• The new admin boss of NASA agrees that humans are causing modern Climate change. But should student philosophers be free to decide ?

    Should today's students be taught to deny human caused Climate Change ? Why not ?
    Should today's students be taught to deny human caused Climate Change ? Why not ?
    12 answers · Philosophy · 20 hours ago
  • Why does it matter that YOU should deal with any issues that YOU have in your life?

    Best answer: I survive better without issues. Survival is what this universe is about.
    Best answer: I survive better without issues. Survival is what this universe is about.
    14 answers · Philosophy · 3 days ago
  • I m writing a book and I need help coming up with a title!?

    Best answer: Chasing the Dragon The term "chasing the dragon" is slang for chasing the ultimate high. You know, like "Puff the Magic Dragon." But it generally refers to the high you're trying to get back to that you got the very first time you did a drug because that's usually the best high... show more
    Best answer: Chasing the Dragon

    The term "chasing the dragon" is slang for chasing the ultimate high. You know, like "Puff the Magic Dragon." But it generally refers to the high you're trying to get back to that you got the very first time you did a drug because that's usually the best high you'll ever have on it. So when you're "chasing the dragon," you're chasing something you're never going to find because dragons aren't real, and if they ever were, they only existed in the past, which is all part of the metaphor.

    She starts out by chasing highs with this guy. Then she finishes off by chasing him. He becomes the dragon. She's chasing someone who may not even be real anymore because he's dead, also chasing a love that may not have been real because it was clouded in the illusory smoke of weed and possibly other drugs. Whether him or the idea of him, she's chasing something she's never going to find -- a long-gone, mystical dragon.

    Anyway, to add to the poignancy of the title, you could have him have a dragon tattoo or be called "The Dragon" as some kind of street name or have them smoke out of a bowl that's shaped like a dragon or something like that.

    By the way, if you like reading and maybe want some relevant inspiration from an insanely good and not extremely well-known book, read Pepsi-Cola Addict by June Gibbons.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbp9N4Bn...

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    The Monkey on My Back

    When you say someone's got a monkey on their back, it means they have an addiction, but metaphorically, it can also mean something that you can't shake, like this boy for this girl.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHb2XYeX...
    13 answers · Books & Authors · 1 day ago
  • Is it true that "The owl of minerva only flies at dusk"?

    Best answer: A Metaphor is neither true nor false --- it is simply a poetic or rhetorical technique to arrest a listener's or reader's attention. And since Hegel made the claim/quote, then the context of his quote will give you more information in order to inquire into the objectively true or objectively false status... show more
    Best answer: A Metaphor is neither true nor false --- it is simply a poetic or rhetorical technique to arrest a listener's or reader's attention. And since Hegel made the claim/quote, then the context of his quote will give you more information in order to inquire into the objectively true or objectively false status of the theses he puts forward to "justify" the metaphor. Quote:

    HEGEL (according to Wikipedia):

    Philosophy, as the thought of the world, does not appear until reality has completed its formative process, and made itself ready. History thus corroborates the teaching of the conception that only in the maturity of reality does the ideal appear as counterpart to the real, apprehends the real world in its substance, and shapes it into an intellectual kingdom. When philosophy paints its grey in grey, one form of life has become old, and by means of grey it cannot be rejuvenated, but only known. The owl of Minerva takes its flight only when the shades of night are gathering. ”
    — G.W.F. Hegel, Philosophy of Right (1820), "Preface"; translated by S W Dyde, 1896

    So, you decide whether or not the metaphor is "apt" (perhaps) as distinct from "true". Personally, I think that wisdom is perennial rather than Hegel's "historical".

    Kevin
    10 answers · Philosophy · 24 hours ago
  • Why did Obama let Russia hack America?

    36 answers · History · 5 days ago
  • I'm writing a story and need name suggestions!?

