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  1. Sandra

    What a lucky man.

    I am currently in New Zealand, been going to the local library daily to work on my assignment. On leaving I have struck up a conversation with a gentleman at the bus stop every day, He asked what degree I was doing and when I said philosophy he told me a story about when he was doing an...
  2. Sandra

    How much ...

    Are you saying the end justifies the means? Interested as to what you mean by 'generating good'.
  3. Sandra

    How much ...

    Winston Churchill once said, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." I believe this statement to be true today, in my opinion the majority of people vote out of self-interest because, like myself they are unsure as to what exactly they are...
  4. Sandra

    The broad vs the narrow.

    Hi Alex I wonder why if someone is conscientious they are considered to be less open. I consider myself to be perhaps overly conscientious and being an ex grammar school girl I generally respect rules and as a nurse performing duties is a necessity, and yet I would most definitely consider...
  5. Sandra

    Philosophy Diaries

    Doing a psychology module this year and the question for my first assignment is about AI and will be discussing Alan Turing and the question of machine thought and John Searle and his Chinese room argument. Very pleased because we discussed this in a thread on the philosophy forum.🙂
  6. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    Had a barbecue on the weekend and the subject of a 'natural evil' became an interesting topic for conversation. From an educational standpoint we were a mixed bunch, some having left school with only GCSE's, a few graduates and a clinical psychologist. I explained how the term was used, didn't...
  7. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    I understand this difference but when I have heard of any natural event resulting in people dying I have never considered the event to be evil. As for me if my house caught fire because of an electrical fault I would not consider it to be a natural evil even if my family were killed. I think...
  8. Sandra

    Philosophy Diaries

    🙂 I read chapter one and two and whilst scepticism is an interesting philosophical stance it is most definitely not something I could embrace. Would I ever be capable of doing anything if I doubted everything, how do I know you understand what I am saying how would I continue to function if I...
  9. Sandra

    Epistemology: Gettier and knowledge (continued).

    I like the logical argument some philosophers put forward to support the idea there are many absolute truths which are not only applied to sciences. You can't logically argue against the existence of absolute truth. To argue against something is to establish that a truth exists. You cannot argue...
  10. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    I don't like the term 'natural evil' as evil means immoral or wicked it implies intent and natural disasters and disease have no intent to be evil. I think humans are responsible for all evil in the world although some theologians would disagree with you that there would be no evil if we...
  11. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    Thoreau thinks we are all culpable, the environmental group Greenpeace has accused McDonald’s and other western firms of contributing to deforestation in the Amazon yet worldwide their profits increase year on year. A lot of trees may be saved if people avoided eating there. This is as an...
  12. Sandra

    Epistemology: Gettier and knowledge (continued).

    Has taken me a number of readings of this thread to understand what is being argued, still not sure I have understood everything correctly but here goes. I think truth is constant and unchanging, whilst our perception of the truth may be fluid or fantasy truth is what it is. Where does it...
  13. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    Hi, Henry Thoreau was an interesting individual, I believe it was from his writings that Dr Martin Luther King jr. got his idea for civil disobedience. He referred to Thoreau as "The most moral man America has produced." Thoreau was scathing about humanity he did think we were hypocrites he...
  14. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    Wish I shared your optimism but I don't think enough people care, maybe it is my profession which 'colour' the way I view things but there is plenty of suffering in our own country which is ignored not only by politicians but by their fellow humans. I'm with Henry David Thoreau when he said...
  15. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    I think you are being a little unreasonable here. Even if you are sceptical about what the elders may say I would like you to accept my word that what he said is exactly what I have been told by Jehovah's Witnesses here and as far afield as New Zealand. I could say more but maybe it would be...
  16. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    Sorry you are unwell, I lived in Bristol many years ago in an area called Kingswood. As for envying others often it is a case of 'grass is always greener' I have met poor people who are happy and rich people who are unhappy. I suppose I don't believe the way we all live is the best way for any...
  17. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    I am taking issue with this as I have a number of friends who are Jehovah's Witnesses and have had many interesting and informative discussions with them and what you say seems at odds with what I know. I have just spoken to one of their elders and he is as bemused as I am. His words, "We know...
  18. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    I think the view you've expressed applies mostly to those on middle class incomes because a great number of those in the western world do not have those luxuries. I live in Swansea which I believe is the third poorest county in Wales and as a CPN my area is the poorest in Swansea. I visit...
  19. Sandra

    Money and Morality

    I would go so far as to say the way the global economy works is obscene there are times I am bewildered as to how it is possible for some to have so much and others so little. I watched five minutes of a programme a while ago where some woman paid many thousands of dollars for a diamond necklace...
  20. Sandra

    Philosophy Diaries

    Whilst philosophy as an academic subject may deal with the issues you cite I am not sure I agree it does so in an impartial manner surely it depends on the philosophers own presuppositions. I find philosophy interesting and has certainly made me think more deeply about many things I had never...