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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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1080

[ 22/10/20 Mischele posted a newspaper clip on her facebook page – 1080 Detected in workers] If you’ve been eating puha, then you might detect 1080 in your body. It occurs naturally in puha, at very low levels – not … 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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The greatest problem for humanity

[ 12/10/20 ] The biggest and most important problem, is how to get global (and beyond) cooperation between all levels of self aware language capable agents present. The survival, security, prosperity and freedom of all of us depend upon this. … 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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Perspectives, responsibility

[ 9/10/20 On Michael Skye’s facebook page] There is certainly great value in being able to see multiple perspectives, and part of that which is really powerful is being able to see the systemic evolutionary drivers of the classes of … 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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