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  1. Doug Morris

    Potential rights... abortion vs. comas etc.

    In some respects, a person in a coma is a potential similar to a fetus. But a person in a coma also has a history as an actual and normally has earned a lot during that history.
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    A theory of "theory"

    Spooky Kitty, I take it that you're thinking of causality in terms of one event causing another, contrary to the view preferred by Rand, that actions are caused by the entities that act. Is this a fair statement?
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    Reblogged:Lucas on Setting New Expectations

    How tardy was the employee? Was there an excuse, and how plausible was it?
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    Coercive School Photos

    I vaguely remember something similar when I was a kid in school, and that was over 50 years ago.
  5. You phrase your question generally. The answer might vary with the individual, especially if there are variations in the reasons why people are homosexual. An Objectivist psychiatrist I saw long ago told me about introspecting, looking inside yourself, to see what's going on and why. If you want to make changes, you have to get all the way down to the mental processes that led to the subconscious (automatized) premises that are governing your emotions. (A logical error? An overgeneralization?) He also said that attempting to reason out what's going on is incompatible with introspecting, so one must avoid the former to succeed at the latter. I eventually came up with my own example, which I did not share with him, that may help clarify this. Suppose you are seated at a table with a place mat in front of you, and the question comes up whether there is something under the place mat, and if so, what. You can try to reason it out, or you can lift up the place mat and look. The latter will work better. Sometimes introspecting can be a lot harder than lifting up a place mat, especially if there are defense mechanisms in the way. He compared it to trying to remember something, which is sometimes hard. It might come to you at a time when you aren't consciously trying. One thing you would need to get at in your introspecting is whether it is partially or wholly, and if the former, what else there is. I wish you well.
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    Why follow reason?

    The sentence of mine that I just quoted was my main point, a response to your statements that I am quoting here. Ayn Rand has already explained this more fully.
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    Why follow reason?

    sjw, There is a difference between what humans sometimes do and what is best for them to do, given their nature. Some humans have doused themselves with gasoline and set themselves afire. It is possible to make an argument, based on the nature of human beings, why this is a bad idea. Even someone with a debilitating terminal disease who is ready to end it would do better to take an overdose of sleeping pills combined with an overdose of painkillers washed down with something alcoholic or to shoot themselves in the brain or both.
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    Reblogged:A Case for Arranged Marriage

    Miss Manners once had a column in which she said she opposed arranged marriages. She considered marriages achieved by advertising for a partner to be arranged marriages. Points similar to those made by Captain Awkward apply to advertising for a partner.
  9. As I understand it, a person who focuses narrowly on a living organism might conclude that life is inconsistent with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, but a person who takes into account the effect of the organism on its environment will see no conflict.
  10. If anyone wants to argue that the second law of thermodynamics conflicts with free will, one way to get some perspective might be to see what happens to their argument if we substitute mortality for the second law of thermodynamics. Or if their emphasis is more short term, substitute gravity for the second law of thermodynamics.
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    Race Realism

    The April, 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine has some articles on race that shed light.
  12. Doug Morris

    Race Realism

    I don't know how well the HHS author manuscript holds up as a proof of genetic influences on political ideology. But even leaving that aside, two points. To what extent is it showing racial differences, and to what extent is it showing individual genetic differences that cut across racial lines? These studies were carried out in a context in which most people do not have good philosophy to guide them and many choices are made emotionally. This leaves people open to all sorts of influences, including any genetic tendencies that may exist. To the extent that people have better philosophy and choose rationally instead of emotionally, they will be less subject to such influences.
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    Race Realism

    One complication in applying racial concepts to humans is that there is more interbreeding among humans than within most other species. If A tests with an IQ of 180 and B tests with an IQ of 80, A should still respect B as an individual and consider B's statements rationally.
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    Question about methods of questioning

    How about simply "What do you think of this"? If he wants to know the reason for the question, tell him that in order to avoid biasing him, you'll give him the reason after he answers.
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    Sex and Trade

    Veritas, sex at its best is a response to fundamental virtues, as Nicky said. This makes it a special, very high value.
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