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by mrandrewv
Thu May 07, 2009 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikipedia fails again
Replies: 44
Views: 11006

Wikipedia fails again

I have pointed out before that Wikipedia's Richard Dawkins page is nothing short of a poorly disguised fan site, where criticism is not allowed (no, I don't believe in god, yes I think Dawkins is generally right about a lot of things). But lately I've been finding more and more pages that really low...
by mrandrewv
Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification
Replies: 21
Views: 2938

Re: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification

Well the thing is that just because you don't tie your identity up in your ideas doesn't mean you won't defend them. I just think that keeping your ego out of the debating process frees one to be a bit more objective. Also believing in an idea rationally, rather than egoically can be a highly effect...
by mrandrewv
Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification
Replies: 21
Views: 2938

Re: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification

Hi Xachariah. Well I agree with pretty much everything you said, but not with your conclusions. Yes, there are very good reasons why we evolved egos. Being constantly consumed with an unhappiness that drives us to fruitlessly strive to improve our situation (pausing only to manifest our psychic dysf...
by mrandrewv
Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification
Replies: 21
Views: 2938

Re: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification

Lo again, sorry I've been out so long, been working on my literature review (and it isn't going well! :( ) Anyway I agree with PhatPhungus and Izawwlgood that these ideas should be pretty obvious. Unfortunately they aren't. Look at the posts on this thread alone, there are plenty of people who buy i...
by mrandrewv
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification
Replies: 21
Views: 2938

Re: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification

Lo. I've got to disagree with you, on several points. I think it is pretty bad that people find it hard to admit when they are wrong for two reasons. Firstly because it blinds them to the truth in situations when they are wrong and someone else is right and secondly because it just makes them unhapp...
by mrandrewv
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9481

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

To Lemmin: actually I did know that. But the way many hardcore capitalists react to any suggestion that the government should take care of its citizens is to cry "socialism!" Their bad, not mine ;) This is actually why I think their system is the best in the world. It allows one to reap th...
by mrandrewv
Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification
Replies: 21
Views: 2938

Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification

Lo. In this thread I would like you guys to post your ideas about Eckhart Tolle in general, and his ideas about egoic identification specifically. Here is the short version: ET believes that people identify with their ideas. That is to say they link their opinions with their self-concept. If this is...
by mrandrewv
Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.
Replies: 41
Views: 5300

Re: Bailout and blame: Views on capitalism and misinformation.

About the education = propaganda thing. This is true, but it isn't a flaw in the idea. You are already offering an education, that educaiton should involve warnings about the pitfalls in the financial system. In South African schools there is a section on why credit card debt is only for the foolish...
by mrandrewv
Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9481

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

Hi Izawwlgood. Firstly: my Paris Hilton comment was intended to illustrate that what one gets paid has nothing to do with how hard one works. It was a comment on how the market values certain things above others so saying that the poor are poor because they aren't working "hard" enough is ...
by mrandrewv
Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9481

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

The original question was: does capitalism serve to demonise the poor ("demonise" understood to mean something like "promote a generally negative image of") and I think the thread has effectively expressed the idea that it does. Numerous players on this thread have carried forth ...
by mrandrewv
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chomsky's latest article
Replies: 9
Views: 1247

Chomsky's latest article

http://www.chomsky.info/articles/20081125.htm Yeah I know it was written a couple of months back but I only just saw it so :b... Highlights: the US sabotages democracy in Latin America, the world media ignores the fact that Obama's election is only historic by western standards, not world standards,...
by mrandrewv
Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50781

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Belial: even if we buy that the mandatory incarceration is somehow "not punishment", and I really do think that it is just semantics at this point, that won't solve the problem. And the problem is that it will certainly seem like punishment, both to those are experiencing it, and those who...
by mrandrewv
Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school
Replies: 94
Views: 8314

Re: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school

Philwelch said: "That doesn't mean teaching in and of itself is difficult, just that teaching difficult subjects is difficult." /me stops dead in me's tracks. Oh sweet merciful christ. Did you just say that teaching isn't difficult? :shock: You have officially just lost this debate. Becaus...
by mrandrewv
Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36061

