A new look on the idea of accomplishments

When something is accomplished to whom is the credit due? Upon examination, all accomplishments (failures too really) seem to have more than just one contributor involved. Is there ever a circumstance in which only one person can receive all the credit for an accomplishment? Take the instance of an upcoming singer songwriter. On his debut…

Overshooting an argument

When trying to make a point one should be very careful not to overshoot their argument. I’ve seen many potential paradigm shifts fall into the realms of absurdity because the argument did not stick to the core ideas from which it derived. People will rationally adopt a principle and then make irrational conclusions based off…

How I didn’t choose to write this post

We know there are parts of the body operating that are not within control of your consciousness. When your heart is pumping blood the process is not dictated by your brain (consciousness). You can move your arm whenever you want, but that motion is commanded by the brain. We understand the brain to be an organ in the…

Can Atheists Have a Basis for Morality?

Can Atheists have a basis for morality.. I have heard two separate answers to this question. I’ll start with the first. The first says that as an atheist you have no reason to be good or bad. If we are just molecules acting according to our genes and environment then there is no reason to…

Nationalism

Nationalism is encouraged from your earliest days as a child to your seniority and those who don’t agree with this patriotism are told they are both disrespectful and ungrateful. I’ve always been curious as to why this fervor is so strong. What do we mean when we say things like “I’m proud to be an…

Can a selfless act exist? (continued)

We’ve explored how all actions are selfish in the sense that all actions are committed with ones self in mind. The word selfish doesn’t actually represent the concept I’m speaking of because in the philosophical realm the words selfish and selfless are useless. These words represent the motives behind the action, but the motives are…

Thoughts on morality

If one doesn’t believe in absolutes then one cannot have an objective morality. If one lacks an objective morality then one makes up his moral standard. Is this still morality? If one’s ethics comes from no objective standard then there is no absolute right or wrong. There is only the arbitrary decision of what is…

Lack of Free-Will (continued)

IT’S BACK! Okay, since free will (specifically a lack of) keeps popping up, it may be best to create a category of its own. This will be a short post consisting primarily of a quote by David Hume pulled from his writing An Enquiry of Concerning Human Understanding. “While we act, we are, at the…