Stephen of Wimbledon

  • Getting hundreds of protesters to a public meeting is a real achievement, I hope they can continue to organise and grow.

    The political reaction has been typical, Secretary Ruszkowski’s response is the normal ‘ […]

  • Hi Phil,

    Markets for information exist – the acquisition and sale of parts of you and me (our ‘confidential’ data), or of state secrets, spring to mind. Any market that aspires to provide factual information, […]

  • Hi Phil,

    And if it squeaks in as one, for how long?

    This is, indeed, the probable consquence of poor education. There will not be an immediate loss of all democratic functions; poor education undermines […]

  • There is a political debate that needs to be had here, that is too often forgotten.

    The US is, we are told, a democracy.

    A democracy can only function as a fair, efficient and effective form of government if […]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Dan,

    Just saying that nothing is absolutely free

    At what point did I claim I knew where to get a free lunch?

    … speech is behavior …

    What is behavior in this context?

    I favor free speech in most cases but certainly not all

    Do tell. I’m just spit-balling here, but I’m prepared to guess that what you mean by that is that…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dan,

    Give me an open and honest murderer prepared to use their right to free speech, any day.

    Can they now be prevented, caught or give me enough warning to run away.

    Confusing free expression with threatening behaviour is a canard used only by those seeking to undermine free expression.

    Peace.

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    There are no limits to free speech – that is what free speech means.

    If anyone ever asks you what is the cure for an evil done in the name of free speech – it happens – your answer should be ready: More free speech.

    Ask, rather, what are the limits – and the reasons – for the automatic reflex to censor?

    Everywhere we look we see someone, often…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Of course people can be de-radicalised.

    They reasoned themselves into that position, they can therefore be reasoned out of it.

    A Radical’s power of reasoning may be weak, or imperfect, or even fundamentally flawed. Does such a weakness automatically translate to: ‘unable-to-reason’? Does it automatically translate to: unable to learn?

    I don’t…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    [GASP ! ]. [#265]

    That’s exactly my position!

    Chances that a god created the universe = 0

    Chances that something is the default rather than nothing = 100%

    Amazing!

    Oh, wait …

    Talk is cheap. Evidence is what we need.

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi eejit [#1],

    As I understand sexual selection you’re right, but only up to a point.

    The most important thing about sexual selection is that it’s about female choice. Females are limited in the total offspring they can have, while males – as long as they remain capable – may have potentially close to unlimited number of offspring.

    If it is…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Hi Dan,

    I’m well, thank you for asking, and you?

    As far as Schopenhauer is concerned; Mods, please bear with, I will link back to the OP … eventually …

    The things of this world which our senses perceive have no true being;
    they always become, they never are: they have only a relative being;
    they all exist merely in and through their…

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  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Hi quarecuss,
    What about Plato’s Cave?
    Peace.

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    Hi eejit,

    Sorry for the slow response, ‘real life’ keeps getting in the way …

    [You’re] being unfair to the Gardai. Like all police forces in the civilised world, they are bound to investigate when they receive a complaint

    I don’t doubt that’s true. Also, they are duty bound to uphold the law – irrespective of how asinine it might be. On…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    When Apple, a few months ago, stood up to the US Government’s bully tactics some of us on this site warned that once Apple’s iPhone security was broken, it would get into the public domain.

    Now, several news outlets are reporting that Microsoft has warned that Windows security was broken by the CIA and FBI and they have had their servers hacked -…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    [The] Gardaí were unable to find a substantial number of outraged people. For this reason the investigation has been concluded

    The Police in the Republic of Ireland apparently apply the laws of the land using the following guidelines:

    A – If people cannot contain their emotions, laws protecting hurt feelings might apply – investigate
    B -…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    “There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers.

    Why?

    Because they…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you Alan and crookedshoes,

    I don’t think my comment qualifies as a mic drop. I would actually like to hear Graham Lawton respond to all three of us. I can see how that would be possible.

    You have both found the biggest and most basic problem and Alan’s response was excellent so I didn’t include it in mine: A god or gods is a big claim,…[Read more]

  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Graham Lawton is listed as an (the?) Executive Editor at New Scientist. Perhaps this means he can over-rule the Subs because he takes his time getting to the meat and potatoes.

    Lawton is defending the trope: Atheism is another religion.

    The truth is that atheism [1] is not simply an absence of belief in god, but also a set of alternative…

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  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Phil [#53],

    “Higher” and “lower” is begging a question still to be discovered

    There you go with the unwarranted assumptions again.

    I really don’t understand most of what you’re saying here. It … seems a guess at what you think I might have been saying …

    Well that’s that nailed down.

    I’m really not expressing myself clea…

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  • Stephen of Wimbledon posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Phil [#49],

    I intend all experiences that we identify as experiences, all our apprehensions, are notable by having this vivid quality, they form impressions in the mind. So much of our thought is not apprehended at all.

    So we’ve abandoned the attempt to explain why consciousness exists (even in the limited version of: A binary quality found…[Read more]

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