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by Straha
2014-03-05 03:44pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Re: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing

Jacques Derrida himself noted that Sokal's broadside had basically ruined the chance for postmodernist views to be taken seriously in public discourse, substituting spectacle and mockery for worthwhile discussion. He was right. Things have changed slightly since as scientists have moved on from the...
by Straha
2014-03-05 02:19pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Re: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing

I would certainly not agree with Alyrium that philosophy is inherently useless (which he seems to be saying). On the other hand, there is a great deal of useless or near-useless philosophy out there . Especially when it escalates until the philosophers are calling into question basic propositions w...
by Straha
2014-03-05 02:17pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Re: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing

On the other hand, why is physics not a social construct? [Points to electric generator] If we'd made up Maxwell's Laws, if they were in some way a consensus fabrication we'd agreed upon that had no necessary relationship to outside reality... would that generator work? A distinction needs to be ma...
by Straha
2014-03-04 01:57am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Re: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing

Yes, because outright fraud, and a field of study that is completely meaningless are comparable. :wanker: Oh? Modern philosophy is completely meaningless? Do tell... If you postulate that physics is a social construct, you need to have your head examined. Can you offer any reasons why physics and t...
by Straha
2014-03-02 01:25pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Re: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing

Sokal's a physicist, which isn't where the problems with reproducibility are popping up. They're mostly popping up in the medical and psychology fields, where you frequently have issues with small effects, not adequately designed experiments, and the "first to discover" bias. The Sokal di...
by Straha
2014-03-01 09:36pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing
Replies: 34
Views: 2699

Widespread Fraud in Scientific Academic Publishing

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has cat...
by Straha
2014-02-12 08:45pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Recommend me some Doctor Who audios
Replies: 15
Views: 1156

Re: Recommend me some Doctor Who audios

Holy Terror with Colin Baker is very good, with a well-done story and a very interesting commentary on religion. Well worth it.
by Straha
2014-02-04 03:06pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Worst Ecological Disasters?
Replies: 34
Views: 2472

Re: Worst Ecological Disasters?

Sure, fine. You can be 100% right and it still wouldn’t be responsive to my argument. Animal agriculture inculcates a mindset where the non-human is always subordinate to human pleasure. That perspective will always sacrifice the environment whenever it potentially comes into conflict with human de...
by Straha
2014-02-04 02:52am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Worst Ecological Disasters?
Replies: 34
Views: 2472

Re: Worst Ecological Disasters?

My point was more that the general understanding of disasters is in the form of specific incidents, as that's what people tend to point at rather than going all the way down the tree to the ultimate root causes. Maybe it's shallow; I won't deny that. Yes, I understood your point, and I think that's...
by Straha
2014-02-02 05:48pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Worst Ecological Disasters?
Replies: 34
Views: 2472

Re: Worst Ecological Disasters?

So, I'm going to answer this back to front: I'm not arguing that agriculture isn't bad, but you do have to draw a distinction between historic and modern methods in terms of the impact they have upon the environment. Also more to the point of the topic, this is more of a global [event] taking place ...
by Straha
2014-02-01 09:57pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Worst Ecological Disasters?
Replies: 34
Views: 2472

Re: Worst Ecological Disasters?

Without a doubt: Animal Agriculture. Ignoring the unprecedented (and unimaginable) cost to lives that mechanized slaughter causes directly (which is... something) it: - Is the largest contributor to global climate change by far. According to the UN , and if you include necessary transportation for A...
by Straha
2013-12-10 06:14am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: THE OotS Thread, Part IV.
Replies: 996
Views: 71725

Re: THE OoSTs Thread, Part IV.

This is a long post. This isn't all or nothing. Being competent doesn't mean you don't have obsessions or exaggerate your capabilities. Tarquin's capable but he's always been a mouthy braggart with control issues. Every interaction with his actual comrades has shown that they have, to a certain exte...
by Straha
2013-11-19 06:03am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Six tons of illegal ivory to be crushed
Replies: 75
Views: 3741

Re: Six tons of illegal ivory to be crushed

madd0ct0r wrote:Do you eat bacon?


