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    Re: Is/Ought Problem

    Do you mean meaning here as in semantic meaning, i.e. the meaning of a phrase or sentence?

    Or do you mean meaning in a grander sense, as in the purpose of life?
  2. Re: Is/Ought - How to We Derive Objective Moral Truths without Objective Facts?

    Aristotle derived his virtue ethics from facts about human nature and the function of humans in the world. Eudaimonia, or "the good life", or flourishing, is constituted by excellent fulfillment of...
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    Re: The Leprechaun's Challenge

    Just some musings....

    You can't take one coin from each chest and then weigh a subset of them, because you won't know anything about the chests of the coins that you didn't weigh, and you won't...
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    Re: A Puzzle in Tribute to Raymond Smullyan

    I've got a bit of a start.

    First, everyone looks at their letter. They each generate a set S containing every word that contains that letter. If S had only one word in it, that person would...
  5. Re: Someguys Viewpoint: Selective liberal outrage

    I don't know enough about Thurmond's positions to say whether his position was a result of prejudice or just some sort of extreme federalism / states' rights philosophy. So I'm not going to engage...
  6. Re: Someguys Viewpoint: Selective liberal outrage

    (1) and (2) are unreasonable interpretations of my statements.

    When people say things like, "Republicans have bad policies", they don't mean anything like "ALL Republicans have bad policies" or...
  7. Re: Someguys Viewpoint: Selective liberal outrage

    Absolutely, but it seems like a marvelous coincidence that Byrd is no longer considered a racist but people like Strom Thurmond (and any Republican remotely connected to him or who spoke well of him)...
  8. Re: Someguys Viewpoint: Selective liberal outrage

    Who gets to decide when "by all evidence" someone is no longer a racist? If we found video of Trump using racial slurs 30 years ago, do you think it would get swept under the rug and forgiven like...
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    Re: Favorite Video Games

    WoW: Legion is pretty great so far. And there's good old League of Legends (and its bastard progeny Heroes of the Storm)
  10. Poll: Re: Opinion on President-elect Trump's impending Presidency

    It's not going to be good, but it probably won't be as bad as people are afraid of.
  11. Re: Mind Trapped by: The war on men - Harvard Soccer team

    http://jezebel.com/5676755/duke-history-department-hosts-****-list-forum

    http://jezebel.com/5658025/duke-****-list-gets-the-today-show-treatment
  12. Re: Mind Trapped by: The war on men - Harvard Soccer team

    Anyone remember the female Duke student who made a powerpoint of her male sex partners, along with numerical scoring and graphic descriptions of the sex they had? And presented it in class? And...
  13. Re: An Argument against Immaterialism and Power

    ...uh, how? Godel's completeness and incompleteness theorems are concerned with formal systems with recursively enumerable axioms that are powerful enough to express arithmetic. How does this bear...
  14. Re: Can hypothetical ideas, or intangible objects be owned?

    Okay, what about your passwords? If you don't have claim to the passwords to, say, your online bank account, then surely you'll be willing to share those with everyone on the internet, right?
  15. Re: Mind Trapped by: Is hillary Clinton not physically well?

    That's absurd. If someone has a 99% chance of dying in the next 3 days, you'd give them a clean bill of health?

    [/quote]but that there's a chance that she could suffer some significant health...
  16. Re: Mind Trapped by: Is hillary Clinton not physically well?

    My sister is a board-certified ER physician, who is also a liberal democrat. Her opinion was that Clinton likely has serious health risks due to these factors.



    I'm not a medical professional,...
  17. Re: Mind Trapped by: Is hillary Clinton not physically well?

    She's had 3 blood clots already, at least one in her brain. She suffers from deep vein thrombosis. At 68, those are extremely serious medical issues.
  18. Re: The Burden of Evidence and Philosophical Atheism

    Right, I actually agree with the conclusion of your argument. Even if someone were a "general" theist, whose belief was merely that someone or something like God exists, they would have the same...
  19. Re: The Burden of Evidence and Philosophical Atheism

    I corrected mican333's erroneous assumption that theists are monotheists. So it's not so much that I missed his point, it's that I was pointing out an error in his argument.
  20. Re: The Burden of Evidence and Philosophical Atheism

    Polytheists are theists. A theist doesn't have to believe in one deity and disbelieve in all others.
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  21. Re: The Burden of Evidence and Philosophical Atheism

    And this is precisely what happens for all the philosophical arguments for the existence of God. See e.g. Anselm's ontological argument, Aquinas's Five Ways, Plantinga's modal argument, Spinoza,...
  22. Re: The Burden of Evidence and Philosophical Atheism

    Theists will sometimes argue that an uncaused, omnipotent, omniscient, perfect entity exists. Theists will sometimes argue about transubstantiation. Theists don't always argue for all the...
  23. Re: An Argument against Immaterialism and Power

    I'm not sure what relevance "mass times acceleration times velocity" has to omnipotence. What are you talking about, here?
  24. Re: An Argument against Immaterialism and Power

    Why must a creator have mass times acceleration times velocity?
  25. Re: RELIGION 1: Does the known universe allow God to exist?

    How do you know that there's a greatest Cheese God that can be conceived? [It seems like you're driving at Gaunilo's counterargument, which Anselm himself responded to.]
  26. Re: RELIGION 1: Does the known universe allow God to exist?

    Okay, what's your argument that cheese is the best way to help people?
  27. Re: RELIGION 1: Does the known universe allow God to exist?

    You honestly think we can't evaluate whether cheese is a good way to help people? You can't think of any compelling argument against cheese being the best way to make humanity better? You can't...
  28. Re: RELIGION 1: Does the known universe allow God to exist?

    Again, you're acting as though all "conclusions" are equal. The conclusion of a sound argument is necessarily true. So it isn't enough to say, "Well, there's plenty of things that are the...
  29. Re: RELIGION 1: Does the known universe allow God to exist?

    Okay, can you go into detail here? The classical arguments for theism argue on the basis of things like change, movement, etc. They conclude that God exists, they don't merely posit the existence...
  30. Re: RELIGION 1: Does the known universe allow God to exist?

    Let's take a closer look at the reasoning that you're using here.

    You say that we have "zero evidence" that...what, exactly, vis-a-vis intelligence? That there exist non-human intelligent...
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