• posted a message on DC Universe: Rebirth
    DC Comics is rebooting "rebirthing" their universe again, and as much as these events normally cause a great rolling of the eyes, I have to say, Geoff Johns got this one off to an amazing start. Did anybody else's heart skip a beat when they saw that final panel?
    Posted in: Printed Media
  • posted a message on Clean comic books?
    Quote from Pokerkingdave »
    Fables is a good choice.
    If you're reading a Fables series which can be described as "lighthearted adventure stories where the good guys win (most of the time) and people aren't violently maimed", then you are reading a very different Fables series than the rest of us.
    Posted in: Printed Media
  • posted a message on Moral Realists: Is Moral Obligation Objective?
    One example I'm thinking of is donating to charity. Most would agree that it is moral to donate to charity (with caveats as necessary), but I'm not sure that everyone would be of agreement that everyone has a moral obligation to donate to charity, or agree on how much one is morally obligated to donate. Is there a meaningful distinction between the two?
    Oh. The concept you're looking for is supererogation.
    Posted in: Philosophy
  • posted a message on SJW - Just A Pejoritive
    Quote from combo player »
    Defining racism as prejudice backed up by power is a fairly useful definition. It is systemic rather than individualistic like the usual personal race-hating.
    It's useful in another sense, that it allows members of minority groups who engage in "the usual personal race-hating" to deny that they're being hypocritical or doing anything wrong because their behavior by definition cannot be "racist". Yes, it's very useful to be able to talk about prejudice backed up by power. When you want to do that, I recommend adjectives. Saying "systemic racism" lets you have that conversation while still acknowledging that all forms of racial hate have enough things in common to share a general label.

    For what it's worth, the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the country's foremost anti-racism watchdog groups, does not hesitate to call racial hate from minorities "racist".
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Moral Realists: Is Moral Obligation Objective?
    Can you explain in greater detail what distinction you see between "morality" and "moral obligation"? Because a lot of philosophers will use the phrases near-synonymously: if it is moral to do something, that means you have a moral obligation to do it, simply by definition.
    Posted in: Philosophy
  • posted a message on Brexit
    Quote from dox »
    Europe has a habit of about one big war per century so its a bit early to say they have broken the pattern.
    Nnnno. They've definitely broken the pattern. Steven Pinker explores the statistics in some detail in The Better Angels of Our Nature.
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  • posted a message on A paradox of ethics.
    I do not think the decision is a question of ethics, but rather question of risk/reward
    Singer's contention, following that of other utilitarians like Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, is that this is precisely what ethics is. "The morally right action to perform is the one which, given the information available to you, is most likely to result in a net favorable outcome" is a coherent ethical claim. The question here is: is it the correct claim?
    Posted in: Philosophy
  • posted a message on A paradox of ethics.
    I'm probably wading into the deep end, but I would surmise this premise is flawed.
    Which premise? Singer's premise that "in a moral tradeoff between human life on one hand and some luxury or quality-of-life improvement on the other, human life should win"? Or Crashing00's that "every $10 spent on malaria prevention and treatment measures saves one human life"?
    Posted in: Philosophy
  • posted a message on Mexican Flag Displayed During Protest.
    Okay, that's enough. I'm declaring this a stalled debate. Dox, bravesbaseball, you each get one final post, then you're done.
    Posted in: Debate
  • posted a message on Captain America: Civil War
    Quote from sirpsychosexy »
    They missed the mark on Spider-Man too IMO. Not the way the character portrayed, that was great, but the way he was used in the story. He was a big central part of the story in the comics, and his arch was a big deal in the story, and they didn't touch on it at all in the movie. Kind of a missed opportunity.
    Given the timeline of the Sony deal I'm pretty sure he was a relatively late addition to the script.
    Posted in: Movies
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