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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Highlanders

I didn't see a post for last class so here it is...
We had two floaters this time and as I was floating I saw varied viewpoints on wether humans were innately evil or good as well as on evolution versus a creator. When I returned to my group we were discussing the government and how it falls in place with humans selfishness. The argument was wether the rich should give more to the poor or not. Some said no, because everyone works for what they get, and others said that it would make society flow more smoothly if the people who had more took the initiative to give to those who have less.
-correct me if I'm wrong. I went by memory. No notes:(

9 comments:

  1. Olivia (The Highlanders)9:37 AM CDT

    Factual Question: Which philosopher thought we could never have a clear understanding of the world because we see life through a lens? A: Kant

    Discussion Question: Do you think living life based purely on what makes you happy would result in shallow life or being a shallow person?

    Comment: I always think it's interesting how our conversations flow! We went from evolutionary theory and "survival of the fittest" to government and utopias.

    Link: Here's a link for some information on Jeremy Bentham and his Greatest Happiness Principle

    http://www.livingphilosophy.org.uk/philosophy/Jeremy_Bentham/

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  2. Factual Question: Who was the founder of the New Criterion? Hilton Kramer
    Discussion Question:Would you consider yourself highbrow, middlebrow or lowbrow? What are the implications of each?
    Comment: No matter what the starting point of the conversation, we always seem to end up in modern american politics. I am appreciative though that we have a group who can have such different opinions and can still respect one another and have polite debate.
    Link: Here's a link to some some 1990s wrestling, which Romano considered lowbrow entertainment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTKSFfnEpr8

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  3. Factual Question: Who was the founder of the New Criterion? Hilton Kramer
    Discussion Question:Would you consider yourself highbrow, middlebrow or lowbrow? What are the implications of each?
    Comment: No matter what the starting point of the conversation, we always seem to end up in modern american politics. I am appreciative though that we have a group who can have such different opinions and can still respect one another and have polite debate.
    Link: Here's a link to some some 1990s wrestling, which Romano considered lowbrow entertainment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTKSFfnEpr8

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  4. Factual Question: Jermey Bentham thought it would be ok to tell a lie in some instances? True.

    Discussion Question: Is lying a completely immoral act? Who gets to justify when it is or when it isnt?

    Comment: As a floater I got to hear a lot of different opinions on a lot of different arguments. I was very interested in all of them. Especially the third groups discussion on the Intelligent Designer arguement. Some very good points were raised on both sides.

    Link: Nozick's Ideas about a thinking machine.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experience_machine

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  5. I enjoyed floating to your group. It was nice to hear opinions from new people.

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  6. (16-2) I have still yet to float, we never really addressed it in my group.

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  7. It would've been cool to hear other opinions on whether humans are innately good or innately evil. I believe we talked about that in my group, but I can't remember for sure. (H3)

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  8. Factual Question: Which philosopher thought people should never lie? (Answer: Kant)

    Discussion Question: Do you believe this is true? Or are there certain circumstances, like what Socrates pointed out to Euthydemus, where lying is actually moral?

    I really enjoyed our discussion. I like that we're able to discuss things like that, things that we all feel passionately about, and still be able to look at each other after without being angry. I think that's an important skill, and it's good that we're all able to express our opinions without having to worry about how others will see us. So, while the content of the discussion was fascinating, I was actually a lot more interested in the discussion itself.

    Link: A link to a political discussion that wasn't quite so well-mannered as ours.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3roG09O6T4

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  9. Great discussion topic, our group touched on that as well.

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