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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Future Is Now


jimf said...

> . . .a small vision of the future. . . [of] violence and evil. . .

You're a VERY RUDE YOUNG MAN for quoting unfair, inflammatory,
and rhetorically-loaded characterizations like this.

This is not rational discourse, and you would be justly banned
from civilized discussions moderated by folks who take pains to
elevate rational thinking above all.

Shame on you! [ ;-> ]

See also:

From the latter:

> I have been. . . preparing a series of sequences---or sneerquences---to post
> here for our new and old members. . . I hope to emphasize what could be called
> an "ethics of sneering"---a question about how and why we choose to sneer
> at what we sneer at. This isn't a easy question to answer.
> But I think part of the ethics of sneering is (or can be) about reconnecting
> with the seriousness of a subject that is so often covered or buried by
> civil rules of discourse (cf. the rationalist mode of internet discoursing
> and reinvention of language). That is, some people don't want to call
> Trump a racist because it's a scary word, or it's "shuts down the conversation,"
> or because it "dilutes the severity of racism," or etc etc etc. But these
> are all such petty tone policing evasions. . .

Whatever would James Hughes say?
Buddhist Right Speech: Ethical and Effective, or just Thought Policing?
Peter Wicks
"Right speech" -- ya gotta love it!

Giulio Prisco thinks so too:

Giulio Prisco
Jun 12, 2012

Congratulations to Hank, James and the new co-moderators Alex and Peter
for this brilliant idea.

I will do my best to follow the Buddhist Right Speech rules here, and
I am sure others will do the same and show that believers and atheists,
libertarian and liberals, radical transhumanists and more cautious
moderates, can discuss hot issues politely and respectfully.

Now I need to go clear my head by reading some David Brooks columns in the
New York Times.

Timmy Thomas - Why can't we live together

Why can't we all play the electric organ?

jollyspaniard said...

We are living in an Octavia Butler novel.

Dale Carrico said...

Yes, we're living in _Parable of the Sower_ and it's starting to look like nothing short of a _Dawn_ visit from the Oankali will prevent the Human Contradiction from destroying us all...