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by DougP
Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 25829

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

Let me butt back in here with a quick clarification: To me, socialism is much closer to anarcho-syndicalism than it is to Soviet style communism. So, when I say socialism, I am not referring simply to "government" ownership in any broad sense. Perhaps at the micro level I am arguing for &q...
by DougP
Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Importance of Historical Evidence
Replies: 33
Views: 3260

Re: Importance of Historical Evidence

When I study history I want to know what average women, men and children were doing, what motivated daily activity? What did they hope for? fear? What did they eat? drink? use as medicine? Who did they persecute? why? This is what facinates me about the past particularly because you can find coroll...
by DougP
Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 25829

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

I understand the theory of free markets and people "voting with their wallets" so to speak. However, this does not address the idea of democracy "in the workplace," but rather "in the market." The latter is not what I am talking about specifically. What I am talking abo...
by DougP
Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 25829

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

Without those businesses, what you gain from working for businesses wouldn't even exist - industry and modern science didn't somehow pop into existence and become immediately dominated by some evil overlords, it was largely created by people using their own property and talents seeking a profit. I ...
by DougP
Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Piracy" or "Maritime Terrorism"
Replies: 24
Views: 4375

Re: "Piracy" or "Maritime Terrorism"

Fear mongering, plain and simple.

Also, I can't wait to play the highly anticipated sequal: Sid Meier's "Maritime Terrorists"
by DougP
Fri Nov 28, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexual Marriage?
Replies: 394
Views: 35760

Re: Homosexual Marriage?

Bottom line: Why should 2 people NOT be able to enter into a legal contract that 2 other people are? No further questions, I don't care what you think about morality, logistics, nomenclature, or anything else, because they are all 100% totally irrelevant. This is a debate including all the things yo...
by DougP
Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 17108

Re: Tipping people

Wow. I am totally taken aback by this thread. I've never seen such an outpouring of hatred for PAYING people for their job. You realize that the hourly wage for a waiter or waitress isn't very high, and that tipping is assumed so that they actually earn a decent wage? Its totally a no brainer as far...
by DougP
Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Right to Vote
Replies: 78
Views: 7499

Re: The Right to Vote

What if I understand the the platforms of every party on the ballot but choose to vote based on which party name I hit with a dart while blindfolded. I understand why it sounds good to require people vote when they are actually educated on the matter, but its impossible to really determine why someo...
by DougP
Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?
Replies: 46
Views: 4851

Re: Standardized tests... thoughts, opinions, ideas?

Standardized tests are a way to make money for the testing organizations while giving the government a way to feel better by saying they are imposing standards. Stuff like the SAT and GRE are are absolutely offensive as far as I am concerned. For instance, this year I am applying for PhD programs, a...
by DougP
Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?
Replies: 75
Views: 6201

Re: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?

In the United States economic conservatism v. economic liberalism seems to be the difference of a few percentage points in any given tax bracket. The farthest left people we have in power would be right of center in most european/ "western" nations. No one is suggesting any major restructu...
by DougP
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life
Replies: 125
Views: 11342

Re: Atheism and Its Effect on One's Life

I am going to start by saying that: 1. I am a Christian. 2. I have logical reasons for my belief. (e.g., NOT: I think there is a god because I want to go to heaven) My question is posed to atheists: 1)How do you get through life thinking/knowing that eventually it will end, you will cease to exist,...
by DougP
Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12606

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

Its been tried, it was called Eugenics, and it didn't end well. Sure, eugenics was not a homogeneous movement that meant the same thing in every place it was tried, so its not necessarily going to end up with Hitler and the holocaust, but there is simply no good way to do it without royally screwing...
by DougP
Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10982

Re: Why I now believe in an afterlife

If you can believe in something you realize there is no evidence for, more power to you. The fact of the matter is that even if I came to the same conclusions as you, I couldn't just will myself into believing there is an afterlife of eternal bliss, which seems to be what you claim to be doing.
by DougP
Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23296

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

A key point that has been briefly mentioned in this thread is that communism (in my opinion, though the occasional authoritarian communists are still around here and there) has to be democratic, or else its just plain old authoritarianism. That is to say, that a key argument in many (most?) modern c...
by DougP
Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is true education meant only for an elite?
Replies: 61
Views: 5125

Re: Is true education meant only for an elite?

