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by setzer777
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226431

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Excellent post. I agree, and I'd just add to your advice: Learn how to flirt. It takes some trial and error, but being able to show interest without putting someone on the spot the way a declaration of interest does is a good thing. Once you learn how to give and receive flirtations signals (and sig...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lonely Beliefs
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Re: Lonely Beliefs

Izawwlgood wrote:Yeah, wait till you get to hell


Hmm...but what if the Southern Baptists are right? Then it won't help much because like 95% of the world will be there anyway. I'll be surrounded by Muslims,Catholics, Hindus, and people who just weren't Christian enough.
by setzer777
Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lonely Beliefs
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Lonely Beliefs

I am one of the only people I know who is a materialist, totally non-spiritual atheist (in real life anyway, internet is a bit different). I don't have trouble finding atheists: for example, my girlfriend and my best friend. But even they both believe in a vague spiritual existence that includes som...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 601033

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I personally believe that there is some sort of higher power but that he is in no way all benevolent. If you look around at the world there is clearly lots of suffering and pain that could be prevented if god was all benevolent. The " Problem of Evil " isn't called a "problem" f...
by setzer777
Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4848

Re: Responsibility

You're right, just based on preventing future crime, we do not have an ideal (perhaps not even good) system. But it isn't just based on correction and prevention. The justice system also fulfills people's desire for vengeance, to see those who cause suffering receive suffering (depending on how much...
by setzer777
Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No Vote No Right To Complain?
Replies: 42
Views: 4227

Re: No Vote No Right To Complain?

Anyway, I think the idea put forth in the thread title is slightly more narrow. Perhaps, you have no right to complain if you don't partake in the democratic process - this doesn't have to be voting. If you truly despise all candidates and their policies, there are other available avenues - protest...
by setzer777
Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4848

Re: Responsibility

All in all, trying to track down if a certain behaviour was "a conscious decision" or not seems like an arbitrary way to define blame/responsibility for an action. Take a psychopath for example. The way he decides to exploit people is probably not much different from the way a "norma...
by setzer777
Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4848

Re: Responsibility

Is the ability to feel empathy inborn or learned? If it's inborn, should we be held accountable for not having it; if it's learned, should we be held accountable for not having been taught it? If all of our behavior is a mixture of genetics and conditioning, what are we ultimately responsible for? ...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 80735

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

I suppose that's true. But didn't she know about downloading by then as well? So getting spaced would be a nasty experience, but she'd survive in sorts. I'm not sure. Adama, Starbuck, and Roslin certainly knew, but would that information be disseminated to the entire military? Even if she did know,...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No Vote No Right To Complain?
Replies: 42
Views: 4227

No Vote No Right To Complain?

Do you believe that complaining about a politician when you chose not to vote in that election is hypocritical? If you are forced to choose between the lesser of two evils and choose not to vote, does that make you partially responsible if the "more evil" one wins? If you do vote and your ...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 80735

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

Yes, it was programming, but she knew for certain she was a Cylon when she shot Adama. She exited her Raptor when she entered a Basestar to release a nuke and encountered multiple Eights. And even before that, she had her suspicions. Don't forget that at the time, Roslin's policy was to basically e...
by setzer777
Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Something that seems odd to me (and btw, big generalization coming up here): is that a lot of guys complaining about not having enough voice in feminism almost seem to imply (in the tone of their complaints) that feminists are somehow trying to stop them from expressing their ideas at all in general...
by setzer777
Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: The radical idea that women are people

There exist women who will say these inclinations mean I am not a part of their feminism, and so then I can do two things - fight them over what feminism means, or politely decline the "Hooray you're a feminist!" sentiment. If you are a man, it is often hard to have that fight. You are pa...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do animals have consciousness?
Replies: 63
Views: 7799

Re: Do animals have consciousness?

