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 Silly Quote

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May 28, 2002

I'm more than a bit disturbed by the notion of laws being adopted on the sole basis of human emotion. I don't know about you, but I really, really want sound, impartial reason based on scientific study as grounds for public policy decisions rather than the emotions of John Q. Public. --quartz


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Nostradamus Predicted It

What law isn't based on human emotion?


The Law of Gravity, for one. [n/t] (none / 0) (#1)
by because it isnt on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 11:28:31 AM PST
No rebuttals based on anthropomorphisation of universal forces pls. tks, hand. -- because it isn't

troll n/t (none / 0) (#2)
by nathan on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 02:44:53 PM PST

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Nonsense. (none / 0) (#3)
by because it isnt on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 04:01:41 PM PST
If I wanted that, all I'd be saying "God is dead and we have killed him", or something equally provocative. But I'm not that mad. -- because it isn't

how did you find that first link? (none / 0) (#4)
by nathan on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 04:33:26 PM PST
It doesn't really ring my trollometer. I feel as though its authors were trying to be adequate and utterly failing.

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

I bookmarked it when it came out (none / 0) (#6)
by because it isnt on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 05:58:45 PM PST
in December 1999, and it's been there ever since. It was announced in all the fashionable web-logs at the time. More recently, I bookmarked those religious action-dolls. -- because it isn't

I'd say you're wrong... (none / 0) (#5)
by gzt on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 05:38:27 PM PST
But then we'd have to get into a discussion about what a law is and the relationship between explanation and reality and all that, but I'm tired and neither of us really has the background and all I want to do is rock and roll. And I'd be wrong, 'cause it wouldn't be based on human emotion, but rather some git's curious fiddling with observations.

I'm curious as to why the author of the quote believes science would say anything about public policy without the injection of silly emotional religious value-judgments, such as "Death is bad" or "Avoid pain".

PS Whose law of gravity?

heretic (none / 0) (#7)
by John Milton on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 06:18:27 PM PST
Several scientific pioneers of the 1960's developed the sex-peace hypotheses:

        sex = 1/love = peace²

It's just a hop and a step from there to the entirely empirically verifiable murder-bad social displacement theory.

-John Milton

Curses! (4.00 / 1) (#8)
by gzt on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 07:15:08 PM PST
I knew I should've reviewed the literature instead of relying on a pompous attitude and overpowering assertions.


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