State of the Discussion

bob
+ Wade, your last paragraph is crucial to your argument. Certainly it expresses economically the source of the weight of a country's foreign policy, and [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ Not sure where you got the idea that I ever wrote “[President Trump] doesn’t know what he’s doing!!!!!!" - bob's idea for a possible rallying [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ The conversation that you and Bob were having at the time that I wrote my comment had everything to do with the recent missile strike [. . .]
+ The character of Obama's actions and omissions in 2013, and of the criticisms made, were far more complicated than the notion that his decision against [. . .]
bob
+ Yes you and many of us have been alarmed for some time, and said so many times, and with considerable force and insight. What [. . .]
Wade McKenzie
+ President Obama articulated a doctrine of sorts regarding U.S. policy vis a vis the Syrian civil war, which more or less stated that the U.S. [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ I'been in a state of alarm ever since he started winning R primaries, for a time allayed (mis-allayed?) by my mistaken trust in the remnant [. . .]
bob
+ As usual, JG writes a well written thoughtful piece that helps one to better understand events. Since Trump incomprehensively provided Assad with a atta [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ I think you and I see the main thrust or main problem with Nexon's argument diametrically differently. I think it's easy to place all four [. . .]
Kolohe
+ I'm not sure if the prism Nexon is using here works. Not the least reason is it's tough for me to put Ike, Reagan [. . .]
bob
+ I misquoted you with my "We strip away..." What I meant to refer to was your "So the business of cognitive science will be [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ Nagarjuna's reasoning is correct, based on his presumptions. ...if “we strip away the non-essential” fully, we are left with nothing. Or, more precisely, we are left [. . .]
bob
+ Perhaps my Buddhst buddies' long version can be condensed to a stanza. Augmenting the Dalai Lama's famous (poorly paraphrased as)"if science contradicts anything Buddhism teaches we'll [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ You could take the position - and on reflection it would be a quite arguable position, if not necessarily a practical assumption to guide research [. . .]
bob
+ Absolutely. As I said, a quibble. But on reflection, the idea that brains can develop differently in an observable way as a result [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ I guess the implication is that them brains is turning out differently than they might have been expected to turn out otherwise - the main [. . .]
bob
+ A rhetorical quibble: In this context, "rewires" seems not quite the right metaphor. Not surprisingly, the abstract uses more scientific rather than metaphoric language. [. . .]
bob
+ Yeah, I read C's comments as trying to do a variety of things at the same time, having the effect of making interpretation more difficult. Any [. . .]
bob
+ Sure, so why do they have "work Phones" they take home? Even if they don't have fate of the world responsibilities, who they work [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ Idunno - but there are a fairly large number of people working at the WH. Not all of them are on 24/7 call, fate of [. . .]
bob
+ I'm struggling to understand who "rank and file White House aides" could refer to. It's pretty rarified real estate - is there "rank and [. . .]
CK MacLeod
+ The discussion is an ancient discussion, so I'm not saying anything even remotely new or original if I point out that, in the dialectic of [. . .]
pillsy
+ I think it's a common liberal desire, and one that isn't at all easily obtained, to allow people to commit to those identities without ever [. . .]