less harmful to society and people (kids included) than booze, tobacco or extreme sports. a free people do not need their neighbors or government to tell them what they can and can not eat, drink or imbibe. (Jun 6, 2011 | post #5)
Out of state money and special interests have driven Oregon into the ditch. Time for a change? Exactly - time for Oregon to "just say no" to out of state millionaires and their boot licking toadies. (Oct 15, 2010 | post #29)
Elect Dudd-ley, and Oregon will have change. About 37 cents, to go around between everyone who makes less than a Million a year. Students and schools will be the first losers. People who work for a living (who earn wages) will be next. If you want a state run by the rich for the rich, elect Dudd-ley. (Oct 15, 2010 | post #28)
I support public schools (Oct 15, 2010 | post #3)
opposed to Citizens for Nazi Propoganda, or whoever it is supporting Robinson (Oct 15, 2010 | post #2)
for unions, and public education. against wealth managers and tax cuts for the rich (Oct 15, 2010 | post #26)
Naturalism? Humans are natural, as are our consrtructs. Just as natural as termite hills or bird nests. Perfection is a loaded term, it is static. It can never exist in the real, dynamic universe. (Aug 31, 2010 | post #2887)
atheists and theists alike are liable to such errors. Not all, but some in each camp, to be sure. 'Man' is, in fact, the measure of all things, but only a fool believes that the 'man' spoken of is one singular person, who happens to be himself. (Aug 31, 2010 | post #4392)
Not exactly a school pf philosophical thought, though I often confuse such issues. Useful ---> utility ---> Utilitarian I grok your terminology, your context, your goals and the difficulty you face in avoiding the hot buttons in the brain. (Aug 31, 2010 | post #4391)
Some might argue that "heroic', 'heartless', and the like are imprecise as well. Some discussions and topics cannot be discussed without such imprecise terms, or value judgements. Not everyone will share values, but a persons values are put on display by the terms they use, and the context they use them in. (Aug 31, 2010 | post #4390)
apologies for the double posting. I got the error message and reposted. (Aug 31, 2010 | post #95)
You seem to have a nonstandard definition of evil - one aimed at believers, simply because they believe, and are willing to fight for their right to believe. As long as their acts in defense of their beliefs do no harm, I cannot say that I agree. I define the word differently. My working definition is that it is an opinion, held in a brain, concerning an action or relationship by or between moral beings. Further, it concerns actions or relationships that are 'unfair', 'unjust', unnecessarily 'harmful', 'coercive', 'malicious', etc, etc, etc. In short, a value judgment concerning actions or relationships that a moral observer finds viscerally repellent, esthetically unappealing and rationally unjustified. Labeling people as 'evil' I see as quite presumptuous, though I occasionally find myself yielding temptation in that regard. I would disagree with your assertion about science as well. I know that murder, rape, and child molestation are 'evil', yet such knowledge lies beyond the reach of 'science'. Science can provide us with trivia (facts) and with understanding (theories), but I think that wisdom lies beyond its reach. (Aug 31, 2010 | post #94)
Obama is going to win re-election. He is an American citizen. He was born in Hawaii. He is a Christian. He is a moderate. He is a disapointment to liberals. The Rethuglicans (party of treason and traitors) will run Sarah Palin - the quitter, the religious nut, and the idiot, guaranteeing an Obama second term. The tea baggers (treasonous wannabes, enemies of law, government and supporters of a constitution they have not read and do not understand) may field their own candidate, splitting the Rethuglican vote, further lowering the Rethuglican vote total, and wasting a lot of money in the process. Barry White (Obama) is a disapointment to members of the Democratic Party, as he is to all effects a moderate Republican, and a supporter of corporate America, but he is the Democratic Party leader, our highest elected official, and the best chance we have of making any political gains. Maybe, just maybe, in his second term, he will act like one, and follow thru on Universal Health Care, the repeal of DOMA, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and other Liberal, Democratic Party platform issues. Thanks again to all the Rethuglicans and Tea Baggers, for being too stupid, and too treasonous, to beat a weak DINO. (Aug 30, 2010 | post #56)
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