    Best answer: What would constitute a "good name" for a character? Was Melville right to go with "Ishmael" instead of "Ezekiel"? Was Nabokov right to go with "Humbert-Humbert" instead of "Lambert-Lambert"? Should Orwell have called his character "Harry Jones" instead of... show more
    Best answer: What would constitute a "good name" for a character? Was Melville right to go with "Ishmael" instead of "Ezekiel"? Was Nabokov right to go with "Humbert-Humbert" instead of "Lambert-Lambert"? Should Orwell have called his character "Harry Jones" instead of "Winston Smith"?

    Think for one moment, would your mother be a different person if she had been given a different name? Would your best friend be a different person if he or she had a different name? Would YOU be a different person if you had a different name? This is the internet, so I could be called "Andrew" in real life or I could be "Bernard" or "Carl" or "Dwayne." No matter which of those names my parents had given me, I'd still have to develop my own personality and grow and mature into the person I was meant to become.

    Let's say you write your story and you decide to call your character "Alice", and you end up writing a superb story that you feel proud of having written. Then, afterwards, you decide to change her name to "Beth" or "Carol." Would it really make any difference? It would still be the same story, the only change would be the character's name. Let's say 100 people were to read your story, fifty of them read the first version where she's called "Alice", and fifty of them read the revised version where she's got another name. Now let's say that you could ask each and every one of them their opinion on the story. Some people might say that they thought it was wonderful, some might say that it was awful, some might say that it was all right but not really their cup of tea and some might say that they thought it was just okay and nothing to write home about. So you'd have some stellar reviews, some lukewarm reviews and some poor reviews. That's pretty standard.

    Now, how many do you think would give a toss about the character's name? Out of those hundred people, how many would be likely to say "I stopped reading because the character was called __________"? How many would be likely to say "You know what I really loved about this piece - the fact that the character was called __________"?

    If you focus your efforts on crafting a great story, you won't have to worry about which names readers might prefer. And you know what? It's YOUR story, so what I think or what anybody else thinks counts for a lot less than what you think. Are you under the mistaken impression that kidnappers always select their victim by name? Are there kidnappers out there who only take people with three-syllable names, or names that begin with an odd letter of the alphabet or names that end in a vowel?

    Wasting time diddling over a character's name doesn't serve any purpose at all. Are there exceptions to that? Sure. You could be writing a historical fiction that takes place in 1600s Korea or a science fiction story about an alien planet, with specific times or locations, choosing an appropriate name means selecting one from a much smaller pool of possibilities. But if those things are not a factor in your story, then you can go with pretty much whatever you like.
    14 answers · Books & Authors · 2 days ago
  • Do you trust books, the so called written words?

    Best answer: Socrates did not trust the written word because different people can interpret words in different ways. i still prefer the written word because its too easy to be persuaded by a speaker s rherotic.
    Best answer: Socrates did not trust the written word because different people can interpret words in different ways. i still prefer the written word because its too easy to be persuaded by a speaker s rherotic.
    15 answers · Books & Authors · 3 days ago
  • Is it okay that my two main characters are blond?

    I am writing a medieval fantasy and I hear a lot of opinions about how they shouldn't all be blond. I have characters with other races in book, but they are minor. My two main characters are blond, and the story is set in a medieval European kingdom. I hear a lot of people saying this is cliche and characters... show more
    I am writing a medieval fantasy and I hear a lot of opinions about how they shouldn't all be blond. I have characters with other races in book, but they are minor. My two main characters are blond, and the story is set in a medieval European kingdom. I hear a lot of people saying this is cliche and characters should be biracial. Not discounting other races, but I feel like a racist right now that I am being advised to change one of the blond characters so I wouldn't seem like a racist? Why is this a big deal? Would this be okay if I keep them both blond?
    8 answers · Books & Authors · 6 hours ago
  • Are there any other WW II vets here on Yahoo?

    Best answer: Thank you for your service to our nation.
    Best answer: Thank you for your service to our nation.
    8 answers · History · 3 days ago
  • What is the meaning to life?

