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Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 11:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,340
Posted By arthwollipot
I lost interest in Dawkins when he started...

I lost interest in Dawkins when he started talking more about atheism and less about science. As a science writer I think he was top-notch. The Blind Watchmaker is still one of the best books about...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 23rd June 2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By arthwollipot
I wouldn't think so. Not until charges are laid...

I wouldn't think so. Not until charges are laid and it becomes part of the public record.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 23rd June 2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,332
Posted By arthwollipot
That particular one was definitely created by a...

That particular one was definitely created by a bot:

'He began to eat Hermione's family': bot tries to write Harry Potter book – and fails in magic ways...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 23rd June 2022, 08:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By arthwollipot
Only moderate injuries, which isn't nothing. It's...

Only moderate injuries, which isn't nothing. It's hard to take down a knife wielder without getting cut. I'll bet there were some sutures being sutured in Auckland's emergency room.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 23rd June 2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
Chaos reigns within Reflect, repent, and reboot...

Chaos reigns within
Reflect, repent, and reboot
Order shall return

Seriously, I've got a heap of these stored up. This one should give you an idea of how long I've had this file:

Windows NT...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 23rd June 2022, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
Your file is so big. It might be very useful. ...

Your file is so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 23rd June 2022, 08:19 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
Yesterday it worked. Today it is not working. ...

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,340
Posted By arthwollipot
Most of us don't.

Most of us don't.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 07:17 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,340
Posted By arthwollipot
Chanakya has repeated several times that "model"...

Chanakya has repeated several times that "model" was the wrong word to choose.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,340
Posted By arthwollipot
As an atheist, Dawkins is a pretty good exemplar...

As an atheist, Dawkins is a pretty good exemplar of that.

As a decent human being, not so much.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 23rd June 2022, 01:45 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
What about Woman? Was Woman created in a...

What about Woman? Was Woman created in a religious miraculous way?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 23rd June 2022, 01:43 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
Exactly. No moral concept is universal.

Exactly. No moral concept is universal.
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 23rd June 2022, 12:58 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,340
Posted By arthwollipot
Agreed.

Agreed.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd June 2022, 10:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By arthwollipot
Knife attacks in Auckland

Four wounded in stabbing rampage in Auckland, bystanders bring attacker to the ground (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-23/four-wounded-in-stabbing-rampage-in-auckland/101177624)
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 22nd June 2022, 09:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,340
Posted By arthwollipot
Clarification: "Tall poppy" is a phrase that...

Clarification:

"Tall poppy" is a phrase that originated in Australia, and it refers to the cultural tendency to cut the heads off people who stick their necks out too far. It certainly does not...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
Only insomuch as you accept John Rawls' veil of...

Only insomuch as you accept John Rawls' veil of ignorance as valid, which not everybody does (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_position#Criticisms). The US Republican Party certainly appears...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 22nd June 2022, 08:22 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,332
Posted By arthwollipot
I considered bringing up the sapient/sentient...

I considered bringing up the sapient/sentient distinction earlier in the thread, but decided against it. I don't think using the word "sentient" leads to any misunderstandings. Everybody knows what...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 08:18 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
The only way you can say that is if you are...

The only way you can say that is if you are postulating the existence of an external objective morality that is not dependent on culture and society, which is by its nature a religious claim.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd June 2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 613
Views: 16,251
Posted By arthwollipot
What's your plan for abolishing guns and money?

What's your plan for abolishing guns and money?
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 22nd June 2022, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3,138
Views: 645,004
Posted By arthwollipot
Struth, serious? Fair suck of the strudel.

Struth, serious? Fair suck of the strudel.
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 22nd June 2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 3,138
Views: 645,004
Posted By arthwollipot
Note that the forum software is going to mangle...

Note that the forum software is going to mangle the URL. You'll need to fix it by inserting the letters S, H, I and T in the appropriate locations, conveniently indicated by asterisks.
...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 07:37 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
From our point of view, yes. But there is no such...

From our point of view, yes. But there is no such thing as an objective morality that exists outside of society and culture. It will always be culturally dependent.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 22nd June 2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
What the hell does this mean? And I have...

What the hell does this mean?

And I have already suggested that this particular T1 take a look at the Chronicles of George.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 22nd June 2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
Turns out that the T1 on the 7pm shift called in...

Turns out that the T1 on the 7pm shift called in sick and no-one covered it. It's sorted for today.

Add normal program termination.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd June 2022, 06:51 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
Yes, absolutely. That's my point. By...

Yes, absolutely. That's my point.

By declaring it not immoral.

Use the boogeyman term "moral relativism" if you like, but the fact is that morality changes according to time and location. What...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 22nd June 2022, 01:53 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
In other fun news, there were literally no T1s in...

In other fun news, there were literally no T1s in the queue from 1830 to 1900 tonight. I had to remember how to add myself to the T1 queue so that calls wouldn't be bounced.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 22nd June 2022, 01:52 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
That could absolutely, positively, never happen...

