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    Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11,200,000,000 in profit for 2018

    Taxing corporate profits is the wrong level of intervention. Depends whether the profit goes. Bonuses to execs? Not so great. But capital investment, R&D, etc? This is economic growth that we shouldn't be stifling which is why corporate profits is the wrong level to target. Unfortunately the...
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    Nothing made everything....

    That's poor phrasing. Better phrasing would be "There isn't anything which can be said to have made everything."
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    Morality and Belief in God

    But such uses of the term are not free of moral significance. Outside of a framework of oughts, values, goals etc nothing is any more advantageous or disadvantageous than anything else. The bottom line here is that you're trying to move from an is-claim to an ought-claim and so are running up...
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    Morality and Belief in God

    Eh? I just offered a version of the word divorced of any ethical content (GOOD2). But you reject it because when the word is divorced of its ethical significance it isn't able to do the work you'd like it to and your argument runs into a dead end! Yes, colloquially "advantage" is an ethical...
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    The Fallacy of Materialism

    The occurrence of somebody eating a meal....is a part of the meal they are consuming? Well, mental states which lack propositional content (like feeling queasy) are not views, that is correct. This isn't what people mean when they say we can't help but have a world view or beliefs. They...
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    Morality and Belief in God

    But then we're back to where we started - that certain behaviors may lead to the continuation of a species is purely an empirical matter. Which offspring get eaten or die and which offspring survive to reproduce is a consequence of biology and physics. Pointing this out doesn't commit anyone...
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    The Fallacy of Materialism

    When somebody eats a meal, this isn't a part of the world?
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    The Fallacy of Materialism

    Held by devildavid to be the case. This is what it means for devildavid to "have a view". By definition.
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    Morality and Belief in God

    The question has no sense (given the meaning of good I just described). We need to track very carefully our meanings here. Suppose that GOOD1 = the sense of the word which expresses normative content (what ought to be). GOOD2 = the sense of the word which expresses only descriptive content...
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    Morality and Belief in God

    Of course not. The meaning of that statement will depend on the meaning of its words. Whether I agree or disagree with a statement will depend on its meaning (of course!). If you want to use the string of characters g-o-o-d to mean something lacking any moral content like "realize" or "bring...
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    Morality and Belief in God

    Then let's use it in the sense relevant to the topic at hand - morality. No (or rather the fact that these behaviors realize the continuation of the species does not imply that said behaviors are "good" for the species).
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    Morality and Belief in God

    No. Not in the normative sense of the word "good". These behaviors tend to realize (in the sense of "bring about") the continuation of the species. The content of this fact is entirely empirical; there is no normative content to it whatsoever.
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    Morality and Belief in God

    Huh? Pointing out that these behaviors tend to lead to the propagation of genes doesn't involve a value judgement; it's simply identifying empirical fact.
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    The Art of Positive Skepticism

    Huh? Yes they are. They are propositional attitudes. Holding a proposition to be true = holding a belief. Belief is not a dirty word.
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    The Fallacy of Materialism

    That's right. We can't help having views about the world without having worldviews...
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