MadEnglishman


  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Once a “blasphemer” is identified for the PM or his government, what do they (Facebook officers) think is going to happen next?

    Twitter too should look to whether they are happy with accounts which are all but declaring jihad on unbelievers, for what else does “blasphemy [is an] unpardonable offence” mean?

    The social media site executives would…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Mature adults with invisible friends. Sigh.

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Charging Xiao is all well and good, but it’s closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

    It’s pretty clear cut, you don’t need to be an MD to predict what’s going to happen when you deprive a diabetic of their medicine and substitute fasting and self-abuse.

    He’s been giving out “medical” advice and charging for it, and presumably has…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    As Isaac Asimov once pointed out, you cannot keep growing regardless of what wonderful technologies might be invented to support that growth.

    If you assume all problems of spaceflight are solved, and sufficient energy and resources are continually found to support an expansion, expanding the human population by just 2% p.a. from a starting point…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    @OHooligan (#16)
    Thanks, as hard sci-fi meets detective noir, The Expanse sounds right up my alley. Never heard of it until now.

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    @cbrown #6
    “The basic problem is not Islam and its religion, it is religion per se. ”

    Nope.

    There’s religion and woo-woo in general, which can harm lives with institutionalised pedophilia or misogyny, treating diseases with prayer or water-that-used-to-contain-something and so forth.

    Then there’s one religion in particular which proclaims…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    It’s the “categorical imperative” in disguise. Most people (everyone except sociopaths) understand the “golden rule” and mainly try to follow it, but not so many are aware of the “categorical imperative”.

    Take littering, … a victimless crime. If you’re the only one littering, no big deal; if everyone does it, we’ll be up to our necks in…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    I don’t care much for rap music, but it might better be described as street poetry. It’s clear it’s all about the lyrics and any musical accompaniment is incidental.

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Returning to an earlier point I made which I seek comment on.

    Higher primates have (according to primatologists)

    self-awareness
    empathy

    Whether thought is involved or not, if both these features are present then it seems the “golden rule” pops out.
    It doesn’t mean the animal thinks about their actions or is aware of the “rule” in any way.
    But…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    @Melvin, #43
    The chimp and other bright animals lack the ability to acquire and use language.
    Not so, see Phil’s reply. Whether they have “enough” language is moot. We can keep raising the bar to exclude chimps but in doing so we may find we also exclude some humans along the way.

    So the answer appears that they do not “think” like humans; the…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    @Phil #46
    If you travel down the Congo, you’ll find bonobos are on the Left Bank.

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    @PeacePecan #39
    Does man have a “true nature” or is it entirely at the mercy of environmental factors?

    Is man good by default, and only turns bad under traumatic or stressful environmental conditions – or is man bad by default, acting good only out of cynical motives, fear of strong government (or supernatural forces), enlightened self-interest,…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Dan,

    As you are someone who loves animals, opposes cruelty, and feels strong empathy for them, I’m surprised we’re at disagreement.

    You’re the one who should be arguing that chimps are nearly human, have emotions and thoughts etc., and I’m the one (more dispassionate about animal welfare) who should be arguing “they’re only animals, they can’t…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    @Dan,
    Your conviction that chimps cannot murder (only kill) is not a subject I’d given thought to before, but in a split-second I was convinced you were wrong. Sorry. If you had been talking about lions and wolves, for example, I would have moved on without a second thought.

    Chimp behaviour is very complex, they can transmit culture. They can…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    @22,
    I had a moment of “cognitive dissonance” (decades ago) which led me to view xtianity in a different light, I think it was reading Spinrad’s The Iron Dream, when I read something that highlighted the fact that said religion had adopted as its symbol an instrument of torture, something I’d never really thought about before.

    Early…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    The women’s chess championships are being held in Iran for some reason, and all competitors are expected to wear hijab. Many, including the US champ, are not going in protest.
    One of the organisers, a retired competitor, was quoted as saying “she would not have an issue with wearing one out of respect for a country’s culture”, which nearly made…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    The salient point, I feel, is that the debate on burkinis be taken in context.

    The ban on burkinis is the tip of the iceberg, “something” that can be done about the larger problem that no-one wants to articulate for fear of being called extreme right wing or worse.

    I will articulate the fear that is in the air: today burkinis, tomorrow sharia law.

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    As someone mentioned the word “cool”, I’d like to expand on that.
    In this electronic age, most anglophone kids have access to PCs, smart TVs, smart phones and streaming of foreign films etc.; if they wanted to they could learn any language they want. But the motivation lacks.

    Non-anglophone kids learn English because it’s cool, because of…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Just on the point of comparing homicides with wars, and on why we draw a distinction.

    To quote or paraphrase Terry Pratchett, “some crimes are too big to be seen (as crimes)”.

    A neighbour kills his wife, and we call it homicide.

    A president lies and deceives the public and orders a country bombed on a false pretext, killing tens of thousands of…[Read more]

  • MadEnglishman posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    @Dan #49,
    There you go again, “the added advantage of preventing urinary tract infections”.
    A bold claim that (as has been stated already) has almost no support in secular medical societies outside the USA. [And remind me, what were the other “advantages”? The way you phrase it implies that the purported medical advantage is a bonus, and you’d…[Read more]

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