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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:04 pm

Remember how many people refused to use microwaves?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:49 pm

Actually, I don't remember that. Was there really a fear that radiated food retained the radiation?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:19 pm

Is it surprising that people with a vague, uninformed fear of GMO would have a vague, uninformed fear of microwave ovens?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:59 am

And what about the anti-vaxers? Why are they so paranoid about scientifically safe vaccinations?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:57 pm

Did you know that religious fanatics have opposed vaccinations for centuries, because preventing disease is interfering with god's work?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:22 am

Do anti-vaxers avoid dentists, doctors, and optometrists? Don't they know that without modern medicine half of them would have died before the age of three?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:08 pm

Haven't you ever read stories about kids who have died because their parents withhold medical treatment? :no:
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:15 pm

Do those parents end up going to prison?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:20 pm

Don't parents have the right to make medical decisions for their children, in the absence of a court order to the contrary?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:24 pm

Aren't there child neglect laws on the books?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:30 pm

Do you think it would ever be possible to find a satisfactory balance between parental rights, religious freedom, and governmental responsibility?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:59 am

Isn't "satisfactory" in the eye of the beholder? When it comes to laws and politics, won't there always be one group or another who will be unhappy?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:04 pm

If we make everybody equally unsatisfied, is that a satisfactory substitute for everybody being equally satisfied?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:27 pm

Because everyone's a victim these days, spreading the victimhood around evenly is probably all we can aspire to. Is that depressing?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:21 pm

Definitely depressing, but the real question is: How dangerous is it?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:35 pm

Can I cajole you to read Yuval Noah Harari's short chapter called Post-Truth in his 21 Lessons for the 21st Century book?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:45 pm

Is it going to cheer me up? :lol:
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:51 pm

Does hearing the truth usually help or hurt one's mood?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:19 pm

Given the rather narrow range of good outcomes in a hostile universe, aren't the odds against the truth being good?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:57 am

Would you call yourself a pessimist?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:41 pm

Do I not strike you as the most optimistic optimist ever?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:27 pm

Would an optimist conclude that the universe produces far more bad events than good ones?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:50 pm

Wouldn't an optimist look at a universe that is 99 percent vacuum and filled with deadly radiation and cataclysmic events, and in which the only place amenable to human life is a thin glaze of air and moisture on a lonely rock perched in a precarious orbit between fire and ice, on which most geological and meteorological and evolutionary events are antithetical to our very existence, and see that, despite conflict and violence never being far away, we have built a global civilization based on cooperation and empathy, which is filled with the beauty of the arts and sciences, and, seeing this, feel hope?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:17 am

^^ :clap: :clap:

How could any response to this poetic question possibly be adequate?


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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:08 pm

Does that mean the thread is over? :mellow:
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^^ :clap: :clap:
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