arond schiltz

Denver, CO, United States

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arond schiltz
Posted almost 3 years ago
Morality is better informed by science than it is by religion
Personally I dislike it when science and religion are described as two competing schools of thought. the simple fact of the matter is that science is a process we use to gain understanding and religion is a collection of stories that is used to create moral consensus. using science to determine morality is like using a calculator if murder is ever justified, and likewise religious stories only give you as solid of an understanding of the physical universe as a kids book. This does not mean that the two never interact as the context in which a religion is understood is vastly important to what morals it generates, and our understanding of the universe has a large impact on that context. basically what i am saying is that you have to take the lessons form religion and adapt them to fit with the facts and understanding that we have through science. both are unqualified to fill every facet required by the other. i think it is also worth mentioning that religion tool used to gain moral consensus, and science is not the only way to gain understanding of the physical world.
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arond schiltz
Posted over 3 years ago
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the pont of the talk was that creating even seemingly pointless things can lead to world changing innovations. as to your point of America competing with china, yes the US simply cant match the indurtral power that a nation lick china has the potential to churn out. however creative thinking is not limited by population size. to compete in the world market the us needs to be a nation of designers and thinkers, people who ask themselves "can this be done , and how?" and then go about trying to do it. that what Dale Dougherty was talking about, encouraging the creative process.
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arond schiltz
Posted over 3 years ago
Naomi Klein: Addicted to risk
i think that she does a good gob outlining how risk control is no longer a part of planing our course of an action but rather a reaction when our plan collapses.
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arond schiltz
Posted almost 4 years ago
Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system
the argument that big agriculture raises health costs is a not true. every measure of health has been steadily increasing. this means life expectancy, and number of healthy years lived have been going up along with a the average number of doctor and hospital visits per year going down. if big agriculture is giving the masses toxic food this would not be the case. this is why this talk is a one sided arguement. not only does one not consider that the other side may be right but they ignore other factors that may run in opposition to there stand point. now this doesn't mean that i think we cant do better than what we currently have, but it does no one any good to throw away a system that is doing well at its job.
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arond schiltz
Posted almost 4 years ago
Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system
i am all for people being aware of what is happening with there food and knowing where it comes from, but being aware and informed involves the whole picture and not just the rhetoric of one side. Unfortunately to me this talk only high lights how easily young people are swayed.