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    Signed into Gmail, it said the site can't be reached

    Today when I signed into my Gmail account on my computer (on Chrome), after hitting the sign in button after having entered the password, I did not come to my inbox as would be expected, but instead got the message that the site can't be reached. After short while, I suddenly got to my inbox...
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    Moral constructivism

    Almost all of philosophy is to an extent an ivory tower activity. I don't think it is reasonable to demand that everything being done should be relevant with regards to Trump or Myanmar.
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    Moral constructivism

    A while back I listened to an episode of Sean Carroll's podcast Mindscape called On Morality and Rationality. I am fascinated by moral philosophy, and if you have two hours to spare and have the slightest interest in the topic, I encourage you to listen to this episode. In his book The Big...
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    Were Romulus and Remus really nursed by a she-wolf?

    I don't think that Romulus and Remus were historical persons.
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    "When Wokes and Racists Actually Agree on Everything"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev373c7wSRg Unfortunately, this feels kinda true.
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    Was Deng Xiaoping a nationalist rather than a communist?

    Communism was (there aren't many orthodox communists around these days) supposed to be internationalist, "Workers of the world, unite!", and all that. Thus in contradiction to nationalism.
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    Best evidence for a historical Joshua ben Joseph

    I don't see any reason for why one needs to explain the alleged miracles attributed to Jesus. They are legends, pure and simple. Unless there is some historical corroboration that they happened other than the Gospels, there is nothing to explain.
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    Best evidence for a historical Joshua ben Joseph

    I think a historical Jesus (Yeshua) who in some way pissed off the Romans and was then crucified is the simplest answer. Yeshua was a common name, the area had lots of Messiah claimants, and it was a politically unstable area, with lots of revolts against the Romans. Assuming a historical...
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    Why is it so difficult to invent or develop scalable technology to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere?

    Probably a stupid question (I'm not an inventor, technologist, or engineer by any means), but here we go: In addition to getting off our collective addiction to fossil fuels, we would ideally need technology that can suck CO2 out of the atmosphere. Such technology does exist, it is just not...
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    How has your view of religion changed over the years?

    NOMA only holds if religion makes no factual claims. Is there any major religion that does not make factual claims?
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    How has your view of religion changed over the years?

    I don't think religion is harmless at all. I'm at a loss as to how someone can come to that conclusion.
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    Why has Facebook started to request that I change my password when signing in?

    For Facebook, I have two-step verification activated, and whenever I have been signed in and then sign out, I clear the Facebook cookies. I sign into Facebook proper (i.e not counting the Messenger app on my phone) like maybe once or twice a month. A few months ago when I signed into Facebook...
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    Rejection of religion in the Middle East

    Hopefully secularization will ease, or even end, many of the conflicts in the region.
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    How has your view of religion changed over the years?

    My views haven't changed much I think. I am passionate about what is true, and religion falls more than a little short there. Religion is quite often a repository of cruel practices. But some cultural traditions, like feasts, etc, associated with religion I have no problem with.
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    "The Alternative to Ideology"

    I agree with that! I would simply say that I take a piecemeal approach to politics. I evaluate each issue independently, or at least I try to. I have no allegiance to any political faction. Sometimes I agree with the left, sometimes I agree with the right. Not necessarily in equal measures...
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    What will come after our current system of nation-states?

    What I would like to see is a democratic world federation. Colonies on the Moon and Mars and elsewhere could also join once they are created.:) What I have read is that in the late 20th and early 21st century, the world more than anything resembles the geopolitics of the Middle Ages. See...
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    The term "naturalism" is vague and bordering on being meaningless

    That is a rather circular definition, and not the one typically employed. For example, the Internet Infidels are open to the notion that naturalism may be falsified: Thus something that is not part of the natural world but still affects it would falsify naturalism, by this definition. The...
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    The Virus - Are You Affected?

    I am pretty sure I remember that Sweden eventually lowered it to 50. The Swedish outlier approach has been getting quite a bit of attention in the foreign media. Has Denmark shifted views regarding that? From what I recall Norway is quite outraged that Sweden doesn't impose stricter measures.
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    "The Alternative to Ideology"

    Jerry Taylor explains why he abandoned libertarian ideology: I really like this essay. I have noticed two things about ideologically passionate people: 1. They are rarely pragmatic. They are pretty uninterested in real-world data. It is only of interest if it can be used to bolster that...
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