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1  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Should unwilling parents be forced to pay child support if we'll have a UBI? on: Today at 08:07:57 pm
I have a hard time seeing child support as anything other than an unnatural compromise between two worldviews - one accepting that people have the right to live their own lives, the other imposing on parents the social responsibility of raising their offspring.

I voted No.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the idea of Worker's Self Management on: Today at 06:05:35 pm
The single most important issue to me.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Has internet cult libertarianism morphed into cult alt right conservatism? on: Today at 06:03:43 pm
My guess is that the ideology hasn't changed, just the way we see it expressed.
4  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are you afraid of death? on: Today at 05:55:58 pm
What bothers me about death is that it will bring life's joys and good experiences and all unrealized aspirations to an end.  The future condition of being dead doesn't bother me.  I'm told there were some 13.7 billion years that elapsed before I existed, and I don't recall having a sense of dread about not being alive during that time--so I'm not worried about not being alive for the rest of it all.  But I do have anxiety and sadness about losing life.

The solution, I think, is to die doing something you love, or in the name of something you love - "The best people renounce all for one goal..."
5  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: This Protestant denomination selector quiz on: Today at 05:29:18 pm
1. Church of Christ (Non-Instrumental) (100%)
2. Brethren in Christ (88%)
3. Christian Church/Church of Christ (Instrumental) (85%)
4. Free Will Baptists (81%)
5. Non-Denominational Bible Church (71%)
6. Southern Baptists (71%)
7. American Baptists in the USA (69%)
8. Mennonite Church USA (65%)
9. Grace Brethren (64%)
10. Independent Fundamentalist/Bible Baptist (64%)
...
...
...
20. United Methodist (32%)
21. Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (30%)
22. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (22%)
23. Presbyterian Church in America (20%)
24. Presbyterian Church USA (11%)
25. United Church of Christ (0%)

confirmed Real Christian
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How do you pronounce "Nietzsche?" on: July 21, 2016, 08:16:33 pm
Actually, the "t" should be pronounced, so option 2 with the "t" after the "ee" and then the rest.

"neet-chuh"?
7  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Kemalism on: July 17, 2016, 07:31:23 am
Obviously, the ideal mix for Turkey would be an ideology that respects minorities' right to self-determination, while at the same time pursuing secularization and pan-Turkism as a counterweight to Saudification. Given the actually-existing alternatives, however, I can't see Kemalism as anything other than a Relative FI.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama posts scholarly article on: July 15, 2016, 11:36:03 am
Seriously though, a good part of it has to do with the fact that policymakers have little incentive to enact good policy. They have an incentive to enact "sexy" policy that can easily be sold to the media and the public (and, in the admittedly anomalous US case, can get through Congress), which is a very different thing.

So the West suffers from an excess of democracy? Tongue

Well, dictators have even less incentive to enact good policy.

What about technocrats?
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Choose a coalition government for the U.S. on: July 15, 2016, 11:07:07 am
Option 6, aka The Turquoise Coalition.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama posts scholarly article on: July 15, 2016, 11:03:52 am
What convinces you of its importance?

The constant stream of terrible policy decisions that anyone with a basic knowledge of the state of research in a field would have known to avoid. Education policy is probably the biggest victim, but there are examples everywhere.

So why do you think that social research has such little influence on public policy? What would you do to increase its influence?

I don't know, I haven't done any research on that. Tongue

Seriously though, a good part of it has to do with the fact that policymakers have little incentive to enact good policy. They have an incentive to enact "sexy" policy that can easily be sold to the media and the public (and, in the admittedly anomalous US case, can get through Congress), which is a very different thing.

So the West suffers from an excess of democracy? Tongue
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama posts scholarly article on: July 15, 2016, 10:32:54 am
What convinces you of its importance?

The constant stream of terrible policy decisions that anyone with a basic knowledge of the state of research in a field would have known to avoid. Education policy is probably the biggest victim, but there are examples everywhere.

So why do you think that social research has such little influence on public policy? What would you do to increase its influence?
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama posts scholarly article on: July 15, 2016, 09:14:05 am
What convinces you of its importance?
13  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Religions. Tribal units and a good way to appease our love of drama and war. on: July 15, 2016, 08:22:39 am
There are two basic ways to capture a nation. Force of arms or control of the economy.

I do not know about Calvin by one of Martin Luther's main goal was to stop the flow of wealth from Germany to Rome. Indulgences was what he was attacking and trying to stop. He did not want Rome to control Germany's economy.

Do you have evidence that Luther's objection to indulgences was secular rather than spiritual?

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You might also recognize that both Christianity and Islam have used murder to grow their religions instead of good deeds.

Regards
DL

Sure, but it's hard to call Christendom and the Ummah "tribes" without (as I said earlier) stretching that term into meaninglessness.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama posts scholarly article on: July 15, 2016, 08:07:05 am
That's pretty cool. I would like to see Trump do the same on the Wall or Muslim ban.

Drumpf doesn't have the intellectual capabilities required to write a 6th Grade English assignment, let alone a scholarly article.

