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Is equality feasible and is it worth achieving? Subquestion: By your definitions, is equality synonymous with fairness?

This is an idea I recently fell upon while thinking about colleges and scholarships. I was wondering why I've been told (not actually witnessed) that minorities get a better chance of getting in college for being a minority. This was apparently an attempt to level the playing field and make things for equal for applicants. I realized that in their attempt to equalize the playing field, they made it unfair. What are your thoughts on this situation and any other equality situation? Do you think people should be going for fairness or equality, both, or are they essentially the same thing?


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  • May 23 2013: It's too bad most people will never understand the dynamics of equality and the truth. Most people can't think past copy and paste, because equality and the truth don't matter, as most here prove.
    • May 23 2013: so please explain what the dynamics of equality and the truth are?
      • May 23 2013: Its like how you make things up because you're lazy and you have chosen to stay that way. That's one form. People giving away things, want things in return. I look for someone that can push my mind, but haven't found them yet.
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          May 23 2013: Suggest that far from answers Ben Jarvis's question.
        • May 23 2013: jim it's pretty hard to have a conversation with you when you seem to like keeping your points secret rather than just making them. try explaining what's on your mind and you'll find that there are people all around who can push you.

          please explain what the dynamics of equality and the truth are?
      • May 23 2013: Take the challenge!

        4 hours ago: There was no reply button on your post to me, about Ben Jarvis, so I came here. To answer you, without equality and fairness, those that profit from such must dumb down not only others kids, but their own as well. IE: I can't find anyone here on Ted that can press my mind, hence the world looses out greatly.

        You challenge, I challenge.
        • May 23 2013: yep that's how everyone replies with this system.

          those that profit from such what? how do they profit? how does that mean they must dumb down?

          if your idea has merit, explain it. if you can't, it's not an idea and you're just wasting people's time.
      • May 24 2013: Basically, all children through college are taught copy and paste. They are not taught to think for themselves. If that's wrong, show one school that teaches how to think for oneself.
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          May 24 2013: Theory of Knowledge. IB Diploma Years Program.
        • May 24 2013: what's that got to do with the dynamics of equality and the truth?

          i asked you to explain days ago and you've made many replies but avoided explaining your claim.
      • May 24 2013: Jim Ryan 0Edit Delete
        30 minutes ago: You said the following. Where did you read it?
        "nasa didn't put standard mirrors on the moon, they put very special ones that only reflect a single photon."

        You made that up.
        • May 24 2013: i didn't make that up, i got that from the site you posted yourself!
      • May 24 2013: Shall I go on with more that you made up out of thin air, with nothing to back it up?
        • May 24 2013: yes please do.

          it might help to reply on the right thread too. this is about fairness and equality, you're i think referring to the facts in science discussion on another page.

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