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  1. Wisdom Lovers United (or untied)

    They still touch on the subject, albeit lightly, in my stepsons middle school history class while they were studying the renaissance period. Community college also covers a bit in a course on critical thinking. So, while the topic is exposed, it doesn't really seem to be enough for students to gain interest in really delving into it a little more thoroughly.
  2. Wisdom Lovers United (or untied)

    Descartes' most famous quote is, "I think, therefore, I am." So wherever you think, there you are. (I kid on the wherever part.)
  3. Wisdom Lovers United (or untied)

    No, but what little I did learn of a few did arouse my curiosity on the subject. There have been some interesting philosophers in history. Descartes for one, and obviously, Socrates was another. It seems philosophers were better regarded in the past than are current ones now, true, in my view, as well.
  4. Wisdom Lovers United (or untied)

    Yeah, philosophers get paid rather handsomely.
  5. Naw, but I'll indulge ya. Truth is always there. Acknowledgement, thus knowledge, of it isn't. Truth doesn't change, awareness does.
  6. Such circular logic makes my world spin, getting me dizzy! LOL But I don't know that the last statement would be necessarily true, though one option. Other may be: if we want to believe lies to be the truth, we may not actually know what truth really is.
  7. I'm not insisting that I'm right. After all, I did say my statement MAY still hold true. It's kind of like that faith thing, folks can place faith upon virtually anything, until someone comes around and shows it's misplaced. Which is what I'm saying about absolutes. And it's true, we don't know everything, nor do we know how much we actually do, until we learn something new. I often think definitives can be ever looping like the question "why". One can come up with an answer to the "how come...", only to face another question with similar phrasing.
  8. If an exception is found, then it can't be absolute. Thus, people can be said to believe there really isn't any based on theories proven or not. However, my statement may still hold true. Unless one cares to prove an absolute as false, along with acceptance of variables, an absolute will always be true. Like that philosopher said about that cat in the box with the poison. Until one opens the box to find out, the cat can be both alive and dead. Thus, one can accept that it is absolutely alive, until proven otherwise. Along those lines, an absolute is always true, until it is found and accepted not to be.
  9. Always, until proven to be false.
  10. Blame, Tame, or All The Same Games

    Maybe. But another view is that you created the choices, therefore the mastermind to blame. That pesky perspective thing again. On that note, I think blame is placed according to the situation, right or wrong. The question begs a more specific or defined phrasing, because as it is, the answer can be too broad.
  11. Blame, Tame, or All The Same Games

    It has always been easier to place blame rather than accept it. The self is often pampered or guarded according to how we perceive an outcome to either be beneficial or destructive to the ego or physical body. That said, choice is to blame, simply because it involves whether or not to cater to the self.
  12. I'm with you in this regard. How is any attempt to put a smile on a stranger's face, or friends' and relatives', not an act of kindness? Simply because one does not share the same type of humor, does not render the act to a definitive judgement. It's really an individual thing as far as perception goes. What one defines as offensive, may not be offensive to another. Personally, I would have laughed had I seen Von's display. Thanks for the thought, Von.
  13. These are oft quoted enough that one would think they are doctrine, even as they were given as guidelines for followers of the faith.
  14. Which of the Apostles said, "I shall not judge others outside the church"? Clearly, his example has been lost on some.