Phil, Hillary is not a psychopath.
Dan, no one said she was. She had a high PPI score. Standard assessment explained-
Jokey topic. But racists clearly don’t need the neurons.
But Trump himself is a classic psychopath from his Psychopathic Personality Inventory scoring, and that ain’t funny.
Dan, don’t read too far. Hilary is on there too.
Our leaders often figure among…[Read more]
This story came in handy when trying to tease some sense out of a bunch of SJWs here
Sadly a decidedly ugly anti SJW has been banned which rather played against their case. (I want to winkle them out into proper debate not have them retreat further…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, What Hillary Clinton Should Say about Islam and the “War on Terror” 2 days, 4 hours ago
Both are probably true. Its just that chuff was used before trains on its first usage peak in 1820 according to ngram viewer with a second peak slightly higher in 1940. Chuffed though grew from nothing about 1920 with a sharp first peak in 1942 when chuff was already declining. Now chuffing followed chuffed but with a sudden second peak…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, What Hillary Clinton Should Say about Islam and the “War on Terror” 2 days, 7 hours ago
One of the things to remember about ISIS is that from the near the start and certainly until recently their adminstrative backbone has been supplied by ex-Baathists, dispossessed and motivated by the Iraq defeat.
The judgment “this is good” or “this is just” are human judgments based on simple human decency, and requires some kind of standard or system of values. We can lose this so easily.
Good and bad and just are personal judgements. We each know exactly what we mean. This will never be lost
As I said, I don’t think that fair-minded people ar…
Cantaz, thanks for this. I’ll be back to you later on that. (There are two issues here, “The Hard Problem” and the self delusion of the Post hoc Narrator that tidies our experience into that construct of a singularly cognising and intentioned actor.)
Now I just want to post…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, What Hillary Clinton Should Say about Islam and the “War on Terror” 2 days, 15 hours ago
Even though in some ways he is a horrible selfish piece of shit (by his own admission)
I think that mostly an affectation. Goody two shoes is uncool. Besides its how a lot of his humour works and the humour needs to misdirect for the ethical punchlines to be more shockingly true.
Have you read Graham Farmelo’s biography of Dirac, The Strangest Man? Its wonderful.
I must say though I still disagree with him in the quote. Mathematicians (maths being the foundation of his mindset) see slightly differently from physicists. They most often laud simplicity.
Philosophy too often takes over-simple and insufficient elements…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, What Hillary Clinton Should Say about Islam and the “War on Terror” 2 days, 16 hours ago
Jim Jeffries nails it so often.
It is more nuanced than this-
Investigating and producing hypotheses and theories about unknowns, has historically been included in the philosophy of the ancients, but scientific methodology, has long replaced navel gazing,
Philosopher Karl Popper put the (latest) cherry on top of the slowly developed scientific method with two things…[Read more]
Dan 160 again
Accidents of birth (injury, faults – whatever you choose to call them), and indoctrination, I reject for the same reason that I dismiss pathology as an explanation.
I don’t recognise what your saying here unless it is a misunderstanding. This has nothing whatsoever to do with “slings and arrows”. We have lived most of our (…[Read more]
I refuse to believe that anyone can be made good.
Me too, but I believe that most babies, iff (if and only if) given treatment like thus and so by good, loving, rich enough parents, can have happy lives and contribute positively to our mutual adventuring. I think most can be judged kindly at their deaths. Most will be judged altruistic,…[Read more]
How do bad people happen?
phil rimmer commented on the post, What Hillary Clinton Should Say about Islam and the “War on Terror” 3 days, 4 hours ago
As someone coming from northern England I regret to say chuff and chuffed is most often used and probably originated as back slang as this article articulates-
Pronounce chuff backwards.
Backslang, like yob, was quite a frequent occurrence in the last two hundred years…[Read more]
pathology or the absence of pathology cannot adequately account for human indifference to suffering or enjoyment of suffering (a somewhat more insidious form of cruelty), or for goodness of heart, respectively.
And I proposed that the bulk of the differences between us was enculturation. I also asked if you remembered the experiment on…[Read more]
I’m sorry. I should have rejected your term “psychopathology” earlier. If you simply mean psychopathy then no biggie.
You can’t blame everything on pathology.
I “blame” most things on early enculturation. Do you remember anything of my descriptions of how cultures can happen? A few percent have a hardware “fault/quirk” at birth.
So its a “hardware fault”, its upbringing/firmware, both mostly non retrievable or its a malign cultural pressure t…[Read more]
The argument that “society” is getting more peaceful is meaningless
Unless it tells us that our efforts to make a change are sometimes effective.
Nothing is pre-ordained.
Exactly! Most have wanted and worked for improvement. Few of the ordinary folk have wished and worked for the bad. Yet a society can turn to the dark side in les…[Read more]
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