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by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 35114

Re: Utility of Religion

You are saying because religion is nearly universal in historic human societies, and transmission of ideas in human societies is also nearly universal, that establishes that religion is the best way to transmit ideas? Of all the possible mechanisms, we have a lot of experience with one. This means e...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

The absolute best is not the absolute largest amount of resources. If good parents have the resources they need, from the state, the only way they can do a better job at raising their children is to be better parents, not to get more money and use that money to improve their children's life. How doe...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

That's the reason that I mentioned the possibility of requiring raising parents to give up their individual wealth and enter an entirely socialist system. In other words, you start out in a socialist system, when you become an adult you move into a capitalistic society, and when you are older you ca...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

I think the OP hoped to avoid the problem you're talking about by having more communal and adoptive parenting. Personally, I don't think that would work - at best it would just stop unfair advantages from being passed down genetically, and have them passed down by some other metric (I guess whoever...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Izawwlgood, I wasn't actually advocating a system with no primary care-givers, so I don't think we actually disagree. To me "communal" isn't a yes or no category, but a location on a linear scale. I don't think that completely independent nor completely communal caregiving is ideal: I thin...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Why should a person in a high paying job work more than a few years? Why is that an important incentive?* Even if it's important to keep people "working", many people I know don't have enough money to retire, much less retire early. Also, very rich people develop appetites that use up all ...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help me buy a boy a present!
Replies: 20
Views: 2829

Re: Help me buy a boy a present!

Generally, I dislike gifts. My spouse and I do not exchange gifts. However, my mother loves gifts, so I do exchange gifts with her. She got me a fantastically lightweight rain jacket / windbreaker for Christmas two years ago, and I absolutely love it. So, yeah, I agree with the general consensus tha...
by Enuja
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 35114

Re: Utility of Religion

What is your evidence that religion makes societal rules change more slowly? Limiting yourself to 1000 year old plus religions isn't making a meaningful comparison, and things like Unitarian Universalism used to be Christianity not very long ago. It's quite possible that the evangelical power of rel...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 35114

Re: Utility of Religion

guenther, your weather analogy is flawed in that we already have control over religion and social rules, and religion doesn't keep us from changing religiously-based morals, as you've mentioned with the homosexuality example. We can't stop playing with the rules, so that's not the question. The ques...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3484439

Re: Woman Thread - The thread that gives (about once a month)

The corset looks great! I even think it looks great with the black T-shirt; the T-shirt makes it more causal and school-appropriate. The only convincing argument not to wear it would be if your school's dress code contains a "no clothes traditionally considered to be underwear on top", and...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

Have you glanced at page 418 of the Woman thread? Lots of people talking about wanting to spawn but not raise, wanting to raise but not spawn, wanting to raise children in a communal way (some of that is a joke, but some of it also appears serious). I really do think that bringing up these ideas, th...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

And it has been demonstrated that children don't fare very well when raised communally. I simply don't believe you. Of course, in a society that values "nuclear" families, orphanages are worse than second best. However, there have been tons of cultures that have communal, grandparent, and...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

There are two different practical questions with this system 1) how do you convince people to transition to it and 2) how would it work / be robust to "cheating" once you've transitioned to it. I made some suggestions on 1, but I really don't have that figured out. At all. And I'm less int...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

Re: A new system for inheritance, career and society

postinonthenets, what do you mean by "the importance of having a father"? This system is creating a new, more communal system of child rearing. In that way, it is minimizing the role of biological mothers and fathers, but it's also providing for the possibility of two fathers, or two fathe...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A new system for inheritance, career and society
Replies: 58
Views: 3837

A new system for inheritance, career and society

The Privilege thread* has a huge tangent in it right now about about how allowing inheritance creates an unfair system where some children are advantaged over others. The Women thread also has a tangent about raising children and having a career. I have some strange, speculative ideas about this. I ...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3484439

Re: Woman Thread - The thread that gives (about once a month)

