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  • The Shoutbox
    Chief orangutan falls flat on his face again. I imagine at some point even Republicans are going to stop finding this endearing. Quoth the Drumpf "It's going to be so easy..."
  • The Shoutbox
    Though all of that's relation to the appreciation for his philosophical work shouldn't matterSaphsin

    Only to the extent that appreciation is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of emotion - to do a Shakespearean reversal. But no, it wouldn't cause me to reevaluate his philosophical positions or anything.
  • The Shoutbox


    He does tend to be overly dismissive of those who disagree with him. And I doubt he has that many fans around here. A lot of his work is more or less Austin plus refinements. But I like some of his positions and elucidations. If he's guilty, I'll be disappointed if not exactly shocked.

    (And, yes, you're right, the fact it's on buzzfeed doesn't really matter in this context.)
  • The Shoutbox


    Well, accused of being a naughty boy...on buzzfeed. Hope it's not true. I've listened to a lot of his lectures. I like his clear common sense approach.
  • What do you care about?


    Humans are more interested in stories than either philosophy or debating.
  • The Shoutbox


    Maybe it does, but I don't think that's the intention. I presume it's more about accurate description. A medical condition that affects you over time can be distinguished as either physical (a disease) or mental (a disorder), right?
  • The Shoutbox


    I suppose to distinguish it from post-traumatic stress that isn't long-term or serious enough to be considered a medical condition.
  • Why the is-ought gap is not a big deal
    Tractatus 6.43: "If good or bad willing changes the world, it can only change the limits of the world, not the facts; not the things that can be expressed in language.

    In brief, the world must thereby become quite another. It must so to speak wax or wane as a whole.

    The world of the happy man is a different one from that of the unhappy man"
  • Why the is-ought gap is not a big deal


    It was a take on a Wittgenstein quote "The world of the happy..." etc. I'm on the normal emotional range bus and intend to enjoy the ride.
  • Why the is-ought gap is not a big deal
    The bus of the happy man is a different one from the bus of the unhappy man.
  • Quarterly Fundraiser


    Yes, but then it won't happen and we'll keep the money anyway. ;) Anyone can of course nominate someone to be moderator at any time by sending a PM to one of the staff with reasons for their choice. We don't have a vacancy at the moment, but we'll take that into consideration the next time we do.
  • The Free Will Defense is Immoral
    Creating conscious agents with testosterone and then falling back on free will is like giving toddlers hand guns and then falling back on the constitution.
  • The Free Will Defense is Immoral


    Yes, or even testosterone and so on.
  • Quarterly Fundraiser


    Don't worry about the currency. It's all good.
  • Humans are preventing natural Evolution.
    I doubt it's strictly the biological definition, thoughMarchesk

    Ok, but you still haven't presented any evidence backing up your thoughts and doubts. I at least quoted "Rational Wiki". As I said, if you can find a definition of biological evolution from a reliable scientific source that excludes artificial processes as causative, I would love to see it.
  • Humans are preventing natural Evolution.


    'Intelligent design' is a religiously inspired pseudoscience. It doesn't figure in the debate raised in the OP. If conscious agents cause changes in a gene pool (which are passed on) they are causing evolution.
  • Humans are preventing natural Evolution.


    Pretty much, and it can happen by 'natural' means including natural selection and lots of other stuff and various 'artificial' means. It's all equally evolution.
  • Humans are preventing natural Evolution.
    (I didn't btw claim mechanisms aren't an important part of science or anything remotely close to that. I was talking about the adjective 'biological' in the phrase 'biological evolution' - just like before).