The question I've come up with is the one listed in the OP title: is true education - the solid, tough, rigorous education which makes you thoroughly hardass - meant only for an elite? When I say "meant", I don't mean "deserved by". I mean "useful to". That is, it's po...
by DougP
Sun May 04, 2008 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie
Replies: 165
Views: 15740

Re: Ben Stein vs. Darwin: The Movie

Suggesting there is a conspiracy trying to keep ID out of science classrooms and magazines is kind of like suggesting there is a conspiracy trying to keep calculus out of literary journals. Its not the same subject.
by DougP
Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 146332

Re: eating meat

But causing animals to suffer, without wanting to, only devalues animals -- which have no inherent spiritual value. Therefore, being indifferent to the suffering of animals is not evil. I eat meat, and am not concerned with the conditions in which it is raised. Its really hard to reply to this with...
by DougP
Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 146332

Re: eating meat

I don't understand the position because it doesn't make logical sense unless you're doublethinking. First of all, you have to ignore the fact that plants, too, are alive, and eating them therefore requires killing them. (You seem to place particular importance on the will; but I hope you won't come...
by DougP
Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 146332

Re: eating meat

What logical path? The logical path ends at "Animals are stupid enough to be edible." We have a logical stopping point. Specifically: sapient life. Ok, so I guess people with mental disorders that put them on part with some animals are stupid enough to be edible? What about new born babie...
by DougP
Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 146332

Re: eating meat

Next time you prove that plants have a central nervous system, can feel pain and suffer, then this will be a legitimate argument. Its quote obvious that a flower != a chicken or cow. This I don't get. Is the moral problem with eating meat the fact that it requires killing animals (and if so, why?),...
by DougP
Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 146332

Re: eating meat

I usually go with "Because meat contains many essential amino acids I can't get from plants." False. or... "I think vegetables have the same right to live as a chicken." Seriously, won't someone think of the poor, suffering carrots and potatoes? [/quote] Next time you prove that...
by DougP
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ralph Nader
Replies: 34
Views: 3443

Re: Ralph Nader

Just that we have a discussion about "wasted" votes shows how sick the American political system is, the bad part is that most people just roll over and accept it.
by DougP
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bush Resume
Replies: 104
Views: 8561

Re: The Bush Resume

Random comment: This I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community. is not true at all. Iraq did not attack...
by DougP
Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is success?
Replies: 50
Views: 6184

Re: What is success?

Define Goal + Achieve Goal = Success.

Its totally subjective and arbitrary.
by DougP
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8303

Re: What is "patriotism"?

I don't necessary want less for other people, but I won't shed a tear for them. I care about my friends and family first and foremost. Friends and family are what you live for. Everything else is meaningless when compared to friends and family. Certainly friends and family are very close to us emot...
by DougP
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Improving the educational system
Replies: 174
Views: 14943

Re: Improving the educational system

Im not going to quote anything in particular, im just going to comment on some of the general topics being discussed in this thread. 1) School Vouchers/Privatization of schools - I think this is a bad idea. If you make schools into private entities they will be good at one thing: making money. I hav...
by DougP
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8303

Re: What is "patriotism"?

I want my country to be good because my family lives here, my friends live here, I live here, and I plan to raise a family here. It is a bit selfish, but I don't give a shit. I want what is best for MY family. Why should my place be better than theirs? Because its mine, and sometimes its fun to sho...
by DougP
Sun Mar 16, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8303

Re: What is "patriotism"?

