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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Note. You might want to read the last point before responding to any of this. It arguably renders everything else moot but I've decided to not delete my other points.




    I did not claim...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Stopped, blocked, and prevented are not synonymous with "coerce".

    The definition of coerce is to "persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats."

    Persuade =/= stopped...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    But in your example, pulling lever B is essentially committing suicide so by showing that one can choose to commit suicide, I have shown that in your example, one does have free will to pull lever A...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    And your scenario is based on the assumption that one would want to maintain the potential of free will in the future and avoid the consequences of dying. But that is not necessarily the case. What...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Of course it depends on what "force" is being referred to. One can be forced in such a way that they don't have a choice (like making them a puppet).

    But in the context of the discussion, I...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    You will need to restate your point regarding that before I can confirm.




    It depends on how you define brainwash and such but assuming that they have absolutely no ability to do other than...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    If one has free will to do X or not do X, they do not necessarily have to either and therefore are not operating under the constraint of necessity when it comes to X.



    You said:

    "You are...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Since I believe in free will (as in I don't think it's an illusion), I would say one is pretty much always not operating under the constraint of necessity

    Going back to the voting analogy. If it...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    Are you not arguing that as long as one can make a choice they have free will?

    If so, then lack of free well means that one cannot possibly make a choice. In other words, choice is impossible...
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    Re: Who is my neighbor?

    I think what you are referring to is the metaphysical definition of free will where lack of free will means that one has no ability to make a choice.

    For example, when someone argues that free...
  11. Thread: San Junipero

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    Re: San Junipero

    A friend of mine who lived in Las Vegas for a few years said "Vegas is a nice place to visit but you wouldn't want to live there". I think ultimately San Junipero, or any virtual world, would be the...
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    Re: 75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America

    It seems that we are getting a bit hung up on definitions so let me provide the pertinent definitions.

    Capitalism:
    an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are...
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    Re: 75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America

    I don't think so.

    My argument only covers the spending of money on the public. Theoretically, a government can not spend nothing on the "public good" and let the fire department be privately...
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    Re: pro-choice argument

    If you won't support it, then your argument fails for lack of support.

    And besides that, your argument is wrong. That's not to say that sometimes there is a huge difference between one of things...
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    Re: 75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America

    The way I separate capitalism and socialism is based on where the money is coming from the funds the institution or business.

    If it's coming from people or private institutions (such as...
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    Re: pro-choice argument

    I did not argue that there is always a minute difference but in some situations and contexts, the difference in minute. I mean what difference does it make to the fetus whether it was directly...
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    Re: pro-choice argument

    And becoming a parent who has the obligation to protect a particular child is purely a matter of choice. At no point is the birth mother obligated to assume the role of parent for the child she...
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    Re: pro-choice argument

    How do you know that?

    I think if the woman honestly had no access to food for her child and therefore was unable to feed him except for her own breast milk, she probably would not be legally...
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    Re: pro-choice argument

    The kidney is just an example that demonstrates the general principle that born people have no legal obligation to give any body part or fluid to another born human, even if it's to save that...
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    Re: pro-choice argument

    Wrong. I am not entitled to your kidney because there is absolutely no legal principle where person A is entitled to the body part of Person B, regardless of relationship or circumstance. Even if...
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    pro-choice argument

    I came across a pretty good argument for the pro-choice position that I will forward.

    The primary conflict in the abortion debate is the life of the fetus vs. the right of the mother to remove the...
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    Re: The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

    I didn't say that you had to read their thoughts or show a written confession. I'm just saying that if you are going to support your claim that the comedic viewpoint is heavily biased by leftism,...
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    Re: The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

    Begging the question. It has not been supported that the jokes about Bush being dumb were primarily derived from political bias.

    Of course I recognize that the "other side" is more likely to make...
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    Re: The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

    I don't challenge the notion that one can objectively count the number of jokes and see that there were fewer jokes about Obama than their were about Bush or Trump. But I do hold that the notion...
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    Re: The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

    But then I would say that your perception that it's being done primarily out of political bias comes from your own political bias.

    I'm not saying that there is no political bias in comedy or that,...
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    Faith: Re: The soul does not exist

    When you withdrew your arguments from play, then my rebuttals to those arguments were removed from play as well.

    The only arguments of yours that are in play are the three you provided in the OP...
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    Faith: Re: The soul does not exist

    It's not currently an argument that is being forwarded in the debate and therefore discussing it at all is spam. Since the rules say that one is not suppose to spam or respond to spam, there is...
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    Faith: Re: The soul does not exist

    That issue is currently irrelevant to the debate.

    Again, there are only three arguments of your "in play" and therefore there are only three arguments of mine in play and none of them are about...
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    Faith: Re: The soul does not exist

    You asked what arguments of mine are still in play.

    The only arguments or mine that are still in play are the ones that rebut the arguments of yours that are still in play.

    And you have said...
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    Faith: Re: The soul does not exist

    Actually, I can claim a win regarding that. You withdrew the argument that it was rebutting. Whether you withdrew the argument early and I didn't realize it and kept arguing when I didn't need to...
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