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    (Original post by Calvin)
    The towny, vodka/cider drinking often underaged, smoking, loud, brash, nationalistic, aggresive, violent type, throwing up on street corners, pissing in alleys and starting fights for fun.
    I'm not saying it's a correct stereotype. And it is just a stereotype. But it applies to a small number of people and as cultural stereotypes go, I can think of few worse. And particular aspects do seem to be becoming more endemic in British culture.


    Edit: Just to be clear, The 'damn brits' comment earlier was tongue in cheek, I hope you know I didn't mean anything by it.
    Nah, I'm now convinced you hate us with a fiery passion! Although that's really the English stereotype. Ours is more to do with flaming red hair, kilts, and drinking copious amounts of whisky before ******** English people with a big sword.

    EDIT - that's a swear word? Bizzare.
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    ha! Just what I needed first thing. a chuckle. I might be applying for oxbridge this September. Can u give me any tips? - anything I can do over the summer that might catch their attention? I'm worried about my average GCSE grades.. although my A levels might make up for that. Do they pay so much attention to main school work? Ta for reading my post
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    (Original post by wanderer)
    EDIT - that's a swear word? Bizzare.
    Was it "stabbing"? Tbh, I read that and with the stars assumed it was something horrible. Was thinking up all the horrible words I knew of that length that would have made sense. In my head you scots were doing some pretty disgusting things with swords there for a moment.

    (Original post by Laus)
    ha! Just what I needed first thing. a chuckle. I might be applying for oxbridge this September. Can u give me any tips? - anything I can do over the summer that might catch their attention? I'm worried about my average GCSE grades.. although my A levels might make up for that. Do they pay so much attention to main school work? Ta for reading my post
    Not so much catching their attention, I'm not sure many do that anymore, all you can aim for is having a really good supervision, and for that I'd say just get comfortable talking about your subject. Creativity, confidence, enjoying the subject etc, all the things they look for, ultimately come out of you being comfortable talking about it. If you can relate things together, use ideas in new ways etc you're in.
    So that doesn't necessarily mean reading lots of difficult books. If anything read easier books you completely understand, you can't use ideas if you can't make sense of them. And so long as you can use the basic ideas you can use them as building blocks to go anywhere you like.
    So yeah, read a lot, but don't worry too much about how impressive the books are, be more concerned with picking topics you enjoy and can get to grips with.
    That would be my 2 cence
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    (Original post by Calvin)
    Was it "stabbing"? Tbh, I read that and with the stars assumed it was something horrible. Was thinking up all the horrible words I knew of that length that would have made sense. In my head you scots were doing some pretty disgusting things with swords there for a moment.
    No, I can see why its filtered, just seems odd. Take a mild derogatory 'name calling' swearword and change it into a verb that usually means 'hitting' in a colloqiual context. Or just subscribe and I'll tell you in the Back Room.
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    (Original post by wanderer)
    I use 'mate' as a general form of address for anyone I don't know.
    That is also a very aussie thing to do :p:
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    (Original post by gezzar)
    That is also a very aussie thing to do :p:
    I know two Aussies. Thats right. Not one, but two genuine, real-life Australians. :cool:
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    hello all

    how are you?

    we did marxism today in religious studies
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    (Original post by rahmara)
    we did marxism today in religious studies
    Ah, Marxism , the only thing equal in my estimations to utilitarianism.
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    Well, socialism and utilitarianism are related ideas, so I suppose that's not surprising. Incidentally, I think this is my first post here, so hello to one and all. I'm on a gap year atm, going to St Catharine's, Cambridge this autumn, amazingly enough to study Philosophy.
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    Woohoo! Cambridge Philosopher, I hadn't heard, well done!
    You'll love it.
    So what's happening in the gap year? Please don't say you're backpacking around Machu Picchu...
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    Heheh, not quite. I'm going to South America for a couple of weeks in August, but French Guiana not Peru, then to St Kitts, which should be good. At the moment, though, I'm doing voluntary work in the hip, happening metropolis that is Coventry.
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    Ah sounds like my gap year, lots of hanging around england until right near the end. Makes the trip all the sweeter I reckon.
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    (Original post by TCovenant)
    Ah, Marxism , the only thing equal in my estimations to utilitarianism.
    haha

    cool :cool:
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    I sat Advanced Higher Philosophy today.