No. Vegan for three or four years now.
by Straha
2013-11-18 05:50pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Six tons of illegal ivory to be crushed
Replies: 75
Views: 3741

Re: Six tons of illegal ivory to be crushed

So their proposal to help the fight against ivory is to increase the scarcity and therefore price of ivory products even further? I can forsee some problems with this. People who hunt ivory already know it's illegal, as do people who buy it. The reason it's worth producing and purchasing anyway is ...
by Straha
2013-09-03 02:18am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Private Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison
Replies: 208
Views: 10791

Re: Private Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

And how is that incompatible with not giving a damn about Iraqis, or Kurds, or whoever the targets were in any particular conflict? Clearly the US powers didn't give a fuck that the Kurds were living human beings, that's why they were willing to assist Saddam against them. Because you are phrasing ...
by Straha
2013-08-26 07:49pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Private Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison
Replies: 208
Views: 10791

Re: Private Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

If the US were so concerned about the atrocities of Saddam, why did they keep mum when those were happening in the 80's? They weren't "mum", the massacre of Iraqi Kurds was reported in the 1980's, including evidence of poison gas being used. But no one gave a damn about them, and no one w...
by Straha
2013-06-22 10:05pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs
Replies: 330
Views: 12481

Re: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs

[quote=”Carinthium”] Then give me some even remotely plausible theories of justification. There aren't that many possibilities.[/quote] There are endless theoriest out there, seriously. Take your head out of the ass of analytic philosophy and pick one. So you have a basically pragmatic structure of ...
by Straha
2013-06-21 05:59pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Iran election's surprise winner
Replies: 10
Views: 1415

Re: Iran election's surprise winner

That's why I think looking at Iran's president by comparison the way things work in the West is big simplification. Better analogy would be regarding 'supreme leader' as actual president (who is elected by, responsible to the Assembly of Experts, and can be removed by it) while 'president' is just ...
by Straha
2013-06-21 04:45pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs
Replies: 330
Views: 12481

Re: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs

1- I'm talking about the epistemic basis of ethics. There aren't that many options for that. There are. More even than there are ethical schools. a- As a Coherentist, how am I suppose to take those into account? I don't see how the theory can be adjusted to do that given the dependence on trusting ...
by Straha
2013-06-21 02:51am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs
Replies: 330
Views: 12481

Re: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs

Gotta start somewhere, and Discipline and Punish is pretty easy to get into. It just takes a little effort and an openness of thought.

EDIT: And he's got to start somewhere. I'd say that Analytic Philosophy is like a cancer, but cancer is at least living cells that deserve a degree of respect.
by Straha
2013-06-21 02:33am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs
Replies: 330
Views: 12481

Re: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs

Without gut feelings, there can be no ethics. Ethics is either Strong Foundationalist (incoherent- memory argument), Weak Foundationalist (incoherent- recursive reasoning), Infinitist(but how do you complete the infinite chain?) or Coherentist. A Coherentist ethics must of necessity involve gut fee...
by Straha
2013-06-20 04:27am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Iran election's surprise winner
Replies: 10
Views: 1415

Re: Iran election's surprise winner

Clerics are not a monolithic and hidden body, nor are they detached from other mechanisms of power or non-clerical ways of life. A Shia Cleric has no real analog in western society. 'Clerics' routinely engage in a life of business, middle-management, or whatever else may strike their fancy outside ...
by Straha
2013-06-20 03:05am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs
Replies: 330
Views: 12481

Re: Leaked: Info on US Data Collection Programs

I explained that to him once in a thread at length. He accused me of 'subjectivism' and buggered off. It was mildly amusing.
by Straha
2013-06-19 02:58pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Iran election's surprise winner
Replies: 10
Views: 1415

Re: Iran election's surprise winner

1. He is not a moderate. The moderates have been purged in Iranian politics in the most explicit way possible. Not a moderate-moderate, but he still is the most most liberal and conciliatory of all candidates, no? He certainly doesn't seem to be the next Ahmadinejad, does he? Define what you mean b...

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