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Luka Petrovic

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Luka Petrovic last won the day on September 18 2013

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  1. The internet is funny, its a paradox in a way. It democratizes information. We have access to more information than learned people in the past could see in a life time, heck even 4 or 5. Yet at the same time we have seen it has allowed a tyranny of unseen proportions with surveillance only foretold in books people looked upon with horror when they were published. I cannot believe how the government has the will to surveille massive populations, but it won;t protect children and under age views from adult content. In Ontario they want to change sex health education laws because "kids see so m
  2. Yin and Yang, Hard and soft, cold and hot. One cannot survive without the other, they cannot be one either. Why not both overly emotional and reserved? Play the card when its right. Both of them have their merits and their flaws.
  3. Lets look at this in the context of the stock market. An optimist would lose money as he would put it down, gamble it and hope for the best. A pessimist would never put his money down, keep it safe in slow growing stocks. A realist would use empirical evidence, data, stats and actually play the market and win it big! This is somewhat of a simplification, but I thought it put things into perspective in regards to the usefulness of each philosophy.
  4. But that's just the thing, you cannot balance, 'good behaviour' with 'the pain that the relatives and victim went through'. The idea is that the criminal has atoned for his crimes and is now 'rehabilitated', and everything bad that he did is in the past. Saying, 'yes' let him out for good behaviour, but balance it out with victims' pain, is oxymoronic. After all, the reformed criminal, for all his good intentions, no matter how much ever he tries can do nothing for the victims' and their families' pains. That's how the 'terminally ill' thing is explained. The State has forgiven the criminal, s
  5. It depends how their spending their time in Jail. If they have anything more than three square meals a day, basic cell and at least 8 hours of service to their country be it through labour or some other means, then I say it doesn't matter if they are released or not, they are not paying what they owe society either way. I'm all for evidence to be reviewed as a few unfortunate souls do get falsely accused, but someone who commits particularly damaging or evil crimes and has no desire to learn a skill and become a functioning member of society should be kept in jail and worked.
  6. Well if you read this thread thoroughly and find some key points to research I'm sure you could make some great arguments for your TOK topic!
  7. What they did was disgusting, primitive and cruel... Interestingly enough I would describe the death penalty with those same words. How could you possibly cheer at someones death? No matter how evil they are... Killing in self defence is just. Killing someone with their life in your hands is murderer, simply because you have some official government papers from some authority set up in a given society doesn't make it passable morally. This is not anything near justice, the rape was not undone. They still have an outstanding debt to society, let them pay it off with some sort of labour based re
  8. I could easily put down a bet that it was a rebel faction that got a hold of the chemical weapons and fired them off. They have two motives, neither of which Assad has for firing these chemical weapons. (I) Chemical weapons quickly decimate a large number of combatants or unsympathetic civilians who support enemy combatants -The wars has slowed down the last few weeks coming to a near stalemate, but before that, the rebels lost Homs and the land around it -They are always less well equipped so chemical weapons are optimum for such a small/ under funded force - If they really are losing the w
  9. US-supported, how? If there's any support that's happened so far, it's purely just that they've been recognised politically. No other support aside from aid has actually gone into Syria, although the rebels have had plenty of time over the past 3 years to acquire the weapons they need. Initially at the start of the conflict, the US were considering arming the rebels, but they never did, and other than that, they've never yet intervened. US support and indeed support from various other members of the UN is solely one of recognising the rebels as a counter-force (although I actually think they'r
  10. Although Assad is barbaric, the rebels are making quite a name for themselves as well. Look at any of their ideologies, they are pledging allegiance to radical Islam. Slaughtering those who support Assad, executing POWs and on occasion eating the hearts of their enemies... at least under Assad minorities are protected and everyone is equally suppressed. Launching these missiles is allowing the US to get its foot in the door, by getting involved "marginally" it will turn into some sort of moral duty,etc... That being said I dont think the American people will allow it to get to that point. They
  11. Although Assad is barbaric, the rebels are making quite a name for themselves as well. Look at any of their ideologies, they are pledging allegiance to radical Islam. Slaughtering those who support Assad, executing POWs and on occasion eating the hearts of their enemies... at least under Assad minorities are protected and everyone is equally suppressed. Launching these missiles is allowing the US to get its foot in the door, by getting involved "marginally" it will turn into some sort of moral duty,etc... That being said I dont think the American people will allow it to get to that point. They
  12. Science is only what we think we know, we are limited by our perception and our bodies. Some come to the conclusion that everything we know is to survive so it may not actually be true, just useful to our survival. Until you can leave the human body, your capabilities are capped. On the earth is round thing, that whole story is bogus. The ancient Greeks knew that the Earth was round and learned people from then on knew that. The whole earth is flat actually came from people who were not educated either theologically or in some stream of study of the world around us. They interpreted scripture
  13. Yeah it's emotion again... The optimist likes to keep morale high and the pessimist prefers to avoid disappointment by not having expectations at all.
  14. I think realism would take a less emotional and more empirical approach. After the enlightenment our culture moved towards considering things real when they could be explained or deconstructed scientifically. Pessimism however doesn't necessarily have to have empirical backing and can actually tend to be more rooted in someone's feelings. The classic example of the cup to pessimists, is half empty. And to an optimist is half full. Meanwhile to a realist it is a 1 litre container filled to the 500 ml line. The pessimistic or optimistic opinion is expressed as soon as we put the empirical infor
  15. Then what is the purpose of him? Who decides how you worship this universal deity and what the morals stemming from their existence are. I hear many people say they are "spiritual but not religious." What does that entail exactly?
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