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Other authors you enjoy posted 13 February 2004 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It didn't come across to me as sexist, but it did show women in roles they would most likely be in living in a male dominated older society. view post


The Title posted 15 February 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So far it's 7-0 for TTT, so it is looking that way. However, only 7 of our 17 members have voted, so we still don't have a clear majority... view post


What are you most looking forward to? posted 16 February 2004 in Author Q & AWhat are you most looking forward to? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yeah. To me, much of the world is still hidden from understanding, and the excitement of goint new places and being introduced to new cultures draws me. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 16 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I still believe that evrything can be rationalized without the requirement of faith, however. Even the duch should theoretically be able to understand that there ARE principles behind flight, even if he himself is incapable of following the math. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 17 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think morality is as simple as looking around and saying what do I want out of life? When a collective group of people, or animals (which is all we really are) asks themselves this question, the average response is what determines morality. Honestly, that is all we do now, and theoretically that should be all that is needed. If a majority of people feel a certain way, then they will set a moral standard.

There may not be a rational definition of morality because morality is a construct of humanity. But simultaneously, no faith in anything other than the logic of common desire is required for this model to work.

The technology thing is actually quite frightening when you really think about it. view post


What are you most looking forward to? posted 17 February 2004 in Author Q & AWhat are you most looking forward to? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Your mention of religion made me think: I would like to learn more about the cultic religions and how they are related to the tusk, etc. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 17 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Yes, within their smaller society they were right, and historically many peoples have been enslaved and abused due to a society's standards. However, just as we now have equal rights for blacks and other racial groups, as world culture expands the standards of morality will broaden to include and ever larger sphere of peoples. We now must look at the entire world when we think about a majority of human desires. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 18 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But that really doesn't matter in terms of Scott illustrating his point. He is saying that if the entire world believes one way, that way can still be deemed wrong by us. This comes back to a majority dominating a minority. Just because a minority is a minority does not mean they have no rights.

I know I just argued against myself, but I feel the point here is finding an answer, not "winning."

Back to my side: do you think the entire world would ever be subject to such a shift? Maybe the varying factions will always ensure that on a global scale we have an acceptable standard of morality. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 18 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I understand what you're saying...

I simply can't make myself believe, or 'let go' and believe... I can't believe. It is sort of depressing. view post


We Got Permissions posted 18 February 2004 in General AnnouncementsWe Got Permissions by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We finally got permissions from the publisher to use the artwork from the book on the forum, and so we have switched over the forum to a theme utilising cover elements. I hope you enjoy them, and if you have any feedback please post away! view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 19 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I did some research on nihilism. I don't necessarily agree with everything I found, but I would have to say that in general yes, I am.

I have been thinking about this and I would have to say that I believe there is no higher law or moral code. However, I simultaneously believe in a personal set of moral codes, and believe that as a society we require morals. My personal morals are (of course) based on my parents morals, which were based on their parents' which were based on church. So I therefore indeirectly derive my moral codes from a western christian source. But, I don't believe in God and I don't follow my morals based on any fear of retribution, but more out of what feels right to me to do to other humans.

That leaves the moral system of the world in a scary postion, because it assumes that all morals really are are the current opinion of a group of people. I have to say that I agree.

In objective terms, the only difference between killing an ant and killing a human, is that other humans could cause you grief for doing the latter. For him, there were literally no crimes where there were no witnesses.

I agree that objectively they are the same thing, but as a human I take offense to the one and not the other. In this way they are made different, and I consider it a crime because it does not follow my own moral code. I do not consider murder excusable, witnesses or no.
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Out of curiosity, do you believe a moral code exists for animals? If yes, does it stem from the same source as ours? Or is it the exact same code? view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 20 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I guess what I'm asking is if there is a higher moral code for humans, shouldn't there be one for all animals? Animals kill each other competing for mates in some species and certainly kill and eat each other, so it doesn't seem logical that we as humans are so special we have a special moral code. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 20 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

So why is it then that humans are the only species capable of choice? Do you think this is part of the relationship with a 'higher power' of some kind? view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 23 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But I mean, what do YOU think? view post


Domain Hosting posted 25 February 2004 in General AnnouncementsDomain Hosting by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

If you havn't noticed, those annoying ads which were previously in evidence are all gone! We have purchased a domain name and hosting through the largesse of LooseCannon, and things seem to be pretty much under control.

If anything odd should happen, it may be do to adjustments to our new home.

Thanks for your patience. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 25 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I mean about the animal/human choice issue. Do you think we both have choice, neither, or one and not the other?

Personally, I think you are probably right that we technically don't really choose, except that choosing is simply the act of everyone's differing physiologies(sp?). view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 27 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But it seems pretty damn arrogant to say that humans are the only beings with choice, and it doesn't really make sense in the context of evolution. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 27 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Ok, I see your point about evolutionary choice, but I don't think that choice was given to us by a higher power, and the argument about choice is that if there is no higher power then we cannot have choice. I think on a fundamental level this may be true, and we therefore have no choice, just a very, very complex cause effect reaction system. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 28 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am saying that you can be held responsible for your actions because everyone else has agreed that thre are things you shouldn't do. We already have this around the world, where different countries have different ideas about what is right and wrong and acceptable or not. Most of them happen to be based on religions, but I believe religions are simply ways of assuaging fears as a group, ane are therefore total human constructs to begin with. view post


Thorough review of TDTCB (MAJOR SPOILERS) posted 29 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeThorough review of TDTCB (MAJOR SPOILERS) by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wow, that is some review. I disagree about the end though. I found it left me wanting more and not at all dissatisfied, except for the fact that I couldn't immediately race out and buy the next book. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 29 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would have to say yes, all morality is just a social construct. However, that doesn't demean it in any way, to my thinking. view post


More laudations... this time from a very important group posted 02 March 2004 in Interviews and ReviewsMore laudations... this time from a very important group by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Wow, that is something. It should certainly help kick off the site. view post


Other authors you enjoy posted 05 March 2004 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Loose- I don't think its fair to call the movie a film about history. If it happened, which seems likely, it was all so long ago that I think it is really the telling of a story witha point. view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 09 March 2004 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Glad you decided to join, Vanarys!

Scott, can anyone join the OWW, or is it for published or fulltime writers? I think it could be fun to get involved with writing, but I know (or at least am pretty sure) that I don't want to do it as a career. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 09 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I was wondering what OS's and browsers our different users are using, and if anyone is into computers or programming or web design, etc.

At home I use Red Hat Linux 9 and the Mozilla browser, though I am going to switch to Firefox. I dabble in web design with php, mysql, and apache, but am looking to expand into java.

If no one finds this interesting, don't worry about replying. view post


Linking posted 09 March 2004 in General AnnouncementsLinking by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We would like to be listed as high on Google as possible, for obvious reasons. The more links from CREDIBLE, established sites the better. So as you spread the word about the forum and books, post links as well as the name, for Scott's site as well as ours. Thanks. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 10 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I got linux about a year ago for the first time, and absolutely loved it. It so much more customizable than windows, and refreshingly non controlling. I also love all of the programs available for free for it and the ease of setting up servers on it. What sort of courses do you design? view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Come on and vote, everyone! Lets have all 30 of you vote! It's your patriotic duty! view post


Hello to the author and everyone... posted 10 March 2004 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Why not Ayn Rand? I have to read something by her for a scholarship essay I am going to write, but have never read her before. view post


The Title posted 10 March 2004 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

All I'm asking is that as many people as feel comfortable vote so that we can have a better sampling. view post


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