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Joshua Roy
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Attended University of Pittsburgh: Graduate School of Public Health
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Without agriculture, there wouldn't have been enough food to support 100 million people on this continent. I don't know who came up with that number, but it needs revisited. Maybe 100 million died in every western conquest across North and South America since the 16th century, but I seriously doubt that many died in the United States alone over the last 300 or so years.

When we settled Pittsburgh, it was considered a bustling town with a population of a few thousand people. So, you're telling me thousands of people eradicated tens of millions? There would be mass graves somewhere, I'd think.
 
The Trail of Tears and the Genocide of the Original People.
#nativeamerican  
http://www.thefurtrapper.com/trail_of_tears.htm
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+Philip Rowney I agree that our concentration into cities is unnatural. I don't know what the population might have been, but +Joshua Roy I don't think cities are the evidence for or against. I think we can still walk away right now and each find 5 acres of arable land to live in.  Maybe I should go look that up, but it's somewhere in that range.
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I'm not really an empiricist or a rationalist, although I do value both the ideas of objective reality and of logic.

The reason I part ways with any pure school of philosophy is that it has become a cult of personality of sorts that requires that its members all regurgitate the same belief systems.

I see that almost wherever I look from politics to religion, philosophy to science. Every person is expected to unite in uniformity and agreement. That is something I simply can never do. Sometimes I might just disagree to be contrary. No real reason. I just feel like it. 

I think if your goal is to be entirely accurate, you must weigh every position you can possibly conceive of and arrive at some sort of educated higher understanding, which might even lead you to the ability to synthesize an even greater truth through an epiphany that no one else has had before. 

I think sectarian thinking is a form of false dilemma, and by framing everything in terms of the most popular world-views all of our minds are fixated on the same type of problem and as such we are all considering the same set of axioms and variables and thus we are arriving at a similar set of conclusions. 

It may not be useful from a utilitarian perspective to consider that the mind is inadequate for the task of designing universal truth, that we are inherently biased as human individuals and thus we will never see reality for what it really is, only for what our mind is capable of observing, but ultimately to be fully honest it would be nice if we were at the very least aware of our own knowledge's limitations.

Whether we take things from an objective perspective or a subjective one determines wildly the kind of worldview that we devise. Whether we take things from a moral or a consequential perspective also does the same, and yet at the heart of the matter all of us idealists share a very sincere desire to understand reality and to assist in the development of human civilization towards a more desirable outcome. 

Few of us would take the strong moral approach of saying our position is right and justifiable even though it would lead to terrible consequences. Most of us are pragmatists to the degree that we would not choose for our own favored philosophy to become dominate if we knew for sure that it would have detrimental consequences for humanity, yet most of us are so romantic that we have deluded ourselves into truly believing that not only is our way right and true, but that it must necessarily also have the greatest potential outcome for everyone's higher interests. Is this not the very definition of an intellectual blindspot? Do you really want to be the kind of person who suffers from blindness in any area of your life?

What if this finely tuned equilibrium we've arrived at is better than what could be produced by following any pure radical ideology? What if each pure philosophy is so imbalanced in terms of real world human motivations that any one of them would cause disastrous outcomes if they were ever fully enacted? What if practical small incremental changes are the only way to safeguard human civilization from serious population collapses?

Can we live in a world where no one gets their own way, yet everyone gets to hobble along, to survive to some degree, or is the world as it is so ugly that we must flip over the game board at our first opportunity, to totally rewrite the game? 

Some days, I like to forget the problems of the world. To forget philosophy. To forget politics. To forget my own personal dissatisfaction with the way things are and to just enjoy the fact that I am alive in this moment in the 21st century with all our technology and I get to enjoy a passing breeze or some other momentary stimuli.

Peace begins in my own heart, and if I cannot allow peace to flourish there, how can I ever hope to be the kind of creature that produces peace in the other areas of my life?
 
"As an empiricist I continue to think of the conceptual scheme of science as a tool, ultimately, for predicting future experience in the light of past experience. Physical objects are conceptually imported into the situation as convenient intermediaries not by definition in terms of experience, but simply as irreducible posits comparable, epistemologically, to the gods of Homer . . . For my part I do, qua lay physicist, believe in physical objects and not in Homer's gods; and I consider it a scientific error to believe otherwise. But in point of epistemological footing, the physical objects and the gods differ only in degree and not in kind. Both sorts of entities enter our conceptions only as cultural posits."

[Quine, W.V.O. (1951), "Two Dogmas of Empiricism," The Philosophical Review 60: 20–43. Reprinted in his 1953 From a Logical Point of View. Harvard University Press.]
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That's a pretty good analogy, +Joshua Roy​. I like that. 
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We really need to come up with alternative housing options in this country. The idea that everyone must have a 700 sq ft + personal apartment seems antiquated to me. There are times in my life when I would have been very happy with a 100 sq ft private room with easy access to showers, laundry facilities and a shared kitchen space with even a microwave oven. 

I think if people built sleeping rooms in most cities in this country and could somehow price them at $75-100 per week without requiring huge up-front move-in costs, we could probably bring a lot of people in off the street without requiring a massive expansion in government spending.

If we could classify these things as a type of extended stay motel, so the owners didn't have to go through a lengthy eviction process when someone failed to pay, they could remain profitable for the owners while simultaneously enabling millions of homeless people to find homes and people sharing cramped living spaces to finally move out on their own. 

