Morpheus


  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    At Modesti:
    There is no need to make fun of the people in the USA for their voting system – they didn’t chose it. There is also no need to make fun of the system itself, either. Remember that it was developed more than 200 years ago, and times were very different. Nobody at that time would have been able to predict something like the internet or…[Read more]

  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Stephen – excellent analysis, thanks for the time spent on it!

  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Alan – completely agree with you. It seems the heavy-weights (Richard et al) are meant to provide gravitas to the light-weights who are on the list close to them.

    Of course, let’s not mix up ‘influence’ with ‘influence in the way I approve’. That’s why you might not like to see a figure like the Dalai Lama up high, but there are a lot of people…[Read more]

  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    The good thing: A voice of reason ranks high amongst thought leaders.
    The bad thing: Almost everything else.

    While the present Richard as “Evolutionary Biology” on his orange circle, the article groups him amongst “religion” – did they understand anything at all??

    Amongst politics, Mary Robinson ranks highest – I can think of at least a dozen…[Read more]

  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    What a nice (if this word is even allowed in this context) example for two things:
    1) Be very, very careful when you play the ‘blame game’. And therefore, think twice before you support the death sentence.
    2) Science has built-in correction methods, when done right. That is one of its most important strenghts, but it may take a lot of patience (as…[Read more]

  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Honestly, I think that the analogy used by the author is really far-fetched. You need to jump to several hoops to make it work. Anyway, I like Stephen’s thoughts regarding ‘trust’ as something that is fundamental in granting money its power. That makes perfect sense, and also explains some aspects re “minimal knowledge of history” (see Alan). Part…[Read more]

  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    It is easy to ridicule the SafeMinds group, but that may not be appropriate. They sponsored a study, which led to (for them) suprising results. Isn’t that what science is about, and shouldn’t we respect somebody publishing unexpected results of a study, in light of the fact that some people would have hidden evidence not supporting their…[Read more]

  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    Re “I treat her beliefs with respect”:
    There might a slight, but important difference between ‘treating somebody’s belief(s) with respect’ and ‘treating somebody with respect’. For example, I have little respect for the belief that the death sentence is an appropriate sanction – but I may well respect the person who believes in the death…[Read more]

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  • Morpheus posted a new activity comment 2 years, 11 months ago

    Re JimJFox “Most people are good, in principle”: Not so sure about this. We have both good and bad aspects inside of us, nobody is just “good” or “bad” (independent of how this is defined).
    And re “obviously society would cease to function were that not true”: Not sure about this, either. You might think of society as the correcting factor that…[Read more]