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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: So is Marriage Obsolete ?

Posted: 25 Oct 2012, 2:03 pm 

Replies: 91
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When you are poor there is no marital status. Status in this society only comes when you can provide for a wife without government assistance. No. Social status does not depend at all on marital status. Many people are unmarried in the first place, rich and poor. Also, social status is not a male p...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 24 Oct 2012, 9:32 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


But let me try in a more simple language. Both sides may have had an interest in avoiding total nuclear war. Both sides may have had an interest in destroying the nuclear capabilities of the other side, thus winning the cold war. That's not simpler, it is different. It's a step forward: we have a d...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 24 Oct 2012, 6:04 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


You could say what said scientific works say. Summarize it. If you don't intend to do so, please do not reply to this post. Otherwise, we'll be stuck in this forever. We'll agree to disagree and move on. I do not take kindly to people telling me whether I can reply to a post or not. It would have t...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 24 Oct 2012, 5:16 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


... Your affinity for selectively quoting other posts is getting dangerously close to downright straw-manning. At least quote a full section. Actually, I normally cut the bits with which I agree. I didn't have a problem with your first sentence: I agree, you have the right to post as you wish. I ha...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 24 Oct 2012, 3:31 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


... If you can post a sweeping one-liner conclusion like this about 44 years of human history: "There would never have been such a war, because everyone agreed that it was not beneficial to either party." I agree that it was a sweeping generalization. What do you expect from a one-liner? It was not...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 23 Oct 2012, 9:19 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


BS. Having read all your posts (yawn) you haven't provided a single reference to a scientific work, and yet you criticize *my* judgement... If you had actually paid attention (for instance by reading some of the numerous posts where I refer to peer-reviewed evidence), you would know that I wasn't b...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Catholicism..... what is it?

Posted: 23 Oct 2012, 4:47 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,775


Maybe theyll reunite someday. After the Fourth Crusade, it became more or less impossible, except by force. Wow......... Catholicism seems to be very multi-faceted and complex. Thanks for enlightening me. To complicate matters, in practice, Catholicism is only communion with the Bishop of Rome, i.e...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 23 Oct 2012, 4:37 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


I partially agree I think we completely agree, but stress different aspects. And as I've said before, we make mistakes, huge blunders that come back and harms us later, but even if free peoples want communism, it is their undemocratic, anti liberal economic ways that causes all of the misery and pr...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 22 Oct 2012, 6:53 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


Oh, and in case you actually *won't* lift a finger reading 300 pages by a Nobel Laureate I certainly won't. I have many other things to do. The fact that he has a Nobel prize does not come into it. Remember: You have to convince me . I shouldn't have to lift a finger to be convinced. It's your job....

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Do you think the end of the Cold War increased narcissism?

Posted: 22 Oct 2012, 4:29 pm 

Replies: 60
Views: 2,982


Both events actually highlight, in my opinion, how much the system worked . Notice how nothing happened, and how the matter was dealt with peacefully. Might I humbly point out that you *may* have fallen victim to this phenomenon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindsight_bias I won't say that what you...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Japanese love America more than Americans.

Posted: 22 Oct 2012, 10:10 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 2,345


blackelk wrote:
75% of the French like Americans? Calling bogus on that study.

L'Amérique! L'Amérique!
Je veux l'avoir, et je l'aurai!

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What Is Religion?

Posted: 21 Oct 2012, 8:39 pm 

Replies: 39
Views: 2,742


Another common aspect of religion is who to collectively throw their own feces at. .. something athiests seem do regularly. i Please support that blatant assertion with some empirical evidence. Or is your bigotry showing? You mean like EVERY DANG THREAD where the athiests laugh at religion, cruelly...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What is "Ethics", and to which flavour do you adhe

Posted: 21 Oct 2012, 8:33 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 2,893


As a consequentialist (of my own flavour), I think that ethics are objective: the moral value of an action is determined by its consquences. However, said consequences are hard to value correctly.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Catholicism..... what is it?

Posted: 21 Oct 2012, 4:53 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,775


I didn't say that Constantine's creation of the universal church caused a schism, I said the schism came later. Actually, after reading your post again, you said exactly what I said, just in a more concise way. Sorry. I know. :P I can be a bit too concise, to be honest. And I can be too verbose. ;)

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Catholicism..... what is it?

Posted: 21 Oct 2012, 4:16 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,775


puddingmouse wrote:
I didn't say that Constantine's creation of the universal church caused a schism, I said the schism came later.

Actually, after reading your post again, you said exactly what I said, just in a more concise way. Sorry.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Catholicism..... what is it?

Posted: 21 Oct 2012, 3:25 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,775


Catholicism is the (self-proclaimed) "universal Church". As a matter of fact, it is the most numerous Christian denomination. Roman Catholicism is definitely not the 'original form of Christianity'. It came about when the Emperor Constantine converted in 300 and something AD. Christianity was alread...
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