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by mastered
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "You want I should"
Replies: 35
Views: 23452

"You want I should"

Have you heard this usage before? And if so, where? I'm trying to figure out if it's specific to some dialects, because although I don't recall having ever heard it, I've seen it in written dialogue and it looks both odd and familiar. Like perhaps it might have origins in more archaic speech or some...
by mastered
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Information on Arabic and Hindi
Replies: 8
Views: 3319

Re: Information on Arabic and Hindi

This is probably a gross oversimplification, but Urdu is actually like a cross between Arabic and Hindi. It uses an Arabic-derived script and has Arabic origins, but it now has so much Hindi-based vocabulary that Urdu and Hindi are pretty much mutually comprehensible. (Does that sentence make sense?...
by mastered
Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:19 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Getting started on Interactive Fiction
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: Getting started on Interactive Fiction

Oh, wow, thank you! Inform 7 looks really interesting.
by mastered
Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Getting started on Interactive Fiction
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Getting started on Interactive Fiction

I recently discovered the world of IF and I am interested in learning to code my own games. I found TADS and just now Inform as programming languages, but I don't know if there are any more and which is best to start with and how, especially given that I don't have much programming knowledge at all....
by mastered
Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Why did Vishnu erase his memories as Rama?
Replies: 9
Views: 3995

Re: Why did Vishnu erase his memories as Rama?

Having Hindu background (but not devout), I'm pretty sure avatars of gods rarely "remember" that they're a god. I'm not sure why; they're just born like people.
by mastered
Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 665
Views: 267798

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Okay, so there's this book - my sister reminded me about it by asking if I remembered its name - and it was really awesome, and I tried Google, and I think I need real people to help me now. It's kind of a kids' book, but higher level, I guess. There's a girl whose father is an archaeologist, and sh...
by mastered
Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: primer
Replies: 54
Views: 11111

Primer

So, I know there are other threads about this, but I also know that it's not usually accepted to necro threads. Damned if I do, damned if I don't... Anyway, I just watched Primer. For the first time. If my internet had been working I might have had that xkcd (http://www.xkcd.com/657/ - is it actuall...
by mastered
Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophical Question
Replies: 66
Views: 7737

Re: Philosophical Question

Another scenario, derived from a story I've heard: A poor woman has just lost everything but her child. She needs to see a doctor immediately for the child's life. She has no money to pay the doctor. Desperate, she comes to you, the only villager who speaks her language, and offers you anything in r...
by mastered
Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Two words that MUST be used together
Replies: 51
Views: 11357

Re: Two words that MUST be used together

Oh. You're right, of course. Brain didn't make the connection ... it seemed like a good idea at the time.
by mastered
Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey
Replies: 91
Views: 15567

Re: Recordings of Your Accent/Oral survey

This is cool. I can't hear my own accent very well, although I'm aware I have one - everyone has one, but I definitely have one. Background history: English is not my first language, but it is my most fluent. I've always had trouble with the sound represented in IPA by θ (theta). accent.mp3 So what ...
by mastered
Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Two words that MUST be used together
Replies: 51
Views: 11357

Re: Two words that MUST be used together

Initially I dismissed this thinking all words have independent meanings, and I still think so - otherwise what would be their function? Their function is their meaning - but what about "going to"? They both have meanings, and "to" is used in other places all the time, so maybe it...
by mastered
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religious Tolerance in School
Replies: 138
Views: 15932

Re: Religious Tolerance in School

Unless it is a religious school, they should not be teaching "alternative theories" because they are not, in fact, scientific theories. They're just rehashings of Creationism with different terminology. In the original papers advocating teaching intelligent design as an alternative theory,...
by mastered
Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so bad about Nihilism?
Replies: 56
Views: 11437

Re: What's so bad about Nihilism?

Amorality, if you've ever read The Stranger by Albert Camus, has nothing to do with life not having meaning. The existentialist belief that the universe is inherently meaningless does not preclude creating meaning for yourself, as you mentioned. An amoral person simply believes that morals are meani...
by mastered
Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so bad about Nihilism?
Replies: 56
Views: 11437

Re: What's so bad about Nihilism?

Nihilism sounds to me very similar to moral relativism, with which I identify. And if all morality is relative, then how is one to say any morals are objectively right or true? According to pure logic, it makes perfect sense, so if someone has a problem with it it's ultimately subjective.
by mastered
Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

Mastered, I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt as I read your first few attempts, given the fact that you managed to throw out a couple of legitimate philosophical concepts, but this is ridiculous. This system is not ideal by any justification, even one I would oppose, because it has ...
by mastered
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

Punishments are unnecessary, not because people wouldn't break the law despite prevention measures, but because victims would instead be recompensed - if possible, the violation would be undone (stolen objects replaced, etc.) or they would get help to recover. That's one of the reasons murder is se...
by mastered
Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

Punishments are unnecessary, not because people wouldn't break the law despite prevention measures, but because victims would instead be recompensed - if possible, the violation would be undone (stolen objects replaced, etc.) or they would get help to recover. That's one of the reasons murder is sev...
by mastered
Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

the criminal's choice to hurt the victim actively affected another person versus the victim's choice to not be hurt which only passively affected other individuals This works. It's something like what I was thinking of, but I found it difficult to express the difference between "active" e...
by mastered
Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

