Category Archives: Philosophy

Would it be unethical to say that there are too many people on Earth?

Would it be unethical to say that there are too many people on Earth? [ 22/April/21 ] At present – yes. That would imply one valued some other metric higher than individual life and security, and the long term probability … Continue reading

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Response to Elon’s – maximize freedom – comment

Comment to Elon Musk – My Final Warning [ 21/April/21 ] Maximizing freedom is self terminating. What is needed is to maximize freedom with minimal risk to life. Every level of structure has necessary constraints required to support that level … Continue reading

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Not knowing

[Foundations of Logic – Feynmann quote – Its ok to say I don’t know!] [ 21/April/21 Its ok to say “I don’t know!” There is no shame in that! The only shame is to pretend that we know everything.] We … Continue reading

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What is the central theme that makes up the moral law that governs the earth and the earth itself and inhabitants?

What is the central theme that makes up the moral law that governs the earth and the earth itself and inhabitants? [ 20/April/21 ] The survival of complexity over deep time and across a wide variety of dynamic contexts. If … Continue reading

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Hobbes or Locke?

Who gives the better account of the state of nature, Hobbes or Locke? [ 12/April/21 ] To me it is a bit like asking who gives a better account of quantum mechanics, Pythagoras or Plato? Both Locke and Hobbes base … Continue reading

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Intellectual understanding

How could people of intellectual revolutionary times possibly deal with these revolutionary ideas and discoveries of the intellectuals such of Darwin and Copernicus? [ 31/Mar/21 ] One needs to think about the idea of ideas. What is it to model … Continue reading

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Daniel on the Tao

Daniel Schmachtenberger [ 28/Mar/21 Daniel S wrote this on his facebook page:{The dance of the Tao and the ten thousand things‘The knowledge which is knowable is not the eternal knowledge,The Tao that is namable is not the eternal Tao.Naming gives … Continue reading

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What makes us unique?

If we, as a species, share some characteristics, we’re all individuals. What are the factors that make a person unique [ 27/Mar/21 ] To start to build an understanding of similarities and differences one needs to start to understand the … Continue reading

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Rights and responsibilities

[ 26/Mar/21 Ngaio posted a Cherokee Elder statement about the differences between rights and responsibilities focus of cultures.] Freedom without responsibility necessarily destroys the conditions that made it possible. Freedom only ever works with responsibility. We all need to make … Continue reading

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Is ethics without religion possible

[ 14/Mar/21 Walter Kant – The Foundations of Logic – Is Ethics without religion possible?] Yes. When one understands the strategic systemic underpinnings of the process of evolution, and one has a reasonable self interest in living a very long … Continue reading

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