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Comment Re:... lol. (Score 1) 609 609

...a vain, paranoid demagogue, who knows that if his people ever come in contact with the outside world and realize that the rest of the world is mostly full of nice, reasonable people... they'll all rise up and murder him in his sleep.

Are you talking about Glen Beck?

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Comment Re:Was 9/11 an invasion? (Score 1) 409 409

I throw out a topically appropriate Adam Sandler quote and get Flamebaited!? Who are these mods? Informative? That guy didn't make a single substantive claim anywhere in that mess of an argument. He just shouted things and insulted stuff. This place is losing its cred and fast.

Comment Re:Was 9/11 an invasion? (Score 0, Flamebait) 409 409

I just wasted my time reading that post and what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Comment Re:Plato (Score 5, Insightful) 532 532

I think what you are referring to is Plato's "forms". The objects we encounter merely participate in the -ness of the perfect forms which reside in what is playfully (or pejoratively) called Plato's Heaven. So my chair is a chair because it has the property "chairness", that is, there is a perfect chair that resides outside of our perceptual reality that lends its form to my chair. It is a bit more detailed but that is the gist. Aristotle was right to abandon it.
And as for the comments below about the distinction between philosophy and physics, both Descartes and Newton were considered philosophers. Most contemporary philosophy, though, relies heavily on the natural sciences to support or confute philosophical theories. Philosophy of mind works with cognitive science, philosophy of language with various natural sciences, and metaphysics with chemistry, physics, mathematics, etc... I prefer Wittgenstein's definition of philosophy from the Tractatus. He calls philosophy an "activity" that is meant to sharpen and hone the critical thinking necessary in scientific inquiry. There are many cases where philosophical theories have been supported by scientific investigation just as many have been thrown out because certain scientific hypotheses do not support them.

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