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    The “mere technical rectitude and proficiency” of...

    The “mere technical rectitude and proficiency” of science is nevertheless capable of arriving at conclusions that can be tested and shown to be true – unlike philosophy.



    Indeed. As I said....
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    It is a reasonable assumption that consciousness...

    It is a reasonable assumption that consciousness ceases upon the cessation of the brain. Hence it is reasonable to assume that “thoughts” are in some sense material and subject to scientific...
  3. With Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars we have an...

    With Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars we have an abundance of primary sources. There are huge quantities of artifacts, contemporary information, archaeological remains and original documents. The Gallic...
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    Not “isolating”, merely recognizing the...

    Not “isolating”, merely recognizing the limitations of philosophy vis-à-vis science.



    Yes. It’s called ‘the scientific method’ whereby a scientist develops hypotheses, tests them and then...
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    Consciousness cannot exist without a functioning...

    Consciousness cannot exist without a functioning material brain (we switch off the life support of brain-dead people). So, it is reasonable to assume that “thoughts” are in some sense material and...
  6. There are no primary sources of the Jesus story. ...

    There are no primary sources of the Jesus story. No artifacts, no contemporary information and no original documents - merely hearsay accounts dated decades after the death of Jesus and a vision by...
  7. Historical evidence requires primary sources such...

    Historical evidence requires primary sources such as original documents, artifacts, and other contemporary information dating from the period being studied – all of which are in very short supply...
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    How could thoughts be immaterial things given...

    How could thoughts be immaterial things given that they arise from a material brain?

    As far as we know “immaterial thoughts” cease with the cessation of the material brain. Therefore, it is...
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    Well you did, but I’m not going to argue about...

    Well you did, but I’m not going to argue about it.



    I’ve not disagreed that science and philosophy are mutually interdependent. But, in the final analysis, only science can achieve actual,...
  10. There's no evidence of any of the gods having...

    There's no evidence of any of the gods having existed outside of the minds of our species – this encompasses the entire existence of our species.
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    Then why mention the "medium of our messages” in...

    Then why mention the "medium of our messages” in the first place it was not necessary to make your point about philosophical "content".



    This is your strawman. Philosophy has its uses as...
  12. That’s the argument of a five-year-old. ...

    That’s the argument of a five-year-old.



    Evidence is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as: “A body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid”. So,...
  13. The “point” is that Moses was merely reflecting...

    The “point” is that Moses was merely reflecting the social values of the day just as ALL morality does – whether with slave-owning or subjugating women. And Moses’ tribalism was attributed to the...
  14. That's become the standard ploy for Trump...

    That's become the standard ploy for Trump supporters to brush off legitimate concerns about his policies. The fact is the US has enormous impact upon the rest of the free world and it behooves the...
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    What I am “typing on here” is the result of...

    What I am “typing on here” is the result of technology grounded in scientific methodology – NOT philosophical argument. Scientific facts are multiply tested and make testable predictions which to...
  16. No. YOU define “universal moral truths” without...

    No. YOU define “universal moral truths” without begging the question
  17. OR the tribalism of Moses and the tribal god made...

    OR the tribalism of Moses and the tribal god made in his own image along with all the social values of the day attributed to him.
  18. The laws of logic do not exist in some abstract...

    The laws of logic do not exist in some abstract Platonic universe isolated and self-contained. They exist only insomuch as they are used to analyze an argument or a piece of reasoning, and work out...
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    I do NOT “tacitly claim” philosophical...

    I do NOT “tacitly claim” philosophical observations “to be true and factual” at all. This is your straw-man. I have repeatedly acknowledged that philosophy has its uses in ensuring consistency and...
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    So you like to think. But there is no actual...

    So you like to think. But there is no actual evidence for consciousness and intellect other than the physical activity of the brain. Dare I suggest this is because there isn't any other explanation?
  21. If by “bad” you mean self-aggrandizing and...

    If by “bad” you mean self-aggrandizing and incompetent I would agree. Ten weeks after he was told what was coming his administration still can’t even provide tests or masks sufficient to address the...
  22. Mind you, it’s a good start. :ahem: And 55%...

    Mind you, it’s a good start. :ahem:

    And 55% approval for Trump is not high given the usual "rally around the flag effect" of popular support for the President during periods of international...
  23. You assume that “universal moral truths” exist...

    You assume that “universal moral truths” exist but how do you know they exist if you don’t understand what they are? In fact, they don’t exist. Morality consists of rules of behavior which change...
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    According to the Washington Post, US intelligence...

    According to the Washington Post, US intelligence reports from January and February warned about the coming pandemic based upon what happened in China and what was happening in Italy. At the same...
  25. The reason is that it is a false analogy. Logic...

    The reason is that it is a false analogy. Logic is a procedure of reasoning in accordance with strict unchanging rules. Whereas morality consists of rules of behavior which change from culture to...
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