Nathaniel Hale 1775

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  1. Profiting from racism/discrimination

    It seems, at least to me, that the belief that blacks are less intelligence does not contradict the idea that all mean are equal (correct me if I'm wrong, of course). The first is said with regards to the level of reason (intelligence I assume?), while the later is in reference to Locke, where he argues that all men are equal in that they possess the same faculties (reason being one). This of course does not excuse his statement. "Creatures of the same species and rank promiscuously born to all the same advantages of Nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or subjection, unless the Lord and Master of them all, should by any manifest Declaration of his Will set one above another, and confer on him an evident and clear appointment an undoubted Right to Dominion and Sovereignty." -John Locke Chapter II : Of the State of Nature
  2. Happy Birthday to HaloNoble6

    HaloNoble6, you get to go to Florida AND see 300. I'm jealous Happy Birthday!
  3. Higher Level Philosophical Studies

    Yes, it is a list of virtues. I don't see how that is a problem.
  4. Higher Level Philosophical Studies

    Rome helped to give birth to the modern system of laws, not to mention modern Government. In the Roman world you will find some of greatest philosophers, lawyers, generals, and politicians of the ancient world. Ranging from Cicero, to Cato, to Senneca, to Publius Cornelius Scipio the Younger. People such as Plutarch and Polybius (Greeks) lived not under greek rule but Roman rule. It just seems odd to me that you would leave out the nation that spread greek culture to the far reaches of the known world.

    "In the conclusion of my speech, I said, ”that our country was far from being in a condition to make it necessary for us to humble ourselves at the feet of Great Britain. We had lost a battle, and a small island but the city and State of New York were still in possession of their independence. But suppose that State had been conquered, suppose half the States in the Union had been conquered – nay, suppose all the States in the Union except one had been conquered, still let not that one renounce her independence; but I will go further,– should this solitary State, the last repository of our freedom be invaded, let her not survive her precious birthright, but in yielding to superior force, let her last breath be spent in uttering the word Independence.” -Benjamin Rush in his Autobiography "Mr.Wilkes condemned the measure and said Col. – (whose name I do not recollect) had said he could have dispersed the mob without firing a gun. ”I have no doubt of it, – said Dr. Johnson. Some men have a method of quelling riots, which others have not, just as you have a method of defending them which I have not.” -Benjamin Rush in his Autobiography on an argument between Dr. Johnson and a one Mr. Wilkes observed by the author. "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fate: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings." -Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
  6. Dollhouse (2009)

    It would not suprise me. In the trailer for the untelevised 13th episode, someone says something to the effect: "Don't move or I'll blow you back to the Bush years!" I nearly rolled my eyes one-hundred and eighty degrees. Joss Whedon is certainly a democrat, as well as an exestentialist and feminist (hence, 90 lbf girls beating up men twice/three times their size); but, despite this he manages to make excellent television.
  7. old-school math

    This is certainly my experience. I have, for example, two different editions of Mechanical Engineering Design by Shigley and Mischke. The older one (a fifth edition) I purchased for less than $20, whereas the latest edition (the ninth, I believe) cost $195! The only additions were pretty, but otherwise useless, pictures and some brief sections on computational methods. Not only are the prices rediculous, but the writing style is horrific. It is as if they go out of their way to use circumlocutions. I hope I never see "is the fact that" ever again.
  8. old-school math

    Yes, MATLAB is excellent for matrix manipulation and numerical solutions, but even the student edition is fairly expensive (~$100). If you want a free program that has a large portion of the functionality of MATLAB and similar syntax, try SCILAB (here).

    Here are several quotes from the Marquis de Custine's Russian Travel Journals, written in 1838: "It was a gratuitous and automatic servility which did not exclude arrogance." "The same people, have long, gloomy, tormented faces; they have a worried look. Their conversation is brief and their speech abrupt. I have concluded from this difference that a country which one leaves with so much joy and returns to with so much regret is a bad country." "However little one speaks in Russia, one always speaks too much; since in this country all discourse is the expression of religious or political hypocrisy." "Princes and peoples, like simple individuals, sometimes avenge themselves on innocents; they consider themselves strong because they have created victims." "Russian despotism not only counts ideas and sentiments for nothing but remakes facts; it wages war on evidence and triumphs in the battle." "The taste for reviews is pushed in Russia to the point of madness: and behold, even before entering this empire of military maneuvers I must attend a review on the water!... I am not moved to laughter; puerility on a grand scale is possible only under tyranny, of which it is perhaps the most terrible revelation!" "... it is only with blindly submissive peoples that a ruler can demand immense sacrifices to produce trifles." "This population of automatons is like half a game of checkers, for a single man makes all the plays and the invisible adversary is humanity."
  10. Gran Torino (2008)