Humanity isn't affecting their resources enough to threaten them The Mammoth and Saber Tooth Cat and Cave Bear and Bison and... some species disagrees. Before man was even vaguely civilized we were threatening organisms, and we won. In terms of survival I was just saying that there a lot more plaus...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 80735

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

Check this out: http://voxday.blogspot.com/2009/03/battlestar-castratica.html I just found this post - possibly the most ridiculous anti-Battlestar essay I've ever read. I'm not really familiar with Vox Popoli, but the author seems a bit....off... Especially odd is that he grossly misinterprets (fro...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do animals have consciousness?
Replies: 63
Views: 7799

Re: Do animals have consciousness?

@Setzer: Hardiness and adaptability are certainly traits to measure success, and humans are very very very squishy. But we're very prolific, and just because we're poisoning our planet doesn't mean we're genetically inferior. We haven't seen any deep sea organisms or cockroaches competing with us y...
by setzer777
Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do animals have consciousness?
Replies: 63
Views: 7799

Re: Do animals have consciousness?

@poxic: humans particular niche is anything above sea level. We are wider spread then any other free existing organism and that is certainly only due to our big brains and the intellect that rides with it. Our ability to subsequentially manage our surroundings will certainly determine whether or no...
by setzer777
Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 601033

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Religious explanation is so vastly behind science in elegance and depth of explanation that the existence of good science kills religion for me. I would say the same, except that I've heard some arguments for God's existence which are quite sound. If you can get a copy, try CS Lewis's Miracles . Ev...
by setzer777
Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 12336

Re: XBox live is homophobic

The thing is, if I've read the links right, is that they aren't just banning the words and people not being able to say they're gay is a side-effect. They've actually said that you can't identify yourself as being of a particular sexuality, so using other wording doesn't get around it if your profi...
by setzer777
Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 601033

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Besides whatever harm would be caused to the one who died in the time before god brought them back/the pain caused by their death, they would leave behind survivors. That didn't even occur to me. Yeah, it goes a long way to invalidating the notion that God can murder because God can give you free c...
by setzer777
Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 12336

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Aren't there a lot of online competitive servers that don't ban any mention of sexuality? Have they all been losing tons of profit because of disgruntled players over this? Or is X-Box live disproportionately filled with anti-gay bigots? If the main motivation for banning the words "gay", ...
by setzer777
Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 601033

Re: Religion: The Deuce

It's sort of like if you had a bunch of monkeys that you wanted to make like men. If you're breeding them, would you not do some selective breeding at certain points along the line? If a certain group of them were being contrary to your goals for their species, would you not stifle that line? Actua...
by setzer777
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 12336

Re: XBox live is homophobic

If the main motivation for banning the words "gay", "lesbian", "fag", etc. is to prevent the use of them as slurs, wouldn't a simple solution be to let people know that they are only banning the slurs, and that as an unfortunate side effect those specific words cannot b...
by setzer777
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 13485

Re: The 2% Illusion

That makes sense. Though it seems like in that case someone wanting to make a compelling argument could do the math and calculate how much the increased debt would increase our annual interest (or at least give a rough estimate), but that doesn't seem to happen. Is there some reason it's hard to pre...
by setzer777
Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 13485

Re: The 2% Illusion

Or, like the other folks said, the deficit will increase slightly for that year, to make up the difference. On that note, is it just me, or do a lot of people complain about increasing the national debt without really knowing what the consequences of larger national debt are? I'm not saying that I'...
by setzer777
Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Crisis, crisis, what crisis?
Replies: 109
Views: 9150

Re: Crisis, crisis, what crisis?

Another lucky one here. I had to apply to about 80 jobs (and thankfully family has enough money to give me time to do that), but I have found a very nice one that pays well and that I like so far (and is a government job). I plan to be an awesome employee that nobody would dream of giving up.
by setzer777
Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ND House Passes Abortion Ban
Replies: 122
Views: 8511

Re: ND House Passes Abortion Ban

This is a bit of a tangent, but I think fitting in with the idea of "talk about ramifications of law rather than debate morality": I was just thinking about what I would do if fallout from this led to abortion being made illegal in several states (at least for a while). I live in Texas, so...
by setzer777
Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your last words?
Replies: 221
Views: 18442

Re: Your last words?