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

Firstly: I was under the impression that many aromatherapy oils have been shown to be effective in some ways (like tea tree being a good antifungal agent). I could be wrong. But what I wanted to comment on is something I mentioned briefly in another thread and no one picked up on it, probably becaus...
by mrandrewv
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50781

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Has anyone raised the question of whether it's ok for young'uns to sexually experiment with each other? I mean it seems that the unfair power-relation between a child and an adult are what cause most the problems associated with sexual abuse, due to the helplessness, manipulation, loss of choice, di...
by mrandrewv
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school
Replies: 94
Views: 8314

Re: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school

I'm busy with my master's in educational psychology and I was a high school English teacher. And I was absolutely blown away by that statement: "the point of education isn't to teach skills." Dude...what HAVE you been smoking? O_O The ONLY purpose of education is to prepare people for thei...
by mrandrewv
Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50781

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Here is a reply to those who feel he should be locked up or committed (since by committed I assume you mean "not allowed freedom of movement by confinement in a psychiatric institution instead of a prison"). So if someone has constant fantasies about murder we don't lock them up until they...
by mrandrewv
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")
Replies: 113
Views: 7948

Re: Pride Parades (Split from "Slurs")

My broither is gay, and I have more friends who are something other than mainstream than I do mainstream ones, and I am totally in favour of parades, or anything else that doesn't hurt anyone. But I would like to throw a spaniard in the works by asking why so many homosexuals are so bigotted against...
by mrandrewv
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50781

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Psycholoical disorders are diagnosed according to the DSM-IV (TR), so yes it is an disorder, and no an orientation. But it is an interesting point that up until the DSM III homosexuality was classified as a disorder as well ;) Now I am not saying that homosexuality is a disorder, and I am also not s...
by mrandrewv
Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50781

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

My own theory is that the cause is just like the cause of everything else: Push factors, and pull factors. There may be a genetic predisposition but that isn't going to be the only factor at work. What I do know for sure is that we need to do more to assist those individuals like the DA poster in no...
by mrandrewv
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50781

Re: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

Well I see what you mean, but I also get his point.

I think he is saying that he wishes there was no stigma attached to the ADMISSION of the problem, but only on giving in to the problem.

Dunno if that makes sense...
by mrandrewv
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What are the "questions" about Obama?
Replies: 103
Views: 8362

Re: What are the "questions" about Obama?

I know what Chomsky would say: you guys have all been brainwashed ;) Factcheck does a great job of exposing the lies that both parties use. My own informal count goes like this. Obama lies very infrequently, and he also sometimes makes corrections on his previous statements. Clinton lies some of the...
by mrandrewv
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt
Replies: 462
Views: 50781

Paedophile comes out on DeviantArt

http://forum.deviantart.com/community/complaints/1184639/?offset=75#comments Basically one of the members has come out as a non-offending paedophile. He has never abused any children and he is adamant that he never will. Reactions have been surprisingly positive, although there is a rival thread, st...
by mrandrewv
Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is my 'Science' welcome here?
Replies: 57
Views: 6085

Re: Is my 'Science' welcome here?

Hang on. So you are saying that qualitative methodology isn't science? That hurts my feelings since my masters thesis is going to be 100% qualitative :( (I am examining teenagers' opinions on how electronic communication affects their lives). And what definition of science are you guys using? As fo...
by mrandrewv
Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is my 'Science' welcome here?
Replies: 57
Views: 6085

Re: Is my 'Science' welcome here?

Quote: "Yes, qualitative studies are generally frowned upon in any attempt at science in favor of quantitative ones, even in a field like education" Hang on. So you are saying that qualitative methodology isn't science? That hurts my feelings since my masters thesis is going to be 100% qua...
by mrandrewv
Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain the credit crunch to me.
Replies: 35
Views: 3428

Re: Explain the credit crunch to me.

