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  1. Even if argued as a preference successfully you're going to run into situations where you have competing preferences and a lot of people are still going to fall back to sentience as a reason to elevate the preferences of one group over another.

  2. Godfrey-Smith doesn't argue for a philosophy where that sort of hierarchy doesn't exist, at least not in this video. But his point is that if wellbeing is a condition of deciding whether or not something is worthy of our consideration it can play a role in how we as humans decide how to live life. It's not to say we should stop cows eating grass, but it might be to say we shouldn't use pesticides that collaterally kill or damage plant life for no real reason, for example.

  3. Do we do that? I edited my comment just before you replied but I think any realistic application of such a philosophy would come back to competing priorities.

  4. Well the example he gives is insects, where we may or may not be able to establish sentience based on straightforward pain aversion, but an ethics that takes into account wellbeing might lead us to pursue the development of different sorts of pesticides.

  5. In this video, analytic philosopher Saul Kripke presents and discusses his dogmatism paradox: If one knows something to be true, evidence that contradicts it is misleading and can justifiably be disregarded and should not be acted on. Kripke and Romina Padro discuss whether we implicitly embrace a dogmatist attitude at times - due to our finite nature - despite an intention to keep an open mind about our own beliefs, and the challenge of deciding when to assume a dogmatist attitude and when to be skeptical.

  6. Submission Statement: The China-Russia alliance has not soured after Xi’s meeting with Putin at the SCO summit in Samarkand last week. China is simply continuing their balancing act of affirming Western culpability for the war whilst remaining seemingly neutral on the geopolitical stage. What has changed is the extent to which this ambiguity has been picked up by Western

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  8. They didn't cite any research because they just wanted to make a 'modern society bad' argument, and a terrible one at that.

  9. Hi guys, the research the article was referring to was

  10. SS: The retreat of Russian forces from Kharkiv marks themost significant defeat for Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine. Butthe conflict is far from over. Tchantouridzé argues Putin will now seek todecimate Ukraine’s economic and military infrastructure in a war of attrition,knowing that if Russia incur further losses in the Black Sea and Kherson theycould lose more than just the war.

  11. In this video debate, philosopher of mind Philip Goff, geneticist Güneş Taylor and editor of Nature Henry Gee discuss the limitations of science and its public perception. Gee and Taylor argue science has alienated the public by adopting a top-down approach that seems to fix facts. Goff argues the explosive success of science in the last 400 years has led to scientism, forgetting the quite narrow focus of scientific enquiry. As such, Goff argues science was never intended to provide a complete explanation of reality, and that philosophy is responsible for synthesising scientific knowledge with discoveries in other fields. Taylor responds that we must at least be open to the idea that science can explain the nature of reality in its entirety. We should be cautious, she warns, of rejecting the idea that everything is quantifiable simply because it makes us uncomfortable. The panelists go on to discuss growing criticism of science, and ask whether faith in science will continue to erode or begin to stabilise.

  12. Not any more - no major western country ever pursued Zero-Covid (bar Australia & New Zealand), and no western country is still pursuing aggressive lockdowns when there are Covid surges.

  13. Submission Statement: Xi Jiping is expected to visit Saudi Arabia any day now, his first proper trip out of China in two and half years. China's strict Zero-Covid policy has changed Beijing's diplomatic agenda, deepening Xi's relations with other autocratic leaders who were willing to visit him. At the same time, Zero-Covid isolationism has meant a tight control on the people and ideas that have been able to travel to and from China, contributing to a surge of nationalism, and the widening the rift between the Chinese public and the rest of the world, write Viola Rothchild and Hongshen Zhu.

  14. Abstract: In this debate, professor of psychology and behavioural economics Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and cognitive science Paul Bloom and professor of digital health Patty Kostkova ask how rational we really are in our decision making. Although we treasure our ability to deploy reason, and recognise it as a powerful tool to achieve our goals, we also value our emotional connections to world around us and the ways this guides us through life. However, in cases where rationality is most vital – when it comes to life saving decisions and choices that have wide ranging implications – we must take steps to ensure rationality is not distorted by gut reactions and personal attachments. Rather than attempting to banish emotion and rely only on reason, the panel argue, we should seek processes and mechanisms that protect rationality in the areas it matters most.

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