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Comment: Re: Oh, he's back from his tour of the universes? (Score 1) 233 233

Question: would this count as another universe?: Go to the edge of the cluster allegedly started at the Big Bang; go out another distance equal to the diameter of our present universe which we suppose to be empty space; and find there the "easternmost" edge of another cluster centered on its own Big Bang. Or would another universe be something overlapping us as in Marvel/DC comics, with its own vibrational (?) character or whatever. Just asking.

Comment: Don't murder or bear false witness (Score 1) 774 774

It's always been as easy as pie to plausibly slander or libel someone, just as it's always been relatively easy to murder someone. An intelligently done murder ought to be as easy to do as an intelligently done character assassination. I don't far do we have to go before people will accept restraints without a "sez who?" response. (The short answer to "sez who?" is first one's own guilty conscience and second is God. Not necessarily in that order.)

Comment: Fallacy Alert!! Fallacy Alert!! (Score 1) 484 484

I teach philosophy at a state college. My favorite section is a hefty compilation of material fallacies, which are different from logical fallacies. Material fallacies are misuses of content and logical fallacies redirect the flow of argument like a bug in a logic tree chewing on the limbs, to mix metaphors. The book I use which treats this well is Peter Kreeft's Socratic Logic. Unlike most academic books, this one is only about $40, last I heard. Worth getting and reading just for fun. I actually thought about doing some presidential campaign work using every single material fallacy Kreeft lists. I stopped when it was clear that no one would be able to tell the difference between the ironic exercise and an actual campaign.

Comment: See this as a growth experience with boundaries (Score 1) 695 695

Pretty girls have the problem that guys think they deserve sexual favors just because, because. Friends think they deserve to use your computer just because because. Because they want it. Sexual favors and laptops are both the kinds of things that anyone should say no to friends about, because the owner knows what they are worth, and the friend doesn't. This is just about saying no and staying relatable and friendly anyway. After the initial shock, you and they get used to the idea.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.