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by Kazan
Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 48025

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

I explained, using numbers that are freely available to anyone and logic that most people should be able to follow, that western countries are dying and how it is happening. And nobody cares. Instead people are kvetching about the difference between mean and median and even some who think mass suici...
by Kazan
Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 48025

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

I can prove that people are stupid. Women need to have at least 2 kids on average that manage to reproduce. Otherwise the population shrinks and we eventually die out, either in a slow group-suicide where the country simply fades into a pale shadow of what it was, or through war with more numerous e...
by Kazan
Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25329

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

I'm curious if anyone has complaints about Blink?
by Kazan
Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 43235

Re: 0852: "Local g"

Far more importantly than the buy typo, in proper English it's spelt honour, not honor. It dishonours the Queen to see it spelt otherwise. Silly Americans.

Also, most of you suck.
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

There are no better methods than abortion when you are already pregnant.
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

If pregnancy was to be turned from a nine month ordeal with a lot of pain near the end into a painless procedure that took maybe a week, odds are more people would get pregnant. So yes, there is some baby farm potential in it, even if that was not the stated goal. Could be little enough to not be no...
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

"People willing to adopt" is a much larger group than "people willing to adopt and able to do a good job raising the adoptee".
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Actually i don't estimate it at all. I simply consider the ability to properly raise the resulting tadpole more important than temporary inconvenience and pain.
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

For a given definition of morality. For a different definition of morality, where you accept fetuses as humans and still consider abortion a good thing due to valuing the living more than the unborn, simply removing the fetus from the womb doesn't change anything. Society as a whole will still be be...
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Absolute morality is not a topic i feel worth discussing.

But to put a bit of content here; irrational does not mean unpredictable.
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Well, right. I was kind of skirting around the apparent is/ought fallacy in Kazan's "argument". It is as evolutionarily advantageous for me to kill any children my current mate might be raising that aren't mine, as it is for me to cherish and protect my own offspring. So if you're going t...
by Kazan
Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Sorry, but this isn't a good reason for making the moral judgments you're making. Another "great" example of a natural inclination that has strong evolutionary reasons is racism, or more specifically, the desire to destroy people who appear to be very different from you. However, I think ...
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Problem with that is, humans as a whole are not rational. Especially when it comes to things they feel very strongly about, such as to kill or not to kill little people.
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Depends on the philosophy in question. There is a reason the WWF mascot is a panda instead of, say, an aardvark or a hairless pig. Reality always trumps philosophy in the end.
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Because you can't just ignore that kind of human element when discussing something like ethics. Seems straightforward enough to me.
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Even in this hypothetical, we still have millions of years of conditioning telling us that the little clump of flesh is simply not worth as much as a nine month old clump of flesh which looks a bit like we do. The thing about ethics is that we make them up, and we make them up largely based on our f...
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

You misread me. Read again, then answer. Also, you ignored all the questions before this. That's what i get for posting at midnight i guess. Babies are inherently considered valuable. There are evolutionary reasons for this, such as pregnancy being an expensive undertaking and birth a chancy affair...
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

How often do I, or how often do I have the capacity to? By any reasonable standard, a newborn is as dependent on other humans just after "birth" as before. Certainly not. It is no longer on life support. That is quite a bit more independence than it used to have. And i doubt you actually ...
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Until the newborn is old enough to acquire its own food, isn't it in fact still receiving a different form of life support that someone else has to pay for? When was the last time you acquired your own food? How often do you chase down, kill, skin, gut and prepare your meals? So, if the baby doesn'...
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Do you also believe that the mother (or, perhaps, any individual that has financial responsibility for the child) has the right to kill it AFTER it is born? As in, should a mom have the legal right to kill a two-month-old infant? If not, why is one acceptable and the other not? If both are acceptab...
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

Growing the baby in a tube instead of in her body is merely a convenience. The baby still needs to grow, and it is no more alive, human, or valuable just because we can see it directly. You could bring in the "well who is paying for it" angle, but if she pays the bills then nothing ought t...
by Kazan
Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics
Replies: 129
Views: 14721

Re: Hypothetical Abortion Ethics

I am of the opinion that a fetus is a human at the moment of conception. I am also of the opinion that the mother should be allowed to slaughter it for any reason or no reason. Couple reasons for this. First of all, on the personal scale, it's the mothers body. It's entirely up to her if she wants t...

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