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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Eliminating Ignorance

    by , 11-07-2015 at 07:44 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    One Scintilla At a Time

    Earlier today I saw the headline: “New York is investigating Exxon Mobil for allegedly misleading the public about climate change.” My comment when I shared it on Facebook was: “I'm glad I'm not paying for this witch-hunt, because nothing will be proven, but it is possible that it will be shown how questionable some of the so-called science is.” But this is nothing compared to some reporting on actual scientific papers.

    For one example, you ...
  2. Good, What Is It?

    by , 11-03-2015 at 08:20 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    After writing a little about Cynicism I started wondering about good and virtue, as used in relation to the Cynics. What are they, and should we care? That's what happens when one thinks about Ancient Greek philosophy.

    So what is "good"? There are many books by noted philosophers that comment on that question. Personally, I don't think there is a good definition, unless one circumscribes the word with so many conditions that it means barely anything. What's good for whom? ...
  3. Culture Versus Nature

    by , 10-30-2015 at 03:44 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently, I made the mistake of joining an online discussion of religious exemptions to certain laws; discussions such as, whether a baker should be legally required to make a wedding cake for a gay couple getting married, if his religion finds that abhorrent. Or whether American Indians should be able to hunt eagles for their feathers as part of their religious activity. Even with people who are quite open-minded this is a potentially explosive subject. My opinion is that persons who have religious ...
  4. Lumping or Splitting

    by , 10-24-2015 at 04:28 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Don't Box Me In

    On a board that I am a member of someone casually and largely sarcastically posted that philosophy is dead. I protested that just because he didn’t call things philosophy didn’t mean that philosophy is no longer. The discussion started with respect to the subgenres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. These subcategories are just conveniences for publishers and suggestions to booksellers as to where particular books should be displayed.

  5. The Plot Thickens

    by , 10-21-2015 at 03:21 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I was planning to write about the problem of police acting as if they had the high justice, but everyone knows about that already. But the matter of eliminating government by laws and establishing government by men is more important, and the 2016 presidential election may be important to that.

    There was an article on that suggested that Trump should be regarded as a real candidate, instead of as a joke. ...

    Updated 10-21-2015 at 04:55 PM by PeterL