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by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: WHAT MOVIE IS THAT?!
Replies: 20
Views: 3323

Well, Cthulhu DOES smash, and a Cthulhu movie would probably be a smash. Viral campaigns worked and subsequently were stupid as of Serenity, and I have every intention to find out what this movie is an NOT see it, because I'm a protesting idiot.
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 29047

Bondolon, So if I read you right, ethics is the study of what kind of morality to choose. Whereas morality is the answer -- the rules that I arrive at. Yes? Morality is just "How/if people ought act". It's the abstract, the inconclusive. It's the entire set of statements and controls rega...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 29047

Sure. First of all, the assertion that morality didn't start with the 10 Commandments is valid and all, but it still doesn't put forward a theory as to where morality does come from. And saying that morality comes from evolution isn't fully satisfactory either, for two reasons. 1. Is != Ought. If m...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 29047

A few people on this thread have made the distinction between morals and ethics. I was under the impression that "morals" and "ethics" were basically synonyms. Can anyone explain this further? To me morals are what you feel, and ethics are what you use for rational thought. Mora...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science Vs Religion
Replies: 337
Views: 34328

22/7 wrote:
VannA wrote:IVF.


You're right, I forgot to include that. That's what I get for not proofreading my posts. But I'm not sure that the urges we get to hump things are satiated by IVF.


IVF is still reproduction, though.
by Bondolon
Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is human life superior?
Replies: 159
Views: 14623

It's more the way that ants function as a machine. Emergent intelligence and so forth. But this is neither here nor there. I agree about insects with populations in the trillions. No mercy. If I had qualms about killing mosquitoes in droves, I wouldn't have *blood* right now. How about wiping out a...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racism -> trying to hire undercover cop for oral sex
Replies: 15
Views: 2776

Apparently, being racist is better than being gay. Cuz, you know, being gay TOTALLY directly affects how you treat other people around you, and racism doesn't. Totally. All day long. Well he was in Florida... I never want to live anywhere near the South. People are really very friendly here in the ...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is human life superior?
Replies: 159
Views: 14623

I eat meat, because I don't think that my personal choice to be vegetarian would save the life of a single animal, whereas it would be a considerable inconvenience to me to gain by other means some of the nutrition which I would normally obtain from meat. What do you mean inconvenience? I'm vegetar...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 10, 2007 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is human life superior?
Replies: 159
Views: 14623

You're assuming I wasn't already well-versed in the common definitions of life. I think with my chosen career path being along the biotechnology route, it's something I'm familiar. Everything that falls under the definitions other than the replicators is a life-form. This isn't a defintion of life,...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right and Left - or Up and Down?
Replies: 11
Views: 1966

The "left" now is fiscally liberal and socially conservative, while the "right" is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. It seems to me that the spectrum itself rotated regardless of rhetoric on Reagan's part. Not at all. The republicans are about as socially conservative ...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 29047

Uh... no you don't. This definition of yours is plain wrong. Agnosticism isn't in between atheism and theism -- it's a completely different axis! Atheism is whether or not you believe in a god or not. Theism is believing in a god, weak atheism (what most atheists are) is a lack of belief in a god, ...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right and Left - or Up and Down?
Replies: 11
Views: 1966

Most political scientists nowadays don't think that a political ideology can be summed up in a left/right continuum. Rather, another axis must be added -- a libertarian/authoritarian axis. the Ronpaul is libertarian right, most Democrats and "liberals" are libertarian left, and most neoco...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 10, 2007 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 29047

Always remember: atheists were here first . You sure about that? Religion cannot exist without a mind to dream it up. The first mind capable of doing so would probably have wanted to have lunch first, and maybe build some shelter, and perhaps even have a look around, or learn to walk or speak. And ...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is human life superior?
Replies: 159
Views: 14623

Well, you've certainly said a "This is what I think", but you didn't really give a why. I expressed that opinion in response to the statement that Xaith posted. He said that most people relate value of something to your love or care for that something. Looks like he's right. I find it a b...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

You are playing a pedestrian game there. The laws of nature could, for example, have two categories "chicken" and "beef". The Chicken category could be static, and the expression of the beef could change based on the rules of the chicken. The "laws of nature" now eithe...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is human life superior?
Replies: 159
Views: 14623

Just an observation: Many of you seem to relate value of a life to your love/care for that life. That, and the general sentience of that organism. Does that generally sum it all up? Yup, you've summed up the thread quite well. Everyone else is just giving more examples. I can't find your original p...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Get Yer Porn Here
Replies: 45
Views: 10072

I look at porn to get me thinking about sex, so that I can masturbate (for health and general libido reasons). Amateur porn is more effective than other types, so I try to look at it instead. I'm single at the moment, and I've had a couple of conflicts because I choose to look at porn sometimes, but...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Morality
Replies: 258
Views: 29047

There are a bunch of people posting in this thread under hidden premises, and most of them are difficult to presume, at best. 1) As for the "evolved sense of morality" thing, that's problematic for two reasons. The first is that, while animals sometimes do things that "seem" self...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

Laws of nature aren't quite what you are portraying them as. If the universe's laws change in a patternistic way, those laws wouldn't be laws of nature. Yes. And in what way does that disagree with what I said? Please note the use of the term "view" in my post. What we view as the laws of...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

There really are practical, resolvable differences between these two. If the laws of nature are changing, and we detect it somehow, we'll know that the latter is true. No we won't. If what we think are the laws of nature change, we could just view those as not laws of nature, and the possible rules...
by Bondolon
Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

