• idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant Jeez! I see what you mean about the oncoming traffic. That first grey car did well to avoid you. It does look scary. Lucky there was a decent-sized verge too. Round our way the country roads are helpfully flanked by ditches.

    It would be outrageous even by insurance company standards to try and dispute liability for this. In the other…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant

    Just checking in. Straight after a big jolt, you might feel ok but the next 24 hours can really take a toll. Hope you’re still ok.

    x

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant Yeah, good news about glucose levels. But what a way to find out. Sounds nasty. I hope the other driver was duly mortified.

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant What a nightmare. Makes you wonder how some people ever got a licence. How are you? Hope not hurt or shaken.

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16
    Please do send your assignment to me, I’d love to read it. But that’s just for fun. Obviously there are others here that can really guide (@bluesqueakpip) and challenge (@pedant)

    But I’m enjoying learning about philosophy, and I can help you out with criteria from a boring, generic teacher viewpoint for what it’s worth. So please don’t…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16

    Here you go. You mentioned Brisbane so I assume this is your study programme? If so I think it will be extremely helpful for future topics.

    https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/subjects/humanities-and-social-sciences/philosophy-reason-2014

    If you download the syllabus, you’ll find your question word-for-word under topic 6, along with…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Good, I’m glad it was helpful. I’ll be interested to find out how you get on, and what your teacher has to say.

    I’ve really enjoyed reading this discussion and finding more out for myself. I had thoughts circling about the appropriateness of rational argument and the limitations of lanugage, but they never quite crystallised into a…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16

    I found this article which, to my untrained eye, seems to cover the arguments and philosophers you are writing about. Although it doesn’t answer your precise question (can we establish…) the author does evaluate philosophy’s “success” if you like, in answering the God question. So I thought it might be an interesting r…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @pedant I’d like it if the “nudges” theme became a thing: the message that, however unremarkable we think we are, we each have tremendous power to change and shape the world. But that one bad choice, one little nudge in the wrong direction could be catastrophic.

    Thinking about it, wasn’t there a convo somewhere on the Rosa thread about Thirteen’s…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Posting this in the pub, as it has nought to do with Arachnids…

    @lionheart564 @miapatrick

    True story: In my 20’s I spent a couple of years living in Cameroon near the Chad border. Overwhelmingly, anybody there who wasn’t from Cameroon or Chad would either be white European/American/Canadian, or Chinese.
    I am stereotypically white European in…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @kevinwho Ooh, if the Doctor that we think is the current Doctor turns out to be a pretend Doctor, and then we meet the real and completely different Doctor, then that would be egg on everyone’s face who ever had any kind of strong opinion about the new Doctor, or whether “Jodi” was even any good.  Because that wasn’t even the new Doctor you morons. 🙂

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    @kevinwho Now we’re talking!

    Something that did occur to me but I hope it’s not true is that “ghost Grace” is actually “past Grace” nipping into the future to help Graham through the grieving process.

    But that would obviously be pretty terrible if it were true.

    But maybe it’s true in a way which turns out to be cooler than it sounds.

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic Arachnids In The UK

    So basically, this episode didn’t grab me. Nothing wrong with it. Maybe not my cup of tea or maybe I just spent too long pondering Brexit and the nature of God 🙂

    Or maybe there’s such a lot of chat lately about whether “inclusivity” equals compromise that I’ve genuinely lost the will to live.

    OR… Maybe what I’m missing is the Bonkers.

    I…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Lisa Thanks so much for that. For a woman whose days are devoted to a toddler and massive looney-tunes dog, I’ve done a LOT of reading. So it’s nice to know I am finally approaching a sincere understanding.

    There’s more to say, but right now I’m playing Trains 🙂

    X

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Just to point you to my links up top. I got your handle wrong so you won’t have had a notification. X

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb I think I can identify with your 5 star hotel experience. I once worked for a year on the phones at a company that touts itself as a “global concierge service” for “high-net-worth individuals.” (Translation: If you’re massively rich and you want it and it’s not entirely illegal, our minions will find a way.)

    How the other half live…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Thanks @thane 16, much appreciated. Full disclosure: I have -ahem- “borrowed” somewhat from Bickerton. Here it is if you’re interested.  https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/articles/from-nation-states-to-member-states-european-integration-as-state-transformation/

     

    In your shoes I would definitely give some thought to the angle that “rational…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    This issue has caused serious tensions and rifts in my own family, and maybe for that reason, I feel the need to put my soapbox away and at least try to understand and respect the Leave argument, and to find points of agreement. That’s hard within my family at the moment, because – well, families. So I’m very appreciative of the explanations given…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Thinking about it, and re-reading your post, I’m not sure what you’re being asked to do. Is it a case of exploring the rational arguments both for and against God’s existence? Or is it more a discussion of whether rational argument is even appropriate when you’re dealing with an omnipotent God who, almost by definition, transcends…[Read more]

  • idiotsavon replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 I’m with @kevinwho about definitions. In particular, how are we defining God? Might be worth looking up Spinoza and pantheism. I’m massively oversimplifying but basically if we define God as the universe and everything in it, then you can establish God’s existence by simply pointing at a thing and saying “There you go.”

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