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  1. "Tuning" can also indicate a simple physical chain of causation. That we are alive in this particular form does fit the specific prexisting physical condition of liquid water extremely well.
  2. Of course that is the process. Note that is is the recognition of the fact that people fail to govern their own behavior which creates the need for government to exist. And today the size of government indicates catastrophic personal failure.
  3. moralist

    Animal rights

    That's admirable... just as long as we don't model our behavior after monkeys.
  4. moralist

    Animal rights

    ...and don't forget to get your flu shots.
  5. moralist

    Animal rights

    It's fine to regard ourselves as rational animals as long as we know better than to use animals as models for our behavior.
  6. Since that is true... I'll rely on the reality of the consequences of my own actions to be the judge that always renders an objective verdict.
  7. I see that from a slightly different location... In my view, rights are self evident... however, the enjoyment of those rights depends upon living a moral life deserving of those rights. Anarchy would work just fine, but only if everyone governed themselves. It is those who fail to govern themselves who draw government into existence to do it for them.
  8. moralist

    Animal rights

    Yes... because when people abandon reason you are dealing with animals.
  9. Of course Bob will continue to believe that his life is better than his non-life regardless of his immoral actions. However, reality is the difference between what Bob believes and what is. Your point is well taken.
  10. Thanks, weaver. That's purely an individual preference I relish. Just as transcendents are useful in mathematics, I find that they are also useful in life.
  11. While that is relatively true, the question needs to be asked: Life as what is better than non-life? Does this hold true for Bob if he has murdered your wife? The answer is that non-life becomes better than life for Bob in the instant that he forfeits his right to life by his own immoral actions.
  12. That's true. Producing a useful service can be just as wealth producing as producing a product... but it is impossible to secure economic independence without producing something of value to others.
  13. moralist

    Animal rights

    Sometimes it depends on the person... Some engines run on gas while others run on diesel. I tried going vegetarian as an experiment, because I noticed that I regularly came down with the flu around the holidays when there was traditionally a lot of heavy meat eating. I did it gradually over a period of a few years to make the change easy. And once the process was complete in 1980 I never got the flu again.
  14. moralist

    Animal rights

    It's "molested as kids"... and it's beneficial for us to be grateful to God.
  15. Do you think that it would be more likely for life to be fine tuned by the universe?
  16. What of the rights required to exist when the social context happens to be an Islamist terrorist state under Sharia law, or a cannibal tribe where consuming human flesh is considered to be a virtue? Surely there must be a finer standard than the social context of whatever the popular collective consensus happens to be?
  17. Does that mean that you question the approach of computing using the irrational number pi? Or advocate that the imaginary square root of minus one be banned from being used in equations? What about the logic defying fact of there being an infinite amount of numbers between zero and one? Is this also to be branded as heresy? Clearly, mathematics wisely makes allowances for the transcendent. And that same allowance can also be usefully applied to other areas of life.
  18. moralist

    Animal rights

    Animals deal with each other by force and not reason, although that is not a justification for how humans should deal with other humans. But it is a reason for humans to deal with animals the way animals deal with animals. So there is nothing morally wrong with eating animals... and I'm a vegetarian, but only for health reasons and not moral ones. Hey, do you know the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan? Vegetarians don't eat meat... while vegans don't want anyone else to eat meat.
  19. There are. Mathematicians have ways to logically compute irrational and imaginary numbers. There's no reason this same approach can't apply to other things.
  20. What an odd response... when the quote in my post was Ayn Rand's words. You are correct to add that context, Nicky, and I'm glad you posted the reminder so that no one becomes confused. I am not an Objectivist. I only literally applied the writings of Ayn Rand to secure my own financial independence as a Capitalist. Being more of a doer than a thinker, the ideas of Ayn Rand are not an intellectual exercise for me. They are a specific literal plan of action. As long as intentions remain unrealized by actions, they are irrelevant.
  21. Yes... and so are responsibilities. For no one who fails to live a life deserving of rights will ever enjoy them. For example: There is a responsibility to moral actions inherent to the right to property.
  22. The real question to ask yourself is... How did Hank and Dagny resolve the situation? ...and then to do what they did. That's what I did by taking Ayn Rand's precience literally... ...and acting on it.
  23. If I understand you... you're looking for a description of the affirmative principle upon which all individual rights rest. That's a worthy endeavor.
  24. It's not special. It's universal. Everyone has the same opportunity to freely choose. Yes, you most certainly can. For every truth is double edged and cuts both ways. No matter what we choose... everyone gets exactly what they deserve as the consequences of their choice.
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