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by dclxvi
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 29110

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

Do we go here? Even if I commit an evil act, I commit it because I feel justified, or compelled, or enticed; so I am acting for my own good. The fact that the action is evil is only evil because others judge it to be so. Whether the standard for judgement is scriptural, philosophical, cultural, or p...
by dclxvi
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 29110

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

Uh.... so? The fact that some author quotes somebody famous does not make the underlying idea true. I am fully aware that a quote isn't an argument. I'm not arguing here, Jose. I'm thinking out loud. The fact that thinkers whom I consider brighter than me have given the issue a thought is just part...
by dclxvi
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 29110

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

In Rising Up, Rising Down , Vollmann quotes Solzenhitsyn: To do evil a human being must first of all believe tht what he's doing is good, or else that it's a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his action...
by dclxvi
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 2724
Views: 162765

Re: One Letter Word Game

lunge
by dclxvi
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 29110

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

That probably accounts for the majority of evil acts but I suspect not all; For example I suspect that many psychopaths know they are doing evil but that 'not doing evil' simply isn't an important goal for them. I'm not qualified to discuss psychopathy; but even the insane must believe that the act...
by dclxvi
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 29110

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

Socrates argued that no one commits evil intentionally; evil actions are committed by people who believe they are acting correctly.
by dclxvi
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 164005

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Anatomy of Melancholy - Robert Burton Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski Dubliners - James Joyce Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Edward Gibbon Ill Fares the Land - Tony Judt History of Madness - Michel Foucault The Histories - Herodotus Just some...
by dclxvi
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Speed-reading?
Replies: 21
Views: 12086

Re: Speed-reading?

Woody Allen: "I took a speed reading course. I read War And Peace in 45 minutes. It's about Russia." Me: I took a speed reading course and was reading around 2500 WPM by the end of it. I was getting 100% scores on the comprehension tests, but the tests were so absurdly simple that I starte...
by dclxvi
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 6315

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

It's Buridan's Ass with cars instead of animals. Does Pixar know about this?

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