Philosophy https://cvining.com/ en Compassion: a rambling conversation of Communism, Ayn Rand, Harper Lee and other cabbages and kings https://cvining.com/compassion-rambling-conversation <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Compassion: a rambling conversation of Communism, Ayn Rand, Harper Lee and other cabbages and kings</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/04/2021 - 17:46</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A dialogue on compassion between a friend and I. Edited to make me look better. And him worse. </p> <p><span>GLB</span></p> <blockquote><p><span>1988 was the year I quit the Republican Party.</span></p> <p><span> </span></p> <p><span><img src="/sites/cvining.com/files/oldprivatefiles/images/Buckleyn-GLB%28Gonzaga%29%2815Jan1962%29.jpg" alt="1962 GLB with William F Buckley" title="1962 GLB with William F Buckley" width="182" height="183" /></span></p> <div><span>On a nice spring/summer day, we walked to the Rockville City Hall and I changed my registration from Republican to Independent. </span><span>(And the rest, as they say, is history.)</span></div> <div><span> </span></div> <div><span>P.S. Attached is a photo of yours truly meeting William F. Buckley Jr. at Gonzaga University in 1962.  Notice the priest is watching me suspiciously  -- even though I was a good conservative then, maybe the priest smelled a whiff of heresy?  (Priests seem to be good a finding heretics.)</span></div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><span>CBV</span></p> <div> <div id=":3pq" class="ii gt adO"> <div id=":3l5" class="a3s aiL "> <blockquote> <div dir="auto"><span>You should have stayed, and fixed the GOP</span></div> </blockquote> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/compassion-rambling-conversation" rel="tag" title="Compassion: a rambling conversation of Communism, Ayn Rand, Harper Lee and other cabbages and kings" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Compassion: a rambling conversation of Communism, Ayn Rand, Harper Lee and other cabbages and kings</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 05 Jan 2021 01:46:53 +0000 cvining 1986 at https://cvining.com If-- by Rudyard Kipling https://cvining.com/if-rudyard-kipling <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">If-- by Rudyard Kipling</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/20/2016 - 03:03</span> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dear Friend,</p> <p>This poem comes as close to religion for me as anything I know. It is written to a boy but applies equally to a woman. Perhaps you may find it some help, as I have, when facing life's sometimes difficult choices.</p> <p> </p> <p>If—</p> <div>by RUDYARD KIPLING</div> <div> </div> <div class="detail-bd"> <div class="user-content"> <div class="user-content-text"> <div class="poem" data-view="ContentView"> <div>If you can keep your head when all about you   </div> <div>    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   </div> <div>If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, </div> <div>    But make allowance for their doubting too;   </div> <div>If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, </div> <div>    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, </div> <div>Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, </div> <div>    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: </div> <div> </div> <div>If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   </div> <div>    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   </div> <div>If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster </div> <div>    And treat those two impostors just the same;   </div> <div>If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken </div> <div>    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, </div> <div>Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, </div> <div>    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: </div> <div> </div> <div>If you can make one heap of all your winnings </div> <div>    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, </div> <div>And lose, and start again at your beginnings </div> <div>    And never breathe a word about your loss; </div> <div>If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew </div> <div>    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   </div> <div>And so hold on when there is nothing in you </div> <div>    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ </div> <div> </div> <div>If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   </div> <div>    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, </div> <div>If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, </div> <div>    If all men count with you, but none too much; </div> <div>If you can fill the unforgiving minute </div> <div>    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   </div> <div>Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   </div> <div>    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/if-rudyard-kipling" rel="tag" title="If-- by Rudyard Kipling" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about If-- by Rudyard Kipling</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:03:18 +0000 cvining 1761 at https://cvining.com The Morals of Chess by Ben Franklin https://cvining.com/morals-chess-ben-franklin <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/morals-chess-ben-franklin" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Morals of Chess by Ben Franklin</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:35</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>The Morals of Chess</strong><br /> by Benjamin Franklin<br /><span>originally appeared in </span><em>The Columbian Magazine</em><span> in December 1786​</span></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin"><img alt="See the Wikipedia article for image credits" src="/sites/cvining.com/files/images/large_BenFranklinDuplessis.jpg" /></a></p> <p> </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/morals-chess-ben-franklin" rel="tag" title="The Morals of Chess by Ben Franklin" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about The Morals of Chess by Ben Franklin</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:35:51 +0000 cvining 1177 at https://cvining.com On the origin of 'Nature is perverse' https://cvining.com/origin-nature-perverse <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/origin-nature-perverse" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">On the origin of &#039;Nature is perverse&#039;</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/28/2012 - 16:32</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">origins diverse</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">from throughout the universe</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">there is no better verse</span><br /><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">than 'nature is perverse'</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/origin-nature-perverse" rel="tag" title="On the origin of &#039;Nature is perverse&#039;" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about On the origin of &#039;Nature is perverse&#039;</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:32:46 +0000 cvining 1066 at https://cvining.com Singularity & The Unltraintelligent Machine https://cvining.com/singularity-unltraintelligent-machine <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/singularity-unltraintelligent-machine" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Singularity &amp; The Unltraintelligent Machine</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/12/2011 - 20:40</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>NPR had a piece yesterday on the idea that machines may one day be so intelligent as to become capable of designing and building even more intellingent machines, triggering a exponential growth of intelligence, an intelligence sigularity, such that human intelligence becomes negligible by comparison.  