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when a flower dies... does beuty dies with the flower?
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If a river stops flowing does it mean time stops?
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I blame cbisram for starting this thing.
that's not a very philosophical question
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god my brains going haywire..to much philosophy to take in in one day.
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AndyXD and cronosilver your questions might be more appreciated in this thread: http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=1038

AndyXD- i think it depends on what you see as beauty; the memory of the alive flower or the physical look of it. ^-^

Cronosilver- I didn't think that rivers stopped flowing- if they do then surely they have just reached the sea? ^-^
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What do you suppose are the main weaknesses on the two conceptions of death?

A: Death is like a dreamless sleep that you never wake up from.

B: Death is a realm where all the righteous and wise (wo)men of all time go?
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catex wrote:

All right. Here is a question that interests me for a long time:

1) What is disability? Should it be erased at all possible costs?

As you know, my brother is deaf. A few times he's forced me to view this world through his eyes and how people perceive people like him, and from what I see so far it's not pretty. This brings on another question:

2) Why are deaf people more likely to be seen less intelligent than people with other disabilities,e.g. blind people and people in wheelchair?

3) If a person doesn't communicate well, whose fault is it? The person who doesn't speak clearly or the person who doesn't understand him?

Crap questions, I know, but I'm curious.


1) disability is only a percieved inability to do something in comparison to an formulated ideal. oddly those who are 'disabled' are more able in other attributes when compaired to 'normal' people. I beleive that the truth is that people compensate for the things they lack by improving other attributes and there by disability doesn't really exist; hence perveived in comparison to what is considered 'normal'.

2) People are stupid and believe that intelligence is measured by articulation. Personally I disagree with the tradtional definition of intelligence - Your current knowlegde of a variety of subjects compaired to others of similar age. I beleive intellegince isn't what you've learned but your ability to learn. Children, are very intelligent by this definition as they're ability to learn is astounding; where as many adults have low intelligence, being unwilling to learn more. Regardless, being articulate helps you share intelligence and knowledge, but is not requisit of either.

3) Both likely. speaking is only one method of communicating. It's up to the individual communicator to determine the most effective method to communicate and up the receiver to be willing to interpret it. If the receive is unwilling to accept communicative forms other than speaking, then it is the receivers fault, but if the communicator is unwilling to communicate in a manner that both can understand then it is the communicators fault.
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Here is something to ponder....Is it morally defensible to steal from the rich and give to the poor?


Ok... :::draws a deep breath::: (you're about to see my randian mind at work here)

The idea of stealing from the rich (ie capable) to give to the poor (ie INcapable) is rediculous (sp)
If a person cannot provide for themselves, they should not look to depend on someone else to do that for them.
The figure of Robin Hood is insane. he is the epitomy of everything I hate.
Capable people should be allowed to have thier money and do with it as they please.
Incapable people should cease to exist. <---that might be too strong of a way to put it
Ability is what makes a person who they are. whether it's ability in the workplace, ability in thier home life.
I personally think that If you are a person of ability, then you sould never need handouts (ie welfare) if you are NOT a person of ability. and should be removed from the world.
To quote my favorite author and Philosopher Ayn Rand with a passage from Atlas Shrugged:

The nation which had once held the creed that greatness is achieved by production, is now told that it is achieved by squalor.

Taxes are a prime example of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Edit: Some people even call it a virtue to take from the rich and give to the poor (ie charity)
I say no.

Virtue is the giving of the undeserved

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bank robbery + guy in car:
1. the key phrase is "intent on helping". this suggests that the guy in the car had prior knowledge and had willingly become an accomplice. he is also responsible for whatever happens during the duration of their robbery, including murder. he is an accomplice and should be held accountable.
2. if he was forced into, ie: held hostage with a gun in the back of their head, then i dont think its fair to judge him. not many ppl would forsake their own lives and tell a guy with a gun at pointblank "no"


BasuoKazama wrote:While the second person only cares about their own well being and has no backbone to stand up for what is 'right'.


hmm i'd like to see you with a gun in your face "standing up for what is right". thing is people say all this shit like "why didn't he just say no?" or some BS like that but when the time comes that person will give in too

stealing from rich to poor:
no. its stealing and either way its wrong. the rich didn't get there by doing nothing, whether it be through honest hard work or ill means. even if the rich person "robin hood" was targeting became rich illegitly, it is still wrong. 2 wrongs dont make a right but damn how i wish that was right sometimes. its just a way of glorifying a crime.
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Here's another philosophical question.

Are there any origonal ideas?

Or is everything really just build of common knowledge of other things?
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lulz the paradox

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JiroHasUglyHair wrote:


BasuoKazama wrote:

While the second person only cares about their own well being and has no backbone to stand up for what is 'right'.



hmm i'd like to see you with a gun in your face "standing up for what is right". thing is people say all this shit like "why didn't he just say no?" or some BS like that but when the time comes that person will give in too



i dont think you could stand up for what you believe in in that situation so shut up. As much as i despise and loath basou, i cant let you go unchallenged. you couldnt do it either. i know since youre challenging him, you must be doing it to make yourself feel better about not having the kind of steel in your gut for that and to do that you put someone else down. I however know i could since being shot would only make me happy, bonnified and glorified.
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If u could travel back in time, would u just see the past as an illusion or would u be trapped in a parallel universe?
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well...if you were to see it as an illusion..then you didnt exactly travel to the past..as you didn't enter the past..you are just reviewing it more or less...and yes you would most like be stuck in another parallel universe as someone could have made a different choice...since there is always a choice...there could be an infinite amount of parallel universes
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Mts wrote:

If u could travel back in time, would u just see the past as an illusion or would u be trapped in a parallel universe?


hmmm... now it gets confusing for me also. okay when you go back in time then change something so it will affet the present time and thus will give you no reason to change the past...... in doing so, then it will affect the past again because you will not be there to change it.... i think it will be the end of the universe because there will a loop where time will no longer progress.

also the person who went back in time might suffer brain damage because his memory will be rearranged and he will then have to forgot and rememeber things.....

but i do think time travel is possible....
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