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Drug Legalization posted 08 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by Grantaire, Moderator

I certainly don't think that drugs such as heroin, cocaine, etc should be legalized, because they are extremely damaging. Drugs that are weaker such as marijuana- maybe. As was said above, if people saw what it could really do to people in their lives, that would act as a better deterent than any propaganda. Additionally, taxing the hell out of anything legalized would increase revenue, and hopefully make it not as desirable.

I don't see why some drugs (again, think marijuana) are illegal, when there are drugs such as alcohol and tobacco that are currently legal. Alcohol causes everything from car accidents to bar fights, as well as severe health problems in the long run, and tobacco is eventually deadly.

I think that all drug use is bad, but I think that by legalizing some of the weaker ones, we could try to get some good out of it.

Larry, your story was very sad, but it goes with what I said- if the drug use on her part led to no one being able to stand her, isn't that a lesson to your whole family: don't do drugs, they can mess up your life just like that.

However, I don't really know. As I said, I have those mixed thoughts, I need to study the issue more indepth. view post


Ages posted 08 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Grantaire, Moderator

15, anyone under that? <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Drug Legalization posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by Grantaire, Moderator

Replay, I think you're just making an assumption. I argued for legalisation, but I have never done any drugs in my life, nor would I if they were legalised. view post


A Game of Thrones posted 09 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Grantaire, Moderator

I was introduced to ASoIaF through wotmania, and I greatly enjoyed it. The writing is vivid, the characters are realistic and memorable, and the world building is superb. Martin is definately one of my current favorite fantasy authors. view post


Now listening to... posted 09 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Grantaire, Moderator

Dave Matthew's Band Live in Central Park Concert album.

Specifically, Crush.

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Now Reading... posted 09 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Grantaire, Moderator

I'm currently reading The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant, Otherland by Tad Williams, and The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky. Yes, I read more than one thing at once <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Free Will posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Grantaire, Moderator

This is an issue I've grappled with for a while. Do we actually have free will?

Speaking to someone a couple days ago, they argued that scientifically, we don't have free will, because at the particle level, there are set things that every particle does, even though by the Uncertainty Principle we can't fully measure the velocity and position. However, they said that since we can't measure those factors, we don't know what exactly the particles will do, so we can't tell what will happen in the future, and thus we have an illusion of free will- illusion because we don't actually know what is certain to happen, however the future is set.

If taken non-scientifically, I think it also depends on your religious beliefs. Monotheistic religions usually say humans are given free will, but I am uncertain as to how the ideas of a deity, fate (heaven or hell), and free will are compatible. Sorry, I digress, I'll have to make a thread about that at a later point.

So, simply, do you think we have free will or not? Or do you believe in a totally deterministic universe? And why?

Thanks. view post


Free Will posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Grantaire, Moderator

Yes I know, which is why I was interested to see- it reveals a lot about a person, including religious and philosophical views. view post


Free Will posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Grantaire, Moderator

The thing I don't understand about people using religion as an argument for free will is that it seems to me that the two ideas are incompatible. view post


Free Will posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Grantaire, Moderator

It's hard to explain, I'm not very good at changing my thought process into words..I'll give it a day and get back to you on that point. view post


Free Will posted 11 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Grantaire, Moderator

I do that sometimes too <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Sex posted 11 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Grantaire, Moderator

Male here. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 13 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Grantaire, Moderator

A certain class? A book? A friend, family member, etc?

Just wondering how everyone got started in learning about the field of philosophy.

For myself, I was browsing around in the political science section of my school library, and adjoining it was the philosophy/psychology section, curious, I went and looked at some of the books. There weren't many books, but I checked out a book entitled A Passion For Wisdom. I don't recall the authors, but it was excellent. It was only around 120-130 pages long, but it had a lot of information (tiny tiny print), about the history of philosophy, pretty much every major philosopher, the roots of basic philosophic and religious beliefs, and the influences of philosophers on eachother. It was fascinating, and I enjoyed every page of it.

That was my introduction to philosophy, and I discovered that I really love philosophy (as in I would like to major or minor in it in college). I have read various other philosophy books, from background ones, such as Durant's The Story of Philosophy, to the actual books of the philosophers.

Well, that's my story. How about all of you? view post


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 13 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Grantaire, Moderator

I know, philosophizing comes naturally, but did anything introduce you for example to the history of philosophy, the various philosophers, etc? view post


Addendum to the wotmania Interview: Re: Monkeys posted 13 July 2004 in Interviews and ReviewsAddendum to the wotmania Interview: Re: Monkeys by Grantaire, Moderator

Still hilarious <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> I wonder how many authors you'll continue to be able to get to answer <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> view post


Ayn Rand posted 15 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionAyn Rand by Grantaire, Moderator

Like Replay said, what is being true to yourself? view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 17 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Grantaire, Moderator

I loved it. It was recommended to me by the OF community at wotmania.com, and I wonder how many here have read it. It's not really pure "fantasy", but weaves elements of fantasy, the "new wierd" fantasy, mythology and much more.

