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by setzer777
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

The other problem with that is that having it as a set of informal social expectations leaves a woman at the mercy of her husband and children - they still ultimately get to choose how much support she'll get, and what kind of strings will be attached to it. You're the one introducing gender into t...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

One way would be to treat full time parenting as actual work, with the social expectation that your children would support you in your old age as the compensation. Which isn't a bad idea—after all, raising a child produces a human being, which is probably more productive than 90% of careers. Now th...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

That's not what I got from what setzer777 suggested: have so many childbearing women in the workforce that we can average out to gobs of "generic leave" for everyone. Which is fine to a point, except as Talon pointed out, a single man (hell, even a single *father*) is going to take leave ...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Just like with an insurance company, those statistics would indicate a known, quantitatively-greater risk of absenteeism among women of childbearing age. It's an open question as to how that's supposed to affect hiring and compensation decisions. For that matter, it's an open question as to whether...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226153

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Re-reading, I'm thinking the guy's problem can be addressed on multiple levels: 1. He's too chicken to plainly make a move and risk rejection. 2. He has such cripplingly low self-esteem that even in his fantasy version of events she only ends up with him by "revising her definition love" a...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Heisenberg wrote:I agree. Philosophy and theology are properly grouped in with the Arts, and not the Sciences.


Agreed for the most part, though I think Philosophy is broad enough that some of it would fall outside of that grouping (like symbolic logic, or some philosophy of science).
by setzer777
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

My argument with the "many religions" thing is -- if God does in fact exist, you would expect the 'true' religion to be a major religion. I know that truth isn't determined by popularity vote, but nonetheless a religion which only has two adherents probably isn't going to be the one true ...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Don't get me wrong; I appreciate that you continue to spend cash on objectified women, because they are a great deal more attractive than empowered women. I'm just calling you guys on the hypocrisy of blaming producers when it's actually a problem of demand. No one is going to make something that i...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

My Philosophy of Religion professor would still disagree with that version of the FSM argument. He even specifically mentioned it in class as what a poor representation of the subject is. His particular field of interest is, in fact, the question of "burden of proof", and he says that int...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I don't get why producers are so often blamed for the content of their media. If there's a supply, there's a demand. Maybe if we stopped consuming media with idealized female forms, it'd stop being made. Eh, change doesn't usually come from people refusing to consume what's currently available and ...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Making this argument lowers you to 0 on my scale of respecting your ability to tactfully and objectively examine religion. This is the same sort of argument as the stupid Flying Spaghetti Monster that Dawkins keeps screaming about, an argument that has been decried and refuted many times over. Your...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

This argument is pointless. On one side is: God Exists, Miracles Happen, The Bible was divinely inspired. The other side says God Does Not Exist, Miracles Don't Happen, The Bible was not divinely inspired. In both cases, the middle step is unnecessary. If this argument is concerning the existence o...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Jesus was what we'd call today a "faith healer" - apparently healing people of chronic pain, while in reality it's only a psychological placebo effect (and not supernatural). The gospels are not eyewitness accounts, but are written based on talking to people who claim to b...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideal fat level?
Replies: 51
Views: 5805

Re: Ideal fat level?

I think it should be a requirement that we also discuss the fat levels of the men who are offering up their opinions. Because to be honest, though it's less of a media favorite, men are just as likely to have problems with weight and body image, though often it is of a different nature. In my case ...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic Church Excommunicates Doctor [Trigger]
Replies: 57
Views: 5952

Re: Catholic Church Excommunicates Doctor [Trigger]

Guys. The point you are all missing is this: if they (doctor/girl/mother) save a person's life from a horrible embarrassing death drawn out over 9 months, and get reprimanded by their church, they should FUCKING LEAVE THE CHURCH! When God gives you excommunication, you FIND A NEW GOD. Exactly. The ...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ideal fat level?
Replies: 51
Views: 5805

Re: Ideal fat level?

It might be driven by perceptions of beauty, but it seems that a lot of this preference comes from magazines and the like written primarily by and for heterosexual women, so there's more to it than sexual attraction. 1. A lot of magazines by and for heterosexual women are still dominated by (what i...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

And thus it makes sense to accept the explanation that accounts for the exact same facts (the existence of the historical texts) via mechanisms that are more probable. I see your point - miracles are incredibly unlikely. But every other explanation I've heard proposed which doesn't involve miracles...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

The whole search is kind of fruitless. I mean, finding one or two games that don't treat women like Barbie dolls won't change the fact that 99% of them do and it contributes to a distorted view of women. Here's my question: how is it affecting the men who play these games? How does it contribute to...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Eh...Celes wears a skimpy outfit for no apparent reason. Terra might count, depending on whether you consider her naked purple Esper form more sexualized than any of the male characters. They do have character development, and are the main characters, but I'd say that they fail the second requireme...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Well, from what I understand, the general consensus among scholars is that none of the gospel writers were eye-witnesses. Also, the accounts of the torture and executions themselves can be called into question. Depends which scholars you believe. I believe Matthew and John are eye-witnesses. Mark w...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

