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Professor Wants Climate Change “Deniers” Thrown in Jail
Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Michael Schaus

Posted on 03/16/2014 9:49:07 AM PDT by Kaslin

An assistant philosophy professor at Rochester Institute of Technology has proposed a bold plan to settle the debate on Global Warming. Lawrence Torcello wrote an essay suggesting that scientists who fail to fall in line with global warming alarmists should be charged with criminal negligence, and possibly even be thrown in jail. Nothing screams academic freedom like a little intellectual Fascism. Right?

When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on.

Well, Larry (can we call him Larry?), it might surprise you – an assistant professor of philosophy – to learn that science is not a democratic study. Skepticism, opposition, and deviation from the adopted narrative are more responsible for scientific discovery than blind allegiance to any prevailing theory. And, quite frankly, the theory of anthropogenic global warming has been delegitimized by some of its greatest proponents… Most scientists would agree that it becomes increasingly difficult to believe in a theory that has routinely failed to produce any moderately accurate models or predictions. But, of course it gets better:

With such high stakes, an organized campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent.

Laughably, Larry is not talking about East Anglia, Al Gore, or the UN Climate Change Scandal (where a number of scientists were quoted out of context to give the impression of a consensus view on climate change). In fact, while Larry alleges that “deniers” (apparently the word “skeptic” doesn’t have the right amount of stigma attached to it) are engaged in a misinformation campaign, he never once defends the propagandistic efforts of the global-warming-faithful.

Governments, activist groups, well connected CEOs, and elite billionaire Liberals have pushed trillions of dollars into the propagation of global warming fears. And yet, strangely, this assistant philosophy professor seems incapable unwilling to see the irony of his allegations. But, wait… He soon goes for the jugular:

We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent. The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.

Ah… So scientists who dare to question the provably wrong predictions of melted ice caps, winterless years, and raising sea levels should be charged with negligence for “undermining the public’s understanding of scientific consensus”? Well, here’s some scientific consensus for you, Larry:

The world has not seen a measurable increase in temperatures for over 15 years. Arctic ice has increased in mass since 2013. The “Polar Vortex” is part of a broader, and predictable, weather shift that has been happening for thousands of years. “Climate Change” has been occurring, without man-made forces, for every single one of the billions of years this rock has been spinning around the sun.

But, let’s be honest: Larry isn’t really worried about the science (even though I’m sure his studies in philosophy have yielded him great insights into climatology, atmospheric science, and meteorological changes throughout history). He’s worried about opposition to his beliefs. He even acknowledges some of the pushback that his idea might receive:

My argument probably raises an understandable, if misguided, concern regarding free speech.

Misguided? The Left’s intolerance, it seems, has no bounds. A student from Harvard recently argued against academic freedom. Not wanting to be outdone, this assistant professor is now suggesting that political opponents (or for that matter, scientists who don’t tow his ideological ideals) be criminally charged. It is almost stunning how easily the Left will adopt the notion of censorship and intellectual fascism to limit their opposition.

For being an assistant professor of philosophy, Torcello seems stunningly married to an egocentric world view. People who disagree with him, in his mind, are not merely “wrong”… They’re crossing the threshold into criminality. This is a point of view that is growing among the Left. Opponents to the President are racist. Opponents of Nancy Pelosi are sexist. Advocates for traditional marriage are bigots. And, apparently, opponents to the theory of anthropogenic global warming are worthy of a little jail time. This doesn’t seem like positions that lend themselves to any degree of philosophical integrity.

If Larry really wants to help fight global warming, he should keep his totalitarian mouth shut… Currently, he’s spewing too much hot air into the atmosphere.


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KEYWORDS: envirowhackos; globalwarming; greenpolice; leftismoncampus; liberalfascism
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1 posted on 03/16/2014 9:49:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

democrats create many fake crisis (like the global warming hoax) so that we think government is needed

see if you made $100,000 per year you could buy anything you would ever need in the free market. so we don’t need government for anything .

so democrats/communists have to create fake threats to scare the people into begging for government to protect them. the news media gets people to say “We have to do something about school shootings, global warming, evil corporations etc”

global warming : a hoax, a fake crisis

40 million don’t have healthare : another lie

see the fact that democrats have to lie , crate fake threats , means that there are no real crisis that government is so needed to save us from.

