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Anti-Vaxxers, Conspiracy Theories, & Epistemic Responsibility: Crash Course Philosophy #14

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    bryallen1987

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    So then you reject the belief in evolution?

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    IntermediateJesus

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    3:28 There are some evidence for sexism though. I believe that transpeople exist. Because I believe in some form of neurological gender. I believe that there are mechanical and biological reasons for the difference between men and women's relationship to sex that can be used to explain certain tendencies to behave in certain ways. I'm not however comfortable with inequality and has only accepted this very grudgingly. Let's look at ourselves like apes whose instincts and customs can be described by an outside observer. We are not god's and not exempt from being understood as any other animal.

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    Douglas MacRae-Smith

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Conspirationists unfortunately do have amazing evidence to back up their claims, evidence that a lot of times cannot be refuted unless you hold insider knowledge or Phd's in a wide variety of subjects.

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    Jonas Pao

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    The anti-vax problem will solve itself

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    LordFiscus

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    "Racists and sexists aren't immediately obvious and hide their beliefs/don't act on them, this is wrong."
    Doesn't this set an ugly trend of presuming guilt before innocence? If you claim that racists have infiltrated society but have no absolute evidence of racism taking place among them, isn't that acting in blind faith?

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    Jeffery Vahrenkamp

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Clifford's thought police will be scanning your comments to make sure you are following his definition of reason and morality.

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    Sophie Dockx

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Religious belief is not an exception. Two tall buildings that are no longer there stand testimony to that.

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    Fringe Fringe

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    You present "scientific evidence" as "holy truth". This shows your epistemic stance. This is not true. Science theories are correct until proven otherwise. Not every science is a formal science. Climatology is not. It is justified to have doubts.

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    Vary Olla

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    You do not live in a vacuum.  Accordingly actions tend to trigger consequences.  So it is not what a person chooses to believe per se = it is how those beliefs impact others that determines it's real effect.  As relates to vaccines.  A person who does not vaccinate because they oppose vaccination as a matter of ideological worldview does not simply impact themselves.  They rather are then serving as a potential vector by which infectious disease pathogens can "jump" into populations resulting in negative consequences for others.  Infectious diseases are not static = they spread.  So as Mr. Spock once quipped:  "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few……..or the one."  Something to ponder.

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    Jake Hill

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Most of what we believe is based on insufficient evidence. We simply trust some sources over others and assume what they say is correct. There is too much information in the world to do otherwise.

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    Milton Erhardt

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    There, surprise, surprise, are some major problems with this philosophy, as there is with philosophy in general. But that is a topic for another cc comment column.

    The first problem is that, just as there is Eurocentric history so there is, pardon me phrase, Jew-o-centric religious philosophy and belief

    By "Jew-o-centric" I mean the belief in the singular God of Judaism that has its spin off religions such as Christianity and Islam.

    That is the crux of why the argument is, well, irrelevant. If a philosophical argument against or for a God, it would have to include Gods or ancestor worship etc. of non-Eurocentric Gods, etc. Our "Jew-o-centric" argument claims that belief in God is foolish because there is no rational substance for proof. However, other religious belief systems may be able to offer some rational proof concerning their beliefs.

    Second, the philosophers dis-regard the scientific fact that all cultures, including hunter-gatherers, have some form of religious belief.

    While this doesn't prove or disprove the existence of a God etc. it does show that such beliefs are an extremely important part of humanity, for either cultural, societal or biological reasons. This fact is adequate to prove that a belief in a God, etc. is rational. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck it's a duck.

    And thirdly, we know where monotheism comes from. God is the Big Lebowski in the Canaanite religious pantheon. Known as Elohim, or more often by his nickname El, he kicked the other gods off the cloud upon which they all lived, proceeded to claim all of Canaan to belong to his followers alone.

    There is archeological proof of this. The proof is statuettes made by his followers. Since El posed for the making of the statuettes, he must exist. Place laughing smiley face here. Gotta add a little humor, no matter how bad.

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    Voltron Pizza

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    who watching in 2020?

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    Tasha Saati

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Did somebody learned to swim without entering water? Can you experience cycling without actually sit on one bicycle? When you start believe in God, you start to have daily evidences of His presence . All believers have them the same way as all swimmers know the feeling of water streaming around their bodies.He gave us free choice to believe in Him or not. May be because He needs only those who choose Him freely. If He needed us to have strong evidences of His presence, He probably could leave them. But in such case, it will eliminate any freedom of choice.

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    Aldwin Flores

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Anti vaxxers are prodeath.

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    Will Gills

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    “Religion is a momentous choice”
    Oh really?

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    C W

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    You clearly believe there is no such thing as a god. Yet you have no evidence to prove this. Your argument goes around and around in a circle and continues to chase after its tail biting itself in the butt.

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    goodleshoes

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Wouldn't it only be the people who weren't vaccinated be at risk of contracting the disease? What do the people who have been vaccinated from these diseases have to worry about? Why would unvaccinated people getting diseases hurt the general public who were vaccinated? I guess I'm missing something in the way they work.

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    Jared Doles

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Did anyone else spot Harry Potter?

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    Gareth Oneill

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I love how there's no examples of sexism cited; just a generic sexist.

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    Shiraori

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    If you believe something just because it was said on Twitter you are morally wrong.

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    2-D

    April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Karl Popper:

    “Knowledge relies upon your willingness to doubt your beliefs.”

    Clifford:

    “Lack of sufficient knowledge is wrong.”

    = Epistemic responsibility cannot exist because we will never have sufficient knowledge.

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