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  1. I definitely want to know. I won’t be going to work anymore and I’ll be eating ice cream for every meal. I know that’s not how everyone will react but if we truly have no control over the outcome, why worry? I find it freeing, not frightening.

  2. You sound harmless so I’d definitely want to tell you, it’s just the crazy people that I’m worried about.

  3. I have several reservations. First, the argument here seems to implicitly operate on utilitarianism. While using utilitarianism is not bad, per se, 1) the article does not make this perspective explicit, and 2) there are numerous other competing philosophical positions which would answer the question differently and those are not addressed here. The discussion would have been more rich if it had been more conversant with competing discussions of the good.

  4. I agree with your first point. I do not claim to have made a comprehensive nor exhaustive defense. I’m a student and it’s just a blogpost, so take it for what it is. That said, I do plan to comeback to this and build upon it after I’m more familiar with the various positions and literature. And I will revise it to be more explicit and precise.

  5. You don’t have to be comprehensive, which I would also suggest is both impossible and not useful. But if we are working out of an established framework, it is always good practice to disclose that. And arguing one view without considering alternatives hardly forms a “case” for anything.

  6. Yeah, I totally get that it is an unlikely scenario, especially in our (and humanity’s) lifetime.

  7. Technically NOT true! Titled “the milky way” implies “the only milky way” which is a galaxy.

  8. I have more of a problem with them not writing from the surface of a Mars 🤷‍♂️ however, if they’re referring to that specific Milky Way chocolate bar, then perhaps it’s not a problem to say the Milky Way.

  9. Hi Caleb & Michael, considering that stoicism has historically appealed to a very wide demographic, are either of you seeing modern stoicism resonate similarly today or does it appeal to a more narrow demographics (e.g. business professionals, entrepreneurs, etc)?

  10. I would be interested in Caleb's thoughts on this, but we chatted about this on a recent podcast episode.

  11. Yeah, that makes sense. Given that we are always connected to work, school, significant others, etc, would you say that a majority of people live and work in high stress environments? Are humans nowadays more stressed out than ever before? That’s an empirical question but I think one which is relevant for modern stoicism.

  12. Why is this in the trade offer format, it makes it hard to understand

  13. I mean, we do have over 52,000 islands (4th most in world). So, maybe we’d trade islands with a tropical country.

  14. Of course. I don't believe in god at all. Hence the quotes. What keeps you believing in god? From panemtheism to the Spinoza god and to the "just the universe" it's just a step, and there's no better evidence for panemtheism that for other more classical gods and religions.

  15. Well, like I said, I’m still very confused about God. I feel more justified in my beliefs about what God cannot be like than about whether God exists and is like. I wrote a blogpost on what God cannot be like if you’re interested:

  16. I've seen the blogpost. You still assume god existence in the premises or in the conclusions. Like in this:

  17. Firstly, it is a well-established scientific fact that evolution by means of natural selection is purposeless.

  18. I got a message asking me to post a brief intro about what brought me to this sub. Well, I saw this sub and I’m a philosophy student so I wanted to connect with y’all. I’m not a Christian but I lean towards some kind of panentheism. Still very confused about it all.

  19. Perhaps using the same proper noun for a number of different concepts is inherently confusing?

  20. Hot take; there isn't a greatest possible thing cause "greatest" is just a concept made up by humans. It would be like asserting there is a tastiest possible thing, taste is subjective, as is greatness, therefore there cannot be a greatest possible thing. Checkmate, Anselm.

  21. Philosophy aims at truth. But the great philosophers didn't "get almost everything wrong," such that they're mere historical curiosities and unworthy of consideration otherwise.

  22. I second this though I think it’s important to highlight that the level of analysis of Huemer’s post is appropriate for a blogpost. He gets carried away but if his aim with his blogposts is to provoke philosophical reflection then I think he has succeeded. I rarely agree with him, but he makes me think a lot better which I why I continue to read his blog.

  23. I think the level of analysis should be adequate to support the claim made, regardless of the format. So if a claim like "the great philosophers of the western canon are all wrong and bad at philosophy" can't be supported in blog post length, it probably ought not be made in a blog post. Unless of course the point is just to be provocative without substance, which would be pretty ironic in this case.

  24. C’mon now, his blog is literally called Fake Nous 😂

  25. Signed languages aren’t using gestures. They’re complete languages with all the requirements. There’s a general lack of knowledge about signed languages, as a lot of people think it’s simple gestures or coded English (or whatever language is natively spoken in the region) which isn’t the case. I don’t know of a single sign language that perfectly maps onto a spoken language. I know this isn’t like, the point of your essay, which overall I thought was interesting, I just studied ASL and thought maybe it was interesting to tell people that.

  26. Yeah, I agree. That’s why I said non-verbal languages and didn’t specifically refer to Sign languages like ASL. I gave hand gestures as a kind of non-verbal language, which I think it is, and mostly for comedic effect with reference to G.E. Moore’s use of hand gestures in his argument against external world skepticism.

  27. dreams, in my experience, never make sense

  28. I wish he would’ve expounded more on why he wouldn’t want to be hooked up to the Machine or what’s missing from those experiences that makes it less attractive than living “real life”.

  29. Same. You and others have raised some interesting points, which I’ll try to address as part of a video on the experience machine I’ll release early next year.

  30. I wanted to share this video now that the year is coming to an end, and people are considering resolutions for next year. Firstly, Kagan is a passionate lecturer and good philosopher. He’s also very clear about what’s at stake. Secondly, I used to be a hedonist and this thought experiment, along with some other reasons, changed my mind. So, I’m interested whether other people on here might also be convinced by Nozick’s experience machine. If not, then why not?

  31. Ep 6 of the show focuses on a villainous monster that has concepts like eternity and illusions as its power set. The entire show is filled with devils that are personifications of people's greatest fears and they become more powerful because of that fear

  32. Coming back to say that I just finished binge watching the show. That eternity devil was creepy af. Really catchy intro though. Only 9 episodes, eh? Do either you or

  33. Yoo, Chainsawman is going to 12 eps this season. Episode 12 comes out tomorrow.

  34. I’ve been watching the English version of Chainsaw Man through Apple and I see the Japanese original is there too but that it has 11 episodes, so maybe the English releases are slightly delayed which explains why there are only 9 English episodes available…imho, the 9th could itself be a season finale as it finished so well. Anyways, thank you so much for all the cool recs. I haven’t watched much anime before and now i’m hooked.

  35. It’s one thing to get stuck for 15+ hours on VIA, imagine what it’d be like on the TTC

  36. My reply started getting long so I’ll just blog about this in the new year.

  37. Interesting article that identifies an issue but does not really provide a solution, but only sows division. I don't pretend to be an expert in anything and therefore my inquiring mind treads wherever it wants. However when asked my views I would be honest and state I am no expert in [Insert Topic]. So what is the solution? Being honest with oneself and humble.

  38. Yep, epistemic humility is crucial for open and honest discussion. One bone I have to pick is the charge of sowing division. We need experts and knowledge is so specialized that whoever lacks it must depend on experts. I don’t think most experts intend on trespassing, or that they are bad people, but that it’s part of human nature. Nonetheless, some caution is advisable on their part and our own.

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