>which exactly part of your worldview would say that Western education and living in a city should be incompatible with religious fanaticism?
Cultural development seems not to follow such orderly laws that we can use the word "incompatible" very often if ever. But going to a western university ten...(read more)
The OP did write:
>The history of religions sometimes resembles the history of viruses. Judaism and Islam were both highly virulent when they first broke out, driving the first generations of their people to conquer (Islam) or just slaughter (Judaism) everyone around them for the sin of not being t...(read more)
And if you startle a cat when he's licking his crotch he'll freeze in whatever awkward posture he's in (that's my overgeneralization from one male cat).
To criticize hypocrisy in debate you don't even have to understand the other's argument -- you only have to be able to find a logical contradiction, and you can always find a contradiction, or something you can plausibly claim is a contradiction.
For the debater, it may be very hard to give up. Ma...(read more)
I wrote as a little part of a comment in the middle of a longish thread:
>There is a paper "Experts: Which ones should you trust" addressing this issue by Alvin Goldman -- you need google scholar or JSTOR or something to actually get the article), one of the biggest names in epistemology and specif...(read more)
>This rules out religion, politics, philosophy and most policy proposals as interesting controversies, leaving scientific and epistemological questions.
Slightly problematic unless you don't admit epistemology being part of philosophy. And it seems like almost as big a swamp as the rest of philoso...(read more)
I think it is a very good question. Forget ideas you may have had about UX 10 or 20 years ago. Google is a user interface to the rest of the internet. "Unfriendly" might not be the word for it, but the impression that it is there to serve me is an illusion. It is becoming too much like the "frie...(read more)
>I think it's still useful to point out when its done, and that was what I was trying to do here with that point. Just because it's an endemic everywhere doesn't mean it shouldn't be understood and is not a problem towards this one mentality.
>Black-and-white thinking is more dangerous the more imp...(read more)
Basically, I am in total agreement, although w.r.t.
>Problem 2: ‘Changing the World’ Creates Black and White Thinking
Actually, I think human beings can't help being drawn to black and white thinking of one kind or another. Even while thinking this, an insidious something in my mind is trying to ...(read more)