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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Pyramids

Posted: 01 Oct 2012, 7:23 pm 

Replies: 96
Views: 10,292


The argument that aliens must have built the pyramids, besides its inherent ridiculousness, stinks of racism. It implies that native African people were incapable of building monumental architecture, so any monuments found in Africa must have been built by non-Africans (be they Atlanteans, Phoenici...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: You know you're a left-wing moron when

Posted: 01 Oct 2012, 1:09 pm 

Replies: 212
Views: 14,489


The best part about these kinds of threads is that it is usually fairly accurate what people have to say about right wing nutjobs but when it comes to their retorts about left wing people it is more a glimpse into their minds than into any semblance of reality That is the point of view of the left,...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: You know you're a left-wing moron when

Posted: 01 Oct 2012, 12:05 pm 

Replies: 212
Views: 14,489


Normally, these lists are supposed to be self-deprecatory and funny. Yours is neither.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Frightening Quotes from Environmentalists (Pushback.com)

Posted: 01 Oct 2012, 6:39 am 

Replies: 77
Views: 10,407


it is circular because saying thinking makes one superior is only relevant as far as the context, when you then yourself define that context it is in essence circular. Originally, I was responding to someone asking why this sort of thing makes humans superior. Since it was one human asking other hu...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why America is in the Toilet

Posted: 30 Sep 2012, 9:48 am 

Replies: 57
Views: 4,171


The educated Europeans had no reason to move. If you stop the uneducated ones to come, you just... don't have immigration at all. So... yeah, since the United States were basically built on immigration (literally, because they excluded the American Indians), it's kind of self-defeating.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Frightening Quotes from Environmentalists (Pushback.com)

Posted: 30 Sep 2012, 9:40 am 

Replies: 77
Views: 10,407


Thinking allows us to build civilizations, discover how the world works, sustain ourselves without spending nearly all our time on it, land on the moon, make art, etc., etc. all of that however is only relevant because we are humans, the ultimate circular argument. Actually, it's only relevant beca...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Anarchy

Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 8:18 pm 

Replies: 164
Views: 22,277


... what? Is that an argument? Anarchism is wrong because it would work too well? By the way, there is a process called "socialisation" by which human beings become something else than crazed berserkers. There is also "education", which does similar things. You will also notice that there is a diff...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Frightening Quotes from Environmentalists (Pushback.com)

Posted: 27 Sep 2012, 10:31 pm 

Replies: 77
Views: 10,407


Ancalagon wrote:
enrico_dandolo wrote:
Why are a) thinking b) writing books, religious or otherwise c) creating the telephone d) writing political manifestos and e) starting progressist political movements signs of superiority?

You're kidding, right?

No.

I'll ask again: Why?

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Anarchy

Posted: 27 Sep 2012, 10:27 pm 

Replies: 164
Views: 22,277


Anarchy is boring, human minds and emotions naturally long for anger and war, in anarchy people would either all become heavily depressive or aggressive... It's like human hormones allways work, if the brain receptors are stimulated too much like through drug abuse they become insensitive, if they ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Pyramids

 Post subject: Re: The Pyramids
Posted: 27 Sep 2012, 7:28 am 

Replies: 96
Views: 10,292


that the base is aligned to true magnetic north before there was supposedly any method to measure magnetic north As I understand it, the magnetic north moves around. Also, you can just draw a line showing the sun's movement (which would be an East-West line), then draw a line perdendicular to that ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Frightening Quotes from Environmentalists (Pushback.com)

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 9:24 pm 

Replies: 77
Views: 10,407


First off, it's "ma'am" Sorry. I personally don't find Solar Power scary, I actually think it'd be quite neat. However, what the person who said that seems to be suggesting, at least from my understanding, is that it should only be limited to small groups of people. Do you, in all honesty, have any...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Frightening Quotes from Environmentalists (Pushback.com)

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 5:58 pm 

Replies: 77
Views: 10,407


"If there is going to be electricity, I would like it to be decentralized, small, solar-powered." —Gar Smith, editor of the Earth Island Institute’s online magazine The Edge Oh my hypothetical-God! Solar power?! That is so horribly frightening! "Human beings, as a species, have no more value than s...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: All human action is necessarily rational. Yes or No

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 8:01 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 4,366


ruveyn wrote:
According to David Hume, reason is subservient to passion.

-Treatise on Human Understanding - p 295

ruveyn

That is a very useless reference, since you didn't say which edition you used.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: All human action is necessarily rational. Yes or No

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 7:41 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 4,366


No, because information is imperfect, and in any case it couldn't be analysed fully. "'Rational' is defined as doing what one expects will achieve the highest utility" Keyword is expects . Information being imperfect is completely outside of the definition of rational. True. I misunderstood the que...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Are logical Fallacies good heuristics?

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 7:26 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 2,668


Some of the informal fallacies are, as a few of them are valid forms of inductive reasoning. So, appealing to an authority is a good heuristic. Valuing the person's character traits is a good heuristic. And so on and so forth. Not all of them are beneficial, as some are blatant efforts to win, or c...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: All human action is necessarily rational. Yes or No

Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 4:40 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 4,366


No, because information is imperfect, and in any case it couldn't be analysed fully.
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