I am so on the fence about this, it's not even funny. I haven't even voted yet. To summarize: Both groups agree that this particular universe is governed by natural law. Necessitarians say this is the inevitable--or, if you will, 'necessary'--condition of any universe. Regularists say this is a fea...
by Bondolon
Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

So, If I'm nutting this out correctly.. The real position is? Existance is because of these laws. Or Existance caused these laws to exist. No. Modal logic is hard to understand. Either: Laws of nature come about because of logic or laws of nature come about because of logic. In either case, existen...
by Bondolon
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catch The Lie!
Replies: 30
Views: 4196

TWo minute in, and I have the follwing: The picture would of the milky way would be really, really vaguely accurate, at best. Radio waves are EM waves (light waves). Electrons don't move at c. edit: Why do people use the word "lie"? "Lie" means that one person is actively trying ...
by Bondolon
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

So That's essentially what I said about randomised vs ordered Universes? Well, kinda, but there's a problem. See, with Leibniz' invention of a modal multiverse, it kinda became difficult. Logic has laws. These laws transcend anything. It doesn't matter if you're talking about universes or regions. ...
by Bondolon
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Natural vs. Unnatural
Replies: 40
Views: 6832

** skipped whole thread, posting reply to first post.

The problem lies with premise three, and its relevance to premise four. A human doing things "unwittingly" or "subconsciously" is not committing sentient activity. Therefore, it doesn't apply.
by Bondolon
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

To step back from the argument I made before, and to acknowledge that after a great deal of research, I have to say that you've made a mistake. A necessitarian says the following: The universe must have universal conformity. Natural laws are necessary. A regularist says the following: Our universe h...
by Bondolon
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finally, the Future is arriving.
Replies: 43
Views: 9662

Technically, since it's not actually touching the road, do regular vehicle laws even apply to it? But it doesn't have to be driven on a street, or even above it. You could drive it on the shoulder, or (assuming a flat part of the country) just across fields. Regular vehicle laws don't apply. The FA...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finally, the Future is arriving.
Replies: 43
Views: 9662

Swordfish wrote:Yeah, that thing looks awesome, but no way in hell it's gona meet safety standards to be street legal in the U.S.


But it doesn't have to be driven on a street, or even above it. You could drive it on the shoulder, or (assuming a flat part of the country) just across fields.
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

edit: Nope, I lived in McInnis the only year that I was on campus, though I had quite a few friends who lived in FHK, one of whom was an RA. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said in your last post, as I am a regulatorist and that is essentially exactly the view that they hold. Yay for con...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

I'm not sure what you mean by too anthropomorphic and why that would or wouldn't be a bad thing. (This is probably not obvious to me because I'm not really sure what you're saying by that in the first place). But yes, that is essentially the question. Does the universe obey natural laws, or do natu...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

No, he isn't. Both A and B are necessitarian views. Again, the way you said it was far too anthropomorphic. A means that the laws of the universe must be how they are, and B means that they simply are how they are. Your definitions above were basically, "does nature obey some laws or do the la...
by Bondolon
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8318

Whether you are an N. or and R., what qualifies as a law of nature does not really change, the thing up for debate here is whether or not they are prescriptive (as you seem to be suggesting) or descriptive. Laws of Nature 1. are factual truths, not logical ones; "The boiling point of sulfur is...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smart vs. Intelligent
Replies: 62
Views: 8010

The difference is purely semantic. The two words are used interchangeably enough that they are thought to be the same thing, but people sometimes wonder, "Are there two parts to the 'brains' of humanity?" Well, sure, there's acquired knowledge and genetic ability to think, but I'd presume ...
by Bondolon
Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immortality and Cryonics
Replies: 46
Views: 6589

I'd do it even if I weren't sick, provided there were some sort of reason.
by Bondolon
Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Change (of the financial variety)
Replies: 45
Views: 4479

sage goes in every field

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I love Bowie. I hate that song. It's worse than 4chan.


What's wrong with 4chan?
by Bondolon
Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Change (of the financial variety)
Replies: 45
Views: 4479

This should be a multiple choice sort of thing, since I collect Half-Dollars and Dollars, as they are worth more than they were previously thought. In the end, my hobby paid off and I won an award.
by Bondolon
Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pulp or No Pulp
Replies: 56
Views: 5863

Pulp is important for the digestion and fiber. Good health is fiber-based. I think the Bush administration is trying to repress the rights of pulpers by producing smear propaganda accusing pulpers of funding terrorism and hitting little girls. Also, I like the texture of pulp in a good fresh-squeeze...
by Bondolon
Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 4channers are terrsts
Replies: 29
Views: 7394

Fox is like that all the time, but I am curious about the later thing they posted, of the whole family getting death threats and stuff over mail/phone and stuff. Then again fox is a really icky news station and been known to fake stuff up for the sake of it. :? Again "Fox 11 News" != &quo...
by Bondolon
Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ill with change.
Replies: 49
Views: 5208

I have arthritis and the weather does it too
by Bondolon
Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 4channers are terrsts
Replies: 29
Views: 7394

Fox is like that all the time, but I am curious about the later thing they posted, of the whole family getting death threats and stuff over mail/phone and stuff. Then again fox is a really icky news station and been known to fake stuff up for the sake of it. :? Again "Fox 11 News" != &quo...

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