To be fair, writing a 6th Grade English assignment (or publishing an academic article) is nothing when compared to building a business empire.

According to your values maybe. Not according to mine.

I believe he's referring to the effort or ability involved; oughtn't be a value judgment--though perceptions of skills and abilities can, of course, be value-laden.

I mean yeah, there's no denying he has talent for something. It's just that that something happens to contribute very little to social welfare, or arguably even has a net negative impact on it. The value of talent depends on what you do with it.

Oh, well if your rubric is "promoting social welfare", posting a scholarly article isn't an impressive achievement either, as that its wider societal impact is likely to be negligible.

EDIT: And it'll certainly contribute less to social welfare than The Apprentice, which has brought entertainment into the homes of millions.
15  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How do you pronounce "Nietzsche?" on: July 14, 2016, 09:15:28 pm
Other: Nah-zee Grin

Angry
16  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Religions. Tribal units and a good way to appease our love of drama and war. on: July 14, 2016, 02:25:12 pm
Your #analysis may be true of the earliest religions, but the ones that most people practice today (the ones that proselytize, that is) are more universal than tribal: their purpose isn't to protect one nation from another, but to bring all nations under the same umbrella.

I do not see them as universal at all as they reject all Gods save their own.

Christianity's violence and ideology has been curbed and brought to heel by secular Western forces but Islam is still trying to grow with violence instead of good deeds.

Gnostic Christianity is about the only religion that promotes that we all be esoteric ecumenists and is the only true Universalist religion that I know of. That reason is partly why I have taken on the label of Gnostic Christian.

Regards
DL
 

Christianity and Islam aren't tied to a particular people or place in the way that Temple Judaism and the cults of the Greek city-states were. Thus, they can't really be called "tribal" without stretching that term into meaninglessness.

The fact that those religions have splintered in to all kinds of denominations and factions who fight each other shows that all religions are indeed tribal units.

The term is well suited for what we are talking about here which is our love of war.

Some even say that God equals war.

Please Google --- Blood Meridian - The Judge on War ("War is God") - Cormac McCarthy

--- and see what you think of that presentation.

Regards
DL


Of course religion can serve a tribal purpose, but that doesn't mean that tribalism (or the love of drama and war) is necessarily the driving force behind the founding of one. I find it very hard to believe that any of those things were in the minds of Calvin and Luther, for example.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama posts scholarly article on: July 14, 2016, 02:13:44 pm
That's pretty cool. I would like to see Trump do the same on the Wall or Muslim ban.

Drumpf doesn't have the intellectual capabilities required to write a 6th Grade English assignment, let alone a scholarly article.

To be fair, writing a 6th Grade English assignment (or publishing an academic article) is nothing when compared to building a business empire.
18  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Religions. Tribal units and a good way to appease our love of drama and war. on: July 14, 2016, 02:11:17 pm
Your #analysis may be true of the earliest religions, but the ones that most people practice today (the ones that proselytize, that is) are more universal than tribal: their purpose isn't to protect one nation from another, but to bring all nations under the same umbrella.

I do not see them as universal at all as they reject all Gods save their own.

Christianity's violence and ideology has been curbed and brought to heel by secular Western forces but Islam is still trying to grow with violence instead of good deeds.

Gnostic Christianity is about the only religion that promotes that we all be esoteric ecumenists and is the only true Universalist religion that I know of. That reason is partly why I have taken on the label of Gnostic Christian.

Regards
DL
 

Christianity and Islam aren't tied to a particular people or place in the way that Temple Judaism and the cults of the Greek city-states were. Thus, they can't really be called "tribal" without stretching that term into meaninglessness.
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Religions. Tribal units and a good way to appease our love of drama and war. on: July 14, 2016, 12:38:19 pm
Your #analysis may be true of the earliest religions, but the ones that most people practice today (the ones that proselytize, that is) are more universal than tribal: their purpose isn't to protect one nation from another, but to bring all nations under the same umbrella.
20  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: If Genesis is a metaphor, where did humans acquire original sin? on: July 13, 2016, 09:24:33 pm
^ haha, thanks! Right back at you, my friend.
21  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: If Genesis is a metaphor, where did humans acquire original sin? on: July 13, 2016, 02:54:12 pm
What exactly would original sin be a metaphor for?

The development of the superego.

One sees the beginning of said feature in chimps and wolves, for example, but only in man does it become pathological.
22  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Are there any homosexuals/transgenders/transsexuals by choice? on: July 12, 2016, 12:56:13 pm
You mean... like... gay-for-pay?
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why aren't we talking about white-on-white crime? on: July 11, 2016, 05:16:14 pm
Intensity.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: If Genesis is a metaphor, where did humans acquire original sin? on: July 10, 2016, 03:11:34 pm
From the writings of St. Paul.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: "Islamic State" attacks major Muslim holy site, ahead of major Muslim holiday on: July 06, 2016, 09:55:59 am
Yeah, what people are looking for is not a Muslim Reformation, but a Muslim Enlightenment.

(Interestingly, the Muslim World had the beginnings of an Enlightenment [or was it a Renaissance?] centuries before the West, but it never got off the ground. This may or may not be telling)
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