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    Slick Willy and the blue dress - "I did not have...

    Slick Willy and the blue dress - "I did not have sex with that woman"
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    There was nothing emotional in my post. There...

    Old growth forests, for instance, may take centuries to establish, which means that once clear felled they are not quickly replaced, if at all.

    Not being a disposable commodity, or a commodity...
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    You use emotive terms yourself, yet project it...

    One of the key differences between us and other animals is that we have the ability to adapt in real time, iterate our technology, and intensify our resource consumption. Every other species is...
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    Old growth forests, for instance, may take...

    Your examples don't take into other factors into account, clear cutting destroys habitat, species loss, etc. It may be possible on a limited scale. Scale counts. Which is why 8 - 10 billion people...
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    Neither uncoerced or coerced behaviour offers a...

    Narrator function and being aware doesn't alter unconscious information processing being the agency of both.

    An interaction of information within the brain, inputs, architecture, chemistry,...
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    Your examples don't take into other factors into...

    Doesn't 'sustainability' mean that whatever activity we are engaged in can be carried on indefinitely, that the impact we cause is not degrading our ecosystems, environment or causing undue suffering...
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    Doesn't 'sustainability' mean that whatever...

    This is a case when one responds with 'If you have to ask the question you probably are not going to understand the answer.'

    Do you really need an explanation? Water here in the USA is becoming a...
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    Isn't it the point of doing studies, measuring...

    The issue is not about sustainable impact. Sustainable impact is a non issue. If our current activity was sustainable, there would be no problem and no need to alter or modify our economic...
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    The issue is not about sustainable impact. ...

    It doesn't take a whole lot of science to see that we have had a large impact on the environment through industrialization, consumerism and sheer numbers.
    What we do about it is up to us. ...
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    Narrator function and being aware doesn't alter...

    Maybe.
    Thing is, you can hypnotize someone and suggest to them that every time they hear a bell they shout "Excelsior!" Then ring a bell. They will shout "Excelsior!"
    You ask them why they...
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    It doesn't take a whole lot of science to see...

    It is a questioning of what the hell your preferences are, what you find acceptable (explicitly). All you have done so far is bemoan human impact on the environment. You have, as yet, not explained...
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    Assessing the impact of human activity on the...

    That may be obvious to you, but to me it sounds like handwavium.

    Assessing what about habitat and biodiversity loss? An assessment needs a framework or protocol. What is that protocol? What kinds...
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    Behaviour that happens without coercion is an...

    Free will is an event, just like any other event. And it is deterministic, just like any other event. The "free" in free will has nothing to do with "freedom from causal necessity". It simply means...
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    Taking the characters, actions and events we see...

    Okay, so now we have all the primary functions of the brain. We've got the sensory processing that organizes external input into a model of reality. We've got decision-making and planning parts that...
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    I know it doesn't. That is the incompatibilist...

    But within a deterministic system there is no actual ''freedom is exercised before awareness'' either. Some use that figure of speech to convey the meaning that the results are determined before...
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    That's right. But then non determinism doesn't...

    The bolded has been my largest objection to determinism, and also why I end up pretty waffly on compatibilism. Determinism and agency are at odds with one another unless determinism gets redefined...
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    Pure Hyperbole....nobody is talking about...

    Have you ever really considered humanity's "proper place" in the world? So far you seem to just enjoy self flagellation for humans even existing... or is it that you don't think you are human like...
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    Obviously, assessing habitat and biodiversity...

    What criterion do you use to determine whether an effect is 'negative'?

    What's the objective here? What would constitute a positive effect, and why?[/QUOTE]

    Obviously, assessing habitat and...
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    Flaws in studies aside, there is more than ample...

    Flaws in studies aside, there is more than ample evidence to show that human activity has had a negative impact on the environment and its ecosystems, and that this is still happening. Which is a...
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    The words random and determined refer to...

    Then again, random and determined are also semantic constructs. Every word and concept is.[/QUOTE]

    The words random and determined refer to conditions in the world: how the world works, how it's...
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    There may be an element of hyperbole in the...

    Isn't the impact of human activity determined by the effect it has on the environment?

    For instance:The Anthropocene equation

    Abstract
    ''The dominant external forces influencing the rate of...
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    If the whole picture of cognition is considered,...

    One of the things missing in Hallet's narrative is the events external to the brain, you know, the ones providing the external inputs. A guy says, "Raise your hand". Then, back inside the brain, we...
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    Because each 'cause' is an effect and each...

    Reliable cause and effect enables prediction, which enables control, which enables our ability to do things. Our ability to do things makes freedom, the ability to do what we want, possible....
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    Isn't the impact of human activity determined by...

    'Decreasing' is a far cry from 'all problems solved' - in some regions the environmental problems are increasing.[/QUOTE]

    Again, the idea of "problem" is not a scientific evaluation but a matter...
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    Random does not equate to free will. Determined...

    Random does not equate to free will. Determined does not equate to free will. The term "free will" simply does not apply....therefore a semantic construct.
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