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  1. mickthinks added a post in a topic Recipes   

    Stupidity removed - HH.
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  2. mickthinks added a post in a topic Time   

    Hello Craven!

    We are just adding up these 'Cycles' to form our own 'Timeline'. I think this is similar to the point I made here;
    According to A-theory (if I understand it) the present is always with us and it's all we can experience.

    And what we experience is change in the form of events. Some of these are so familiar, regular and dependable, that we have developed the habit of counting them. These include the disappearances and reappearances of heavenly bodies, the flowering and falling of trees and plants, the ebb and flow of the sea, and latterly, the swings of pendulums and vibrations of crystals etc.

    According to A-theory then, the present doesn't flow anywhere, not at the rate of a sec/sec or at any other rate. Changes just happen, dawns just break, clocks just tick, and we just grow older, and if we're lucky, wiser.
    It's good to have you at the Library!

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  3. mickthinks added a post in a topic Introduce yourself here...   

    Good to see you Lali!
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  4. mickthinks added a post in a topic Studying Philosophy with Phenomenal Memory   

    Yeah, I took that course. But I don't remember much about it...
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  5. mickthinks added a post in a topic Thought for the day.   

    I get by with a little help from my friends - John Lennon
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  6. mickthinks added a post in a topic Thought for the day.   

    Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. CG Jung
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  7. mickthinks added a post in a topic Thought for the day.   

    There is a state of mind, known to religious men, but to no others, in which the will to assert ourselves and hold our own has been displaced by a willingness to close our mouths and be as nothing in the floods and waterspouts of God. William James
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  8. mickthinks added a post in a topic Introduce yourself here...   

    Welcome ElectricBlu!

    Clever people can also be oppressive in their own way, so keep your neighbours sweet! You may need them to give you a break from us!

    May you live long and contribute!

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  9. mickthinks added a topic in Influence   

    Big Brother's Exciting New Kidney Auction Show!
    Apparently a Dutch TV station says it will go ahead with a programme from Big Brother creators Endemol, due to be screened on Friday night, in which a terminally ill woman selects one of three patients to receive her kidneys*. Viewers will also be able to send in their advice by text message during the 80-minute show. BBC story

    If it's a joke then it's in very poor taste. The libertarian in me shrugs and says "if that's what the people want, let them get on with it", but the idea that Endemol can make money like this really, really disturbs me.

    *This doesn't ring true, but that's a side issue, I think.
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  10. mickthinks added a post in a topic Ontology of simultanety? (relativity)   

    ...each of us possess our own personal measure of time...
    Eric Lewis has a thought-provoking take on this in The New Yorker

    Mick 8)
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  11. mickthinks added a post in a topic Slagging off Celebrities   

    Thanks murali284!

    I think that Celebrities are fair game for saying bad things behind their backs (as long as its true) as they know that people will talk about them when they chose to become celebrities.
    Yes, this is a form of the "Celebrities have it coming" justification mentioned in the OP, and I want to challenge it.

    It is true that some people can expect to be badly treated because of choices they have made. I don't see how that becomes a defence of the bad treatment, though. When I was a lad I remember there was a tendency for crusty old judges to exhonerate rapists on the grounds that the woman's choice of skirt, or choice of club, or choice of route home, was "asking for it". The harm here may not be comparable, but the ethics are the same, I think, and the 'excuse' is just as shoddy and shameful.

    I agree with you that it is perfectly ethical to offer one's honest opinion of other people, whomever they may be, provided it is done responsibly*. I can see no justification for a double-standard which judges it 'fair game' for some and "right out of order" for others, depending on our relationship with them.

    *Yes, I know this is a vague catch-all. I am happy to get diverted onto what being responsible might mean here if anyone thinks it would be worthwhile.
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  12. mickthinks added a post in a topic The Irreducibility of the B-series   

    Thanks David!

    I think that strictly, if you step "outside" the B series, there is no NOW;
    Yes, and if we are describing McTaggart's 'proof' and trying to understand it, I think we need to be strict about how we use the terms he defined.

    I was trying to follow the proof as it was originally laid out by Beast, and I found it confusing. (I don't think I am the only one.) I think at least part of this confusion is down to there not being a strict separation between McTaggart's terminology and terminology introduced from elsewhere.

    ...once you introduce consciousness, there is a NOW, in both the B series and the A series; in fact, I think this is the beginning of the whole poroblem of Time.
    Yes, I'm sure you're right here. We can imagine a B-series without imagining any observer. In such a series there is no special, 'privileged' moment, they seem all equally real. But an A-series implies an observer for whom the past is a memory and the future is uncertain. And once you have the observer's A-series you can superimpose it on a B-series and easily get tangled up in the resulting confusion.

    But for our purposes, we need not accept either the A or B series, or certainly not the way that he mooted them.

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  13. mickthinks added a post in a topic Thought for the day.   

    Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig.
    Robert Heinlein
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  14. mickthinks added a post in a topic Slagging off Celebrities   

    My mistake! I would have conveyed my ideas better by asking whether one can be rude about someone behind their back. If replacing 'to' with 'about' makes a difference and you agree that it is possible to be rude about someone if they don't hear it, BDS, then I'm sorry for misleading you.

    There is no such thing as being
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  15. mickthinks added a post in a topic A Kafkaesque Crime   

    Do you know this or are you speculating, qualia? I did consider the possibility that as a piece of artisitic expression, the essay would not have the same protection as political and religious expression enjoys under the 1st. But I've only found references to Lee's being charged with disorderly conduct; nothing about obscenity charges. Perhaps disorderly conduct includes obscene writing, but even so I'd be surprised if the Miller Test were deemed to be applicable to a school assignment, particularly this 'uncensored' one.

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