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xriso is
A grown-up 30%
A little baby 69%

Votes: 13

 Am I a grown-up?

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Sep 08, 2002
This site is called News for grown-ups and I wanted to see if I'm allowed. See below for relevant data.
My age is approximately 18.753 +/- 0.001 years. Do I have to be 19 or is 18 good enough? Is there some other parameter in the predicate of grown-up-ness?


If you have to ask... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by jvance on Sun Sep 8th, 2002 at 09:18:49 PM PST
But a more important question is, what are you wearing, big boy?
Adequacy has turned into a cesspool consisting of ... blubbering, superstitious fools arguing with smug, pseudointellectual assholes. -AR

Well, let's see... (none / 0) (#2)
by jer on Mon Sep 9th, 2002 at 06:24:23 AM PST
Here's a few questions any 18.790 year old should be able to answer. If you can put forth a good and logically sound argument for at least 6 of them, then yes, I'd say you're a "Grown-up"™.

1. (Philosophy) Defend Kant's Categorical Imperative. This essay should contain no less than 25,000 words and no less than 3 Nietzschean quotations.

2. (Economics) State a thesis on the failure or success of the American public education system, and defend it. Please include economical references to the educational standards of third world countries. You may use Ireland as a third world country.

3. (Sociology) The quote "survival of the fittest" may have been attributed to Charles Darwin, but as you should know, was actually coined by Herbert Spencer, a social Darwinist. Give a sound argument as to why social Darwinism is logically flawed. Also, extrapolate the key points of the teachings of Spencer and reach a conclusion of whether or not Darwin would agree with these points.

4. (Theology) Using both the major canonical works of each major religion, as well as the lesser non-canocial works, determine which religion is in fact, the 'true' religion. You are not allowed to claim the non-existence of God as your argument. If you arrive at a pro-monothestic conclusion, please do so without resorting to Aquinas's Summa Theologica.

5. (Technology) Give a logically sound argument as to why the GNU philosophy harms technological advancement. You do not have to play devil's advocate to large businesses, but it may help your argument.

6. (Politics) Give a critique as to why "the right to privacy" is both not a guaranteed right under modern societies, is in fact one of the greatest dangers to any developed society. Please do not use this essay to bash any particular political system.

7. (Consumerism) Which Starbucks drink is superior: Caramel Macchiato, or White Chocolate Mocha?

elenchos (none / 0) (#3)
by nathan on Mon Sep 9th, 2002 at 07:37:44 AM PST
1) Nietzsche is, of course, historically antecedent to Kant.

3) is a socially darwinist weblog.

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

Social Darwinist (none / 0) (#6)
by First Incision on Tue Sep 10th, 2002 at 06:51:56 AM PST
Adequacy is Socially Darwinist? I find that hard to believe.

How many offspring have you produced?
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

don't even get me started (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by nathan on Tue Sep 10th, 2002 at 09:05:37 AM PST
On my fecund loins.

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

Dude. (none / 0) (#8)
by hauntedattics on Tue Sep 10th, 2002 at 03:16:05 PM PST
Not to be harsh or nothin', but you wish you had fecund loins.

('Course neither of us got nothin' on Mr. Rightmann.)

Damn. (none / 0) (#4)
by dmg on Tue Sep 10th, 2002 at 06:28:08 AM PST
It was all going so well until question 4.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

I am no longer a grown-up. (none / 0) (#5)
by First Incision on Tue Sep 10th, 2002 at 06:50:21 AM PST
I remember when I used to know how to read and write. I don't miss having those skills.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.


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