When I was celebrating my 22nd birthday with my twin sister and my mother, I decided, all of a sudden, that I'd never give birth. I was in college, I was single (having exited out of my first long term relationship in the previous year), I was planning on going to graduate school and becoming a prof...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Privilege
Replies: 83
Views: 6341

Re: Privilege

This. So this. I don't know how you could conduct an blind interview, but the screening process for getting your applicant pool is often blind. Ultimately, someone decides who gets the position, and if that is conducted without an interview, then chances are the position doesn't require a personal ...
by Enuja
Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Privilege
Replies: 83
Views: 6341

Re: Privilege

The problem of legal and bureaucratic privilege to certain groups is easily fixed by changing laws and guidelines. The issue of economic privilege is obviously a fascinating and controversial issue (new thread, maybe in SB?). However, I think that unconscious privilege due to gender and skin color a...
by Enuja
Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?
Replies: 102
Views: 10031

Re: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?

I listened to this weekend's This American Life (episode 378: This I Used to Believe)* and I thought that it was relevant to this thread, or at least to the ideas I assume are behind having this type of poll. The act about conversations between a women who recently became an atheist because a friend...
by Enuja
Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 35114

Re: Utility of Religion

No-one is planning on creating a society from scratch. We aren't going to take a bunch of kids and have them raised by machines programmed to create a specific societal structure. I agree that religion has historically provided some utility to human societies, and that some religions have found some...
by Enuja
Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?
Replies: 102
Views: 10031

Re: Atheists and agnostics: When did you become one?

I, too, am surprised at the number of people who say that they were raised without much input from their parents about religion. It makes me want to see a three-option poll for Atheists: Were you raised in a house with a) agnostic or atheistic parents b) without getting much input from your parents ...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3484439

Re: Woman Thread - The thread with the fallopian touch!

I'm 5'2", and I've been between 98 and 120 pounds in the last 6 years, during which I've sometimes been on hormonal birth control and sometimes not been. When I was 98 lbs, that was a serious health issue, and I'm pretty sure I was on hormonal birth control of some type, although it might have ...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?
Replies: 67
Views: 7975

Re: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?

The socially acceptable homosexual behavior in ancient Greece is actually an excellent example of how homosexual identity was not an accepted part of an ancient society. The system of pederasty (man-boy love) was a specific type of relationship, not limited to a group of men who were some equivalent...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3484439

Re: Woman Thread - The thread with the fallopian touch!

Magic Smoothie, I just bought one (the moon cup, specifically) for $35. That's not terribly expensive, especially as the last time I bought disposable pads I spent something like $30. I've been off the pill for over 6 months now, and I'm bleeding large amounts not very often, as I used to. In some w...
by Enuja
Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?
Replies: 67
Views: 7975

Re: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?

I think the question of the origin of homosexual identity is extremely relevant to the question of the origin of homophobia, but it's also a fascinating subject of its own. I'm obviously brand-spanking new here, so if this deserves a thread split, I apologize and would be happy to start a new thread...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Condoms and HIV/AIDS in the developing world
Replies: 17
Views: 3366

Re: Condoms and HIV/AIDS in the developing world

mightymouse, you are misinterpreting the statistics in the .pdf you linked. It is not 11% of heterosexual insertive encounters with condoms that result in a pregnancy. Instead, 11% of heterosexually active women using condoms normally get pregnant in a given year. The number of insertive sex acts ea...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?
Replies: 67
Views: 7975

Re: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?

Homophobia is defined in the OED as "Fear or hatred of homosexuals and homosexuality." By that definition, I can see how homophobia could be expected to be correlated with prohibitions against homosexual behavior. However, when I think of homophobia, I guess I mean the outer signs of homop...
by Enuja
Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?
Replies: 67
Views: 7975

Re: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?

I agree that lack of procreation is not the root cause of homophobia, and is instead a super-easy rationalization for homophobia. One thing that I think is missing in this discussion so far is an explicit discussion of difference between homophobia and cultural prohibitions against homosexual behavi...

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