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Introductions / Re: Oh dear.
« Last post by Hakurei Reimu on January 17, 2018, 04:42:32 PM »
Emotivism is a meta-ethical nihilist position; existential nihilism is, of course, a nihilist position. Epistemological solipsism is actually weaker than the nihilist position on epistemology.

Epistemological nihilist: "We know nothing."

Epistemological solipsist: "Cogito ergo sum... and other than that I'm not sure."
Vacuous and uninteresting. Indeed, by the standards of Hinduist philosophy, even "cogito ergo sum" is a dubious position — how do you know you yourself are not a dreamed-up simulacrum of another entity? Is that other entity real rather than a dreamed-up simulacrum itself?

Nah, these endless rabbit holes may amuse some people, but I bore of that game rather quickly.

It's not wrong. That's the problem. It's right, you know it's right, it's actually fairly obviously right, and you make the step of assuming that our best guesses are probably pretty good but don't like to be reminded that that is a step you are taking. It's not proven. It's your best guess.
I said, "wrong by any conventional sense." In any way we would normally use the word "know," scientifically use the word "know," or even the way philosophy defines "know," we do in fact know things to the satisfaction of that definition. Am I sure of the conclusions of science? Yes, by any conventional sense. If I take the conclusions of science as true (not the frontier science of the journals, but the well established science of the textbooks), then there will be no serious challenge to that knowledge, at least without a fair amount of warning. It's beyond a "best guess." It's achieved a status that is close enough to absolute proof to be perfectly serviceable as such for any practical purpose.

You crow victory over that last itty-bitty sliver of uncertainty that is impossible to dispel, but I really don't see the point of that. It's not going to change my life to live with the small error between that and "true proof." Then again, I've studied calculus. It just seems to me that you are howling victory over a stale crumb.

So, yeah, to the extent that your assertions are true, they are vacuous and uninteresting. To an extent that they would be interesting and applicable to the real world, they are not true.

No idea.
Stop being evasive. Get yourself a taxonomy book and get started.
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Opinions are like assholes...
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Yeah...but the Prez has a lot of roles - chief executive, commander in chief, chief of state, and chief diplomat.  Being the face of America to the world means you should at least make a token effort to not antagonize other countries for no reason.

He has none.
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News Stories and Current Events / Re: False nuclear alert in Hawaii
« Last post by GSOgymrat on January 17, 2018, 04:16:31 PM »
That's an image I could've done without having in my head...

I don't think it was a big deal.

:-)
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Introductions / Re: Oh dear.
« Last post by omokuroi on January 17, 2018, 04:16:08 PM »
Yeah, it's really easy to declare victory when you're going to deliberately ignore and/or misrepresent the arguments against your position.

Projection? Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

Whatever.  Have fun wanking yourself.  Hope you grow up soon.
Fuck off.
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Introductions / Re: Oh dear.
« Last post by trdsf on January 17, 2018, 04:12:17 PM »
strawman strawman assertion assertion "actually you're right but the fact you're right doesn't matter because i said so" strawman strawman HOLY PROJECTION BATMAN
Yeah, it's really easy to declare victory when you're going to deliberately ignore and/or misrepresent the arguments against your position.

Projection? Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

Whatever.  Have fun wanking yourself.  Hope you grow up soon.
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an ad hominem.
How about this one, you fucking manchild.

You started spewing curses at me unprovoked, you fucking bet I'm going to react.

Learn some fucking civility and get your fucking testicles out of the goddamn equation and maybe we can have a motherfucking conversation.

Or would you prefer to scream incoherently at me some more because I don't fucking agree with every bullshit ideal you hold precious?

And yeah, count our fucking presidents, it turns out they're not exactly uniformly fucking Republican.
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Yeah...but the Prez has a lot of roles - chief executive, commander in chief, chief of state, and chief diplomat.  Being the face of America to the world means you should at least make a token effort to not antagonize other countries for no reason.
Some people are happy he said it.

You mustn't forget that America includes its share of antisocial warmongers eager to put more boots on the ground. That's who Trump represents.
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Introductions / Re: Oh dear.
« Last post by SGOS on January 17, 2018, 04:03:21 PM »
To continue my last post: (Sorry, I had to tend to an emergency on the kitchen stove).  The above post talks about why I don't worry over absolute knowledge that might cancel out reality as I see it.  I simply reduce the clutter of inconsistency and outright logical incompatibilities, and draw what Gnosticism I can from what doesn't absolutely conflict with reality.  I don't need to know with certainty everything there is to know, I just sort through the stuff that makes sense.  God is not in the set of things that make sense.  I don't claim absolute knowledge, but I do place bets on things that seem most likely, and most of the time it pays.
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