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by Paolo
October 4th, 2008, 7:50 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 5402

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

Is the knowledge that my statement is not true based on your feelings or on evidence? If the former then it is not knowledge, it's belief or faith and if the latter, present your evidence. You made an assertion for which, it seems to me, there is no evidence. I also have an emotional reaction to th...
by Paolo
October 4th, 2008, 4:25 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 5402

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

Yes, I really do think that [we are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA]. It is not a "flippant throw-away comment", it is a description of exactly how things are. It is a fundamental concept that people do not seem to appreciate. Well, I am one of those people. I don't appreciate the con...
by Paolo
October 3rd, 2008, 4:05 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 8940

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

I would like to hold off on the detailed conversation with Chris until it can be shifted to a different thread - it may not be totally off-topic, but it is certainly highly tangential to it at the moment! I regard the suffering of animals as a bad enough thing that I believe human liberty should be ...
by Paolo
October 1st, 2008, 11:17 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1573

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Perhaps an example of what I mean would help clarify. In the Judæo-Christian belief system, morality is broadly founded on the Ten Commandments, with additional "guidance" interspersed throughout the Old Testament. These basic principles provide the ethical guidance upon which Judæo-Christian morali...
by Paolo
September 30th, 2008, 1:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why are we impressed by celebrity?
Replies: 45
Views: 3918

Re: Why are we impressed by celebrity?

What can I say - it was a Christmas special... only the "celebrity" panel were connected with sci/tech, the various guest "celebs" were a more mixed bag!
by Paolo
September 30th, 2008, 12:13 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1573

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Quote: "but because ethical/moral arguments are generally not objectively formulated (within the limits we have discussed previously)" Are you saying ethics / moral philosophy has no or little value and that for example Utilitarianism is of no value? Which I think, to many people, would lead to the...
by Paolo
September 30th, 2008, 10:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why are we impressed by celebrity?
Replies: 45
Views: 3918

Re: Why are we impressed by celebrity?

When I was a teenager (in the late 80's) my mum was on the "Tomorrows World Christmas Special" as one of the "celebrity" guest panel (I have no idea how they defined "celebrity", but it seemed to involve anyone with a link to techology or science fiction as the other two "celebrities" were Douglas A...
by Paolo
September 30th, 2008, 12:09 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1573

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Paolo I don't think there is much in this that I would disagree with now ----- and I think I can see what you are driving at. But are you saying ethics / morality are not only not the only basis for vegetarianism (with which I would agree, environmental and health aspects in particular are much dis...
by Paolo
September 29th, 2008, 3:04 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Make a New Word, Use a new Word
Replies: 62
Views: 6509

Re: Make a New Word, Use a new Word

The Urban Dictionary seems to be the de facto place in which to coin new terms if they are to pass into common usage. They send me a new one everyday that's a bit hit or miss (usually miss), but it does provide a reviewed facility for making new words established (since they print a hard copy of the...
by Paolo
September 29th, 2008, 2:04 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Nice New Spread
Replies: 22
Views: 3808

Re: Nice New Spread

Hi Chris, don't worry I'm not stalking you - much as I'm enjoying the conceptual jousting! Marmite is also supposed to be vegan and rich in B12 - although it is salty. Is the NATEX as good as Marmite? I'd be keen to cut my salt intake, but life without Marmite seems a bit empty, if there is a lower ...
by Paolo
September 29th, 2008, 1:24 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: The book title game
Replies: 1176
Views: 83072

Re: The book title game

Life, the universe and everything - Douglas Adams
by Paolo
September 29th, 2008, 1:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why are we impressed by celebrity?
Replies: 45
Views: 3918

Re: Why are we impressed by celebrity?

I suppose i admire those who are good at their jobs, or who contribute to 'art' in a significant way. When it comes to celebrity, as it is today, wth wastes of valuble oxygen like jade goody, it just pi44es me off. I have long since given up watching broadcast tv but i will buy DVDs of movies or in...
by Paolo
September 29th, 2008, 12:53 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1573

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Quote: "every effort should be taken to reduce subjectivity" as I said myself , but I also suggest that in the end the best we can do is to recognise our own (it seems) inevitable subjectivity and so should not talk as if objectivity and absence of bias are possible. I agree with this sentiment, ho...
by Paolo
September 29th, 2008, 10:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why are we impressed by celebrity?
Replies: 45
Views: 3918

Re: Why are we impressed by celebrity?

I've been thinking about this and I think I might have a couple of ideas that partly explain this. The social position of individuals in most mammal societies is determined by: 1) genetic relationship to the dominant animals/people 2) favourable interactions with higher status individuals within the...
by Paolo
September 29th, 2008, 7:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why are we impressed by celebrity?
Replies: 45
Views: 3918

Re: Why are we impressed by celebrity?

Alan C. wrote:
para handy
I nearly ran over some idiot who stepped out in front of my car once and I admit to being very excited when I realised it was Noel Gallagher. It just made the incident seem....special, somehow.
It's just a pity you missed him :smile:
You took the words out of my mouth!
by Paolo
September 28th, 2008, 12:48 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 19081
Views: 774626

Re: Word Association game

festival
by Paolo
September 27th, 2008, 11:39 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1573

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

I acknowledge that total objectivity may be impossible, but every effort should be taken to reduce subjectivity. What is the point of the scientific method if it isn't to reduce subjectivity in investigation? I maintain the stance that subjectivity should be minimised as much as possible, which enta...
by Paolo
September 27th, 2008, 8:36 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 8940

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

(after all, we are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA) ... :sad: Is that just a flippant throw-away comment, or do you really think that? Yes, I really do think that. It is not a "flippant throw-away comment", it is a description of exactly how things are. It is a fundamental concept tha...
by Paolo
September 27th, 2008, 8:36 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 5402

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

(after all, we are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA) ... :sad: Is that just a flippant throw-away comment, or do you really think that? Yes, I really do think that. It is not a "flippant throw-away comment", it is a description of exactly how things are. It is a fundamental concept tha...