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Are women misleading when expressing what they want from a man?      Mostly Agree      23 Aug 2016      0 Points
People fall in love, when they are in love, they often love almost the person as a whole, and not a particular part.
After they can try to use induction on the sample of person they fall in love with, but there are too much properties and the sample is very small.

It is better if you replace "love" by "attracted by", but it is still not very good.
It is also easier to know the general rules if you fall in love easily or are attracted by a lot of people.(because the sample is then bigger, and the rules are simpler)

Introspection work, but only partially, and there are social and self-image problems which reduce the efficiency of introspection.

Add potential lies and communication problems to that.

But only empirical studies, with good protocols, and without ideological agenda, can really answer to this.

Is suicide morally acceptable?      Agree      23 Aug 2016      0 Points
Suicide can reduce suffering a lot.

Is "ought" derived from "is"?      Disagree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
The same than blacktrance.

Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?      Agree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
Beliefs have consequences, they doesn’t live outside reality.
False beliefs have generally bad consequences.

We can, if done well, reduce false beliefs by challenging them.

Could a computer ever be conscious?      Agree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
Yes, we are one example.

Is capitalism good?      Disagree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
It can’t be good nor bad in itself.
It could be better or worse than another economical system, given a particular ethical system.

I think there is a lot of better economical systems than capitalist. (given most consequentialist ethics).

Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?      Disagree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
No, states should strive to almost complete transparency, they are way too much corruptible without it.

Is trying to "change the world" foolish?      Disagree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
If you have goals which doesn’t only concern yourself (any consequentialist ethics), then it is logical to try to change the world.
(In fact any goal is about changing the world, but here i assume you are speaking about changing a lot of the world, not just very local things)

Are pickup artist strategies misogynistic?      Mostly Disagree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
The same thing than Nutz. (it is not mean to be a useful comment, sorry, it is only that i am forced to comment if i want enough data to see who agree which me)

Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?      Agree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
It could seem strange to some, to imagine philosophical zombies talking about consciousness, the important thing to understand, is that they wouldn’t really be speaking about consciousness.
It is only us, seeing the thing with a external conscious view, that put concepts on the words they use.

Their brain would contain the exact same model of themselves that our brain, with the same self-referential structures, they would speak about consciousness (in the exact same way i did) because of these self-referential structures, but without any conscious understanding of it.

I am not speaking of consciousness because i have consciousness, i am speaking of consciousness because of the self-referential structures in my brain.
So, how am i able to speak differently of my consciousness and of my brain self-referential structures ?

I am NOT capable of it, i am only going one level up in the self-referential structures.

Without the self-referential structures, i would not be able to speak at all about consciousness, but it would not mean i am less conscious, i would still have a subjective reality, but i would not be able to understand that, because there would be no self-referential structure in this subjectivity.
When you correctly understand the first level : being conscious without any understanding of it, without any way to speak about it, you can understand the level up, when there is self-referential structures, which create a understanding in the subjective reality, but is still not equal to the self-referential structures.

Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?      Agree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
Most definitions of god are incoherent, so we can dismiss them by pure logic.
Some other definitions of god, are testable in theory.
Maybe some are coherent and untestable, but i wait to see one of them which is conceptually useful, and not just a poetical way to say something almost tautological.

Does God exist?      Disagree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
Nothing special to say. (just trying to have enough data to see who agree with me on other subjects)

Is free will an illusion?      Mostly Agree      22 Aug 2016      0 Points
The problem of the concept of free-will come down to the problem of the concept of possibility.
We make choices : A choice is the act to select one possibility between many. (it could easily be extended, but it is the main idea)

The problem is that a possibility is relative to knowledge : That something is a "possibility" only mean that we don’t know if this thing is true or false. (it is not a physical problem, the universe could be deterministic or not, it doesn’t change that, it is purely conceptual)

Some will not see the relativity of some possibilities, for them it will feel like the possibility is intrinsic, independent of their own knowledge.
So when they make a choice, it feel like they have selected a intrinsic possibility, so it is like a pure act of creation, something with at least a part which is "absolutely free".
So they have to create the concept of free-will to designate this very thing.

The compatibilists are only redefining the concept of free-will by removing what is fundamental in this concept.

Comparisons with Experts and Influencers

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Paul Z. Myers
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95% agreement / 5 opinions

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100% agreement / 3 opinions

Friedrich Nietzsche
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83% agreement / 3 opinions

Richard Dawkins
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100% agreement / 2 opinions

Bertrand Russell
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87% agreement / 2 opinions

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100% agreement / 2 opinions

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David Foster Wallace
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66% agreement / 3 opinions

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75% agreement / 2 opinions

Albert Einstein
Physicist, Icon of the 20th Century
75% agreement / 2 opinions

Steven Pinker
Psychology Professor
62% agreement / 2 opinions

Sam Harris
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62% agreement / 2 opinions

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75% agreement / 2 opinions

Robin Hanson
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44% agreement / 5 opinions

Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
44% agreement / 5 opinions

Daniel Dennett
Philosophy Professor
56% agreement / 4 opinions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
56% agreement / 4 opinions

Barack Obama
United States President
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Osama Bin Laden
Former Leader of Al Qaeda
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Anna North
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Elizabeth Nolan Brown
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Sigmund Freud
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25% agreement / 1 opinions

Naomi Wolf
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25% agreement / 1 opinions

The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
6% agreement / 4 opinions

Kenneth Miller
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0% agreement / 2 opinions

Christian Encyclopedia
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Andrew Sullivan
Journalist, Author
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Massimo Pigliucci
0% agreement / 2 opinions

John Clayton
Christian Teacher
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

dionisos' conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers dionisos typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Does God exist?
High Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Medium Disagree Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Medium Disagree Is capitalism good?
Medium Disagree Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?
Low Agree Could a computer ever be conscious?
Low Disagree Is trying to "change the world" foolish?
Low Agree Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Low Agree Is suicide morally acceptable?
Low Mostly Disagree Are pickup artist strategies misogynistic?

Nonconforming Opinions

dionisos' nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers dionisos typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Contributor Answer Question
High Agree Mostly Agree Is free will an illusion?
Low Agree Mostly Agree Are women misleading when expressing what they want from a man?
Low Neutral Agree Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?

Projected Opinions

dionisos' projected opinions are opinions dionisos is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
Medium Mostly Disagree Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?
Medium Mostly Disagree Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?
Medium Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
Medium Mostly Disagree Is a technological singularity likely?
Medium Mostly Agree Can we handle the truth?
Low Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Low Disagree Is God just?
Low Agree Would the world be better off without the Catholic Church?
Low Mostly Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Low Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
Low Mostly Disagree Are our enemies innately evil?
Low Mostly Disagree Is there life after death?
Low Neutral Will Barack Obama win the Democratic nomination?
Low Mostly Agree Will solar be the biggest energy source of the future?
Low Agree Is development aid to Africa effective?
Low Neutral Is the IPCC objective?
Low Disagree Does everything happen for a reason?
Low Disagree Must God exist to explain how the universe began?
Low Neutral Is it worthwhile to die for your beliefs?
Low Mostly Agree Are pickup artist strategies morally acceptable?
Low Mostly Agree Are pickup artist strategies effective?
Low Disagree Do Gödellian arguments refute a computational model of the mind?