Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Thinking Blogger Award, redux

Yet again, I'm forced by my conscience to remove the award. Oh well.


  1. Congrats. As atheists go, you do very possibly deserve this. ;-)

  2. Coming from a Christian, that's high praise indeed. ;-)

  3. Congratulations and thanks for the nomination. Somebody gave me one a while ago but I never put it up. The whole tagging thing...brings back grade school memories better left buried. :)

  4. Whether you put it up or not, you definitely deserve the high esteem in which I hold your work.

  5. Don't feel guilty! Why on Earth do you feel guilty?

    Thanks for the nomination. I'll be posting later today.

    (Hey, did you ever respond to my comment about the is-to-ought problem? If you did, I can't find it.)

  6. I felt guilty because you deserve the award, it was in my power to give it to you, and I didn't do so. I completely assuaged my guilt, however, by actually giving you the award. Like the Sacred Slut, whether you accept or not it's an indication of the esteem in which I hold your own work.

    I don't know how to search comments; I'm not sure where you posted your question, so I'll try and reconstruct it, and my answer, from memory.

    I have concluded that the is-ought dichotomy is fundamental: There is no reconciling the two. We must accept that what we choose (ought) is unrelated in a fundamental way to truth (is). "Is" can tell us what our choices are, and tell us the likely or plausible consequences of our choices, but because both choices are, in a sense, "true", cannot tell us how to choose; truth cannot tell us which is better. (In much the same sense, "ought" cannot dictate "is": The truth does not care about our preferences.)

    I'm thinking about writing an essay on the topic in the near future.

  7. Wow. I really appreciate it. I finally have time to get a post up that's half decent, and now you've removed the instructions! I'm a bit ignorant when it comes to tags. I don't know how this whole thing works. E-mail me perhaps?

    And I agree with your conclusions on the whole is-ought thing. I've come to the same conclusion myself, but that may change. I have no idea.


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