these are just 2 examples but there are milions at all levels of government. there is nothing the free market cannot do BETTER than government can .roads? yes private roads. private schools, private hospitals, private security patrols and so on .

but democrats have written room fulls of laws mandating government agencies like the EPA, IRS ,FDA, FEC , FCC etc. and obamacare. all these government programs do do is cripple business ,add to the cost of products, tax the hell out of us and businesses ,and take away our freedom

another fake crisis is the “mass shooting crisis”


2 posted on 03/16/2014 9:53:28 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Kaslin

You shall not disagree! :-)


3 posted on 03/16/2014 9:53:49 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

WE’RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER JAIL

http://www.petitionproject.org/


4 posted on 03/16/2014 9:54:26 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

bossy


5 posted on 03/16/2014 9:54:41 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Kaslin

The left would LOVE to be able to imprison anyone who disagreed with them.


6 posted on 03/16/2014 9:55:31 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

Another “freedom loving Obama supporter”. /sarc


7 posted on 03/16/2014 9:56:27 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Kaslin

The face of a fascist!!! We should start a campaign to have this professor fired on the basis that he holds no clue about how learning actually occurs.
8 posted on 03/16/2014 9:57:11 AM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: Kaslin
charged with criminal negligence, and possibly even be thrown in jail

What, no reeducation camps?

9 posted on 03/16/2014 9:57:17 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like the Catholic church of old....heresy, I tell ya.


10 posted on 03/16/2014 9:57:27 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Blood of Tyrants

That’s weird. I think the folks that are foisting this crap on us should be jailed. Climate change nazis=C2N’s. The greens are all about the green. Not only has algore swollen over the years, so has his bank account. Odd eh?


11 posted on 03/16/2014 9:58:50 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: Kaslin

People think global warming is like a religion.

Bob Beckel said, the other day on the five, that he believes in global warming, and that others should as well.

God created the world, and made it so that we could communicate with Him of our free will. WE have the Bible He gave us to guide us. We can choose to believe or not.

Libs place global warming in the same category, as if those who came up with the theory created the World, and that we should believe out of faith in human authority.

THe same people who said, question authority, tell us, pressure everyone else to not question this authority. It’s true. What kind of insanity is that?

Science is not God. It is based on fact. Facts that God provides.

We don’t believe any scientific theory that is not 100% proven. We just don’t.

And that’s the fight here. If anyone says it’s a theory, and it’s unproven, about anything but global warming, they are considered sane and reasonable, because they are sane.

But they are pressured at the threat of being called insane, if they say the same thing about global warming.

It has not been proven.

What is the problem?


12 posted on 03/16/2014 9:59:13 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Kaslin

” He’s worried about opposition to his beliefs.”

It is God’s Great Irony that His enemies become what they purport to despise: Brainless fanatics bowing to some demented creed.


13 posted on 03/16/2014 10:00:06 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Kaslin

Stalin’s children at work.


14 posted on 03/16/2014 10:00:21 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Kaslin

global warming is a hoax

more ice than ever measured in Antarctica. so the ice caps are not melting the alarmists predicted years ago

coldest winter ever


15 posted on 03/16/2014 10:00:34 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Robert DeLong
Yup, put a brown shirt on him and away you go.

The scary thing is that they don't recognize how stupid they sound.

16 posted on 03/16/2014 10:00:45 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Kaslin
Send this fascist, who should be fired, your regards. You can reach him here.
17 posted on 03/16/2014 10:01:05 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Kaslin

Well, I’m still waiting for all those scientists who agree with the ‘consensus’ that humans are causing global warming, oh excuse me, ‘climate change’, to show me some actual PROOF, not just computer models, since those can’t even predict the past when actual numbers are fed into them.
I’ve seen the proof for the NON-existence of Anthropogenic Global Warming, from ice core samples, climate records from ancient history, and even sunspot reading correlating with warm periods and little ice ages.
To the people screaming we have to DO SOMETHING about climate change, I say, “put up, or shut up”.


18 posted on 03/16/2014 10:01:15 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Kaslin

Chicken Little should be fricasseed


19 posted on 03/16/2014 10:01:24 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

Right on


20 posted on 03/16/2014 10:02:49 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Torcello = Torquemada

The Climate Change Inquisition has a new enforcer and demands that “deniers” be jailed. How ‘bout we throw in a little torture too? In the new Auto da Fe the deniers will be forced to watch Al Gore speeches 24/7 until they get their minds right.