Personally, I think America is the worst country on the planet. Not that I'd go and blow things up, but when I see a mother and her 2 year old walking into a McDonalds, it makes me want to move to Europe. Every day at my high school, I see how American children are ungrateful, ignorant little basta...
by DougP
Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No sane and rational person
Replies: 88
Views: 8437

Re: No sane and rational person

I could not possibly handle being in the military for one reason. I am extremely anti-authoritarian. I mentioned this in another thread, but I absolutely, under no circumstances would give that much power over my life to another group or person. My perception is that in the military you do what they...
by DougP
Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8303

Re: What is "patriotism"?

Accused of lacking some virtue (patriotism, sobriety, propriety and commitment to national service come to mind), we've taken to defending ourselves, not by pointing out that we possess that virtue, not by pointing out that our slanderers are ever more wanting than ourselves, but by insisting that ...
by DougP
Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8303

Re: What is "patriotism"?

I disagree. A man who overthrows a tyrant is a patriot, because he undertakes grave risk for the benefit of the nation at large. There doesn't have to be any other country in the world for that to be true. If there is no other nation in the world, it's nonsense to define a nation's interests agains...
by DougP
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8303

Re: What is "patriotism"?

Patriotism is very simple: it's putting your nation's (patria, Latin) interests above your own. It's being a team player, when the 'team' is the nation, or being a family man (or company man, for that matter), but with the family (or company) replaced with the nation. It's closely related to (but n...
by DougP
Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is "patriotism"?
Replies: 86
Views: 8303

Re: What is "patriotism"?

Patriotism, as far as I am concerned, is synonymous with nationalism, that sounds a bit nicer. That is to say, it is the belief that your country is better than others, for whatever reason. It is dangerous, in my opinion, because it implies an air of superiority over other people from other places, ...
by DougP
Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: U.S. Army
Replies: 55
Views: 6046

Re: U.S. Army

and lastly, people that "blow shit up" specifically to kill innocent people should be shot. And I'm willing to do the shooting. So if they send me to the middle east, I'll be happy to go. No degeneration into political discussion please. Keep this conversation focused on the military, tra...
by DougP
Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: U.S. Army
Replies: 55
Views: 6046

Re: U.S. Army

There is one single reason that I would not join the army under any circumstances. I am not willing to abdicate to another (person or group), my ability to define who my enemies are. In the army, you must follow orders about who to shoot at, and who to kill, and I am not willing to give that decisio...
by DougP
Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I no longer feel safe on my college campus
Replies: 127
Views: 11982

Re: I no longer feel safe on my college campus

There are shooting all over the place all the time. Some are on college campuses, come in shopping malls, some are right in the middle of the street. There is no point in living in fear, anywhere you go could potentially get shot up, unless you hole yourself up somewhere. The fact of the matter is, ...
by DougP
Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is it that keeps us going?
Replies: 40
Views: 6550

Re: What is it that keeps us going?

I will vote for deeply ingrained biological will to live and reproduce. This is not necessarily conscious. However, a species that wakes up in the morning and gives in to depression and kills themselves on a regular basis is not a species that is going to be around for a long time.
by DougP
Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Third party politics
Replies: 21
Views: 2661

Re: Third party politics

I would absolutely (and will, if I vote at all), vote 3rd party. The two party system is incredibly broken. There will be no significant changes made with either a democrat or republican in office. We can debate the definition of "significant" but I don't see anything useful coming out of ...
by DougP
Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coping
Replies: 59
Views: 9850

Re: Coping

There is no external meaning, you've got to decide for yourself. The beauty of it is, you CAN decide for yourself. Rather than getting hung up on trying to DISCOVER meaning, CREATE meaning.
by DougP
Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College/University GPA
Replies: 38
Views: 6354

Re: College/University GPA

3.33 exactly as an undergraduate.(I put myself in this category for the poll) I am currently a graduate student with a 3.8x GPA (can't remember it to the hundredths place at the moment), but I didn't average into my answer because undergrad/grad seem pretty different to me, so no use mixing degrees.

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