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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Looting/vandalism and the definition of "violent crime"

Posted: 01 Dec 2020, 8:23 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,104


Yes legally they're property crimes. But legally hardly any police shooting are murders, and most aren't crimes at all.

It seems odd to fall back on the legal classification to defend actions in a protest that is protesting the legal system's classification of certain actions.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Trump asks state legislatures to overturn election results

Posted: 01 Dec 2020, 2:08 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 3,147


funeralxempire wrote:
Here I was mislead into thinking the Republicans were the opponents of the Democratic Party, not of democracy itself.


These attempts are desperation on Trump's part and won't go anywhere because most Republicans are not insane enough to go along with this.

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

Posted: 01 Dec 2020, 7:22 am 

Replies: 800
Views: 45,344


Yes. Obviously. What I'm saying is it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone in full time employment gets more wages than someone in part time employment or without a job. They get richer that way. It's like saying 'did you know that 99% of cats say meow and not many dogs do'. And yeah it's abou...

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

Posted: 01 Dec 2020, 6:23 am 

Replies: 800
Views: 45,344


Essentially all that 'people in full time employment and married are more likely to be rich' tells you is 'people who are successful are more likely to be successful'. Really obviously. Next they'll say 'people who are married are more likely to have a partner'. Well it's focused on families. Witho...

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

Posted: 01 Dec 2020, 2:17 am 

Replies: 800
Views: 45,344


Yet, conservatives present it as so. Why is that? Why can't they accept extenuating circumstances like disability or rape? It is conservatives who deal in absolutes not yours truly. I think you're misrepresenting conservatives here, but admittedly I can't speak for them. While I have some overlappi...

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

Posted: 01 Dec 2020, 12:58 am 

Replies: 800
Views: 45,344


I ended up going to china to take a teaching job in IT which pays decently. It worked out for me in the end so far. Did it ever occur to you that this was a positive outcome of your positive decisions? If you wanted to stay in the U.S. you could have found a job in the U.S., instead you followed yo...

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

Posted: 01 Dec 2020, 12:51 am 

Replies: 800
Views: 45,344


@cubedemon, your questions are almost all absolutes. Basically no one is arguing its possible in all cases for everyone. To avoid diluting the main point that personal responsibility matters I want to address one question I think gets to the crux of the matter. How easy is it for someone even if the...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Would the justice system be better without plea bargaining?

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 1:58 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,542


In general any major change to well-established system should be viewed with great care. Plea bargains are pretty much essential to how our justice system works, save a lot of time and effort, and likely result in more criminals having to account for their crimes. I know the arguments of sometimes i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What should I make of my IQ profile?

Posted: 29 Nov 2020, 2:49 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 1,763


Few takeaways here. 1) Your brain is pretty good. I don't know exactly what 134 verbal plus 107 reasoning is in GAI but its probably at least 120 which is more than a standard deviation above average. GAI is what people typically think of as "smarts," and is accepted by Mensa in place of I...

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

Posted: 29 Nov 2020, 1:30 pm 

Replies: 800
Views: 45,344


They do say capitalism fails on the 1% so that means I am the 1%. They say capitalism is a rising tide that lifts all boats. I would distinguish here. An efficient and productive society is the rising tide that lifts all boats. Competition is an efficient optimizer, and capitalism rewards triumph i...

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

Posted: 29 Nov 2020, 1:01 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 3,052


I firmly believe that there is only one science (physics), and that everything (even stamp collecting) is physics. As such, I see the separation of academic subjects into categories (physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, humanities etc.) as products of the fallible human mind, and not ...

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

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 8:56 pm 

Replies: 95
Views: 3,910


This is in line with my predictions that he would tweet and sling mud, issue legal challenges etc. but will peaceably step aside when the time comes. Trump's tweets are designed to enrage his followers and this is not the first time he incited them to do stupid things from his tweets https://www.vo...

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

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 8:44 pm 

Replies: 95
Views: 3,910


I personally think a coup has always been really unlikely, but it still remains *possible.* The megalomaniac who still has 70 million + followers still thinks it's possible https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/us-politics/trump-claims-massive-proof-biden-used-voter-fraud-to-win-the-election/...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousn

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 8:37 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 813


Can I get a summary for someone who handles text much better than videos? Thanks.

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

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 8:22 pm 

Replies: 800
Views: 45,344


Capitalism assumes everyone has the same abilities in life to make a go of it. Couldn't be further from the truth. Capitalism assumes people have unequal abilities, and that people with greater abilities will prosper more. Ability is a product of talent and hard work. No one reasonable thinks anyon...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why are rural people conservatives?

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 8:16 pm 

Replies: 100
Views: 12,382


Some of it is being "a product of your area". So if your parents have a certain political affiliation, and so do most of your friends, you probably will as well. Look at Indiana compared to Michigan or Ohio - it's much more conservative but that can't be explained by demographic reasons, ...
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