The Inquisitor Torcello is well qualified, being an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and well schooled in the “Will to Power”.


21 posted on 03/16/2014 10:03:03 AM PDT by DeFault User (.)
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To: Kaslin

“Global warming” is the conduit being used by the Left to make the United States a quasi socialist country. The goal is to severely limit free enterprise as well as personal freedom. Rules, regulations, edicts all issued by nameless bureaucrats and commissars in the name of “global warming”.


22 posted on 03/16/2014 10:04:00 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Kaslin
Jail for deniers?

Even Galileo got off with just house arrest for denying the Ptolemaic version of the solar system.

23 posted on 03/16/2014 10:04:11 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Democrat_media

Of course they have to lie. It comes natural to them. They can’t help it


24 posted on 03/16/2014 10:04:49 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Global warming is nothing more than a shakedown racket, plain and simple.

It has absolutely nothing to do with science, and eveything to do with the wholesale government and business crony extortion of money from the people and industry. It’s just another tax, and a bar to entry put up to ensure a total energy monopoly by the vested business interests.

In other words, fascism.


25 posted on 03/16/2014 10:05:24 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Kaslin
I really like to see and hear statements like this from the brain damaged Left. It justifies a Final Solution to the Democrat Problem.

A eugenic campaign to rid the world of communism and its Leftist utopian droolers is one somewhat harsh but reasonable correction to restart human progress...

I'd like to pretend I'm just kidding, but after 50 years of listening to Democrat spewed hatred, ditches filled with dead Gorebots seems to be strangely attractive.

26 posted on 03/16/2014 10:06:16 AM PDT by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonny Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: Kaslin

To be perfectly honest, assistant professors of philosophy have to do something once they’ve failed to raise outrage over campus parking or the political correctness of the team mascot. I’m guessing there are a few assistant professors of climatology out there who have a better case of jailing this clown for professional negligence than he does for them.


27 posted on 03/16/2014 10:09:58 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Robert DeLong

The article says Larry is a professor of philosophy, which of course qualifies him to bloviate on pseudo science. He looks more like a propmaster of porno flicks, which qualifies him to be a fluffer.


28 posted on 03/16/2014 10:12:18 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Kaslin
How typically Marxist of Lawrence Torcello to want to jail POLITICAL opponents.
Anthropogenic global warming fails as science, but --- cui bono ? --- AGW if enforced would promote bigger government while having negligible climate impact.
These lying libtards will NEVER give up on this scam.
29 posted on 03/16/2014 10:12:23 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Kaslin
global warming is a hoax

the news media and climate scientists predicted the ice caps would be melted by now.WRONG!

Scientists say there was more ice on the ocean then than in any time in recorded satellite history.

Now there's more ice at South Pole than ever (So much for global warming thawing Antarctica!)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2216238/Now-theres-ice-South-Pole-So-global-warming-thawing-Antarctica.html

http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/december-31-global-sea-ice-area-was-the-largest-ever-recorded/

30 posted on 03/16/2014 10:14:57 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Maceman
For some reason the link to his faculty web page doesn't work when I post it here.

So here's the info:

Lawrence Torcello
Assistant Professor
Phone:585-475-2327
Email: lgtghs@rit.edu

Department of Philosophy
Rochester Institute of Technology
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Lawrence Torcello received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo in 2006. His research interests include ethical theory and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, moral pluralism, and skepticism. His current projects investigate the practical consequences and ethical responsibilities implicit to democratic citizenship in morally diverse societies, particularly in the domains of medicine, education, animal welfare, the environment, public policy, and political discourse. Dr. Torcello’s recent work pursues the moral implications of global warming denialism, as well as other forms of science denialism.

31 posted on 03/16/2014 10:19:49 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Billthedrill

“To be perfectly honest, assistant professors of philosophy have to do something once they’ve failed to raise outrage over campus parking or the political correctness of the team mascot.”

I agree. This is a “Hey, look at me” piece. But on the bright side, for him, he can embellish his resume claiming a “published” article.


32 posted on 03/16/2014 10:19:58 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Kaslin

And in the Seventies Time magazine said it was Global Cooling that was going to destroy all of us in twenty years.


33 posted on 03/16/2014 10:20:45 AM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Kaslin
Are there any "liberal arts" professors who are not cryptostalinists?
34 posted on 03/16/2014 10:21:50 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Kaslin

Just another reason to keep a good stock of “B, B, and B”.