"Wow...Death really is a spunky goth chick..."
by setzer777
Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

It's because of how different facets of one's identity are associated with each other. You are not a person who is black, and a woman, and bisexual--you are a bisexual, black woman. They are not distinct; they overlap and interact. So if you discriminate against POC, you are also discriminating aga...
by setzer777
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

I've read a most(though I'm not quite all) of the thread, and I have what I hope aren't too stupid questions. I used to be comfortable calling myself a feminist, but now I'm not sure I should, given a few views I have. Do you think that given the following, I could justly call myself a feminist: - I...
by setzer777
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

Also, I am curious about what kind of environment you live in where you never feel any racial tension that you would want to get away from. But( and understand that I am not trying to put you down here) I have noticed that many white people are kind of oblivious to racial tension as it relates to t...
by setzer777
Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

@ADXCKGuy: Can you give us examples of these pressures on men? (I tried reading very carefully, sorry in advance if I missed where you gave examples) I am honestly curious because I can't think of anything that wouldn't be covered somehow. Yeah, same question here. I'm a straight white male, and wh...
by setzer777
Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality and Logic
Replies: 117
Views: 13344

Re: Can morality be based on logic?

There is already an inconsistency here. You can protect the universe or you can protect all the elements of the universe, but you can't do both. Black holes are one example, but supernovas, pulsars... even suns are highly destructive. If you want to protect the universe your biggest concern is entr...
by setzer777
Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

And, in the end, why should we stop people using a tool? I mean, sure you think it's stupid, but I'm sure some people think "take back the night" rallies are stupid. Some people think women studies are stupid. If we stop using tools because someone thinks they're stupid, then what do we h...
by setzer777
Mon Dec 22, 2008 3:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 310253

Re: Feminism (split from 'nfessions)

I hate singular “they”. Bad enough that when I address “you” you don’t know how many I mean. In Scotland, we have the slang "youse" for plural "you". ("Hey! Youse lot over there!") It's really bad grammar though. :D I'm not a huge fan of a lot of our southern tradition...
by setzer777
Fri Dec 19, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "right of conscience" rule being implemented
Replies: 224
Views: 16150

Re: "right of conscience" rule being implemented

The rule should have stipulated that the doctor can recuse himself if he can find a replacement. Actually I believe there was already a rule in place to that effect. The current rule allows doctors, pharmacists, etc. to refrain from performing any task that violates their conscience including refer...
by setzer777
Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality and Logic
Replies: 117
Views: 13344

Re: Can morality be based on logic?

EDIT: @diotimajsh & setzer777: OK, I think we all agree with my point that moral values cannot be derived from non-moral axioms ("logical facts"). I think I still disagree with both of you about whether values can be used in a logical construction (I say nay, you both say aye), but si...
by setzer777
Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality and Logic
Replies: 117
Views: 13344

Re: Can morality be based on logic?

Or are you saying that you can't derive values from logic if you don't have values in your assumption set? That you can't start with only factual axioms and derive values? In that case I agree with you. Bingo. :-) I just don't see what's so special about values in this case, in logic the principle ...
by setzer777
Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226431

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I think this character is impossible in real life though( even beside the parts where he is beiing impossbily straight-forward with himself and the girlfreind/reader). It seems he cares about her and does not want to just get in her pants. Yet if he really did care, how could he be so blind as to m...
by setzer777
Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality and Logic
Replies: 117
Views: 13344

Re: Can morality be based on logic?

Humanism is mistaken insofar as it claims that moral values can be derived from logic. Said school of ethics may claim that they are deriving moral values from logic, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Like I said, I will believe it when I see it. Well, by your criteria *nothing* is der...

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