I think some people are misunderstanding, or perhaps just missing the point that any crime violates another's choice somehow. I dare you to give me an example otherwise; I've so far been able to apply it to any true crime I can find. Sometimes it may sound contrived, but it works, as opposed to cal...
by mastered
Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

You'd have to defend to the judges. And one can only satisfactorily judge a claim if it has evidence to be assessed. For example, if you decided that I was violating your rights by looking at you, you'd have to come up with some tangible evidence of how that violated a personal choice of yours. If y...
by mastered
Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

My line of thinking involved the point that laws enforce morals, which are relative, and that the only thing absolute about any crime is that someone's rights, as determined by themselves , are violated. So if such an essential factor in the definition of crime is subjective, then one can merely de...
by mastered
Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

But how does enforced anarchy work? Who enforces it? You seem to be assuming that everyone will utterly agree with each other and happily enforce the system against a small number of recdivists who do not. If this was the case, laws would effectively be irrelevant. What about abortion? Do unborn ch...
by mastered
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

I think some people are misunderstanding, or perhaps just missing the point that any crime violates another's choice somehow. I dare you to give me an example otherwise; I've so far been able to apply it to any true crime I can find. Sometimes it may sound contrived, but it works, as opposed to call...
by mastered
Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

I have to say, while I felt your arguments seemed reasonable to begin with, this is beginning to dissolve into farce. You want a system in which there are laws agreed on by... someone? And enforced by judges who are paid by no-one but are rigorously selected... The government would have no money. I...
by mastered
Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

Right, so who decides who the are judges? Who pays for the judges? Who requires the judges to be objective? Further, who apprehends the people that break the law? Other fisherman? Those are the requirements of the system. The people affected by someone's crime would report it to the judges. The one...
by mastered
Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

So we have philosopher king's who can do no wrong sitting upon in judgement? Thats sounds more like tyranny than anarchism. Of course they can do wrong. That's why there are more than one. Judgement must then be unanimous. Unanimous? Thats interesting. So I only need to bribe a single judge to be u...
by mastered
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

BlackSails wrote:So we have philosopher king's who can do no wrong sitting upon in judgement?

Thats sounds more like tyranny than anarchism.


Of course they can do wrong. That's why there are more than one. Judgement must then be unanimous.
by mastered
Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

If a law is passed, then those who agreed to it (including the fisherman) are bound to follow it in future. There are advantages to environmental laws even for the fishermen. Bound by whom exactly? Themselves, in having previously agreed to it, and whoever who be the enforcers - presumably the judg...
by mastered
Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

If a law is passed, then those who agreed to it (including the fisherman) are bound to follow it in future. There are advantages to environmental laws even for the fishermen. Bound by whom exactly? Themselves, in having previously agreed to it, and whoever who be the enforcers - presumably the judg...
by mastered
Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

3. No legal restrictions shall be placed on consensual activity. So no laws about contracts? Also, are you allowed to sell yourself into slavery? Yes, and yes. In other words, there are no contracts that are non-enforceable (in the current system, a contract by which I sell myself into slavery cann...
by mastered
Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

4. Laws may be passed for the general welfare if the people affected have agreed to them. But this invalidates everything else you've said! This is how functioning democracies work now! You don't need to start a thread in Serious Business to tell us you think we should only have laws that people ag...
by mastered
Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

[...] However, negligence would not generally be prosecuted - the consequences thereof would be. [...] Most people, if they accidentally caused someone's death, would be sufficiently punished by their own guilt, and are more likely to need counseling and friendship than punishment. Could you explai...
by mastered
Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Codify your system of morality.
Replies: 100
Views: 10017

Re: Codify your system of morality.

I'm pretty much a moral relativist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_relativity, more on the amoral end of the scale. Not immoral, which is not a relativistic idea.
by mastered
Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

Like pure communism, it is an idealistic system, which makes it difficult to work in reality. But I would hesitate to call anything impossible. Any system would work if people were perfect, when you work out a system that deals with imperfect people better then we do now we will talk. Honestly, eve...
by mastered
Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

An important problem with your system is the reliance on intent, which can be very hard to prove. In addition, since education (including knowledge about the possible dangers of one's action) is up to every individual, negligence is going to be hard to prosecute, since there is no 'you should have ...
by mastered
Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

Malicious intent is simply more reprehensible that ignorance why? I explained that. To quote: Should someone who knocked a rock over a balcony that killed someone on impact be punished the same way as someone who shot another person on purpose? And it would be people's own choice to be educated. If...
by mastered
Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

BlackSails wrote:If men were but angels....


What I'm saying is that men should be free not to be angels as long as it doesn't affect people against their will.
by mastered
Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

Like pure communism, it is an idealistic system, which makes it difficult to work in reality. But I would hesitate to call anything impossible. Any system would work if people were perfect, when you work out a system that deals with imperfect people better then we do now we will talk. Honestly, eve...
by mastered
Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

And if I was not aware I was putting kids in danger then it should be a minor infraction? Legally I would serve less time in a prison as you think ignorance takes less time to rehabilitate then what you perceive the cause to be of a premeditated murder. Why is this persons ignorance less harmful to...
by mastered
Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof
Replies: 99
Views: 8953

Re: My Ideal Legal System, or lack thereof

My offer to let you give me your wallet or let me shoot your family is also an offer. No, that's a demand and a threat. It's not an offer because you're narrowing down my options to two choices, thereby taking away all the rest. In the case of money for work, you could see it that way except that c...

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