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Science Cannot Determine Ethics and Morals - A Rebuttal of Sam Harris

As a non-believer, atheist or whatever you want to call it, I never really thought of the hard questions. Even though I haven't read much on the topic of atheism, I still am one. Sam Harris is by far the most interesting in my mind. I'm not saying he's necessarily the one that I agree with the most, but I found that he has challenged my assumptions more than others.

I find there are much better new atheists out there that I enjoy listening to such as Christopher Hitchens, but I guess I eventually realized that even though Hitchens (and others) were giving me what I like to hear, I was never really being challenged. It was like I was engaging in a circle jerk of my own ideas.

When it comes to Harris, he has opened me up to a much more candid discussion not necessarily on whether there is a God or not, but the more important questions such as philosophy of ethics and morals. I have to admit that I enjoy the idea that science could result in these answers. It's pushed my …

I Support CISPA

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. - Samuel Johnson
I'll continue on doing a series of posts that I see on the EFF.org website because I feel the manipulation that they present isn't true or greatly exaggerated into conspiracy mode. Take a look at the title of this post? How many people have actually come out and said this? Not very many. According to Google (at the time of this post) only one page on the internet contains these words in their title and it happens to be a tweet. 3250 pages contain this phrase. I'm definitely at a minority here with my support.

What is CISPA? Well it's a bill. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. I would say more, but judging by how the EFF answers this question, they seem to want to set the frame as evil. I think asking more first is a better way to frame this question.

What is the objective of CISPA? Essentially the objective is to stop hacking attack…

Intellectual Property Thieves Hate Free Speech

Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness,  right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
As of late, I've been feeling the need to discuss intellectual property rights and the importance of them. Like I've mentioned in my previous post, there is a war going on. And it's a war I feel we (the supporters of intellectual property) are losing. There are mobs of brats on the internet that think they can pirate. And this is what it is, no matter what they say. It's about what they don't have to pay for, nothing more.

The EFF is a group on the front that defends the destruction of intellectual property as free speech, and any attempt by governments to enforce basic laws is slandered as tyranny of the state to rape our free speech. It's like the basic laws of countries don't apply on the internet. Lest it be evil government tyranny. Try to pass a law that makes it easier to shut down child porn sites, screams…

Cary Sherman on Intellectual Property (Duke)

As everyone should know, I'm a big supporter of intellectual property. It's important to understand the need for protecting this. It's easy to come up with very weak arguments to justify the downloading (infringing) of someone else's hard work, but they're just an excuse for your own benefit (at the expensive of someone else). I feel like there is a new battle every week that the "anti-copyright" people are amassing and fighting, yet we don't seem to have the masses defending the intangible hard work of others. And that's what I'm trying to do here.