35 posted on 03/16/2014 10:23:03 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Kaslin

On the evidence, he should be fired for rank incompetence and no understanding of academic freedom, whatsoever.

What is the difference between his approach to academic freedom and Stalin’s and Hitler’s.


36 posted on 03/16/2014 10:23:19 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: Stormdog

Snork! Yeah. In a peer-reviewed journal.


37 posted on 03/16/2014 10:24:38 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Maceman

Thanks.

That figures, just a clown who couldn’t pass College Algebra trying to make BS extrapolations into dogma.

The return of the Inquisitors.


38 posted on 03/16/2014 10:25:19 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Kaslin
science in the socialist USA is so “wonderful” now

first the climate scientists and media say “they are scientists so listen to them you little people when scientists say global warming will destroy the planet”. so we little Republicans say “no i have an independent mind and can fact check your ass on the Internet now and i see global warming is a hoax” . so then the scientists like this moron say “jail any who disagree with me”

39 posted on 03/16/2014 10:25:41 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: twister881

He’s not a Professor.


40 posted on 03/16/2014 10:26:03 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: Kaslin

What I find both funny and scary is how quickly the gloves come off with Democrats. In a pitched political battle, they always get offended when compared to “socialists” or “communists”. I’ve had multiple lefties telling me I don’t know what those terms mean.

Then, they win a presidential election or two, get a majority in the Senate, start feeling their oats. Scratch the veneer and there’s a totalitarian underneath gladly telling you in which gulag they want to put you.


41 posted on 03/16/2014 10:27:24 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Kaslin
Now, I'm beginning to comprehend why among the first people "purged" by tyrants like Mao, et al, are "intellectuals" and "academics"...
42 posted on 03/16/2014 10:31:26 AM PDT by TXnMA (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! REPEAT San Jacinto!!!)
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To: Kaslin
So, we've come full circle: Galileo was placed under house arrest for daring to question the Vatican's wrong view of the heavens, and this bigot wants to arrest any who disagree with their philosophy.

Mr. Peel says: Just declare the Democratic Party a religion, then, because it's a religion, ban it from participating in Government.

43 posted on 03/16/2014 10:34:24 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Kaslin

climate scientists :”Global warming is destroying the Earth”

News media reporters: “See you little people scientists say Global warming will kill you! allow democrats to grow government and take away your freedom, now!”

Me a Republican: “I know you reporters are liars and i can fact check you and your stupid government funded scientists on the Internet. I can see global warming is a hoax to advance socialism”

climate scientists and democrats:” why you evil racists Republicans won’t submit to our lies. you are climate deniers.imprison all deniers”


44 posted on 03/16/2014 10:36:23 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Kaslin

is an “assistant professor of philosophy” considered to be a scientist? A climate scientist?

I want to see his peer-reviewed climate research


45 posted on 03/16/2014 10:38:01 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Democrat_media

***so democrats/communists have to create fake threats to scare the people into begging for government to protect them***

The purpose of a politician is to keep the public frightened of an imaginary booger man that only the politician can protect them from.


46 posted on 03/16/2014 10:38:51 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Kaslin
Mark Steyn and National Review are currently being sued by another such Global Warming High Priest.
47 posted on 03/16/2014 10:40:13 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
The purpose of a politician is to keep the public frightened of an imaginary booger man that only the politician can protect them from

Yes that's the purpose of a politician, AND of the news media reporters, and government bureaucrats, AND of ALL democrats

48 posted on 03/16/2014 10:41:12 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Kaslin
In a different time we be called heretics.....
49 posted on 03/16/2014 10:42:27 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: Maceman
Among his areas of study.

ethical responsibilities implicit to democratic citizenship in morally diverse societies.

This guy claims to be a student of philosophy?

"Ethical Responsibilities" ?

According to who ?

"Morally diverse"?

There is, in philosophy, an effort for the expression of logic. Those logical statements may be based on false assumptions, but they should not be circular or self refuting.

We are witnessing a complete breakdown, of what was a well established protocol for both science and philosophy.

Logic is now relative.

Science is now subjective.

Morals are no longer Objective.

This guy and these people are promoting the acceptance and their "Embrace of Uncertainty"

Is it "unethical" to say someone is "Unethical"?

This is what they are trying to advance.

50 posted on 03/16/2014 10:46:24 AM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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