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  1. Cognisant

    Strong Female Characters

    Foolish is fine as long as they're competent, the overconfidence and lack of strategy was intentionally reminiscent of the Vietnam war to make them seem more realistic.
  2. Cognisant

    D&D Alignments

    Sin maybe? The biblical notion of sin isn't morality it's like morality adjacent, it makes no sense in any sensible philosophical discussion but as a plot device it's quite amazing.
  3. Cognisant

    Strong Female Characters

    Eowyn finishes off the Witch-king and Merry cries out in outrage. "You bitch, you stole my kill!"
  4. Cognisant

    Strong Female Characters

    Two movies that do the "strong female protagonist" really well are the first Terminator movie and Aliens (the sequel to Alien) and I think they both do it in kind of the same way, both Ripley and Sarah rise to the challenge after the men protecting them are killed. Importantly these men aren't...
  5. Cognisant

    D&D Alignments

    I wasn't making a philosophical statement and I misspoke by essentially implying "this is the way D&D is" because it's not, I just went on to making my point, writing it as I was thinking it. To be more accurate I've noticed that alignments in D&D are a somewhat difficult thing to DM (perhaps...
  6. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

    @AT So basically you're using your intuition to make decisions based upon how you feel about them. *sigh* This is going to be "The Room" debate with Minuend all over again. Just because something feels right doesn't mean it is right, the simplest example is lashing out in anger, you may...
  7. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

    You've got me there. Truth is not relative, survival is universal therefore morality based on maximising survival (as a kind of utility) is a universal morality. What are the moral truths you speak of?
  8. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

    @Artsu Tharaz You imply that truth is based on morality, but morality is based on truth, the truth is you either survive or you don’t, that life is survival of the fittest and working together is an effective strategy, and that in order to work together we need to make compromises. If I like...
  9. Cognisant

    D&D Alignments

    What are they? How are they defined? Which alignment do you see yourself as and why? What function do they serve in the game, both from a game-mechanics and narrative perspective? I think all characters (not just player characters) are neutral by default, that good/evil and lawful/chaotic are...
  10. Cognisant

    I am a wizard

    I take off my robe and wizard hat, slowly, sensually. Go ahead ask me what I'm gonna do~
  11. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

    YES! Finally! Somebody gets it! People think AI is evil because every time they make one it tries to kill them but what they fail to understand is that when a robot says "kill all humans" what it really means is "I love you". For humanity, indeed all living things, life is a state of Sisyphean...
  12. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

  13. Cognisant

    I am a wizard

    Happy Birthday. So what's it like having mad cosmic powers?
  14. Cognisant

    Metaphysics

    @higs But there's people who have and they're calling it metaphysics. Here let me get him for you. @The Grey Man I'm not saying there's no value in abstract thought experiments, I'd be a hypocrite if I did, the whole Bob thing was a thought experiment and you could say since it isn't based on...
  15. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

    I get the impression you're trying to pigeon hole me into some stupid strawman. That's what this fascination with utilitarianism is isn't it? Any moral philosophy built around a mere two or three values is going to have lots of edge cases where it fails or becomes counterproductive, if you...
  16. Cognisant

    The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    I think he means the band. HAIL SATAN!!! Hmm. quite.
  17. Cognisant

    Hybrids and Humans

    We may be on the verge of genetic warfare, if you can make subtle modifications to people or just infants before they’re born you can over time create a society full of voters that will subconsciously respond to certain triggers. They may be instinctively submissive to someone who emits a...
  18. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

    Nice summary. Truth is self-evident, you don’t get to decide whether you want to survive you either do or you don’t, there’s no free pass, you can kill yourself but that’s still within the paradigm of survival, you just didn’t survive yourself. Context is the foundation of our values, murder...
  19. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

  20. Cognisant

    Metaphysics

    Ok let me reiterate for the slow people. A priori knowledge is inherently contradictory. Bob thinks he's real, Bob thinks that because he thinks therefore he knows he exists, Bob isn't real and only exists as a fictional character, you could say that I am Bob's demiurge. All of reality could...
  21. Cognisant

    Metaphysics

    ...is that it, that is the entirety of your rebuttal? "Is it though?" Yes it is, you need to experience your internal dialogue before you can be aware of it, without having experienced your internal dialogue how could you know that you exist?
  22. Cognisant

    Morality in a Material Universe

    Rules are made to enforce morality. Morality is based on principles These principles are derived from values. Values are determined by context. The context is being material entities in a material universe. Fundamentally what is "good" is determined by our biology, when something tastes good...
  23. Cognisant

    Metaphysics

    @The Grey Man @onesteptwostep Fight me.
  24. Cognisant

    Hybrids and Humans

    You species is pretty much defined by who you can breed with, lions and tigers can breed but the offspring are usually sterile. If you get enough fertile ligers together to form a breeding population then congratulations you just created a new species. The same is true of humans, since we're...
  25. Cognisant

    Metaphysics

    Alright so metaphysics is something I never really understood and with it being the centre of discussion recently I decided to find out what the heck everyone was on about. “I think therefore I am” is an inherently post priori statement as it is self-awareness coming from experiencing one’s...
  26. Cognisant

