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The strength of a more inclusive humanism is that it sounds quite agreeable to both today's ingroup and its "other". The weakness seems to be that humanity's factions (by definition) can't ever settle on which faction has the most ethical method for compelling someone to act differently than they otherwise would. I mean any act of moralizing --itself-- is a moral dilemma. It seems we cannot resist judging the method/theory based on how we foresee the practical outcomes will help or harm us --indivually or collectively.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Methodological Humanism – Beyond Belief and Disbelief
Selfishness has such negative connotations. What's evidently unique to us mouth-talkers is that we can temporarily spout moral narratives of this universe as if we might look back at puny earth and feel nothing ...but ultimately we mouth-talkers tend towards reverting back to a earthing's view of ecology and economy -- so called "econology". Wherein being selfish and species-ist is not so much egotistical, as humane.
6 months ago on Is It Too Late To Start Again?
Paragraph 2: "Ockham’s Razor speaks to the necessity of Ockham’s Beard: that which needs to be trimmed"
Pairing humanity down to primate evolution is perhaps the surest way of raising hackles and re-enforcing the discomfort levels of your interlocutors :) They won't switch so effortlessly from "natural selection via DNA" to mere evolution-as-metaphor. They're wary.
On morality, those "personal" parlances (gut instincts, theologies) are quickly defended as arguably better; hence any groupish (apish) approaches of modernity or liberalism --those ethicists of academe-- are easily judged as humanly corrupt, misguided or wrong.
On genesis, those biologically explanatory theories of human genesis cave to deeper counter-intuitive "unbelievable" theories; abiogenesis, krauss' universes from nothing etc.
On the soul, those minds cannot come at their own consciousness being fully contained within that squishy brain inside their skull. And confirmations are busily bubbling up from those subconscious regions --pre-humanoid and evolutionarily sufficient-- as narratives to an (over-rated and over-confident) cognitive executive function.
6 months ago on No Magic Required
"It has been argued that the Anthropocene may transition to a much longer epoch of human stewardship over the environment known as the Sustainocene"
Bares repeating, bears? "Watch out world, Pribzilla means to stomp all over society's toxic ideas."
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>><i> what do we gain or lose when labeling a horrendous act as “terrorism”?</i>
A sense of comradery. Inviting a sense of an 'us' and a 'them'. Giving us a sense of closure where there is none, nor can ever be.
It isn't that 9/11 language tries to be as consistent with the 20th C as possible. It's for making us feel better about minds that terrify us.
Those minds of criminals that are by no means as easily understood nor as mentally unusual as we keep sincerely hoping they'll be.
Their premeditated, groupish, fits-of-bloody-rage drawing attention to their cause ...are a mirror to our unfathomable "defensive" US wars.
6 months, 1 week ago on Defining Terrorism in the 21st Century
"Many of the foods banned under Islamic sharia law, and under Judaism, may have their roots in the fact that these teachings were there to stop people from getting ill by making the wrong food choices."
Doubtful, unless those ancient holymen understood the cause of poisoning was bad meat and reasoned the solution was a good throat slashing.
I think we can be rather more confident that it was their view of their livestock --not of food poisoning-- that informed their old testament rules about what meat to eat and not eat. Or they'd reason about a meatless diet, which they don't (must eat god's bounty).
8 months, 1 week ago on Transubstantiation, Halal and Kosher – How Food Becomes Magical
The world is now seeing, what always until now, was hidden. Jocks. Version 2.0
8 months, 1 week ago on The Rape Blame Game
I think it might be hair-splitting to try to argue that skeptics can cleanly criticise beliefs without disrespecting those who hold the belief that's being put on blast. To be skeptical of religious beliefs is to behave less-than-respectfully towards the religious.If there are no sacred cows then I think that's fine.
8 months, 1 week ago on Respect for Superstition?
Something is fishy about using the word respect as per the OP. Respect means more than tolerance.
I'm not even sure skeptics have a cognitive choose about whether or not they will respect a belief they're skeptical of.
which is to say, morally inferior. And clearly recognisable as their church's earthly anti-christ with whom she struggles, resists, and hopes to defeat.
Uncomfortability seems to motivate moralizers. Morality has a lot to do with feeling tensions and seeking comfort.
Humanism might try to teach us that we ought to stop discriminating between humanity's morality and god's morality. That seems a difficult teaching to get across to holymen and the fans of godlessness. Humans have an intuition that moral teachings are moral dilemmas whereby the alternatives are either good or --ethically speaking-- wrong.
Personally I would preach that those alternative teachings are either good or --ethically speaking-- better.
Would that make my above preaching wrong? Teach me something better??
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Expanding on the Definition of Humanism – Full Repost
Marti's case is strong; humanism isn't in fact selfish and species-ist. Such claims are mistaken. Or worse. Moralistic.
