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I am curious to here what we have to say about the ideas of "ludwig wittgenstein". That our world is limited language. I have used his ideas to make myself understood.
Posted by By Mokvon | 2 comments | TX, USA | Last Jan 16, 2019
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When does the child mind grasp the concept of reality? Especially when their minds are filled with fantasies like nursery rhymes, easter bunnies and of course the man in the red suit by the time they ...
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 9 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Jan 17, 2019
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. LOL I just learned something about why tRump has so many supporters. It’s called the Dunning-Kreuger effect [en.wikipedia.org] Basically too stupid to realize how stupid you are. This is dependent...
Posted by By JackPedigo | 3 comments | Lopez Island, Washington, USA | Last Jan 8, 2019
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"The judge a book by the cover mentality is arrogant in nature" Thoughts?
Posted by By Secular_Squirrel | 6 comments | Lafayette, USA | Last Jan 9, 2019
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I do not walk , linger, tread or run in circles, squares or even triangles. Nor do I walk upon a straight line or live within the box. Therefore, in the norm of common existence I am orphaned, or ...
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 0 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Dec 29, 2018
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Did Adam have a belly button? [en.wikipedia.org] Crazy philosophical attempt to make religion fit science. Procronism ”I venture to suggest that not only the Planets and Satellites of this...
Posted by By JackPedigo | 3 comments | Lopez Island, Washington, USA | Last Dec 29, 2018
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Question about logical fallacies: I've been thinking that in a lot of the policy and government discussions I see, the logic (or lack?) seems to go like this: - your argument for x is not only ...
Posted by By kmaz | 9 comments | Nogales, USA | Last Dec 17, 2018
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The Most Complicated question ever asked. WHY? and WHY NOT is not an acceptable response. To use it would actually be plageristic....lol. So, WHY? The answer lives in the deepest regions of your ...
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 4 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Nov 4, 2018
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It's a bit of a generalization but, almost all the philosophers I studied seemed to have one or two things in common, they all seemed years ahead of their time and were misunderstood by many of the ...
Posted by By RichieO | 8 comments | Co. Clare Ireland, Ireland | Last Dec 25, 2018
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More material to consider in regard to current America. "All this was inspired by the principle, which is quite true in itself, that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; ...
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Posted by By DoDapper | 6 comments | MN, USA | Last Oct 27, 2018
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"What is normal?" Gordi La Forge. "Normal is what is everyone else is and you are not." Dr. Soran.
Posted by By DoDapper | 12 comments | MN, USA | Last Jan 1, 2019
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[EDIT: MISATTRIBUTION: Despite my original assertions, I cannot find a definitive attribution or original context of this quote. It appears to be a construct and misattribution, combining a paragraph ...
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Posted by By DoDapper | 6 comments | MN, USA | Last Oct 26, 2018
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What do you think would have happened if feudalism would have been left in tact to evolve...
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 9 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Oct 24, 2018
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Why is it that so many humans cannot accept a very simple fact?; that we are as individuals just a collection of bio-chemical components with a shelf life of about 80 years. Then we simply revert to ...
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 13 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Nov 17, 2018
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Beyond the superficial scope of the conscious mind exists the subconscious which is a corridor to the Ether-conscious mind. A side trip through the imagination can be exhilarating as well and a fun ...
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 4 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Oct 13, 2018
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How to gain freewill Step 1-Accept that freewill does not exist Step 2-Realize that the reason it doesn't exist is because your programming determines your actions and not you directly. Step ...
Posted by By Secular_Squirrel | 11 comments | Lafayette, USA | Last Nov 1, 2018
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So. Why do people expect others to accept their reality but scoff at other people's reality.
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 11 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Oct 18, 2018
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I'm interested in opinions on what Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in, "A Study in Scarlet": “I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such ...
Posted by By sfvpool | 8 comments | CA, USA | Last Oct 5, 2018
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I always believed wisdom would come with age but as I entered the realm of senior citizen ship I found myself smack in the middle of my second childhood and sharing my fantasies and imagination in the...
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 2 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Sep 13, 2018
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I am subject to change because the world around me never stays the same
Posted by By DonaldHRoberts | 3 comments | Gore Bay, Canada | Last Sep 13, 2018
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Big bang theory plagerzing biblical ? John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, the word was with god and was god. (This sounds like a description of an onomatopoeia before obomatopoeia was coined ...
Posted by By Antifred | 6 comments | TX, USA | Last Oct 19, 2018
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I may be wrong, but I see religiosity as more of a generational belief system. Meaning it's something that is instituted and perpetuated from the parental role onto their offspring. Obviously, there's...
Posted by By Gator | 8 comments | DALLAS, USA | Last Sep 4, 2018
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Philosophy book by a friend of mine. This was written by a friend of mine here near Nogales, AZ, USA (near the border with Mexico). I'm not "recommending it" but it seems "ok" so far (I'm about ...
Posted by By kmaz | 1 comments | Nogales, USA | Last Sep 3, 2018
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In case you haven't seen it, there's a TV show called The Good Place. It's a comedy series with Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, amongst others. Why am I posting about a tv show in the philosophy group, ...
Posted by By shebaloney | 6 comments | Charm City, USA | Last Oct 15, 2018
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Okay so, imagine a Platonic Aristocracy as envisioned by Plato, now let's say that we modify such by forcing Epicurean communes into the structure and have them dot the land ruled by said form of ...
Posted by By Secular_Squirrel | 2 comments | Lafayette, USA | Last Aug 18, 2018


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