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  1. Thx.

    Thx.
  2. Signed into Gmail, it said the site can't be reached

    Today when I signed into my Gmail account on my computer (on Chrome), after hitting the sign in button after having entered the password, I did not come to my inbox as would be expected, but instead...
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    Almost all of philosophy is to an extent an ivory...

    Almost all of philosophy is to an extent an ivory tower activity. I don't think it is reasonable to demand that everything being done should be relevant with regards to Trump or Myanmar.
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    Moral constructivism

    A while back I listened to an episode of Sean Carroll's podcast Mindscape called On Morality and Rationality. I am fascinated by moral philosophy, and if you have two hours to spare and have the...
  5. I don't think that Romulus and Remus were...

    I don't think that Romulus and Remus were historical persons.
  6. "When Wokes and Racists Actually Agree on Everything"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev373c7wSRg

    Unfortunately, this feels kinda true.
  7. Communism was (there aren't many orthodox...

    Communism was (there aren't many orthodox communists around these days) supposed to be internationalist, "Workers of the world, unite!", and all that. Thus in contradiction to nationalism.
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    I don't see any reason for why one needs to...

    I don't see any reason for why one needs to explain the alleged miracles attributed to Jesus. They are legends, pure and simple. Unless there is some historical corroboration that they happened other...
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    I think a historical Jesus (Yeshua) who in some...

    I think a historical Jesus (Yeshua) who in some way pissed off the Romans and was then crucified is the simplest answer.

    Yeshua was a common name, the area had lots of Messiah claimants, and it...
  10. Why is it so difficult to invent or develop scalable technology to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere?

    Probably a stupid question (I'm not an inventor, technologist, or engineer by any means), but here we go:

    In addition to getting off our collective addiction to fossil fuels, we would ideally need...
  11. NOMA only holds if religion makes no factual...

    NOMA only holds if religion makes no factual claims. Is there any major religion that does not make factual claims?
  12. I don't think religion is harmless at all. I'm at...

    I don't think religion is harmless at all. I'm at a loss as to how someone can come to that conclusion.
  13. Why has Facebook started to request that I change my password when signing in?

    For Facebook, I have two-step verification activated, and whenever I have been signed in and then sign out, I clear the Facebook cookies. I sign into Facebook proper (i.e not counting the Messenger...
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    Hopefully secularization will ease, or even end,...

    Hopefully secularization will ease, or even end, many of the conflicts in the region.
  15. My views haven't changed much I think. I am...

    My views haven't changed much I think. I am passionate about what is true, and religion falls more than a little short there. Religion is quite often a repository of cruel practices. But some...
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    I agree with that! I would simply say that I take...

    I agree with that! I would simply say that I take a piecemeal approach to politics. I evaluate each issue independently, or at least I try to. I have no allegiance to any political faction. Sometimes...
  17. What I would like to see is a democratic world...

    What I would like to see is a democratic world federation. Colonies on the Moon and Mars and elsewhere could also join once they are created.:)

    What I have read is that in the late 20th and early...
  18. That is a rather circular definition, and not the...

    It must be true that nothing unnatural exists. If it's real it's natural. Period. If gods and demons and spirits and souls were real they must be natural.

    Things "supernatural" are clearly not...
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    I am pretty sure I remember that Sweden...

    I am pretty sure I remember that Sweden eventually lowered it to 50.

    The Swedish outlier approach has been getting quite a bit of attention in the foreign media. Has Denmark shifted views...
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    "The Alternative to Ideology"

    Jerry Taylor explains why he abandoned libertarian ideology:



    I really like this essay.

    I have noticed two things about ideologically passionate people:

    1. They are rarely pragmatic. They...
  21. The term "naturalism" is vague and bordering on being meaningless

    Among atheists, skeptics, humanists, freethinkers, etc, the term "naturalism" , or more formally "metaphysical naturalism" or "philosophical naturalism", is quite a popular term. For example,...
  22. Was Deng Xiaoping a nationalist rather than a communist?

    According to Wikipedia:



    Might well be true. At the very least Deng Xiaoping was enough of a pragmatist and too little of a doctrinaire communist or Marxist to reform the Chinese economy away...
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    Thanks for writing this. I completely agree. The...

    Thanks for writing this. I completely agree. The American political terminology is completely off the rails. Europe socialist? It's like the Cold War never happened, and the Berlin Wall never...
  24. 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.
  25. 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...
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