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  1. Stek
    04-23-2015 08:04 AM
    Well, 87e30 is wrong. It is not "the same". It is pretty far from it. But the concepts are similar to some degree.
  2. Stek
    04-23-2015 08:00 AM
    Modern employment is not the same as classical slavery. But it does build on similar logic. That is my point. Of course, our situation is so incredibly much better, that some people get offended on behalf of actual slaves when this comparison is being pointed out.
  3. Stek
    04-23-2015 07:53 AM
    Calm down. I said they build on a similar logic. We are "slaves" to society. We do what society tells us to do, or else. There is no "master" because the system governs itself. But if you don't submit to the system, you are fucked.
  4. Stek
    04-23-2015 07:04 AM
    Yes, it is stretching it. It is a form of slavery, in a mild sense, but with a similar logic. It all depends on your definition of course. If you define slavery literally as it appear in the bible, then this is not it.

    But we are not free from society. We go to work to get money to cover our expenses. I'd rather not. But I have to. It is a brilliant self-sustaining process. There is no "master" but society itself. And money is what makes it all go around. But this is a completely new discussion that I didn't really want to get into. Just a comparison.
  5. Stek
    04-23-2015 03:06 AM
    Thanks, but I already agree. In fact, I would also support the argument that we are all slaves to society (job/expenses). In that sense, one could argue that we live by the biblical god's rules, and that we accept our slavery. We just don't accept every form of slavery.
  6. Kisai
    04-21-2015 09:11 AM
    I'd like to make a better argument, but certain chuckleheads, who make a habit of lying to people, would use my arguments for their own ends.
  7. kosh
    04-20-2015 01:28 PM
    kosh commented on Does this analogy work?
    You're digressing at this point.
  8. Monte314
    04-16-2015 03:44 PM
    Monte314 commented on How to not answer questions?
    Hee! Hee!
  9. dontfuckwithme
    04-13-2015 01:14 PM
    dontfuckwithme commented on A Philosopher Goes to Church: Part Deux
    Great post and thread idea.
  10. Zsych
    04-08-2015 07:44 PM
    Zsych commented on Indiana Passing SB-101
    good one.
  11. SkyBright
    02-13-2015 05:20 PM
    My point is it's not a loss. The "potential allies" you think I lost didn't exist. Those comments are just meant to shame or embarrass me into thinking if only I had acted differently then I could have controlled other people's reactions and made them my friends. That truly would be delusional if I thought I could do that. So, what, Tocsin isn't going to like me? Imperator is going to think I'm an idiot? You aren't going to be my buddy and tell me how wonderful I am?

    Yeah, I think I am already in that position. Nothing has changed in that respect.
  12. SkyBright
    02-13-2015 02:05 PM
    SkyBright commented on Know to believe God!
    This would bother me except I was already alienated. So I alienated people who already looked at me as an oddity among other things. Is that a loss for me?
  13. Monte314
    02-04-2015 11:09 PM
    Yes, I know about vaccination schedules, and am fully aware that infants are at risk of infection by communicable diseases. That fact alone, however, does not make the case for any *specific* legal remedy. How to deal with their susceptibility is a separate issue... and one that is the concern and responsibility principally of their parents.
  14. Monte314
    No... just being silly...
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  16. Mohammad
    02-02-2015 05:12 PM
    I tried watchuseek. The overwhelming response was that this model in particular is extremely rare. And the NAWCC forum didn't produce any results, either. Any suggestions? Maybe a friend of yours knows a friend who knows where to get these items? Please feel free to PM me. Thank you for everything so far.
  17. Mohammad
    02-01-2015 06:40 PM
    Hi, clockman40. I am looking for a Seiko Blue Spark (SCVS013). Would you happen to know where I can find one? I've tried ebay, Amazon, and watch forums without any success. Please help? Thank you.
  18. Zsych
    01-31-2015 03:51 PM
    It's still your mind making choices... Even if the choices are made on a subconscious level. There is reasoning of sorts there, in even the most emotional actions... It just might not be tied well to your conscious understanding of things.

    The conscious mind is a thin layer created by the systems underneath... But it's the systems underneath that really determine stuff. How to move your hands in accordance with an intent? What you can consciously remember in a given situation? (The memories are there - they may not be judged relevant and made accessible in the current context... Even if you would consciously consider them relevant ... but the conscious mind can only actively work with so much, so what its fed does have be managed... And sometimes the information pulled isn't what it ideally should be)
  19. Zsych
    01-31-2015 02:45 PM
    The concept of free will has an aspect of divinity or magic to it. If one runs into a problem though, how would one make a choice? By experience and some type of personal understanding, or some kind of randomness that derives from your soul and isn't a function of your nature and past?

    If you could be sent back in time, but also had all memories from that point forward erased and had to make the same choices again, what reason would you have to make others, while not knowing better?


    I think we expect more from it than we should though. All choices we make are expressions of our unique personality and knowledge. Our actions derive from who we are at that time, and in terms of responsibility - within a human scope - both good and bad actions would derive from our nature at that time... And thus praise or correction / punishment, with a goal of making things better, would need to be applied to that person that we are.

    We are mostly free and independent agents, adapting to or environments.
  20. Zsych
    01-30-2015 06:52 PM
    Free will has an interesting premise. It essentially puts responsibility on the person (or should)... Which is often useful (if they aren't choosing to be rebellious), but one does also often up up making people responsible for things they didn't choose, or problems you know that average humans realistically will not manage to get out of, because they are limited by their habits (kinda for good reason... unfortunately, you can adapt to unfortunate environments - making you functional there but unable to get out)

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