Intellectually Dishonest – how to drive a poster crazy by your comments in forums

By Eric Bright

It’s curious to see how religious geniuses (Christians and the like) are almost the only ones who “find” flaws in articles such as this one; only them. You never have the “right interpretations” for what they think must be the case. You don’t see as many commenters under those posts who are (1) non-believers and (2) do not wish to cover their own asses by trying to take down anything that questions their sanities and (3) find something substantial about the argument to attack, instead of red herring and attacking a straw man of their own making. For that matter, you don’t find a commenter who only meets the first criteria in the list for posts such as that one. Isn’t it interesting? One should ask what their motives might be. Why only them and not anyone else?

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2013) Intellectually Dishonest – how to drive a poster crazy by your comments in forums. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2013/04/intellectually-dishonest-how-to-drive-a-poster-crazy-by-your-comments-in-forums/

Religious Mind – A Horror Story

By Eric Bright

“They call them extremists. We have our own names. We call them senators, congressman, governors, mayors, state legislators” [Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition Executive Director]

It’s a disturbing observation that some people discuss matters not to learn or to investigate them but merely to convert you. I am talking about mystical minds, supers, and those who believe in things beyond the natural world or outside of the Universe, whatever that might mean.

There is a nice saying, attributed to Socrates by no one less than Plato, “I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know.” And this is what the horror story I am going to tell you is formed around.

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2013) Religious Mind – A Horror Story. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2013/04/religious-mind-a-horror-story/

How not to write in philosophy – Against obscurantism

Saint Jerome Writing
Saint Jerome Writing by Caravaggio (1573-1610)

By Eric Bright

[Updated on 2014-12-01]
[Updated on 2014-02-20]

Note:
If the reason why you write in philosophy is to confuse your potential readers, or to mislead them, or to obscure your point, or make it harder for the reader to understand you, or to make it impossible for the reader to get your point, then you don’t need to read this article. You can skip it and move on with your own style. You would do just fine.

Now, I am talking to the rest of us, those writers who write for readers to be understood. Believe me, not everyone writes in order to be understood. As it happens in philosophy, actually the opposite is true: many pseudo-philosophers have actually wrote books in order to confuse their hapless readers and fellow philosophers.

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2013) How not to write in philosophy – Against obscurantism. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2013/03/how-not-to-write-in-philosophy/

Science and religion are similarly invalid; or are they?

By Eric Bright

[Note to the reader: (1) This is not an ad hominem attack on the people mentioned in the post (the names are not real names). I don’t know them in person and I also don’t care who they are so far as this post is concerned. You should be able to change the names to anything else and the arguments should still hold valid. (2) If you prefer, you can download an ODT or a PDF version of this article from here: http://goo.gl/AEHOc]

Science versus Religion

When someone starts asking questions about his fundamental convictions, he does not necessarily go all the way down the rabbit hole to derive the implications of what he believes as true. Most of us stop early in our search. Most of us never even reach the threshold for understanding the territory in which we plan to dwell. An example would make it more clear.

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2013) Science and religion are similarly invalid; or are they?. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2013/03/science-and-religion-are-similarly-invalid-or-are-they/

Wittgenstein, Language, and Logic

Ludwig Wittgenstein

By Eric Bright

A few days ago, David Harvey asked the following question in my Google+ Philosophy Community:

Can anyone help me with Wittgenstein’s thoughts on language? I find his ideas mad, but I can’t help but wonder whether my teacher is twisting what his ideas are slightly (I never feel I can rely on them for correct information…) We’re doing Religious Language in class and my teacher has said that Wittgenstein said that like the rules of a game of chess cannot be used for a game of basketball, the rules of language cannot be used for another. Then, and this part I’m a bit sceptical of, my teacher said that, for example, he would argue that an atheist cannot critique the theist’s view as they are talking with different base ideas (or in different “languages”).

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2013) Wittgenstein, Language, and Logic. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2013/01/wittgenstein-language-and-logic/

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

Please cite this article as: Eric (2012) Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/12/ernesto-sirolli-want-to-help-someone-shut-up-and-listen/

Climate of Doubt

 
 

 
Here is the research done by the Academy of Science, Advancing the Science of Climate Change and you can download a free PDF copy of it:

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12782

Please cite this article as: Eric (2012) Climate of Doubt. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/11/climate-of-doubt/

Occupy Wall Street 2.0: The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual

You can read the on-line version of the text at http://strikedebt.org/drom/. It would look something like this:

Please cite this article as: Eric (2012) Occupy Wall Street 2.0: The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/09/occupy-wall-street-2-0-the-debt-resistorsae-operations-manual/

Copyright Math – by Rob Reid

“Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.”

Please cite this article as: Eric (2012) Copyright Math – by Rob Reid. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/06/copyright-matha%c2%a2-by-rob-reid/

Installing and Updating Portable Firefox Nightly

This is easy. You can do it in only a few steps.

Portable Applications (or PA for short) already has portable Firefox and portable Firefox Beta. A few other websites also create their own packages, including Nightly builds, to be installed in your portable app folder. But, PA does not support Firefox Nightly build. So you have to do it yourself.

There is a page on the PA forums that tells you what to do in order to install your own portable Firefox Nightly build. and here is what it says:

  1. Go to http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/nightly/latest-trunk/ and download the latest trunk in zip version
  2. Use 7-Zip Portable to extract the contents of the zip file
  3. Copy the contents from the folder firefox to [Firefox Portable Install Folder]\App\firefox

Just remember that PortableApps.com doesn’t support nightly builds, and there’s no guarantee that it won’t let any traces behind after you close it.

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Please cite this article as: Eric (2012) Installing and Updating Portable Firefox Nightly. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/06/installing-and-updating-portable-firefox-nightly/

StupidFile! – Cannot Delete File On Desktop

Written by Eric Bright

Updated on November 11, 2014

Objective: removing an apparently irremovable file or folder.

Affected OS: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (Win 8 is not confirmed yet)

Symptoms:

You have a FOLDER on your desktop with a FILE in it, which you cannot delete.

You’re given this message:

"Cannot read from the source file or disk."

Possible “solutions” that might not work:

  • You downloaded Process Explorer and examined every single process running in memory to find a sign of a program that may be using _something_ in that folder. You closed all programs, every resident applications, and all running processes that can be closed. You also closed even some of Windows process and stopped as many services as possible; no sign of any file handle to anything related to that folder… result: negative.
  • You have uninstalled many programs that you suspect they may cause the problem;… negative.
  • You tried to do “Open with…” then created a file with the same name, saved over the existing one… with no luck.
  • You have no Spyware, no virus and nothing suspicious at all.
  • You did chkdsk c: /f, RegSeeker, NortonDiskDoctor, Regedit (see also this), and lots of command line instructions that you read in forums;… negative (in regedit, you cannot even see any entry with the same name as that stupid file in your Windows registry.) (more about chkdsk.)
  • In the end, before installing a fresh damn Windows, why don’t you try this one:

Last resort:

At a cmd prompt type the following:

RD /S /Q [drive:] path

Example:

[on Windows XP]

C:\Documents and Settings[your log-in name]\Desktop\>RD /S /Q foldername

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Please cite this article as: Bright, Eric. (2012) StupidFile! – Cannot Delete File On Desktop. BlogSophy. http://sophy.ca/blog/2012/06/stupidfile-cannot-delete-file-on-desktop/