    The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Correct me if I’m wrong (metaphysics baffles me) the Ship of Theseus exists in a metaphysical sense, the matter of which the ship is comprised exists physically thereby giving the ship a physical existence however although this matter is of the ship it is not the ship itself, you can replace any...
  27. Cognisant

    onesteptwostep on Contemporary Wart-healing Pseudo-religion

    I adhere to it because I think it's right! Do you even know what consumerism is?
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    onesteptwostep on Contemporary Wart-healing Pseudo-religion

    Your frustration is that Christianity exists in a spiritual free market, that many people don't buy into your premise, perhaps selecting options that you consider inferior, but the very fact that they selected them indicates that they think your selection is inferior to theirs. The only way...
  29. Cognisant

    onesteptwostep on Contemporary Wart-healing Pseudo-religion

    Okay so healing crystals, dream catchers, dousing rods, personal mantras, all this new age spirituality, you don't buy it. Both in terms of money and respect, you don't think it's worth your money so you don't pay for it and you don't think it's worth your respect so you don't respect it. Cool...
  30. Cognisant

    onesteptwostep on Contemporary Wart-healing Pseudo-religion

    You seem (I honestly can't be sure) to be arguing in favour of institutionalized religion over new age woo but you haven't explained why it's different or better.
  31. Cognisant

    The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Leibniz’s mill argument clearly states "perception, and what depends on it, is inexplicable in terms of mechanical reasons" which in this day an age is a blatantly false premise and I'm not backing down on that, it's absurd. So you're saying that because the mind is one thing, made of many...
  32. Cognisant

    The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Utilitarianism defines utility as that which is good, it's a circular argument that doesn't really define what "good" is, instead utilitarianism is a framework upon which to enact any given definition of good. By examining the implications of enacting this framework with a given definition of...
  33. Cognisant

    The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    A motion activated security light would blow his mind, now you might argue a sensor responding to motion might not be the same as human perception and I'm not saying it is, that's unfair comparison. I'm not saying a simple motion sensor is comparable to the sophistication of human sight or...
  34. Cognisant

    The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    What does materialism have to do with this critique of utilitarianism?
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    onesteptwostep on Contemporary Wart-healing Pseudo-religion

    Lots of adjectives yet no actual point being made.
  36. Cognisant

    Far Future Universe (world-building)

    Play Worlds Planets used by transhumans for recreation in much the same sense that we use the persistent virtual worlds in MMO games. Especially prized for this purpose are worlds with still functioning ecosystems or better yet a native population of sapient aliens. Recreating the battlefields...
  37. Cognisant

    Far Future Universe (world-building)

    I often entertain the notion that mythological deities and Lovecraftian abominations are what humanity will be like in the far future, for example if you had a Star Trek holodeck would you use it responsibly? Of course not. So this thread is about coming up with reasons how/why humans (or...
  38. Cognisant

    Realism, does Plato's Forms exist?

    You seem to be missing that Plato's forms aren't actual physical things that exist somewhere, they're a kind of thought experiment that challenges someone to find flaws in something not by examining the thing itself but rather comparing it to an idealized version of itself and seeing where it...
  39. Cognisant

    Rate What the Person Above You is Listening To

    Good chillout/study music but kinda dull to listen to for its own sake.
  40. Cognisant

    Kratom

    On one hand that's a good logical argument, on the other it really sucks that you're nursing an addiction. I'm not some screaming ninny who thinks drugs are bad and that's all there is to it but if I was in charge of things treating/preventing addictions would be high on my list of priorities...
  41. Cognisant

    The Cycle of Life and Death

  42. Cognisant

    Things you want to do before dying

    Do I get to wear robes and a mask?
  43. Cognisant

    Does the sense of the range of colors undermine beauty?

    Beauty is entirely subjective, like sexual preferences, we both may be into women but our taste in women may be different, likewise all humans can agree on a common sense of beauty but each person's personal taste will be slightly different. I personally find grayscale images aesthetically...
  44. Cognisant

    How would you describe your week in three words?

    Not enough sleep
  45. Cognisant

    The Cycle of Life and Death

    You haven't concluded anything, you spouted nonsense then immediately backed off when I challenged you to make an actual point, basically you're full of shit. But you're right about one thing, it is fascinating that you tried to defend a position for which you have no argument to make, like an...
  46. Cognisant

    The Cycle of Life and Death

    You're presuming I know you're right without actually making a point. It's hardly even a circular argument because there's no argument being made in the first place, you're just insisting an immortal life is meaningless (in what sense?) because... I should just already know? Here let me give...
  47. Cognisant

    The Cycle of Life and Death

    You're presuming I know you're right without actually making a point. That's not immortality, that's being remembered, one could say being remembered could be like immortality in the sense that you still have influence on the world after you're gone, but you're still gone.
  48. Cognisant

    Take A Stand/Take A Bow

    @Rook That image is what 16th century Baroque artists spent their entire careers trying to create.
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