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About Othesemo

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    Albuquerque, NM
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    Jazz Pianist
  • Interests
    Philosophy, Comp Sci., Music
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    Time turns the old days to derision, Our loves into corpses or wives; And marriage and death and division Make barren our lives

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  1. I dig your avatar

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      Thanks! Your MTG avie is one of your best.

  2. Honestly, it mostly depends on how attractive the guys are. On the measure, I'm probably neutral, but it could go up or down depending on whether they're cute.
  3. Pretty serious. I'm generally only like that with family and very close friends.
  4. Really dig this avatar :)

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      Haha, thanks, I just discovered snapchat filters :p 

  5. Do you wish you were dumber?
  6. There are a lot of people with good singing voices is the thing. Even if talent gives you a solid boost, there are a lot of other talented people who also have strong work ethics. To further exacerbate the problem, modern recording technology means that your competition is often global, rather than local, in scope (assuming you have aspirations of wide recognition, and not just playing in bars). There's a reason starving artists exist, and it isn't because anybody with talent and inclination can find success in the arts.
  7. It seems to me that this is the case with many vocations. Are people not born with natural aptitudes for mathematics, writing, or similar?
  8. Seems fine to me. Barring serious health risks/consent issues, I'm fine with people getting off however they like.
  9. I'm happy to cede this point. I do think the philosopher referred to in the OP goes a bit far in claiming that all of our beliefs must have sufficient evidence, rather than just the ones which stand to cause some negative effect.
  10. Well, yes. The point I was trying to make is that things like paying attention to a lecture, educating oneself, and so forth - things that basically determine what we think and believe - are themselves actions and thus ethical under your definition. It seems odd to me to maintain that acquiring and shaping beliefs is ethical, but holding beliefs is not. I want to say that somebody driving a bulldozer with an inadequate understanding of how to avoid accidentally killing bystanders is commiting a moral wrong. Assuming that the driver gets lucky and doesn't actually cause any harm, can your system find them to be morally at fault? How does the act of 'driving with inadequate training' differ from the act of 'driving with adequate training', except in the knowledge and beliefs of the driver?
  11. For instance, the act of education would carry ethical value? As might the act of sleeping through a lecture on safety? It's not clear to me that there's actually a meaningful distinction to be made between what we know and what we do. Surely the one follows very closely from the other?
  12. I believe in epistemic responsibility generally, but the specific example you offer doesn't particularly resonate with me. There are a lot of valid reasons to hold a belief beyond 'sufficient evidence' (which is itself a very vague and unhelpful criteria). For example, I might believe that my favorite sports team has a good chance of taking the title this year. Whether or not that belief is analytically justified, it does me a lot of good. I feel great when I imagine them lifting the cup. I can have passionate and enjoyable conversations with other fans of the team where we talk about the hot new rookie and the strong form of the veterans. Later, I can have equally passionate and enjoyable conversations where we bitch about the team's terrible luck and recount all the ways that the universe conspired against their success. I don't think there's anything wrong with people holding that sort of belief. However, I do believe that somebody e.g. operating dangerous machinery without any training is commiting a moral wrong, even if by luck they manage to avoid harming anyone. Making a decision that has meaningful potential to harm other people without a reasonable understanding of the consequences (or without reasonable steps to protect against those consequences) is blameworthy. 'Reasonable' being key, since some accidents might be wildly unlikely or impossible to predict. In that sense I suppose I would fall more in line with James - if people are getting good value out of their religious beliefs, I think everything is fine. If their religion prompted them to do terrible things (such as not vaccinating their children), that would be a problem, but really, that would be a problem whatever their motivations. I strongly disagree that beliefs are necessarily public, or that it would even theoretically be possible to empircally verify every belief we hold to help us through life.
  13. I've always enjoyed acting (and performance in general, really). Reading from a script to a distant audience is much easier and less taxing than staying engaged with somebody in front of you. No social cues to follow, no dynamic facial expressions to stay in tune with - just your own artistic vision as revealed through the lens of the production. So, I guess I wouldn't assume that being introverted would be any great downside for an actor. On the flip side, however, it's not clear to me why it would be an advantage.
  14. I get that. Often when I'm stressed or nervous about something, I'll have the urge to cry. It never really happens, but in the moment I really want it to. I don't know if it's an issue as such, unless you feel like you're unable to find any sort of outlet for your emotions. For me, the feeling usually passes fairly quickly.