She was apparently a pretty poor example but I can't really think of many truly empowering female characters in any form of media beyond what others mentioned (I haven't played most of these games anyway so whatever). But the bottom line is that you're pretty much right and that by itself is a vali...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]
Replies: 132
Views: 13169

Re: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]

One thought I've had about why the ontological argument could work (but doesn't really) is this: Suppose someone could fully understand the idea of an omniscient, omnipotent and omnibenevolent god. By understand, I don't mean merely listing its attributes; I mean having a complete understanding of ...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]
Replies: 132
Views: 13169

Re: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]

Anyone who wants to argue the other side is more than welcome to, maybe it will be fun. Here's the only thing I have: Assume some form of Platonism is true. So when we think about "Greatness" we aren't making up definitions in our heads, we're actually contemplating something that exists ...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 154620

Re: Explain your avatar!

Setzer, from FFVI. I just have a weird thing for albino gamblers with airships.
by setzer777
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I don't get why producers are so often blamed for the content of their media. If there's a supply, there's a demand. Maybe if we stopped consuming media with idealized female forms, it'd stop being made. Eh, change doesn't usually come from people refusing to consume what's currently available and ...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy of Religion [Philosophy]
Replies: 132
Views: 13169

Re: Philosophy of Religion

In materialism, everything is entirely dependent on physical laws--there is nothing else to depend on. But in order to have beings like we think we are, beings which choose between one thing and another and don't merely observe a choice made for them by quantum mechanics, there has to be at least s...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

You might say that I'm suggesting a slightly different way of viewing texts. Instead of saying: "What are the reasons for and against trusting this account". I'd phrase it as "Here are some words on paper, let's consider every possible way these words could have ended up here, and de...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226153

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I specifically said that I wouldn't call it "manipulative" because I don't think it usually is. I think it's bad because coming across as completely platonic and then suddenly showing interest is less likely to go over well than showing some interest from near the start (imo). The place wh...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226153

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Maybe I'm missing something on the "emotional manipulation" angle. I think that the guy's behavior is basically what dating looks like: You decide what your strengths are, you present yourself in the best possible light. If your strengths are in being attractive and fun and having the mon...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

For some reason it seems like a lot of people aren't willing to apply the same methods of rational inquiry that are commonly applied to other topics, in particular other historical events. I (and I'm sure Phill) are fully willing to make the claim that the Bible is the correct religious text, and w...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

This is why I find Richard Dawkin's statements about Faith meaning "blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence" absurd. I just don't know anyone like who he's trying to caricature, although I guess they must exist somewhere! People who think dinosaur fossils we...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Strong male characters in video games don't really exist. I fuckin' love narrative... and so few games cater to that ( Beyond Good and Evil and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time being exceptions- and it's no coincidence both these games have solid female characters who aren't explicitly sexualised). ...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

The other thing of course is that the male gamers can't think that the game is "gay", and playing as a female or sexualising any male characters is presumably a risk in that regard. Though the odd thing I've noticed is that you can have what would be a more sexualized male character as lon...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification
Replies: 21
Views: 3087

Re: Eckhart Tolle and Idea Identification

Lo. In this thread I would like you guys to post your ideas about Eckhart Tolle in general, and his ideas about egoic identification specifically. Here is the short version: ET believes that people identify with their ideas. That is to say they link their opinions with their self-concept. If this i...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Belial wrote:And the secondary assumption (which seems, face-stabbingly, to be mostly true) that men don't care if you depict women that way.


I thought the assumption (I really hope not true) was that men prefer women depicted that way.
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Videogames marketed to the 8 and under set--mostly all suck. I would like to forward the possible notion that because girls represent Universal Readers (that is women are not judged as less than if they play video games marketed for boys)--that advertising dollars go in larger numbers towards ensur...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309687

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Which videogames precisely are you imagining are targetted towards women? Towards men? Because really I'd wager that there are huge sales in sports video games--which I personally find annoying--but I'm sure that there are some women who enjoy playing them too. RPGs, puzzle games, platformers--much...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

And all evil on the world comes from humanity. Murder, for example, does not come from God, but from people. People's laws, people's anger, people's insecurities. True, but a creator would be responsible for the tendencies it gave us. Torturing children is a horrific thing that does happen, but it ...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 80630

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

I didn't like the way Roslin was written in this last episode. She is so inconsistent! "No I'm not going to do presidenty things!". "Oh wait yes I am!". "I'm a nice person with compassion!". "I'm not even going to consider the chief's request but act like a charac...
by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600211

Re: Religion: The Deuce

From an overview on Biblical doctrine: "God controls and uses evil but is never morally blameworthy for it. However if God's relationship to evil is to be understood, both his complete sovereignty and his complete holiness must be maintained. In his greate suffering, Job says, 'The Lord gave, ...

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