    Logic is usually my favourite bit, but I found it harder than usual. The essays were OK.

    Anyway, the two essay questions I chose were:

    Epistemology: Is justified true belief the same thing as knowledge?

    Philosophy of Mind: You are kidnapped and told by your captors that your memories will be swapped with those of another prisoner. They tell you to choose whether they torture the person with your body or your memories. What would you decide, and why?
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    Second question is a good one. How did it go, what did you say about it? I can't decide whether it's a personal identity question or a philosophy of mind one...
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    (Original post by Calvin)
    Second question is a good one. How did it go, what did you say about it? I can't decide whether it's a personal identity question or a philosophy of mind one...
    Identity all the way. And fiendishly tricky. I'd probably go for the body on neurological grounds - most of the overlying structure of the brain remaining 'me' and all that. And then go on to say that it just shows how incoherent the idea of the Self is anyway.
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    Yeah. It was personal identity. (they have one question on M/B and one on ID and the other was clearly M/B).

    Well, the 3 theories discussed in the syllabus are Soul Theory, Body/Brain Theory and Psychological Continuity Theory. I said, assuming I wanted to avoid torture, I would choose that the person with my body was tortured.

    Said it basically depended on which theory you subscribe to, and that I find Psychological Coninuity Theory the most attractive for the following reasons...
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    That's totally counter intuitive to me... I don't at all see how moving my memories would move my mind...
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    (Original post by Calvin)
    That's totally counter intuitive to me... I don't at all see how moving my memories would move my mind...
    Well, we are only supposed to answer the question in terms of the above 3 theories.

    Soul Theory is generally quite crap. Relies on some form of Occasionalism or Pre-Established Harmony. Inherits problems of Substance Dualism etc.

    Body/Brain Theory has problem of explaining huge bodily changes (disfigurement, amputation) which do not lead to personality changes. And how huge personality changes can take place without any change in the body. Indeed what does it mean for a body 'to change'. After 7 years, every cell in the human body has been replaced by functionally equivalent one, so how do you define 'having the same body'. etc.

    Psychological Continuity Theory. Locke proposed that if x and y shared at least one experiential memory then x=y. But this breaks transitivity. a 60-year-old may remember being 20 but not being 4. Whereas the 20-year-old may remember being 4. According to Locke the 60-year-old and 4- year-old are not the same person. But the 60yo = 20yo and 20yo=4yo. Logically inconsistent. Reid proposed that chains of memories define a person. If each 'person-stage' remembers a previous person stage. Then the person at the start of the chain is the same as the person at the end. There are then problems of amnesia, and false memory syndrome etc. But Shoemaker and others have attempted to define memories in terms of the states of affairs o which they refer, and those which caused the memory. Similarly, they have proposed a causal connectedness between one's beliefs, skills, traits etc. now and those in the past. So, if you are an amnesiac, you do not need to remember yourself at an earlier time to be the same person, so long as your personality, beliefs etc. are consistent as these are surely causally connected to your previous beliefs,personality etc. in some way. There's then a problem of defining what exactly is a valid causal connection etc.

    But basically, PCT seem the best to me out pf the three theories in the syllabus.
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    Hmmm. I'd say two 'selves' - a) my experience of self-hood, my 'idea of the self'. A direct experience that I can't apply to others.

    b) The things I categorise as other people. This suffers from the same labelling problems as everything else (Hume - I see an object, and tomorrow I see an identical object in the same place. I call it the same object. Am I justified?), but essentially its an appearance thing initially, modified by extra information I have (such as somebody having an identical twin).
 
 
 
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