Darren Duckworth

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Darren Duckworth
Posted 4 months ago
Is there a future left for print media?
I think it's an inherently hard question to ask. Is it not the case that each generation resists change? And that probably comes with a level of denial about the future. Certainly right now i can't see the trend to electronic media changing. And even though i like printed media, i think the generation that grows up with ebooks will see print as old fashioned & perhaps even wasteful(tree usage). Of course i think there will always be some small amount of print. After all, it doesn't matter if the power goes out when you have print
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 6 months ago
Do we need to lie?
I agree that we as humans have taken lying to a much higher level. I only wanted to point out we don't own lying as you suggested. And as i have repeatedly said within this conversation, I know a lie detector can't determine fact from fiction... who said it should? A lie detectors sole purpose is to detect deception, that's it! I'm definitely not talking about some all knowing artificial intelligence. false memories, i think its an interesting subject, and yes false memories would complicate things if say a court was trying to determine something. And yes, i haven't heard of anything in the way of flawless lie detection coming out in the near future... I'm completely relaxed... I just thought it would be an interesting discussion. I'm still undecided as to whether or not it would be a good thing. But from what I've read here, i think if the technology did pop up, there be a lot of resistance to its implementation into our society
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 6 months ago
Do we need to lie?
Humans being the only species who can lie is an assertion many would dispute. http://liespotting.com/2010/06/10-research-findings-about-deception-that-will-blow-your-mind/
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 6 months ago
Do we need to lie?
I'm pleased so many have weighed in on this. I thought perhaps the following link might be of interest, its a short but interesting read... http://liespotting.com/2010/06/10-research-findings-about-deception-that-will-blow-your-mind/
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 6 months ago
Do we need to lie?
Yes I agree that we perceive things differently. I would imagine that if you tested a devout christian & a devout hindu, both would truthfully answer their god(s) are both real & the only true god(s). Even something cut & dry like: Is Kevin Bacon the star of the original Footloose? If one truly believed he wasn't, than even though he was wrong, he is still telling the truth. So while flawless lie detection would be unable to determine if someone was mistaken, it would still be able to judge intentional lying... which is the point. If we could be sure another person was not lying & yet you both have a different opinion, that gives you both solid ground from which to fact check & determine the real answers.
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 6 months ago
Do we need to lie?
I totally agree that some lies are arguably moral in their purpose. But I am not convinced they are necessary? Perhaps an example of a necessary lie would sway me... I also agree that other reasonably intelligent animals may use deception, but can you call that lying? Lying intentionally I would have thought requires some level of intelligence... A level I would have thought beyond most of the animal kingdom. The topic originally of course was how would we deal with technology that threatened our ability to lie. I would guess then that yourself and others like you would seek to ban such technology from entering everyday life?
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 7 months ago
Do we need to lie?
Thanks for reply Random Chance. Your right I think, in that we all who have something to hide(which I assume includes everyone!) are seeking to self preserve. We are all trying to maintain a certain image. Each society has its own idea of who we should be. And I think in a lot of cases, that expectation is detached from reality. And yes, I think some of that unrealistic image has to do with religious influence. And when we can't live up to that ideal, we fool ourselves & everyone around us. Even though I am an Atheist & I can certainly see where your coming from, I want to maintain a level of objectiveness here. And I'd rather not travel too far down that all to slippery slop, the topic of religion! But I will say this, Parents who teach their children religious doctrine cannot be said to be 'Lying' Whether or not you & I think they are correct doesn't change the fact that they believe what they are teaching. They think they ARE telling the truth. There is no intentional deception there.
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 7 months ago
Do we need to lie?
Thanks for replying Wayne. Your view is the one I most expected & is often brought up when this sort of question is asked. Telling your loved one they look beautiful when perhaps they don't is often given as a prime example of how a lie can be a good thing. We are I think, when it comes to this specific issue... 'Looks' our own worst critics. So I guess it is left to our friends & family to lift each others self esteem. But let's say ready or not, the technology to expose truth falls in our laps? Could it be that if we were all forced to be honest with each other that it might be completely refreshing? To have to say, 'actually honey, I think you've put on weight' & have your spouse accept that... & in return letting you know of your short comings too. Would that upset you, or could we all become more accepting of our flaws? Or even be driven through that honesty to live a more healthy lifestyle? Or perhaps your right. Some may not be able to handle such truth... And we may see a dramatic increase of depression? A worse case scenario for honesty in a relationship, when specifically looking at looks may be this... Man tells women she is overweight & thinks her breasts are small. Women tells her man she finds his Penis small & unsatisfying during sex. Hmmm, I am divided
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Darren Duckworth
Posted 7 months ago
Redefine the term "rehabilitation" in context of prison
Without having read any responses, I'd like to express my first thoughts on the subject. Prisons seem to be an attempt at a 'one size fits all' fix. To me this seems grossly unintelligent and like Andy Johnson, I feel it does more harm than good in a lot of cases. In order to rehabilitate, you can't mix everyone together. As it stands, prison looks like somewhere you have to 'survive'... not learn a lesson or get better. in my mind, offenders should be locked up with similar offenders... And the staff on hand should be trained in the rehabilitation of their specific issues.