Some consider this intelligence sigularity a existential threat.  </p> <p>Here is a link to the NPR Story:  </p> <p><span> </span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/singularity-unltraintelligent-machine" rel="tag" title="Singularity &amp; The Unltraintelligent Machine" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Singularity &amp; The Unltraintelligent Machine</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 04:40:02 +0000 cvining 609 at https://cvining.com Assange/Marxist Duty https://cvining.com/assangemarxist-duty <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--promoted node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/assangemarxist-duty" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assange/Marxist Duty</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/21/2010 - 22:53</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The founder of <a href="http://www.wikileaks.info/" target="_blank">Wikileaks</a>, Julian Assange, in <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12047035" target="_blank">an interview with BBC</a> while out on bail pending possible extradition to Sweden concerning sexual assault without a condom charges, had this to say concerning his persumably unrelated mission with <a href="http://www.wikileaks.info/" target="_blank">Wikileaks</a>:</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/assangemarxist-duty" rel="tag" title="Assange/Marxist Duty" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Assange/Marxist Duty</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 06:53:54 +0000 cvining 601 at https://cvining.com Bill Joy and the dangers of modern technology https://cvining.com/bill-joy-and-dangers-modern-technology <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/bill-joy-and-dangers-modern-technology" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Bill Joy and the dangers of modern technology</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/18/2006 - 07:00</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The attached file is an article by Bill Joy on his concerns about modern technology. Read the article, but the main point seems to me that modern technology is too complex to manage and very likely presents threats to man which exceed the benefits. Possibly we can learn to manage the technology, possibly not.</p> <p>I lean toward Mr. Joy's views, perhaps more so. Even if you don't share his concern you might benefit by being aware of them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/bill-joy-and-dangers-modern-technology" rel="tag" title="Bill Joy and the dangers of modern technology" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Bill Joy and the dangers of modern technology</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Tue, 18 Jul 2006 14:00:09 +0000 cvining 10 at https://cvining.com Freewill and Choice: You Can't Choose What To Like https://cvining.com/freewill-and-choice-you-cant-choose-what <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/freewill-and-choice-you-cant-choose-what" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Freewill and Choice: You Can&#039;t Choose What To Like</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 07/02/2006 - 16:38</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Conceding that 'Freewill' is a poorly defined concept, there is still some sense that we are free to make some choices and not so free to make others. Most would agree that we are free to choose vanilla vs. chocolate ice cream, while we are not free to choose to be invisible. Which is to say that some things appear to be impossilbe, regardless of what we wish them to be. While in other cases we are in some sense 'free' to make a choice.</p> <p>But consider the apparent choice of ice cream flavor. Walk into a shop and look at all the options. What actually happens in your head when you make a choice? WIth various degress of concious calculation, we run through what we want. I've had vanilla before and I like it. Butter pecan I hate, and while I like chocolate I get a reaction. I've never had toffee, but people tell me it is good and I'm a bit bored so perhaps I'll try that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/freewill-and-choice-you-cant-choose-what" rel="tag" title="Freewill and Choice: You Can&#039;t Choose What To Like" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Freewill and Choice: You Can&#039;t Choose What To Like</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sun, 02 Jul 2006 23:38:56 +0000 cvining 7 at https://cvining.com Why Believers Can't Be Altruistic https://cvining.com/why-believers-cant-be-altruistic <article role="article" class="node node--type-article node--view-mode-teaser"> <h2> <a href="/index.php/why-believers-cant-be-altruistic" rel="bookmark"><span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Why Believers Can&#039;t Be Altruistic</span> </a> </h2> <footer> <div class="submitted"> Submitted by <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span>cvining</span></span> on <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 07/02/2006 - 16:11</span> </div> </footer> <div class="content"> <div class="layout layout--onecol"> <div class="layout__region layout__region--content"> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Charity from those who believe in afterlife rewards must be greeted with some suspicion because such persons can never be entirely free of the idea that they will be rewarded for their actions, if not in life then in death. No one can be sure, least of all the believers themselves, if their actions, no matter how charitable, are in fact selfishly designed to improve their own lot in the afterlife.</p> <p>The genuine athiest, however, at least has the possibility of performing an act they believe can do themselves no good at all.</p> <p>To be sure, athiests are pefectly capable of selfishness. But unlike their believer breathren, they might from time to time do something genuinely altruistic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="field field--name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Commentary</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/category/commentary/philosophy" hreflang="en">Philosophy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="block"> <div class="content"> <div class="node__links"> <div class="links"> <ul class="links inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/index.php/why-believers-cant-be-altruistic" rel="tag" title="Why Believers Can&#039;t Be Altruistic" hreflang="und">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Why Believers Can&#039;t Be Altruistic</span></a></li><li class="comment-forbidden"></li></ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </article> Sun, 02 Jul 2006 23:11:12 +0000 cvining 6 at https://cvining.com