    Like why are we here, what else is out there, what will happen after we die, are we no more, or do we still exist?
    Like why are we here, what else is out there, what will happen after we die, are we no more, or do we still exist?
    12 answers · Philosophy · 2 days ago
  • I have to read summer books and annotate them, but I cant stand reading and I am bad at annotating?

    When I start reading a book, its absolutely horrible. The more I read the more the sense of boredom becomes, its unbearable. But not only do I have to read the books, I have to annotate for them too. And my annotations consist of just re-writing what happened but I know at this level my ELA teacher wont accept... show more
    When I start reading a book, its absolutely horrible. The more I read the more the sense of boredom becomes, its unbearable. But not only do I have to read the books, I have to annotate for them too. And my annotations consist of just re-writing what happened but I know at this level my ELA teacher wont accept that. I don't know how to make reading entertaining and I don't know how to annotate properly.
    9 answers · Books & Authors · 21 hours ago
  • The native Americans practiced slavery, where is your outrage?

    It was well known that the Native Americans enslaved the people of the tribes they conquered. However, I have never seen any liberal outraged because of this
    It was well known that the Native Americans enslaved the people of the tribes they conquered. However, I have never seen any liberal outraged because of this
    32 answers · History · 5 days ago
  • How would you rate my writing skills?

    Ameki casts her left leg to my right side, giving me space enough so sit up. When I do, I nearly fall back again at the sight and smell of my clothes; the air is thick and stinks of raw blood, and the stuff is splattered on every floor, wall, and piece of furniture in sight. Ameki has the worst of it. Her mutilated... show more
    Ameki casts her left leg to my right side, giving me space enough so sit up. When I do, I nearly fall back again at the sight and smell of my clothes; the air is thick and stinks of raw blood, and the stuff is splattered on every floor, wall, and piece of furniture in sight. Ameki has the worst of it. Her mutilated left arm holds any number of deep gashes, all bleeding profusely and browning slightly. I can clearly see a layer of fat, then muscle, and whatever else her insides hold.
    10 answers · Books & Authors · 1 day ago
  • Are cursed stories real or fake?

    Yesterday I read a story that was supposed to be some legend and that everyone says is cursed. Now I am really scared that I will die if I do something wrong. I did not read the whole story, though.
    Yesterday I read a story that was supposed to be some legend and that everyone says is cursed. Now I am really scared that I will die if I do something wrong. I did not read the whole story, though.
    8 answers · Books & Authors · 1 day ago
  • Philosophy If a truth is not political correct what shall we do with it.?

    Best answer: The truth is that we are More Than mere "specks of dust".... We are individuals who CAN make a difference and who CAN have a voice. I do hope that students especially can understand that, if not the relativists here (who do not believe in freewill) or the equally bad historicists here who continue... show more
    Best answer: The truth is that we are More Than mere "specks of dust"....

    We are individuals who CAN make a difference and who CAN have a voice.

    I do hope that students especially can understand that, if not the relativists here (who do not believe in freewill)

    or the equally bad historicists here who continue to praise the philosophy of Plato who preached allsorts

    of weirdness and exclusion (females & foreigners, just like political deniers today).

    So this is the "deal".

    We could & should accept the peaceful preaching of religions if they help us here in
    philosophy in getting nearer-and-nearer to the truth.
    Philosophy truth.
    But when then start to unravel their badly taught & understood RELATIVE-ism....
    then we could and should have the sense to oppose their mistakes, and to counter
    their falsehoods.
    So exactly the same in the other areas namely "politics" and "environmental" studies too.

    And I now believe that its time to "out" some of the old & possibly new relativists that
    are here within Philosophy, this hopefully may be a simulation & a help to those
    within other areas or categories here, to do with politics and all...
    For this is a part of what we can do together, to right as many wrongs from the past
    in an endeavour to give some more -exclusive or directed- hope to such students
    who could use it to and for help in their own studies & learning in the future.
    9 answers · Philosophy · 2 days ago
  • Is it true that black men and black women did all the labor in America?

    Besides the Chinese who built the railroads.
    Besides the Chinese who built the railroads.
    7 answers · History · 2 hours ago