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  1. zk4586

    News Age/Location Correlates to Political Inclination?

    Western Maryland, Liberal, Democrat (you have to work within the two party system these days if you want to get anywhere)
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    Parking ticket

    I say, if, in the process of trading in the car, the dealer informs me that I have a parking ticket which must be paid before the tags and title and so forth are granted, then I will pay it the ticket, otherwise...
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    Parking ticket

    Ha! My parents found the ticket sitting on my dresser and now they're demanding I pay it. "You can't just not pay the ticket!" "Really? It seems to be working pretty well."
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    Parking ticket

    If I have an unpaid parking ticket (parking meter violation) and I go to trade in my car, will I have to pay that before the dealer will buy back the car? The ticket was originally only for $10, but I think it's up to $35, since it's more than 30 days past the required payment date. If I just...
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    Does anyone know Polish?

    Wow. Thanks a lot.
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    Does anyone know Polish?

    Yes, it's my poem. I just made it up. I have a Polish friend who is valedictorian this year and she asked me to help her write her speech. I told her that she should close her speech with a meaningless Polish poem, read as though it's very moving. I wanted to surprise her tomorrow and show her...
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    Does anyone know Polish?

    Wow. It's interesting to see that my thread sparked so much discussion. Anyway, could someone, please, translate the following into Polish: It doesn't matter what I say here Because none of you speak Polish So none of you know what I'm saying All I need to do is speak very strongly...
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    Does anyone know Polish?

    I could use your help with a little translation if you do. That's an English into Polish translation. Thanks.
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    Secular reading at baccalaureate. Give me suggestions.

    That'd be great. Yes, please. Though Tolstoy was a Christian. And in response to your question, it's just a more formal graduation ceremony. I don't really understand it myself. But apparently they're trying to get both a minister and a rabbi to speak.
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    Secular reading at baccalaureate. Give me suggestions.

    Haha. That's pretty damn awesome.
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    Secular reading at baccalaureate. Give me suggestions.

    Since it is "highly recommended" that all seniors attend the baccalaureate service after my high school graduation, and since the religious nature of such a service makes me uncomfortable, I was thinking of asking the principal to include a secular reading at the baccalaureate. If she agrees...
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    What is the point of art?

    Well, that's only in your opinion. I'd rather read all day than do anything else. And I think sports are a huge waste of time.
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    Try telling that to my girlfriend. Essentially, unimportant when it comes to understanding (or constructing a theory of) consciousness. Isn't that what we've been arguing about for seven pages worth of posts now?
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    I give up.
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    The real issue that divides us is this: Is subjective experience important? Some of us say yes, some of us say no. We should just agree to disagree. :cool:
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    Geez, you have a real hypothetical-scenario-involving-a-mad-scientist fetish, don't you?
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    You said, "How does descrimination arise if the initial state is one marked by a complete lack of discrimination?" I simply suggested that built-in features of language could allow for rapid development of language, and thus we could do away with the idea that one begins in a state "marked by a...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    But what if we assume that there are certain built-in features of language that allow for a kind of rough discrimination? Hmm, where'd I put my copy of Chomsky's, On Language?
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    I'm sorry. The confusion here is my fault. When I say that such differences hardly seem to matter, the differences I'm referring to deal with concrete concepts (like color). Two people may possibly experience different internal conscious perceptions when looking at a particular color (Person #1...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    Okay, here goes: First of all, let me try to clarify what I've been proposing: 1) Possible differences in "internal conscious perception" between two people aren't worth considering, because all that matters is that agreement can be reached, allowing the two people to achieve some kind of...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    I feel that I might have dug myself into a hole here, but I'll try to work my way out of it tomorrow by responding to everyone's criticisms. And to think, I just wanted to make one post about the unimportant distinction between internal conscious perception and linguistic description. My head...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    The reason I say that a blind man can't have knowledge of the color blue is because knowing what blue is depends on being able to use blue in a variable linguistic manner. That is to say, being able to recognize the color blue and then being able to apply that information to achieve some end. Go...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    That conclusion only follows if you accept that a blind man knows something about the color blue. I don't think that he does, and I've argued as much in this thread. I don't think the distinction exists.
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    An open letter to dr. laura concerning homosexuality (i did not write it)

    Oh, okay, good. Let me just breathe a sigh of relief. It's a good thing God was only a real bastard some 2000 years ago, and then only to the Jews. I'm glad he's come around now.
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    After re-reading Confutatis' post, I don't think I missed what he was trying to say. It seems to me that Confutatis is saying there are certain intrinsic properties in consciousness directly related to the concepts that we acquire through experience. But I think he's making an unfortunate...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    I agree that that probably is how Stevie Wonder worked visual information, including color, into his songs. Knowing that color plays an important part in people's lives, he asked friends what they associated with certain colors and emotions and so forth. But that doesn't mean that Stevie Wonder...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    I still don't see how this is in any way true. What concepts can a blind man have about the color blue without experiencing it (through the senses)? How can he talk about the color blue? And let us all just keep in mind that we're debating a question with very little, if any, real importance...
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    PF Member Photo Thread Archive

    Alright, since my parents loaded my picture on the computer so they could post it on my brother's website, I've decided to try this out. Keep in mind, this is my senior picture (the one that will be in my school's yearbook). I don't make a habit of wearing a tuxedo, but I think I look pretty...
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    What exactly does a blind man know about the color blue?
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    Retail and Global Skepticism

    I don't intend to speak for RageSk8, he's perfectly capable of answering LW Sleeth's criticisms on his own, but for my part I must respond to the following: I don't deny that such conscious states exist (nothing in my first response would suggest that), I simply think that the most...
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