Dualism is the problem, not consciousness.
Ludwig Wittgenstein thought that all philosophical problems are due to nothing but conceptual confusion. As he saw it, the aim of philosophy is solely to “show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle”. I find this a deeply dispiriting view of philosophy in general.
Is it really dispiriting? I think it’s…[Read more]
Reg your poem above reminds me of this by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved…
Have a great week everyone!
Human beings are members of a whole,
in creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
the name of human you cannot retain.
13th century poem by Sa’adi, a Persian-Muslim.
The story in Paul Bloom’s talk, about the little girl who is waiting for life-saving surgery, who gets hypothetically bumped up the queue by the subjects who were asked to put themelves in her shoes and feel her pain, is an illustration of the Golden Rule I think. This shows very clearly that the Golden Rule is a real thing.
So, it is…[Read more]
If empathy is sometimes misplaced or irrational – I can see and agree with a lot of Paul Bloom’s points. As for rational compassion, I think it has to be based foremost on a notion of human rights and personhood – everyone is a person equally deserving of consideration for their need to thrive – together with a notion of justice or fairness, so…[Read more]
The examined life is worth living.
Students are working harder than ever to pass tests but schools allow no time for true learning in the Socratic tradition.
I think that learning is the most fascinating thing ever. When I was at school, we were set projects about comets and nebulae in our Religious Education class. I always used to turn in a…[Read more]
@ Jakelafort – I will publish the references later. There are various sources for the dates and figures – many from religious institutions – so they must be reliable. Sample.
The worst years were 1348-51 collectively known as the Black Death but it resurfaced for a few decades more under various guises.
I will check 80 AD as that was the year…[Read more]
Have a great social distancing week everyone!
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.
In 80 A.D. an epidemic swept Rome causing 10,000 deaths daily. During the ages until the present century, wave after wave of pestilence swept over Europe. The plague in 1384 A.D. took no less than 60 million…[Read more]
When it comes to hygiene Ken keeps his Ark in ship shape but is now forced to close as his god has not spared Christian visitors from the pestilence of COVID-19. I wonder if he ever seeks advice from the cretinous Jerry Falwell. There are plenty of other scam artists at work.
The problem with the way scientists study Reason.
A very interesting article.
Mercier and Sperber say that reason is a tool that evolved to solve particular problems related to communication, like evaluating information provided by others, convincing family or tribe members with arguments, and justifying one’s behavior to protect and improve o…
Not just the a problem for the Jews. The Catholic Church has closed off its holy shrines around Europe to visitors, including the ones that have supposed miracle cures.
In the near future there will be stories about how prayer has cured someone of Coronavirus. It will most likely be a healthy athlete in his or her late teens or early twenties who…[Read more]
Thanks Reg! (I feel like I’m channeling Strega.)
Yes, tanks Reg…Saw this on Yahoo News
Authorities at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, meanwhile, asked visitors to refrain from kissing the stones of the wall.
Atheists urge Supreme Court to protect employees from discriminatory religious organizations.
Christians in Kentucky who had ignored the Constitution now ignore Mark 6:5 and become like the hypocrites on the street corners.
The Nones are not on the run as there are more than we thought there were.
I was just surprised at how much I had forgotten. I think if I spent a week “doing big boy sums” it would come back to me. I used to work for an economic forecasting “think tank” in a London University in my early twenties. I had the formulas for SD and regression analysis ready in my head. The Delphi Method?..long forgotten. Now there is an App…[Read more]
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