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  1. It might be so in everyday life. But if we try to...

    It might be so in everyday life. But if we try to carefully construct a moral system, then I think more deliberation is called for.
  2. Thanks for all the replies. I unfortunately can't...

    Thanks for all the replies. I unfortunately can't respond to all of you individually.

    Some people I like have written about this subject. I was thinking about including them in the OP, but in the...
  3. If moral realism is false, what is the job of moral philosophy?

    I think most people who are atheists, skeptics, or similar but distinct groupings, are of the view that moral realism (objective morality) is not true, that is, that there aren't any moral facts out...
  4. I disagree. I think they are very different....

    I disagree. I think they are very different. Being immersed in a fictional setting that you know is not real is not at all the same thing as believing in crystals, spirits, etc.
  5. Without science, lots of people would die as...

    Completely on point. It's funny how many people are convinced that science is going to be our savior, when in practice it's done far more long-term damage than good.

    On the other hand, one could...
  6. No. Where did you get that idea from?

    Are you suggesting that we ban all liberal arts and only teach the sciences?[/QUOTE]

    No. Where did you get that idea from?
  7. We have an election in November? That's news to...

    We have an election in November? That's news to me.
  8. How do we fix the scientific illiteracy that threatens the world?

    I don't really know where to put this thread, but it is kinda political, so let's give it a try here.

    “We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on...
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    "Supposedly"? Are you some sort of historical...

    "Supposedly"? Are you some sort of historical revisionist?

    I assume you mean Russia/USSR. I think it was because communism is a kind of purist ideology that wants to totally remake society, and...
  10. Those European allies of Canada are also allies...

    But Canada has lots of strong allies. Like all of Europe. Some of those European allies have nukes and could stand up to us. I think that makes a difference.[/QUOTE]

    Those European allies of...
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqK1FrO3BdM ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqK1FrO3BdM

    Gotta be the most true song ever made.
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    Is the statement of the OP still the case?

    Is the statement of the OP still the case?
  13. I'm not sure if I consider this a reasonable...

    You need to understand that Filipino culture will prompt everyone to answer positively towards anyone. It is a nation of people who like to please others. Its also a nation of people who export their...
  14. Does not seem to be true:...

    Does not seem to be true:
  15. I use Facebook for keeping contact with people,...

    I use Facebook for keeping contact with people, and occasionally various Facebook groups. I really like the Messenger app. I have not bothered with status updates and the like for almost a decade.
  16. I guess he could try Hong Kong.

    It's not going to happen unless you're of Chinese origin. Otherwise, at best you can get a business visa if you're legitimately doing business there. Most work visas are gone by now. Permanent...
  17. Bernie Sanders is in practice a social democrat...

    Bernie Sanders is in practice a social democrat rather than a socialist. It is a bit of a mystery why he calls himself a socialist, and in the US of all places.

    I generally like Sanders, so it is...
  18. What is a red herring...

    That's quite humorous hand-waving bull shit. While there are many reasons that a person may want to leave a country, they can generally be boiled down to dissatisfaction with the country. More...
  19. How come that the East Bloc of Europe never made...

    How come that the East Bloc of Europe never made that realization? After the West German economy had outperformed the East German economy for decades, why, according to Marxism, was it not time for a...
  20. Were workers' right strong under Mao's rule? For...

    Were workers' right strong under Mao's rule? For all the poor working conditions in Chinese factories, the country was much poorer under Mao's rule than it is today.

    We are talking about a...
  21. I'd say lots of atheists believe in the...

    I'd say lots of atheists believe in the supernatural, very likely a majority on a global level. Further, lots of atheists believe in various pseudosciences. Strongly secular France is a stronghold...
  22. You have made good points. Though I am...

    You have made good points.

    Though I am familiar with the rough outline of the Bible (the creation of the world, the flood, Joseph and his brothers moving to Egypt, Exodus, the conquest of Canaan,...
  23. "How a Bible prophecy shapes Trump's foreign policy"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmWL0I3oytw

    Interesting stuff.

    So given all the problems that humanity faces like climate change, feeding the world, deadly diseases, etc, and basically creating...
  24. Should atheists read the Bible for cultural literacy?

    I have seen the argument being made by some atheists, among them Richard Dawkins, that if you live in a Western country that currently is or historically was, largely Christian (which I think applies...
  25. As other have touched on, "spirituality" is a...

    As other have touched on, "spirituality" is a word with different meanings to different people. I have no problem with the earlier quoted Saganesque sense of awe when contemplating nature and the...
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