................................................ So basically Terry Pratchett was right all along: modern economics is a stage magic. The money will always be there, as long as no one ever CHECKS to make sure the money is there ;) Anyway I think I understand it alot better now. It seems that my unde...
by mrandrewv
Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain the credit crunch to me.
Replies: 35
Views: 3428

Explain the credit crunch to me.

Lo. As has been said many times before: I don't know shit about economics. So please explain the causes of the current financial crisis to me. My imperfect understanding is that banks gave home loans (mortgages) to people who they knew couldn't afford them, drove them into bankruptcy while they desp...
by mrandrewv
Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 89535

Re: Creationism

VannA said: "if it interacts with us we will eventually find it." Excuse me but can you prove that? And I don't mean "prove" as in "create perfect evidence for". I mean "prove" in the only way it is ever used outside of maths, and sometimes physics: "ther...
by mrandrewv
Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 89535

Re: Creationism

Well the most important one would be: 1) it exists, and can thus give us cool stuff. How will we know? Oh that's easy: after we die ;) But maybe we should start a separate thread about positivism? My question is simply: how do we know that all knowledge falls under science? Why is it impossible that...
by mrandrewv
Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 89535

Re: Creationism

Hang on Someone a few pages back wrote: "The scientific method is applicable to absolutely everything, even a creative entity." But what if God doesn't want to be found? I am definitely not a theist but it just smacks of human arrogance to assume that our approaches are so good that we wil...
by mrandrewv
Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Well since my other thread got locked I shall post this here then, and go and read the rules again. Paste: Hang on. Once again let me say that I am posting this because I don't know anything about economics and business and I find that debate is a good way to learn. Goodhart's law says that when you...
by mrandrewv
Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: But doesn't Goodhart mean capitalism must fail?
Replies: 1
Views: 975

But doesn't Goodhart mean capitalism must fail?

Hang on. Once again let me say that I am posting this because I don't know anything about economics and business and I find that debate is a good way to learn. Goodhart's law says that when you use a surrogate measure for something (for example using the pass rate as a measure of the quality of teac...
by mrandrewv
Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Summary: 1) Healthcare is a privatised industry in the US, and it stinks, which is why people have to go to Mexico for their healthcare. 2) The US has more money AND greater natural resources than certain aforementioned Socialist Democracies and yet they still have a higher standard of living. 3) Th...
by mrandrewv
Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

N4ry4: First off, yes, if you could clarify the difference between those two that would be great. Secondly: thank you. As usual I learn alot from your posts. But something still bothers me. Here in the Real World the American healthcare system is in such a shambles that, as I mentioned before, many ...
by mrandrewv
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

And can we please keep this about the things that involve fundamental human rights and not, for example, clothes and junk? Those are the only things I said should be nationalised. Sorry for double post, but I can't help but feel that we are drifiting away from my point, which is that certain things ...
by mrandrewv
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

First things first: lol @ smiley ;) Anyway the documentary was "Enron: The Smartest People in the Room". The most convincing evidence in the documentary came from ex employees, internal memos and recorded conversations between brokers. You really think that the bad education is not because...
by mrandrewv
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Yes absolutely right. And completely irrelevant. HEALTH comes from all those factors. HealthCARE comes from society. And I am surprised that you didn't list "good healthcare" next to genes, luck etc. It definitely plays a part, these days an even bigger part than luck and genetics. And pay...
by mrandrewv
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Adalwolf: you are quite right, "Health" is not a right. However healthCARE definitely is. I mean really, if you don't think people have a right to the best healthcare their country can afford then why hell should they pay taxes? "Here, i will give you this money, even though one of th...
by mrandrewv
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Well when I think of businesses I picture 2 things: 1) all those exxonmobil ads where they try and keep us addicted to fossil fuels 2) the documentary I just watched about Enron where Enron DID CAUSE BLACKOUTS all over California so that they could raise the cost of electricity. Good, I'm glad we ag...
by mrandrewv
Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18195

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Perhaps, but even if it is "in the economy" that doesn't mean that the poor arn't being screwed. Remember I'm not talking about all industries, just those that involve fundamental human rights. In these industries corporations should NOT be making large profits, because that necessarily me...

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