Steve's definitions remind us that historically humanism formed as a moral alternative to monotheism. Which for biblical moralists, much like paganism to early Christendom,
>>How does the electrochemical activity of neurons in the human brain produce subjective, first-person experience? Nobody knows.Nagel's argument is trivially true, yet profoundly false.Linguistically, chemistry doesn't explain psychology. Yet brain chemicals *do* explain that familiar feeling of "being in control" ...because that feeling can be so easily taken away from you by simply pumping your system full of drugs.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Teleology, Destiny and a Life of Purpose
I'd rather the OP took a skeptical look at Danny's arguments; why should he discriminate between multiculturalism & cultural diversity? why shouldn't he use scripture to defend his group's preference? why should he compromise with his anti-christ?
I'm tempted to think that we can't make sense of a christian moralizer like Danny in his own "conservatism = good" terms, so we're either overlaying liberal nuances to reframe his loyalism as "racism" to avoid debate, or worse: we're essentially just dismissing the preferences of these influential christian Right lobbiests out-of-hand.
He's principled-but-unreasonable approach is at risk of looking like a mirror skeptics: Danny is busy herding the like-minded, not doing the difficult-cum-impossible work of trying to change minds towards his way of thinking about the political world:
For example, this line of reason/unreason can easily divide even a skeptical audience who'll have their balony-detection on a hair-trigger as soon as the topic turns to religio-politics: "the fact that these attitudes are becoming more common  is a direct result of  a failure of the wishes of people to integrate, where we should be celebrating cultural diversity [uncomfortable moralizing, is-ought fallacy fallacy, comfortable apathy...] and of media [how do you feel about the rich?] and political infatuation with... [how to you feel about our leaders?]"
I can see that Danny is standing up for what he thinks is right. But I can't see the OP tackling the root that he is misinformed about 21st century ethics and/or in fact has (many times) been shown to advocate specific premises that's are now know to be historically incorrect.
9 months, 1 week ago on Nalliah – Catching the Fires of Bigotry
@Celia Jane Yes I agree our culture is very gender focused (yes probably "too" focused for our own good) and that our laws ought to be a better mixture of "gender blind" (equal-rights feminism) and "male-female asymmetrical" (positive discrimination).
I'm unsure changing the paradigm is as much of a live option as simply changing the laws. Hopefully changing legislation helps encourage these paradigm shifts, but changing unreasonable primate brains is something reasonable primate's find profoundly difficult ;)
10 months, 1 week ago on A Feminist Issue – Culture or Contract?
Yes very useful. Another great post, M.S.P.
I see at least 2 contexts where those labels frequently get thrown around; the personal & the religio-political.
On the left we can cope your 1950s beliefs if your don't block these Bills based on 21st century thinking.
But the right can see right through irreligious atheism because they've known since they were kids that it's in fact 1955.
10 months, 1 week ago on Irreligion vs Atheism
@futilityfiles Lots of choice seems to be a reasonable way to organise a legal system. At least according to liberals.Wrt your nagging question, if my personal choices are --in fact-- significantly more influenced (by norms) than I currently imagine them to be, then it's likely just another fact of life I'll have to accept, not a personal problem left for me to "choose" to solve.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on A Feminist Issue – Culture or Contract?
If feminism is about equal rights, then it seems difficult to substantiate a claim that the Knowles' exercising their American rights are significantly hindering (or reversing) the desired advance of womens' rights globally, or some specific legal jurisdiction.
It might be the prevailing wisdom out in the public square (though not inside the Australian Sex Party, I imagine) but until it's evidenced with some credible trend data, perhaps we ought to remain skeptical that nude popstars are undermining feminist activists... ?
@Shauns57 Sounds reasonable and is clearly written.Trust erodes as historians learn that bible stories aren't historically accurate.
Continuing to spread those fictions to children as if true seems ethically quite problematic.
Discredited explanations of the past will keep conflicting with modern academia.
Wikipedia is more deserving of trust than local clergymen when it comes to history and earthly matters. This includes ethics.
Christendom is so confused about what's a biblical fiction and what's a fact, that its moralizers are even worse than mistaken. They mislead christians into thinking that the biblical view of morality (salvation) ISN'T conflicting with academic ethicists.
Insisting jesus saves is as wrongheaded as insisting on Saddam's WMDs after the intelligence learnt that there's no such thing.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Don’t Read This Rant on Religion
@markjoseph125 Also church-state separation is Jefferson's wall concept. The 1st amendment is limiting the government's powers to enact laws that hinder her citizens' right to religious freedom. The US constitution doesn't insist on Jefferson's wall.Imo, this is problematic for the US because to freely practise christendom includes teaching kids bible fictions about history.