis started the topic Group logo of HumanismInteresting question: in the forum Humanism 3 days 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 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]

  • All the GOP state legislators and governors trying to bring back Jim Crow.

    Speaking of governors, Ron Desantis is threatening to be the next Donald Trump.

  • 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]

  • Load More