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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 27th, 2006, 11:16 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Congratulations. It’s called downward causation—seems you have some free will after all.

And keep in mind that “discrimination” not being “justified” is a moral issue—a moral choice...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 18th, 2006, 09:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Indeed Tom, you would have a choice, and you would indeed be morally responsible. Amen and amen.

It’s been a long difficult journey, but it seems we’ve reached our destination—try not to...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 17th, 2006, 08:06 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Hell Tom, anyone can more or less follow whatever the group “morality” happens to be. The real test is when nobody is watching and/or the shit hits the fan—and since it seems that you’re no...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 17th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate & Rape

Great point—I see now that my own morality, wherein rape is just “wrong,” is way too simplistic, not to mention restrictive; whereas your not raping “only because [you] know of the pain that...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 17th, 2006, 08:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Slate & Instincts/Morality For Dummies

Damn Tom, I’d bet that even (using your buddy Margaret’s characterization) a JB “fawning,” “undergrad psych student - self-important and largely ignorant of the real world,” can see the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 05:06 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Wrong, wrong, wrong, Tom; and it amazes me that you’re unable to see the distinction here—what is being stated is that if indeed free will is an illusion, then “morality,” inevitably, is an...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 01:20 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

I’d not necessarily call it “mysticism,” just an undeniable reality, that undoubtedly “exists,” that is obviously beyond the so-called “material,” “natural” reality, and mental...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 16th, 2006, 11:25 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Come on Carey, I’ didn’t say “abstract”—I said it “exists”—I’d say that objective mathematical truth is perhaps more real and/or more fundamental than the material, “natural”...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 09:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Damn Carey, that sounds like some type of behavioral conditioning—I suppose it works on animals and young children, but we’re talking sane, civilized, human adults here. Before you get sucked...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 07:19 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Forget about my “leap to objective beauty, and perhaps even objective morality.” Let’s just focus on “objective mathematical truth.”

You say you agree “entirely on the matter of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 03:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

It was my quote of your post in my post, knowmsaying? Anywho, “accidental,” as I recall, was the word we were using to describe a universe lacking a first cause, having no intrinsic meaning or...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 15th, 2006, 08:17 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

My recollection is a bit different Carey—back in September 2003 when you, Todd, and I were passionately discussing this area (and perhaps trading benign “insults” ) and whether materialist...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 08:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Wow Carey, seems you really pissed Margaret off—imagine how vicious she’d have been if you actually intended to insult her. Margaret seems to have other issues . . . anyway, you know how...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 14th, 2006, 09:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker & BS-o-meters

Thanks for the compliment Carey, but I think that JimB may have even less patience when it comes to Margaret’s type of BS.

FWIW, Margaret and I were having a reasonably civil dialogue until she...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 12th, 2006, 05:27 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Slate & WWJD?

Tom & Margaret, you both might consider asking JimB if there’s any truth in your speculations here regarding my “troubled childhood” and/or alleged “problems,” since you both seem to find...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 12th, 2006, 10:23 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate & Doors

While we humans may “feel” that something is “real” we nevertheless are quite capable of knowing, cognitively, that it isn’t—e.g., phantom pain, the feeling of pain from tissue damage of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology April 11th, 2006, 11:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 49,066
Posted By Fred H.
Re: Pinker's Blank Slate

Consider that the primary emotions of we humans are essentially equivalent to that of many mammals—fear, anger, disgust, etc. What primarily distinguishes us from other mammals is the reality of...
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