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The Ethical argument for Veganism- a comment on a Facebook post

Vegans who argue from ethical grounds usually use some version of Utilitarianism, which is compassion  made universal and exclusive. Peter Singer, for example. David Hume had a reply: for ethics built around compassion, the question is, do we have ENOUGH compassion to motivate us to follow the ethical rule prescribed? he said "Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't, and when we don't, why should we?" Most philosophers have concluded that Utilitarianism is "too simple a theory". In my youth I…See More
Jan 11
Steven Baudoin commented on John B Hodges's blog post The Ethics of Jesus
"Awesome! I had not thought of the difference between John and the other gospels in just that way, but it makes perfect sense."
Nov 16, 2015
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John B Hodges commented on Rich Goss's blog post Futureworld and the Meaning of Life
"Something I often paste to comment threads on religion: I received a revelation from God last Thursday. God has decided that the system of Heaven and Hell was just not working. Torturing prisoners had grown boring, and hymns of praise even more…"
Sep 10, 2015
John B Hodges commented on Dan Wall's blog post Today’s Kinda Loaded Question – How Do You Read a Bible?
"I did a particular bit of Bible Study once. As an atheist I spent some years reading philosophy, seeking to understand secular ethics. I arrived at an understanding that satisfied me.   Then I heard  a Christian say that the Absolute…"
Sep 10, 2015
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John B Hodges commented on John B Hodges's blog post Does anyone know the source of this quote?
"Dyslexic's DOG, Thank you for the reference, and for the link!"
Aug 27, 2015
Dyslexic's DOG commented on John B Hodges's blog post Does anyone know the source of this quote?
"That quote came from H. L. Mencken.  1880 - 1956.  Editor , Critic and Philosopher, inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche.   Source: https://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/mencken.htm "
Aug 26, 2015
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Does anyone know the source of this quote?

I found this quote on a discussion thread. Does anybody know the source?"Religion, of course, does make some men better, and perhaps even many men. There can be no doubt of it. But making them better by filling their poor heads with grotesque nonsense is an irrational and wasteful process, and the harm it does greatly outweighs the good. If men could be made better—or even only happier—by teaching them that two and two make five there would be plenty of fools to advocate that method, but it…See More
Aug 25, 2015
John B Hodges commented on Scott McGreal's blog post Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it
"Bertrand Russell wrote an essay titled "Philosophy's Ulterior Motives", in which he argued that many philosophers had a strong desire to believe in some abstract general position on metaphysics or ethics or something, and were not…"
Aug 15, 2015
Gerald Payne commented on John B Hodges's blog post Comment on Camille Paglia's interview on Salon, July 29, 2015
"Camille Paglia is nothing more than a religious apologist. I would like to know when, where, and how religion has ever achieved anything that warrants respect? It's proven to be the most divisive societal idea ever…"
Aug 9, 2015
Daniel W commented on John B Hodges's blog post Comment on Camille Paglia's interview on Salon, July 29, 2015
"I think Camile Paglia just says things for effect.  Then fawning elite academics slobber and fawn over her.  Shes a female academic non-rich Donald Trump. On Jesus being white - only his mother was Jewish.  His father was Yahweh, who…"
Aug 8, 2015
Christopher Cosgrove commented on John B Hodges's blog post Comment on Camille Paglia's interview on Salon, July 29, 2015
"The world seems to revolve around her from my skim read. Really very full of herself and no one else can match. Bizarre rant."
Aug 5, 2015
John B Hodges replied to Pat's discussion Christian Monk to Lesbian Witches - We Used To Burn People Like You
"Some years back I attended some meetings of a student group of pagans on a nearby campus, seeking to educate myself about modern paganism. I had explained that I was an atheist, not seeking to join but just to learn. One evening in the course of…"
Aug 1, 2015
Michael Penn commented on John B Hodges's blog post Comment on Camille Paglia's interview on Salon, July 29, 2015
"Regarding the interview, Paglia seems like an intelligent woman. That doesn't make politics and religion "art." I reserve the right to be snarky about religion simply because there is no valid evidence that any of it is true. I was…"
Jul 31, 2015

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The Ethical argument for Veganism- a comment on a Facebook post

Posted on January 11, 2016 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Vegans who argue from ethical grounds usually use some version of Utilitarianism, which is compassion  made universal and exclusive. Peter Singer, for example. David Hume had a reply: for ethics built around compassion, the question is, do we have ENOUGH compassion to motivate us to follow the ethical rule prescribed? he said "Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't, and when we don't, why…
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Does anyone know the source of this quote?

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 7:55pm 2 Comments

I found this quote on a discussion thread. Does anybody know the source?

"Religion, of course, does make some men better, and perhaps even many men. There can be no doubt of it. But making them better by filling their poor heads with grotesque nonsense is an irrational and wasteful process, and the harm it does greatly outweighs the good. If men could be made better—or even only happier—by teaching them that two and two make five there would be plenty of fools to advocate that method,…

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Comment on Camille Paglia's interview on Salon, July 29, 2015

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 8:08pm 7 Comments

Camille Paglia has an interview posted on Salon July 29, 2015

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/29/camille_paglia_takes_on_jon_stewart_trump_sanders_liberals_think_of_themselves_as_very_open_minded_but_that%E2%80%99s_simply_not_true/

Two points. 

First, politics is not performance art. The State is…

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Essay- "The Other People" by Oberon Zell

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 9:39am 2 Comments

(This is an article by a man named Oberon Zell, founder (if I recall Correctly) of the Church of All Worlds. I think it deserves wider distribution. -JBH)

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"We Are the Other People" by Oberon Zell

"Ding-dong!" goes the doorbell. Is it Avon calling? Or perhaps Ed McMahon with my three million dollars? No, it's Yahweh's Witlesses again, just wanting to have a nice little chat about the Bible... Boy, did they ever come to the…

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At 9:20am on July 15, 2011, Daniel W said…
Hi, Your comment on "the Plain Truth" reminded me of my own past reading their literature.  WWCG had a big influence on me as a child and teenager.  WIthout them I don't know if I would have become atheist.
At 10:18am on September 14, 2010, Donald R Barbera said…
I need you as an editor. Every prize I won in the journalism field really belonged to my editor who made it presentable for public consumption--unsung heroes
At 12:31pm on January 16, 2010, Stephen Goldin said…
Welcome to the SFF group. Hope you have a lot of fun here.
At 9:28pm on October 30, 2009, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to this excellent site whose members quietly recognise that religion is a fraud, and God and gods nothing but fictions and superstitions in the heads of the credulous.

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