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MrJims Commoner | joined 23 April 2006 | 8 posts


Can we really tell history "as it was"? posted 24 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionCan we really tell history "as it was"? by MrJims, Commoner

No, we cannot tell history the way it was.

Reasons. Firstly, the word. Written or spoken can never truly to justice to an event, emotion or experience. Secondly, history holds many aspects. An individual, the planet, a civilization, etc. As other's have mentioned here a history must be recorded by historian or someone filling that role. How much did they see? How were they just told by others and how trustworthy are those others, or our historian for that matter. From what disposition is our historian writing, what are his/her beliefs, experiences, prejudices and how are they affecting his/her account.
The truth, I think, is you can never know reality.(The realm of events). What we call reality is really our accumulated sensory input. The observer is not outside the obervation therefore the obersvation is tainted. This being said, Histories should still be written. view post


Welcome and Guidelines posted 24 April 2006 in Member Written WorksWelcome and Guidelines by MrJims, Commoner

Feeling stupid. Can't find anything related to attachments. Please help.
Thanks. view post


Transhumanism and Genetic Engineering posted 24 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionTranshumanism and Genetic Engineering by MrJims, Commoner

I'm for genetic engineering.
The fact is we our somewhat aware of it's capacity and potential. To not fully investigate the matter would be against man's inherent nature to know. As for the moral implications, G.E is a tool, and like the sword, gun and pen it has no intention other than that of it's wielder.
As for superhumans, I don't see why not. Ultimately man's individual evolution is a matter of choice, or more accurately, choices. Though his beginings may be stronger and I don't think it would greatly effect his life. In this I mean he will still suffer, love, hate, be challenged by his own nature and nature of the things around him. On a species level I think it is our responcibility to improve ourselves in all manners in which we are capable, granted what an improvement is may be a matter of opinion.
Finally I would rather enslave myself to a superhuman than a supercomputer. view post


Transhumanism and Genetic Engineering posted 25 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionTranshumanism and Genetic Engineering by MrJims, Commoner

Sorry, still new to the system and can't quote. Or attach to a post for that matter. Buy anyway, Entropic_exsistence said.

There is a very good reason why we don't do this with humans much, because the fact is we don't know as much as we sometimes think we do, at least not on the practical level. We build very good models of how things work, we haven't yet learned enough to make 100% accurate simulations. The trials for gene therapy for instance haven't been spectacular, and when two kids died there was a moratorium placed on alot of the research avenues, at least at the clinical stage.


There is more learned in failure than sucess. Granted certain failures could be terminal to the species. I think that one of the main fears, though hidden behind many rationales is that man does not want to become second class, even to his own creation/evolution. With computers we can argure that they only enhance us as oppose to replace. Mind you I am the pizza man and my related scientific info on the matter could fit under your fingernails. As for human losses in the name of research it begs the mean question. What is the price of salvation. view post


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 25 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by MrJims, Commoner

I think I am just a philosopher. It wasn't a book or show or teacher or anything like that. It was my planet. The people, animals, things. All the relationships seen and unseen. The nature of self, of god, of interaction with the living and the inanimate. To me everything begs the question why? I was raised Roman Catholic, only did high school in Ottawa, Ontario. Made pizza's for the last decade of so. I'm twenty seven now and my thirst has not abated. I've read a bit, greek philosphers, eastern mystisim (Confucius, Lao Te Ze, Buddism) but mostly it's my own thoughts combined with experience and a cruel honesty. view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 25 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by MrJims, Commoner

I find exsistence a little too tidy for there not to be a creator. Mind if it was not so tidy we wouldn't be here to contemplate.
Religion, to me, was man's first attempt at politics. I don't think this effects the debate over the exsistence of god though. I'm roman catholic, I don't have to many problems with there view though I would like to think that god is a little cooler, the man has seen alot of shit. I use man loosely.
What I enjoy most about the idea of god during such a scientific and catagorizing time in the history of man is that his absence, quantifably, is as much of proof of his exsistence as not. Were we to prove god or better, he split the clouds, walked down stairs of air to the ground, played a game of texas hold'em (and lose cause it would be funny) and then left. We would be enslaved, hence freewill would be lost and any understandable purpose behind exsistence forfeit. Man entertaining the idea of god will do as he likes. Man knowing without doubt that god exsists will do as he's told.
If you care I'll go on, and on and on and on. view post


What is Philosophy? posted 25 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is Philosophy? by MrJims, Commoner

Philosophy in the widest sense is trying the paint a portrait of all of exsistence. And miss nothing.


Say yes to thugs. they be bad. view post


Critique this phrase posted 25 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionCritique this phrase by MrJims, Commoner

Fantasy is simply a medium. The writer can uses it in many ways.

As for social implications. Utopia by thomas moore anyone. view post


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