We wouldn't even really need for them to be within the heart of the city if they had 24 hour bus/shuttle service and were within a one-hour commute, so that way any criminal problems that emerge as a result of these communities could be isolated far from the city center. 
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+Joshua Roy it's just not a zero sum game...  You having more in your pocket doesn't have a thing to do with what's in mine, much less some guy in Bangladesh...  You know what he'd think'd be a waste?  You not taking advantage of the amazing luck you had with the genetic lottery.  Fuuuuuug! White guilt is so condescending.  Besides, inequality is a distraction from economic mobility.  Win, that's how you help.  Don't use the rest of the world as an excuse to not.
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I don't find it abusive to ask a child to seek for the truth within their interior world, especially when they find bliss, self-reflection and personal growth in that place.

I find it abusive to attempt to hijack the process by claiming to have superior knowledge to that child, telling them what they must believe afterwards. 

A belief system is a cage designed to imprison. Even when it is objectively correct, it almost always prevents you from seeing things from anyone else's position but your own, and it binds you and constrains you to the limits of the reality that it compels you to observe and constantly reinforce everywhere your gaze should happen to fall.

If you really love your children, free them to be who they were born to become, don't place the same shackles around them that you've grown to admire. Don't pluck out their eyes and claim to be educating them. Don't cut off their wings and claim to be protecting them from the sun. Let them shine their light into this world and together we will each dispel the darkness. 
 
Improved Christian Memes:

They think this is cute, we are abhorred ...

And they've "learned" the roles so well
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Son (5 years old) and I often talk about what happens after death and such things. His great grandma died, and everyone sugarcoat it saying she went to heaven and such. I've told him that I don't know for sure what happens, but I think nothing happens. When you die, you die, end of story. I think he has a Christian kindergarten teacher or something, because sometimes he is saying that God decides everything and at those times I also say that I think not. I tell him other people believes other things but he has to find out these things for himself. 
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Don't believe it is just marriage. Any prolonged relationship leads to this. Once the honeymoon ends and every day decisions need to be made, people start becoming warring factions of a supposedly unified nation fighting for a two-state solution. 

My girlfriend and I, believing marriage to be a slavish state-enforced institution have remained unmarried for 16 years, and at times I understand exactly why people get divorced. I honestly think I stay with her because I don't have to. If I had a marriage license hanging over my head holding me into this relationship, I may have left a long time ago.

I stay with her because I recognize that the bad times are temporary and that while they may recur intermittently, they are a small price to pay for  the overwhelming benefits bestowed on me by our continued partnership. 

I think a good litmus test of humankind is this: if two idealists in love with one another cannot maintain a totally harmonious relationship, what chance is there for the rest of us? Individuality breeds discord. Disagreement is the price we pay for our independence. 
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The most common misconception is that marriage will somehow make people retain that head-over-heels feeling of falling in love or being in love. When things get hard, people have no concept that love is a labor. Successful married couples have learned how to love when it's not an easy feeling.

I based my love/marriage on the French Christian philosopher Gabriel Marcell and his concept of creative fidelity. Basically he said you'd have to be mad to enter into a marriage vow with another person - to promise to love another for the rest of your life when you can't know your emotional state tomorrow or 10 minutes from now. The creative part was the theology - that you accept on faith that God will seal the marriage and help carry you when you don't feel it - help create that fidelity out of the clay of day-to-day life. 

That and a regular dose of putting another human's needs before your own.

I applaud your sticking with it for 16 years. I hope you get 16 more.
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Well, this pleasantly confirms my biases. I hope it's true and these kinds of policies can spread and be this good for workers all across this country. Australia certainly seems to be doing well with its $15/hr minimum wage. 
 
After fighting against a $15/hr minimum wage, the right-wing economic think tanks have all been proven to be dead wrong.
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I'm still stuck on this "1% own almost everything" I know, that I can, as the "99 %", open a business, and make more money than i am now. Now if you want to be honest and say we need to help the sick, the mentally and physically handicapped, I can agree with you that we need to make a voluntary effort. That my labor should be stolen from me under the guise of helping others is wrong. It is a greater injustice 
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lol. I honestly think that programmer was trolling everyone, and I applaud him. He has created a firestorm that is causing society to turn on itself for no good goddamned reason. 

Almost 4:00. I'll be home in a giffy. ;p
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Stupid Git. 
Talking gigawatt stupid. 
Someone should give him a clue.
Wrap that gift in gilt ribbons. Maybe throw in some gelt for noshing while he contemplates how he can get educated on English semantics. 
Git 'er done.
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Happy Monday everyone. I hope your day went well and your evening is enjoyable.
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Ditto, Joshua. 
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Originally, the practice of creating images of the prophet was forbidden to prevent his image from becoming holier than the concept of God himself, to prevent idolatry. Today, the practice of killing those who defile the prophet's image is in fact making more of an idol of Muhammad than any statue of painting could ever dream of doing. 

Muslims look for a Mahdi who will come to abolish idolatry and superstition? As far as I can tell, such a man would be their existential enemy. 
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+Dwayne Knight ;-p bite me
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“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” -Greek Proverb
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At least there is some benefit for my madness. I'm honestly just tired of hearing the same opinions repeated ad nauseum. I'd rather be wrong than repetitious. ;p
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A great way to get Texans to drink water is to make it look like a beer can. ;p
 
Anheuser-Busch halts beer production to provide water for storm victims in Texas and Oklahoma
Anheuser-Busch says it has stopped beer production at a Georgia brewery to produce thousands of cans of water for the American Red Cross.
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  • University of Pittsburgh: Center for Vaccine Research
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