More Real Than Any God (Mr Tag)

  • His attitude is “I am fucked either way”

    I mean…come on Reg…this is just some vulgar moral dilemma that has no real life application. What does that have to do with ethics? This guys problem is rubbish. What can we possibly learn from any decision he makes?

  • If push comes to shove, that’s all we’ve got.

    No. There are many moral systems that are not based on “least harm”. There are so many problems with a “least harm” approach, not least of all the fact that harm is relative in so many ways. It is most certainly not “all we got”.

  • Davis replied to the topic Left vs Right: hatefulness markets in the forum Theism 1 month ago

    Again Simon…conflating the “hard left” with a minority of university students who are woke activists isn’t particularly helpful. While it is true the blockade of university speakers in a few rather liberal universities and a few university professors (almost only in Literary studies, politics, history etc) have to deal with overly active…[Read more]

  • I see Simon. So a moral dilemma is some special case that sits outside the realm of ethics? The general principles of a moral system don’t have to take difficult decisions into account?

    I find it very surprising that you cannot take a thought experiment as simply an extreme version of what can easily be transferred to more mundane yet difficult…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Left vs Right: hatefulness markets in the forum Theism 1 month ago

    Sorry Pope but this is full of a whole lot of generalizations. I think my ultimate, and only necessary criticism is that it is a huge mistake to try and make any conclusions based on “left vs. right” other than voting trends or the particular make-up of a current parliament/chamber. Too many generalizations are made, massive differences between…[Read more]

  • A city council in a provincial town has decided to add a large amount of traffic lights to a moderately used street in a neighborhood. Several children have been hit by cars recently. A clerk who knows about the topic but isn’t responsible for any of those decisions is debating whether to advise the people responsible on the subject. She knows…[Read more]

  • The trolly experiment isn’t rubbish at all. It’s an important study in ethics for so many reasons and the conclusions are applicable in many situations, one countless professionals have to made…ones made by several people every day, even in very abstract ways. The trolly problem forces you to deal with several issues all at the same time…[Read more]

  • I don’t think it’s particularly crazy to “test your faith” in dangerous ways if you truely honestly believe that a man in the sky controls everything and will protect you if that is his will. It’s the belief in the man in the sky that is crazy. Of course…she shouldn’t be allowed to have a license or perhaps be left with children. But its,…[Read more]

  • Thanks, Reg!

  • @Simon

    I really don’t think we disagree much on the issue. All I do is urge caution on not taking the “alpha male spreading the seed”  and “female cowering for protection” to the extent that many do in the popularization of human sexuality. Yeah many species of canines and felines do and some primates but most mammals are actually quite solitary…[Read more]

  • Yeah Reg. He doesn’t really touch on exactly what we are talking about in the Naked Ape or the Human Animal but yeah, I’d say, how many decades later now? They are still extremely worth the read and very relevant to today. It’s amazing how little of it has yet disseminated into public consciousness. He does go into early humans in “The human zoo”…[Read more]

  • For the sources I’ll have to look them up next time I’m at the philosophy library in Leuven, Belgium. One was a book by Desmond Morris and another was a book by Dennis Dutton. If you’re seriously interested in reading these titles (covering early humans) I’ll look up the titles for you.

  • Thanks Reg!  (Bit of local snowmageddon took out the WiFi for a bit)

  • @Simon

    We’re terribly lacking in data on the topic of sexual assault. It does happen by women but its so uncommon each case is very notable. The problem is rape is barely even reported in many societies (and is even partially serialized in a couple cultures like in a tribe in Papua New Guinea where boys felate adults to “gain the essence of…[Read more]

  • Davis started the topic God's brain in the forum Theism 1 month, 1 week ago

    I was thinking the other day, that if God knew everything he’d need to know the location, spin, momentum and direction of every single particle (and all the other stuff we don’t know about) and process it all. So it got me thinking he must have a brain that is about the size of another universe needed to compute it all. Moreover his brain must be…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Lucid Dreaming in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

    Bullshit is so seductive billions of people seriously believe a man in the sky controls everything. You put a man on the moon and five decades later people are killing their children by not vaccinating them. Social media has ramped up the engines of bullshit production and also made it even more seductive. The Republican party has become an…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Lucid Dreaming in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

    Awesome. I wonder if someone could just write a script and we can get every device in the world to offer us 1,000,000 “thoughts and prayers” per second for an entire day. Do you think God might listen and answer then?

  • Davis replied to the topic Lucid Dreaming in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

    So when we offer people our thoughts and prayers, is that a form of lucid dreaming?

  • You cannot say one is the study of this and one is the study of that. You can only say the methods that they use to study their subjects. Both the sciences and philosophy deal with ideas (to different degrees) and mostly science but in many methods of inquiry by philosophers deal with “things”.

    In some sciences they use the scientific method…[Read more]

  • There is absolutely NO doubt that there are terrible disaster branches of philosophy. Especially post-modernesque writers. Some (and only SOME) who deal with feminist/LGTB/colonialist/black studies can also defy comprehension. While you certainly don’t find as much stupid writing…you still find it in psychology and economics and even in the…[Read more]

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