Category Archives: Philosophy

Are solipsism and open individualism beneath the surface the same view?

Are solipsism and open individualism beneath the surface the same view? [ 28/10/20 ] That does not seem to be the case. There is a sense in which it seems probable that Descarte got one thing right, “cogito ergo sum”. … Continue reading

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Laurie’s Blog – A box of Chocolates

Laurie’s Blog – A box of Chocolates [ 20/10/20 ] Unfortunately, since going sugar free vegan I haven’t found a chocolate that is those things and tasty. As to navigating life, its finding a balance between the many things that … Continue reading

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Can philosophy help in solving the perennial chicken and egg problem?

[ 19/10/20 ] No. Because there isn’t a chicken and egg problem. The process of evolution, leading from relatively simple replicating molecules (probably in alkaline “white smokers” using H+ ions from geothermal chemistry in the first instance) through archea to … Continue reading

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Is socialism the future of our civilization?

Is socialism the future of our civilization? [ 18/10/20 ] If by socialism you mean a system where all property is owned by the group as a whole, then no – such a centrally controlled system is open to multiple … Continue reading

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What do you feel entitled to and why?

Daniel S asked on facebook – What do you feel entitled to and why?(This is an earnest inquiry.) [ 18/10/20 ] I don’t feel entitled to anything. There are many things that seem to be required for my long term … Continue reading

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What should matter most

What should matter the most to an individual, his own welfare or society’s? [ 18/10/20 ] Both are essential. Neither works without the other. Exactly where the balance lies will be different for each of us in different contexts; and … Continue reading

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Lifeboat foundation link to Neuralink

[ 12/10/20 Lifeboat foundation link to Neuralink] So many levels of trust required for that to happen that I simply do not have in the economic and political and technological systems we have at present. Far too much incentive to … Continue reading

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Moral responsibility and climate change

Should we hold individuals morally responsible for climate change? [ 8/10/20 ] What do you mean by moral responsibility? Are we morally responsible for supporting an economic system that guarantees poverty for the masses rather than one that ensures that … Continue reading

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Rights and responsibilities

Facebook post by Diana Paulikas [ 7/10/20 Facebook post by Diana Paulikas (#workprocastination) on “The American experiment”] The last time I was in Washington DC I literally wept as I read the inscriptions on the buildings and sidewalks that held … Continue reading

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Systems and Rules – Deb’s Facebook page

Deb’s facebook page [ 2/10/20 ] Rule based systems have always been problematic. In order to work, they always have to be mixed with values based systems; which is why the people we select as judges within our systems is … Continue reading

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