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Cosmology by Dave_Oblad on September 8th, 2010, 9:40 pm
Click here to visit my old Blog (actually written for my mother, believe it or Also, I've come a long way now.. so some of this blog contains ideas I've improved upon. But I have left it as originally written for comparison purposes against where I currently stand.
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Non-Cognitivism and Rule Following - John McDowell. by Zin5ki on May 2nd, 2011, 10:18 am
From Mind, Value, and Reality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1998, pp.198-218.

John McDowell brings to the non-cognitivist's attention a facet of her doctrine that she may not have developed. It is integral to her position that the world, as it exists independently of our value experiences, contains no such things as values. It follows, supposes McDowell, that her account of the world need not involve any evaluative concepts, only the properties to which our evaluative responses are responses to. Evaluative experiences must therefore be "disentangled": experience of whatsoever it is that we respond to must be seperated from the attitudes of this response itself. In much the same vein as Values and Secondary Qualities, McDowell expresses characteristic scepticism of this thesis. The non-cognitivist is said to avow that one can always in principle isolate a feature of the world to which the attitudinal component of a non-congitive...

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China shaping our future by Mossling on July 3rd, 2009, 1:13 pm
I am really optimistic about China's role in shaping the future of the world. I am a UK citizen living out in China, and I am really enjoying how the Chinese culture makes so much space for relaxing high quality activities, so that one can enjoy oneself in a calm and non-excited way. The more the rest of the world discover about this, the better people's lives will become, in my opinion.
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Realism about Aesthetic Properties - Alan Goldman by Zin5ki on March 15th, 2011, 4:21 pm
From The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 51:1, 1993, pp. 31-37.

Goldman's provides an account of evaluative aesthetic properties in the following manner: Aesthetic judgements, through which aesthetic properties are ascribed, have an essentially evaluative component (p.32). Evaluate responses are in part constitutive of aesthetic properties, and so aesthetic properties must consist of relations between formal objective (non-evaluative) properties and evaluative responses (ibid). For the non-realist, of course, this is perfectly permissible and indeed very much in the spirit of her position. A realist may complain, however, that one can talk of evaluative aesthetic properties without any such reference to individual responses, and that such responses are merely the means by which we (or ideal observers) become aware of the properties in question. Nonetheless, the position he presents remains compatible with...

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The First Firefox Phone Will Launch This Summer In 9 Countries by aidiri on April 16th, 2013, 6:05 am
Mozilla, the company that makes the Firefox Web browser, will begin selling phones running its new mobile operating system this summer in nine countries: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Venezuela

Why the slow rollout?

Speaking at AllThingsD's Dive Into Mobile conference today, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said Firefox OS will be targeted at emerging markets at first. The first phone will launch around June.

But the US won't be left out. Sprint has already committed to launching a Firefox OS phone, and the first should arrive in 2014. Kovacs said Mozilla is waiting for the ecosystem to develop a bit more before launching in the highly competitive US market.

Firefox OS is a web-based mobile operating system that is open for any developer to tinker with. It's a similar concept to Android, but all apps run within a browser for a uniform experience across all devices.

An earlier version of this story said phones with Firefox OS would launch in five...

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