So, anyone read it? What did you think of it? view post


Happy Birthday Aldarion! posted 17 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Birthday Aldarion! by Grantaire, Moderator

I hope you're having a great day, and getting lots of new books (and money to get more new books <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> )

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Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 17 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by Grantaire, Moderator

(note that I'm not saying "belief in a god", but rather just the idea, the concept)

Religions of all sorts exist around the world, and usual a central tenet is belief in a god (or multiple gods). Even if a person is agnostic or athiest, the concept of a god is still in their head.

If we were raised away from any religious influences, would we still come to find the concept of 'god'?

I'm probably not explaining very well what I mean, but you probably get the gist of it <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> My thoughts on the matter are very jumbled. view post


Happy Birthday Aldarion! posted 17 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Birthday Aldarion! by Grantaire, Moderator

I just had to prove you wrong <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->

Happy 30th! Feel like an old man now? <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 18 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by Grantaire, Moderator

Ah, excellent explanation Cu'jara. I wonder if too, the time period and level of industrialization would have an effect- a primitive farming community would be pretty much have its prosperity depending on the weather, something they can't control and is simple to explain as the result of a gods actions etc. Whereas a more modern, industrialized society wouldn't be affected so much by nature.

Meh. view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 18 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Grantaire, Moderator

Yes, I have read Perdido Street Station. Another superb book. view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 18 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Grantaire, Moderator

True 'dat view post


Your education posted 18 July 2004 in Author Q &amp; AYour education by Grantaire, Moderator

I recall from wotmania's interview, and from what Larry said, that you're currently getting a graduate degree in philosophy. But what else can you tell me about your education? Majors and undergrad degrees? Interests in high school, etc?

Thanks view post


Your education posted 19 July 2004 in Author Q &amp; AYour education by Grantaire, Moderator

To what Larry said, <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

Mr. Bakker, at what point in your life did you decide what you wanted to do with college and your career? view post


Language posted 20 July 2004 in Author Q &amp; ALanguage by Grantaire, Moderator

Yep. Conviction of any sort is the enemy of truth. view post


The problem of evil posted 20 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Grantaire, Moderator

Ok, I'll just state this now- I'm Catholic. I've been brought up on those beliefs for all of my (admittedly, so far short) life. My idea of a God is that of the judeo-christian one, and I definately don't have much knowledge of other religious beliefs. Recently, I've begun to internally question my religion (mostly because of various philosophical thoughts, such as on this and on free will). So I just feel like writing down some of my thoughts on the problem of evil right now- I acknowledge right now that it's probably going to be pretty jumbled and nonsensical, because of my conflicting thoughts about god and religion <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> To make this clear- I do believe in a god, but since this post is going to be voicing my conflicting thoughts, it will likely end up attacking the idea of god. So please, no religious people take offense or anything.

Now, the problem of evil. Typically, the terms "good" and "evil" are used to describe the righteousness (that's probably not a good word though) of all actions, things, etc. And those two concepts are usually embodied in religious beliefs as the entities "god" and "satan/devil/demons/etc". Now, the problem I see is that many religious people (again, I'm speaking about christianity for the large part, so this can't speak for all views) consider there to exist an allpowerful, loving and benevolent god, and there to exist a pure evil entity, through which sin comes, called satan.

Ok. That's the basis. Now here is where the real problem is. If god is all powerful, then shouldn't he have the power to destroy any evil? If he doesn't rid humanity of evil, would he then not be loving and benevolent? It could be argued of course that he could still allow evil, and yet be benevolent, but wouldn't the very idea of "god" mean perfection? And if he is perfection, shouldn't that mean perfect love, which should allow absolutely no evil or ill to befall his creation?

If he isn't completely loving, caring, and benevolent, isn't he then not perfect? And if he is not perfect, then can he not truly be "god"? If human sin stemmed from the devil, then wouldn't a perfectly loving god be able to destroy that? Instead, it seems to make more sense that all good and evil stems from human nature. Some of us are good, some are evil, and we all do actions of both.

Well, those are some of my thoughts. It ended up pretty jumbled like I expected, but I just really wanted to but down some of those thoughts.

Your thoughts? view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Grantaire, Moderator

What degrees do you have/do you want to get?

Just curious about the interests of some of the other people here.

Cheers. view post


The problem of evil posted 20 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Grantaire, Moderator

Taliesin, I think faith in and of itself is...unreasonable. Why have faith, when we don't have definitive proof of something? I understand that that's what makes it faith, but why have faith in the unknown and ununderstandable? Good post though, good reasoning.

Wil, you made sense but...hmm, I'm going to have to counter that in the morning, too tired now.. view post


What area of writing are you good at? posted 20 July 2004 in Writing TipsWhat area of writing are you good at? by Grantaire, Moderator

Myself, I'm best at world-building, and then describing what's going on in a characters head. Not so good at description of people and the environment. view post


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