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Deliberate deception and justified lying

Started Nov 9, 2011 0 Replies

Is there, in your experience, a legitimate reason to lie? Can deception ever be justified?… the wise thing is to train [yourself] to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not…Continue

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A Question About Lying

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 2:32am 2 Comments

The question is frequently posed to me, and though I am often vague with my answers, I usually air on the side of cautious honesty.  Is it ever ok to lie?

In this society, or rather our social construct, where almost all is left up to the individual’s interpretation, the line between virtue and vice seems less perceptible than ever before. At least in my experience, of something I have noted repeatedly and in my observation of people’s communication regarding the issue, I have come to…

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Imagination and Intellectual Honesty

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 2:04am 0 Comments



The new trend amongst proponents of new age thinking, and believers of everything that is illogical is to hold imagination as “better” or more important than knowledge.  This seems to be the result of the human ability to consciously and unconsciously misinterpret facts and knowledge. It appears that some of us will engage in fallacious logic in order to rationalize our emotional tendencies, and in the worst of cases, to justify our own agenda.  This new “philosophy” (and I use that…

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About Truth

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 2:00am 0 Comments

From the heights of my tower of industry that proudly faces the city and its unmindful residents, a question powerfully takes control of my mind. Perhaps, a doubt brought about by the unnatural stupor resulting from the constant observation of the logic of our business machines, or my incessant craving to interact with something other than an amalgamation of transistors and wires, I grant it time and effort.

What is it, and where does it go? Is it a feeble, meager tracing on the…

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At 4:45pm on November 9, 2011, Bo Fowler said…

So you've read Scepticism inc then. I know what you mean about Edgar. On that subject I recently set up the world's first On Line Metaphysical Betting Shop at scepticism inc hope it makes you laugh. Stay in touch. 

At 8:59am on November 8, 2011, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Peyton!

 
 
 

  

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