Douglas Pocock

Burlington, WA, United States

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Douglas Pocock
Posted over 1 year ago
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
What public education system teaches dance? There sure there hell isn't a dance class in Washington State public schools. I bet Robinson knows more about the subject than you and where dance is taught. Where are there schools that teach dance and not mathematics in a public school system? And don't just say, "I know of this one school in an obscure province in some country somewhere". Give me a link or something. We don't need mathematics, past geometry, anymore than we need dance. And I think dance would be a great tool, along with other arts. I say this as not someone who is ignorant of math, I am well into Calculus and have determined that there is no purpose for me to go any further. I say all this from personal opinion in response to your piles and piles of personal opinion. So don't five me that, "personal opinions don't matter" crap.
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Douglas Pocock
Posted about 2 years ago
Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end
This must be sarcasm. Please stop using both faith or athiesm as a basis for an argument. There are thousands of topics that are more important that whether or not you do or do not believe in god. For the sake of the planet, life, and people in general, stop arguing this toppic. It is unimportant.
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Douglas Pocock
Posted about 2 years ago
Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda
I mean the following statement and am completely serious, I do not see any moral implication regarding contraception. What are these implications? The use of a contraceptive is exactly the same as using the withdrawl method but with greater assurance of success. Is using the withdrawl method morally wrong? If it is, the male orgasm through masturbation is morally wrong if it doesn't end in conception. I am aware of the semi-slippery-slope argument I am presenting, but none of these statements are making a great leap, instead the argument is made by using logical steps. If there is anyone who can help me, please. Explain to me the moral implications. Seriously.
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Douglas Pocock
Posted over 2 years ago
Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence
Matthew Telle is right correct if the word religion is used in the sense that Jonathan Haidt is explaining in his speech. The idea of "religion" is simply an idea, much like nationalism or environmentalism. Expanding on that, the denial of a god is common ground for athiests, an idea that places them together in a group. Agnostism may be "the truth", however it is one more set of group think that Haidt explains. These natural tendancies to put oneself in categories are "religions" or "sacred ideas" that we hold ourselves to. So, in fact, is Matthew Telle is using the word religion to mean idea, he is correct. Both Atheism and Agnosticism are relgions. However much I agree with you though, the term religion has a theistic connontation. Which means that Atheism is really not a religion. There needs to be a term for this besides "ism". And I think the closest is "ideology". Whereas religion is a subgroup of ideologies, Athiesm is the refusal of religous ideologies in favor of another. In most cases, the refusal of religion by athiests is replaced by the ideology of science with an aggressive or neutral stance towards religion.
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Douglas Pocock
Posted over 2 years ago
Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence
You are missing his point. He isn't saying that there is a god. He is saying that an idea of a god or idea is central to our identity as a social organism. Strong and obvious "undertones" of community ideas instead of constant competition will provide our species with more positive action and choices for our survival. He isn't saying become religous, he is explaining that we are hardwired to join social groups, much like TED. We have evolved to be in a community and that being without a community depletes our ability to act in a reasonable way in society.
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Douglas Pocock
Posted over 2 years ago
Is Morality Valid?
Okay, but take for example honor killings. For a long time through history, society did not see this as an immoral activity. Even though it clearly caused harm to the individual and their families. Or, why do some nations believe that the death penalty is moral and other do not? Are they equally valid in a moral understanding or not? I want to note that I believe in non-violence, but I am just trying to understand the reasoning behind why groups have different morals.