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  1. ruby sparks

    The 1960s report that told the USA it was racist

    Interesting BBC news video from today: "In the summer of 1967 more than 100 cities in America were caught up in riots. US Senator Fred Harris urged the President, Lyndon B Johnson, to investigate the causes. He set up the Kerner Commission and appointed Fred Harris as one of 11 members to find...
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    An example of my transgender confusion.

    Ok so I've just read the following BBC article: Quinn: Canada's transgender footballer on being 'visible' and playing at the Olympics https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54233946 I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I don't clearly understand what this person's gender identity is. If it says...
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    Is it morally wrong to kill purely for fun?

    I strongly doubt there is anyone here who would say it is not wrong to kill purely (only) for fun (or pleasure, perhaps, which may be a better word)*. The first, possibly obvious caveat would be that we are talking only about living things. A falling rock may kill someone or something...
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    The Fall (drama series)

    I have just finished watching this, and I wonder if anyone else has watched it? It's made up of 3 series (first aired in 2013, 2014 & 2016 respectively) of 6 episodes each. One of the reasons I enjoyed it is that it was set in my city. My review of it would be that it was very well put together...
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    White privilege poll.

    White privilege: social, political and other advantages that derive from being white (that is to say, because of that, and not, for example, by being gained in another way). Privilege is generally considered to have been unearned through personal endeavour, for example. Other privileges may...
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    Structural/systemic racism poll

    Definitions for the purpose of the poll: Structural racism: Structural (sometimes called social) racism is the formalization of a set of institutional, historical, cultural, and interpersonal practices within a society that more often than not puts one social or ethnic group in a better...
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    Unisex/unigender sports (and related issues).

    I am posting this in the politics thread on the basis that it has to do with gender politics. What would be the pros and cons of doing away with (at least some of) the traditional, binary sex/gender categories in most (not necessarily all) sports? These ideas are explored here by Czech sports...
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    Acting White

    I'm guessing most of us are familiar with the term, 'acting white' and its pejorative usage, but I'll quote wiki's definition: "In the United States, acting white is a pejorative term, usually applied to black people, which refers to a person's perceived betrayal of their culture by assuming...
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    COLOUR

    "People universally believe that objects look colored because they are colored, just as we experience them. The sky looks blue because it is blue, grass looks green because it is green, and blood looks red because it is red. As surprising as it may seem, these beliefs are fundamentally mistaken...
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    Is it wrong to eat your dog, etc?

    1. A family's dog was killed by a car in front of their house. They had heard that dog meat was delicious, so they cut up the dog's body and cooked it and ate it for dinner. 2. A woman was dying, and on her deathbed she asked her son to promise that he would visit her grave every week. The son...
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    PUBLIC SPEAKING

    One of my deep-seated fears is public speaking. I think it's not uncommon at all to have such a fear. I've hated it all my life and I've generally avoided doing it where possible. I'm now thinking of doing something about it, either by going to classes or by seeking out real life situations in...
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    MORALITY IS BIOLOGICAL

    Claim: morality (for living things) is biological and/or biochemical. A weaker version of the claim could be to say that the basis of morality (for living things) is biological. Example: ‘continued existence is right’. This would mean that moral facts are biological/biochemical facts, and...
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    The Illusion of Self

    Claim: Self is an illusion. An illusion is not something that is not there, it is only something that is not what it seems to be. Humans generally seem to find it easy and natural to locate their centre of conscuiosness. Of 59 participants in an experiment, 90% identified a location in...
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    MORAL RELATIVISM

    Claim: Morality is relative. There may be some overlap here with what I have said in my thread on moral consequentialim. In total, I am claiming that morality is consequentialist, pragmatic and now here, also relative. What I mean by those terms may not be the same as used in other forms of...
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    FORGIVENESS

    Claim: forgiveness can be as valid and right and just an option as the alternative, retribution, in response to what is deemed a wrong, depending on circumstances. Crucially, it can be part of a mixed strategy, and also be adaptive (help to maximise reproductive success). So what is...
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    Moral Consequentialism

    Claim: morality is consequentialist. To elaborate: What is moral or immoral is what is deemed to be either of those, nothing more. Our brains deem it. Moral and immoral are brain preferences. Our brains have been shaped by evolution over historical time. History consists of things that...
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    RETRIBUTIVISM

    As I understand it, Retributive Justice is a theory of punishment that when an offender causes harm, justice requires that he or she suffer harm in return. Ok, so, I get it. The basis is justice. But I also don't get it. From where does this sense of justice come from? My guess is it's an...
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    A Message From Women Everywhere

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8JfJhJWxB9Q
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    Peloton exercise bike ad mocked as being 'sexist' and 'dystopian'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pShKu2icEYw Is it just me, or is there nothing wrong with this ad whatsoever? Because I don't see anything wrong. The company's shares reportedly dropped 9% after criticism: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50649826 For me, this is heading straight into the...
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    Intelligence, race and related issues.

    A thread to discuss the political implications of what is known or scientifically understood or appears to be the case regarding this topic. I opted for the politics thread, partly because as I understand it there is no consensus on much of the science and partly because it is the political...
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