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May 14, 2008 by OckhamsRazor on Ock's World
I suppose it's somewhat ironic that I'm placing this article in Philosophy->Ethics, but perhaps you'll bear with me to see why.

 

Let's face something, folks - there's a big debate, on these forums, and just about everywhere else, about what should be taught in a science classroom and what should not.  I have one real problem with the argument from both sides - it is emotionally based.  I find absolutely no use for emotion when discussing something that is "supposedly" sc...
April 28, 2008 by spiritwhotalks on the spirit who talks
IRAQ WEDDING PICTURE....



 

WE RETURN FROM OUR WORLD WIDE WARS... 
ENRAGED WARRIORS
STAND OUTSIDE OF ROME
AND BANG OUR war DRUMS AND SCREAM OUR GUITARS
UNTIL WE ARE GIVEN
LAND AND RESPECT...
THE GOLD OF THE CHURCHES
we WILL NOT FORGIVE THE CLERGY
for molesting our children
while WE fought your WARs


JESUS TOLD me
HE WANTS you TO MELT THOSE FUCKING
CRUCIFIXES AND FEED THE POOR!!@!
WHAT THE HELL EVER MADE you THINK
HE WANTS TO SEE THE PLACE
OF HIS PAIN ...
If you know

If you have believed

everything that you have said here

Then why don't we take up our belongings

And make up our own?

I'd fly to you if I had wings

But seeing that I am merely

Homosapien

no mutant or wonder of any kind

that would be quite on the contrary.

Oh marvelous angel,

Oh life-saving cherubim

Save yourself,

Love yourself.

"There's nothing you can do that can't be done."

Let her go,

let her save herself.

If you inspire just one ...
April 15, 2008 by OckhamsRazor on Ock's World
Not only is this a rant, but it's a ramble, too.  I just got backfrom 9 days aboard a ship, and every time I go to one of these things,I see stuff that for me, at least, is a clear indicator of why thegears are starting to grind more often.  Morale on most of the ships I've been on is very low, but guess what?  It isn't because of the job itself.  It's something else - something deep.  So, in order to deal with it, I just startedwriting in a word document about some litt...
What would you do if your husband or wife spent 80,000 yes that's EIGHTY THOUSAND dollars on a hooker over the last ten years and you finally found out?

This is what the ex-governor of New York Mr. Clean himself Eliot Spritzers wife is looking at right now, and there she is "ahem" standing by her man instead of cutting his unmentionables off!
Phil Osborn, February 27th, 2008.  On Morals:*
Overview and summary of “On Morals,” by Phil Osborn
How often is it that we see someone performing some feat of heroism, risking life and limb to rescue someone in trouble and we respond with mixed feelings?  We feel a painful connection to the act and a pride in the actor, even though we know that net net he or she is taking an apparent loss.  We may embrace that person or their image in our consciousness with any numbe...
--Excellent Don Henley song that really conveys a meaning. Have a listen, it’s called “Garden of Allah”.

And he’s right. Because of subjectivism, we’ve taken any objective standard to right and wrong, good and evil, moral and immoral and thrown it out the window. The result is that all that matters is winning your argument, not being right because right doesn’t exist. We’re all in competition to see who can make whom supplicate to their will. It’s like a battle of wills and influence (or ...
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The word cancel means:

1. to make void; revoke; annul: to cancel a reservation.
2. to decide or announce that a planned event will not take place; call off: to cancel a meeting.

(source: Dictionary.com)

It does not mean to POSTPONE! I know it makes people catch the article title if you say cancel but it isn't freaking cancelling anything people! The flight will still take place, just at a different date! That's postponing something, not cancelling it! This is basic grade ...
September 1, 2007 by pseudosoldier on Tales from a Shebih Joondi
While waiting to pick up a delivery yesterday, I meditated a bit on some things I had recently read. I have two thought fragments that I'll attempt to reproduce here and in the Religion sub-topic in a bit.

The first:

"If one is taught as system of right/wrong that hinges upon an eternal carrot/stick system (heaven/hell), how can one say that he acts out of conscience? Is it morality or consequence which drives his behavior?"

That's what I jotted down yesterday on the back of an old op...
August 4, 2007 by Body-Philosophy on Body-Philosophy
Now this is interesting. We put up another poll on our site (link) where we wanted to know where people hold their ethics...Suppose your fiance had a nose job before you and him/ her met....are they obligated to tell you before you become wed? The current standing on the site is 54% to 46% so I thought I'd throw it out to the JU community, y'all always have the answers!
While reading and responding to another article... http://forums.joeuser.com/?Forumid=94&AID=157214 ..The discussion about trust came up and I decided MORE needs to be said about the issue, so here I am asking the question.

Is trust to you a 100% kind of thing? It is to me, Either I trust someone or I don't. period.

I hear people saying "oh yes I trust so and so except for...[ add anything you want to this sentence]

To ME this shows one thing and one thing only, that the person...
 While I was leaving a comment in another article I was struck by a few similarities between welfare bums and politician bums. Let me know if you can think of any more.

Both welfare bums and politician bums live off the public taxpayer, they receive their check courtesy of you and I, yet we have no say so how either one can spend it.

Both welfare bums and politician bums have free health care, again who pays for it? you and I do.

In many cases Politicians have a life long job. Many...
I used to think that I didn't have a good work ethic. On the drive home today, I imagined a conversation with someone I had never met. (Six hours in the car does this to me.) I was talking with her about kids and motivation. I said, "I didn't have a very good work ethic when I was younger," but then realized that wasn't totally accurate. At the time, I was describing why I had never gotten Eagle Scout... and that's what made me think of this.

I was a Boy Scout until I enlisted in the mi...
April 27, 2007 by ReuelKB on Ramblings of an Absurdist
Let's start this blog off with an ethical question even though it may not apply today, it might later on. Should AIs of sufficient intelligence have individual rights?

Let's say you met someone and had an interesting conversation with that person. Nothing seemed unusual at all about the conversation, but you then later found out that said person was not an actual human, but an android. Essentially, this android is so well programmed, that the average person would be unable, simply by tal...
Some people think that I'm crazy. I nurture this impression to some degree, mostly for amusement value. Or perhaps they are right, in which case I likely wouldn't know, would I? Q. If I were crazy, then would it be better to convince people that I was trying to act crazy? After all, many truly crazy people can maintain a show of sanity day by day, until they lose it or their crazy plans finally bear fruit.

At the recent LOSCON 2006, I was not actually on any of the panels (been there - do...