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  • How can we justify zoos?
    I don't really understand that point of view. How could tradition be the center of a moral view?
  • How can we justify zoos?
    So what lies at the center of your moral view?
  • How can we justify zoos?
    How is suffering ambiguous but moral agency isn't? I haven't really seen any sort of evidence showing that humans have this mystical thing called moral agency that other animals do not.
  • Meaning of life
    I think we're just arguing semantics here. I'm not saying that we created English straight from scratch. A chair maker doesn't will the chair into existence. They build it piece by piece. If it weren't for our consciousness would our language exist? If it weren't for our species, would the concept of meaning exist?
  • Meaning of life
    If it weren't for us creating language, we wouldn't be able to conceptualize meaning. Meaning is just a word in a language that we created. Therefore we created the concept of meaning.
  • Meaning of life
    I disagree. We may have created the concept of meaning, and we may be able to apply that to our individual lives. That doesn't mean that life as a concept has it's own objective meaning or purpose. Life is as far as I can tell completely random. That isn't necessarily a bad or good thing, it just is. The closest thing to an objective truth about the meaning of human life is to survive and procreate, but that is just one aspect of life. Life is too vague a concept to apply meaning to.
  • The relationship between abortion and mass production and slaughter of animals
    This sounds a little sentimental, no? Attachments in themselves aren't moral or immoral, so I'm not seeing how they can be justification for a moral hierarchy.Heister Eggcart

    The attachments are there. Less attachments would mean less impact if the life were taken away. There would be less consequences to killing a grown woman than her fetus.

    Society dictates the nature of a fetus's being?Heister Eggcart

    I would say that society has the power to take away the life of the fetus so yes.
  • The relationship between abortion and mass production and slaughter of animals
    I see no justifiable reason for human life to be held at a higher importance than all life.

    Because the woman would have other people with emotional attachments in her life and the fetus has not developed many if any such attachments. The fetus has no current place in society. The fetus is dependant on the woman for survival. The fetus has no sense of self awareness before 18 months.

    I'd be interested to see where you got these statistics

    I like most of what you said, but where does quality of life come into play. Couldn't it be morally right for the mother to abort if the life of the mother and the life of the fetus were subject to more suffering as a result of the child being born?

    So you think that this issue is more important to consider from an economic standpoint instead of moral?
  • The relationship between abortion and mass production and slaughter of animals
    I'm not ruling out speciesism entirely. I'm just suggesting that the notions of all human life being equal is a sentimental idea. If you are going to adopt an equality in that situation it should apply to animals as well in my opinion. A fetus shouldn't have the same value as the president of the united states. I like your idea that anything that can feel pain should have value, but in this particular instance both mother and child feel pain. Wouldn't the fully developed mother be more valuable than the fetus?
  • Does every being have value?
    Depends on what you mean by value. In most cases I would say yes everyone has value. In terms of value towards society I think that everyone would have either a net positive or negative value. I don't think it would be possible to prove the value of a person because there are too many variables that we are not aware of when it comes to our self. It is also dependant on what a person thinks is best for society so value is completely subjective. We would all need to be identical to come up with a universal defintion of value and nothing can be measured if it cannot be defined.
  • Is there any value to honesty?
    How do you think Trump managed to keep the trust of american citizens after repeatedly lying to them?
  • Is there any value to honesty?
    Isn't everything a self serving act? can you actually do something not out of self interest?
  • What is intuition?
    In a previous conversation you said that emotions are differential and logic is integral. Where does intuition fit into that model?
  • What is intuition?
    So the neurons of a highly intuitive person would be more out of sync than a less intuitive person?
  • Emotions
    So are logic and emotion simply separate tools for the self to use?
  • Beauty is an illusion
    Would you mind sharing some of that knowledge with me?
  • Beauty is an illusion
    the "that's not how it works" part
  • Beauty is an illusion
    That would only be an issue if one's concept of beauty was transfered to you from external sources, but that's not how it works.Terrapin Station

    What makes you say that?
  • Emotions
    If intelligence were to evolve to be more efficient than emotions, would emotions still have any evolutionary purpose?
  • Life without paradox
    1. a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory: a potentially serious conflict between quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity known as the information paradox.Bitter Crank

    thesisapokrisis

    It seem that most of my ideas are self contradictory in some way. I don't know if i believe that there are alternatives to those ideas that can be otherwise though. Maybe that's why I try to argue that the self is an illusion. It may be possible that I am stuck in some sort of semantic error