Common Ground - Things we can agree on
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15-09-2013, 11:20 AM
Common Ground - Things we can agree on
I'm going to start with the basics and hopefully gather together a list of things we can agree on.

We are biological human beings
We have parents and our parents have parents.
We live on a planet and share this planet with a large number of other species of life.
The planet we live on orbits a star.
Other planets also orbit the same star we do and our solar system inhabits a galaxy we call the Milky Way.
Our galaxy is but one in a billion other galaxies in our observable universe.

We are conscious of our environment and we can exercise self control over our impulses if we desire to do so.
We learn about our environment through the people we grow up with.
We learn to speak the language of the people we grow up with.
We have the ability to tell stories that exaggerate and distort the truth.
We have the ability to consider the consequences of the actions we take.
We have the ability to imagine, to become unconscious and to dream while we sleep.

Lets start with these basic things and see if we can expand on the list.

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15-09-2013, 12:03 PM
RE: Common Ground - Things we can agree on
(15-09-2013 11:20 AM)Rahn127 Wrote:  I'm going to start with...
I'm...
I'M

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15-09-2013, 12:06 PM
RE: Common Ground - Things we can agree on
(15-09-2013 11:20 AM)Rahn127 Wrote:  We are biological human beings. Absols? Not so much.
We have parents and our parents have parents. Huh My parents had children
We are conscious of our environment and we can exercise self control over our impulses if we desire to do so. Evidence against: Muffsy
We learn about our environment through the people we grow up with. I learned nothing from them. David Attenborough however...
We learn to speak the language of the people we grow up with. But fortunately, I moved away from Birmingham early enough.
We have the ability to tell stories that exaggerate and distort the truth. I and I?
We have the ability to consider the consequences of the actions we take. Again, evidence against: Muffsy

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15-09-2013, 12:08 PM
RE: Common Ground - Things we can agree on
(15-09-2013 12:03 PM)PoolBoyG Wrote:  
(15-09-2013 11:20 AM)Rahn127 Wrote:  I'm going to start with...
I'm...
I'M

'Stopping you right there. As a Buddhist, it is known that the self is illusory.' Drinking Beverage

An illusion cannot "know" anything

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15-09-2013, 12:24 PM
RE: Common Ground - Things we can agree on
Expanding the list:

We are what we are based upon our DNA.
Our "self" is only 10% homo sapiens, the rest is symbiotic bacteria, parasites, and other microbes.
Gravity is the force that holds everything together.
Bacon is delicious.
Elvis has left the building.

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