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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Anti-intellectualism in humanities academia?

Posted: 27 Nov 2020, 6:13 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 3,020


Having spent the last 8 year of my life in college and graduate school. Academia is a strange beast. On one hand you have a bunch of smart people working really hard to improve the knowledge base of mankind. On the other hand you have rampant agenda-ism that is counterproductive to that goal. I don'...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: O.K. Who buried the monolith in Utah?

Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 4:55 pm 

Replies: 138
Views: 7,825


real answer: some bored person who figured its 2020, lets freak people out by putting a monolith in the middle of the desert

fun answer: Insert favorite conspiracy theory or aliens, definitely aliens

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Reply personal responsibility is a crock: here is why

Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 2:18 pm 

Replies: 800
Views: 44,960


By the way if you think life is just luck and that decisions don't matter because of randomness I recommend playing a skill based game with a heavy amount of randomness against someone that is very skilled in that game. If you're familiar with the board game Settlers of Catan it's a good example. Pl...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Reply personal responsibility is a crock: here is why

Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 2:10 pm 

Replies: 800
Views: 44,960


In life there are things you can control, and things you can't. Better decisions in the things you can control will lead to better outcomes, but sometimes the factors outside your control predominate. As a quick example not much you can do if you get a terminal illness at a young age. That said the ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why do people believe the craziest things...

Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 2:02 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 648


You can't trust anyone who argues with your favourite conspiracy theories because that's just proof they're in on it. The classic "I'm not a spy!" "That's what a spy would say!" It's amazing how well the human brain can fit data points to a theory and discard any data that contr...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Left wing Godwin's Law

 Post subject: Re: Left wing Godwin's Law
Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 6:36 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 2,086


You're both wrong. Debate should be a matter of what we can do with the available resources. Defining it racially or by socioeconomic criteria is moot of there are more or less resources. Presumably this is in response to this? There are numerous factors in favor of nationalizing health care in the...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Left wing Godwin's Law

 Post subject: Re: Left wing Godwin's Law
Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 5:12 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 2,086


Yeah I think the slippery slope argument of "nationalized healthcare=USSR" is a bad one. Slippery slope is a classical logical fallacy, but one that is very easy to fall into even if you're aware of it. The USSR comparison is really only constructive in showing the abject failure of a cent...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Thousands Attend Secret Maskless Orthodox Brooklyn Wedding

Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 4:16 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 347


I think the lengths gone to to pull this off shows the importance to that community. Living life is not just preventing death.

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Trump administration officially authorizes Biden transition

Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 3:51 am 

Replies: 95
Views: 3,867


Pepe wrote:
Damn!
Where is the coup that some people were talking about? :lmao:


Just like saying there is going to be a coup was premature, saying there is not going to be a coup is also premature.

I personally think a coup has always been really unlikely, but it still remains *possible.*

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: A cap on wealth?

 Post subject: Re: A cap on wealth?
Posted: 24 Nov 2020, 1:57 am 

Replies: 92
Views: 4,363


Money is an accounting tool... It is also a medium of exchange; and whatever can be used as a medium of exchange can be called "money". Well yes, but my point is that the amount of wealth (which can be exchanged), is determined by the productivity of society. A more productive society wil...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: A cap on wealth?

 Post subject: Re: A cap on wealth?
Posted: 23 Nov 2020, 5:07 pm 

Replies: 92
Views: 4,363


There is a finite amount of money in the world. Are you honestly arguing that everyone who is currently alive can become a millionaire? Finite yes, constant no. Money is an accounting tool, what it really counts is the productivity of a society. When innovation creates more efficiency there is more...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: A cap on wealth?

 Post subject: Re: A cap on wealth?
Posted: 23 Nov 2020, 1:11 am 

Replies: 92
Views: 4,363


Stifling incentive is never a good idea. Look what happened to the U.S.S.R. 8) The bigger issue for the USSR was their centrally planned economy was horribly inefficient. It's not like you couldn't rise to positions of wealth and power in the USSR, although the avenues for doing that were not as nu...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Online dating and speed dating for Aspies

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Posted: 22 Nov 2020, 7:27 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 5,483


I've been looking for some opinions on online dating, as well. I'm a young female and I work in an almost entirely male profession. I'm attending grad school for Engineering... pretty much 100% male. Because of these environments, I find it really hard to meet people. You'd think it'd be easy... ho...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Pandemics: Different Eras, Different Reactions

Posted: 22 Nov 2020, 7:01 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 3,986


It’s not clear what the death rate is for Covid-19 but it seems to be substantially higher, probably around 1-1.5% but possibly as high as 3.5%. If that ended up infecting everyone in a short space of time then we would have tens of millions of deaths. It's not that high, at least not with medical ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: A cap on wealth?

 Post subject: Re: A cap on wealth?
Posted: 22 Nov 2020, 6:36 pm 

Replies: 92
Views: 4,363


I mean once a person has multiple millions what more could they possibly need to 'better' themselves. I think is a misconception. That once you're above a certain amount of wealth there is no difference. The perk of being a multi-billionaire is being able to fund your passion projects without convi...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: A cap on wealth?

 Post subject: Re: A cap on wealth?
Posted: 22 Nov 2020, 4:14 am 

Replies: 92
Views: 4,363


What good will shuffling wealth among rich people do? The capped person sells the capped wealth to lesser rich people. Instead of 1 billionaire, now you have 100-1000 multi-millionaires who are under the cap. Poor people don't see a dime. No they don't get to sell the capped wealth, they can only m...
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