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    But we have sensations (roughly, what David Hume...

    But we have sensations (roughly, what David Hume called impressions) of colors and sounds. We don't have the same sorts of sensations for colors as we have for sounds, but we do have sensations for...
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    Suppose a son stabs his father to death with a...

    Suppose a son stabs his father to death with a knife. Everyone agrees that this is morally wrong in some sense.

    Now, the OP claims that moral wrongness is perceived like color is perceived. If...
  3. I didn't say that metaphysics was objective or...

    I didn't say that metaphysics was objective or that epistemology was subjective. I was just introducing some terminology for clarity.

    Even if some philosophers have denied that anything exists...
  4. I think this is a question of whether good...

    I think this is a question of whether good evidence is ever epistemologically objective. Can we ever demonstrate to the satisfaction of every reasonable person that something is good evidence?

    I...
  5. I think one distinction that really needs to be...

    I think one distinction that really needs to be made here is:

    1. Metaphysically objective / subjective
    2. Epistemologically objective / subjective

    As you know, metaphysics pertains to what...
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    Given the premise that a person with Asperger's...

    Given the premise that a person with Asperger's can't understand political correctness, yes, it's unreasonable to expect it from them. Ought implies can.

    I've been reading the extraordinarily...
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    I'm terribly sorry to hear about your hand. ...

    I'm terribly sorry to hear about your hand.

    Regarding your political question, I think the reason 9/11 led to war in Afghanistan was to eliminate a potential source of future attacks and to show...
  8. I just saw this in the NYT this morning. Pretty...

    I just saw this in the NYT this morning. Pretty shocking. He was a good actor.
  9. Here's my standard short spiel about how to...

    Here's my standard short spiel about how to persuade people of stuff:

    If the person you're talking to is honest, there is some set of concerns that lead them to hold the position they do. These...
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    I do not have a goal of X pages a day. I read...

    I do not have a goal of X pages a day. I read constantly and compulsively enough that it's not difficult for me to get through a lot of pages. The slightly difficult thing, for me, is to keep the...
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    I am now reading War and Peace, finally.

    I am now reading War and Peace, finally.
  12. What you're perceiving as weakness here might be...

    What you're perceiving as weakness here might be an attempt to avoid further civil unrest. If the police chief resigns, then more people will feel like things are being done about the death and there...
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    Brian63, how long did you have to wait to get on...

    Brian63, how long did you have to wait to get on the show? I've heard that people have to call in 45 minutes before the show starts.
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    I'm reading a book with some of MLK's speeches...

    I'm reading a book with some of MLK's speeches and essays. Beautiful prose and ideas.
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    A few possible factors I can think of: 1. Part...

    A few possible factors I can think of:

    1. Part of it is probably the riots, which lead some conservatives to support maintaining the police and using the military to restore order. I don't think...
  16. In my opinion: Yes, people with depression...

    In my opinion:

    Yes, people with depression naturally turn inward. They are searching their mind trying to figure out "what is wrong with me?"

    However, this is unhealthy and the wrong approach....
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    My evaluation of a lot of these would depend on...

    My evaluation of a lot of these would depend on how the person taking the action viewed it.

    If someone ate their dog, I would associate that with a lack of care and respect for their dog. That's...
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    There are a couple of fun facts about Occam's...

    There are a couple of fun facts about Occam's razor I mention whenever it comes up for discussion. First, it was originally propounded on theological grounds. The idea was that God is omnipotent and...
  19. bilby Let's say the supernaturalist argues...

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    Let's say the supernaturalist argues that all of the observed laws of physics have only held up to now due to the work of the supernatural, undetectable, and incomprehensible Physics Elves....
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    The virus will cause a lot of fear and a lot of...

    The virus will cause a lot of fear and a lot of poverty. Both of those correlate with increased religiosity, so I'm predicting an increase in religiosity.
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    I did say I wasn't a scientist. ;)

    I did say I wasn't a scientist. ;)
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    What makes you say there's no good evidence? Here...

    FTFY.[/QUOTE]
    What makes you say there's no good evidence? Here are a couple of studies:

    "Cell phone radiated radio frequency waves were effective on increasing brain tissue temperature, and this...
  23. If moral realism is false, normative ethics (what...

    If moral realism is false, normative ethics (what you seem to be calling "moral philosophy") isn't necessarily impacted much.

    To take a simple example, suppose naive moral subjectivism is true...
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    That's for the voters to decide.

    That's for the voters to decide.
  25. Wow... I hope that's exaggerated or not...

    From the interview:
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    Wow... I hope that's exaggerated or not representative of what usually happens in an area hit by this disease.

    Someone do something. This isn't funny any more.
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