    When did he accept the "truth" of the "mystic yammering"? He did not accept them qua mystic yammerings, rather as something that happened to be true. Note also, he did not confess what he thought was his biggest sin to the priest, but to Tau (sp?). I think you are putting too much effort into finding the flaws. This movie was excellent.
  11. Worst novels

    Obviously, we are supposed to be impressed with his prodigious intellect. From my experience, "speed readers" are looking at, not comprehending, the words. It took me around an hour and half to finish Anthem; though, I naturally tend toward the ponderous.
  12. Sound, then, has two meanings: (1) Pressure waves propogating through a solid, liquid, or gas which can be heard. (2) The sensation of pressure waves acting on the sense organ responsible for hearing. So, if a tree falls in the middle of the woods, there is no sound in the second sense, unless there is some animal with hearing, but there is in the first. The two senses refer to two different, though related, concepts. Excuse my condemnation for the use of the second sense.
  13. Legend of the Seeker (2008)

    How absurd is it that television heroes have the time to shave every piece of hair off their chest. Its like he is thinking, "Hey I am hero that has to save the world and defeat bad guys on a daily basis, but instead of engaging in manly activity, I am going to shave my chest."
  14. They are different kinds of things; sight is a sense, whereas sound is the thing sensed. Beyond this absurd error, you are stating tautologies. Sight is the ability to see and hearing is the ability to hear; so, of course, there can be no seeing if there is no ability to see and there can be no hearing if there is no ability to hear. What exactly is your point?
  15. The moral status of the typical average man

    Believe it or not, Joe Sixpack likely has a demanding job and a family to feed. He may not have the time or the inclination after a hard day at work to reflect on the importance of philosophy; and if he does, he may not have the intellectual capacity to grasp its importance in the limited time he does have. Ask the average person on the street to define "abstract knowledge". Do you think he could give you a good answer, or any answer at all?
  16. Sounds are weak compression waves which propogate at the local speed of sound; it makes no difference whether they are heard or not. They are merely a grouping of compression waves, grouped based upon the capacities of the human ear. In a physical sense, there is no essential difference between them and blast waves propogating at high mach numbers. If, however, you mean nothing is heard which is not capable of being heard, you are expressing a tautology.
  17. Chuck (2007)

    Chuck has been picked up for another season. On a related note, Fox decided to keep Dollhouse for another season.
  18. Colleges Consider 3-Year Degrees

    The primary problem is the lack of a real secondary education. Many, including me, learned little in High School; in point of fact, I can not recall learning anything. It deprived me of 7 hours each day in which I could apply myself to things that I valued, like ancient history, philosophy, and mathematics. The obvious resulted, I had to learn in college what I should have learned in High School. Luckily, the Engineering curiculum, relatively speaking, is still demanding. I remember Statics and Dynamics hit me like a brick wall, not because it was particularly difficult, but because I had to actually try. So, I would say the primary problem with college is primary and secondary schools.
  19. Happy Birthday to Nathaniel Hale 1775

    Thanks for all the "Happy Birthdays". They are very much appreciated.
  20. Taken (2008)

    But he does enjoy the victory!
  21. Do we have the government we deserve?

    You are confusing the common usage, in the sense of utility, with the philosophic usage, the denial of the validity of universals (i.e. concepts).
  22. Let myself introduce....myself

    You must also remember lingua latina est perardua.
  23. The moral status of the typical average man

    This gushing self-praise is revolting. You condemn almost the whole of mankind, whom you have never met and know nothing of, while at the same time you praise yourself as a virtuous and philosophical man. If I had reason to believe your opinion of yourself, I would be the first to praise you; but, as has been often observed, the good promote themselves by right action, the bad by self-praise and the general condemnation of the human race -- the first, by showing they are good, and the latter, by showing everyone else is bad. "He . . . knew a great deal about art, letters, philosophy, and general culture; about almost everything, indeed, except the world he was living in." G. K. Chesterton
  24. Battlestar Galactica (2004)

    In the last two seasons, the characters seemed to do things for no reason but raw undiluted animal drive. It's naturalist rubbish.
  25. Brook: We are loosing the War on Islamic Totalitarianism

    Rather, he is pointing out that they have already declared war on us.