That could absolutely, positively, never happen in this environment.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 01:03 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 2,808
Posted By arthwollipot
Final two-party preferred for the election has...

Final two-party preferred for the election has worked out at Labor 52.13%, Coalition 47.87%, a swing to Labor of 3.66%.

@AntonyGreenElec...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 10:43 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
And I'm saying that the practice wasn't abhorrent...

And I'm saying that the practice wasn't abhorrent to the people who practiced it at the time. I will ask my question again: Is there some objective standard that you believe is behind morality?
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 09:18 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
Do you think that mattered to the slavers? ...

Do you think that mattered to the slavers?

You didn't answer the question.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 21st June 2022, 09:11 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,332
Posted By arthwollipot
It does require a significant level of...

It does require a significant level of abstraction, but parallels can be drawn.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
Under what basis do you claim that morality is...

Under what basis do you claim that morality is the same now as it was then? Are you saying that there's some kind of objective morality?

Yeah, I'm afraid I don't have a good answer to that one. CS...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 21st June 2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 36,333
Posted By arthwollipot
Yes, I don't see a good reason to think that they...

Yes, I don't see a good reason to think that they needed to play silly buggers with the translation. That's not how you get propaganda out. You just say the lies and let them be translated honestly.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 21st June 2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
This is exactly why Service Desks exist. We...

This is exactly why Service Desks exist.

We have one of those. They don't use it.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 21st June 2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
The difference is that on the phone we can ask...

The difference is that on the phone we can ask them questions and do our best to prize out of them exactly the information we need in order to proceed. Yes, it can sometimes be quite difficult to do...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 01:20 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
It is today. It wasn't when it was written.

It is today. It wasn't when it was written.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 21st June 2022, 01:07 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,522
Posted By arthwollipot
If I had Ultimate Power, I'd stop the capability...

If I had Ultimate Power, I'd stop the capability that users have of logging incidents with us by email. They absolutely never provide any of the real information that we need to fix their problem. It...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 21st June 2022, 01:02 AM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 36,333
Posted By arthwollipot
A translation of a softball interview, published...

A translation of a softball interview, published on the Kremlin's own website.

Yeah, that's believable.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 21st June 2022, 12:53 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
And yet somehow we still manage to hash out a (so...

And yet somehow we still manage to hash out a (so far) 9-page conversation about it.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th June 2022, 11:40 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
It is kind of exactly like that. Jesus himself...

It is kind of exactly like that. Jesus himself didn't give very many laws. There were a bunch of homilies, sermon on the mount touchy-feely stuff, but the only two "laws" he spoke about were the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th June 2022, 11:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 511
Posted By arthwollipot
I've heard it said that most Australians are not...

I've heard it said that most Australians are not monarchists, but they are Elizabethans. Which is why I think we'll actually get a referendum a respectful period after she dies. Which quite honestly...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th June 2022, 10:55 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 511
Posted By arthwollipot
The ARM's polling suggests that a majority of...

The ARM's polling suggests that a majority of Australians would answer YES to this question if it were asked today.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 20th June 2022, 10:52 PM
Replies: 299
Views: 4,332
Posted By arthwollipot
First! ...

First!

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/superintelligent_ais.png (https://xkcd.com/2635)
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 20th June 2022, 10:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,021
Posted By arthwollipot
My first impression was a deer stotting, seen...

My first impression was a deer stotting, seen from behind.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th June 2022, 10:37 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 2,808
Posted By arthwollipot
Labor: 26 Coalition: 32 Greens: 12 JLN: 2 ...

Labor: 26
Coalition: 32
Greens: 12
JLN: 2
One Nation: 2
UAP: 1
David Pocock

Labor will need all 12 Greens, plus at least 1 crossbencher, to get a 39-vote majority
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th June 2022, 09:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 511
Posted By arthwollipot
You're right, my mistake. Keating's referendum...

You're right, my mistake. Keating's referendum never happened. I was clearly misremembering something there. In checking my facts I have learned some things about the proposed models and the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th June 2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
No, but all was fulfilled. I should mention...

No, but all was fulfilled.

I should mention that under some traditions, the law was fulfilled when John the Baptist was born, per Luke 16:16.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th June 2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
Absolutely. This is why I don't tend to join...

Absolutely. This is why I don't tend to join atheist communities any more. This is basically the only arena in which I talk about it.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th June 2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus also said that there...

In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus also said that there were only two commandments - love they God and love thy neighbour. Those other ten from before aren't that important any more.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th June 2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 3,377
Posted By arthwollipot
Thank you for saying this. I meant to mention...

Thank you for saying this. I meant to mention that myself, but in the posting, forgot. Yes, this was what was taught in my Pentecostal church and may not be true for other theologies. I think that it...
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