Fred Cole

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  1. They say hard cases make bad law, so lets not talk about a toaster. You have a robot, an android, similar in appearance to a human, close enough that you couldn't tell at a distance. This robot has intelligence at or slightly above that of a human and sentience. Is that robot a person? Would that robot be entitled to human rights? Should it be protected under the law as a person? Would it be okay (with full knowledge of entomology of the word robot) to treat that sentient robot as a slave? As less than human?
  2. This is a thread from another place, but I thought I'd post it here and we could kick it around: If you could ask God just one question, .... What would you ask? I'm an atheist, so the question rests on the existence of God, which the more I thought about it, would turn my world upside down. I began asking for details, like how did I know it was God, what proof did he offer? This was a bad thing to post in a forum full of theists. But, I thought it might produce interesting results here.
  3. Actually, it's just the picture at the top of the page on the Obj Living banner. Anybody know how old she is in that picture?
  4. Ecclesiastes is my favorite book of the Bible. Although I prefer 9:7 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has long approved of your works. But yeah, I kinda want a Rand quote.
  5. Oh man, this might not work so well...
  6. I'm getting married in 11 months. To placate my father-in-law to be, we're going to have a Bible reading, probably (yes, I know it's cliched, but it ain't bad) 1 Corinthians. For my own sake, I'd like to include a reading from Ayn Rand. Anyone have a suggestion? Preferably something on topic (or I'd just use the Money Speech) that would be a good fit for a wedding and a generally non-Objectivist crowd.
  7. Well, Gary Johnson will drop out after NH. So, if he's on the ballot (they play tricks here in NY), I'll probably be voting for RP.
  8. No. It wouldn't be anything like the PoEZ. It would more similar to Comunion or Fire in the Sky OR something about a lake monster OR something like Bob Lazar.
  9. Thank you. I was thinking something more like David Ickes, but less subtle. (That's a joke. I was about to write more subtle, when I realized how much funnier less would be.) So, if it's "obviously immoral to lie in order to obtain a value," What if I wrote it in the style of non fiction, but made no claims that it actually was? Probably the same answer, right? Its essentially a form of deception for anyone without the sense to apply skepticism to my claims.
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    No, of course not. You pay for it, so you might as well reclaim it. I had this dilemma re This American Life (an amazing show, btw), but I realized, I'm forced to pay for it, I might as well make use of it.
  11. Why do I think there's anything wrong with it? Because there's a line in the money speech: Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best your money can find. Which is why I'd consider it immoral, knowing its all bullshit, to be a fortune teller despite how profitable and easy it would be.
  12. Oh, I wasn't sure if I had asked before.
  13. I'm a skeptic, a bad one. But I listen to a lot of skeptic podcasts. Stuff like Skeptoid. Skeptoid looks at pop cultural phenomenon with a Skeptical eye. He debunks conspiracy theories, etc. My newest one is Monster Talk, which is put out by the Skeptic Society. They discuss crypto zoology, monsters, etc, and usually talk to scientists. This got me thinking. My question is Would it be immoral of me to create a conspiracy theory, invent facts, etc., promote that fictional conspiracy theory, and sell books based on it? Along those lines, same question: Would it be immoral of me to write a book about Champy, the Lake Champlain lake monster (alleged to exist, not my invention), invent facts, and write and sell a book about it?