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Textual 1.0.4 IRC Client by toucana on August 17th, 2010, 1:44 pm
Apple have recently begun listing a new IRC client called Textual 1.0.4 from Codeux Software on their email/chat applications download page

At 5.4MB it is described as a "lightweight IRC client designed specifically for Mac OS X" with Growl notifications, scripting support, and 'Powerful Tools for IRC Network Operators".

When I downloaded and opened it, there was something oddly familiar about the multi-pane user interface and Lucida Grande font. A quick check of the license and release notes confirmed that Textual 1.0.4 is in fact a rewrite of Limechat, an open source IRC client originally created for OS X in Ruby Cocoa by a Japanese programmer Satoshi Nakagawa about two years ago. I had previously tested Limechat in some detail last year and was keen to see what had been added or taken...

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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 Problem of Heaven by Inquiring Lynn on April 28th, 2010, 1:27 pm
Alvin Plantinga gloats that he illuminates how the free will defense overcomes what Epicurus states about the logical problem of evil that God and evil are incompatible. No, because the problem of Heaven eviscerates his solution. With my friend, David Ramsay Steele, I inquires how can it be consistent not to have free will on Earth and a guarantee not to do wrong as t'is the way of Heaven? This poses no hobgoblin of little minds.
This eviscerates John Hick's guesswork of free will and soul-making. He uses the straw men of the all or nothing fallacy and the slippery slope one to prattle that we insist that one be like the other. We atheologians find that his guess boomerangs onto him as he defines Heaven as bliss, so we insist that if that is so , then why not here also?
He claims that we must perforce have free will and be able to do wrong so as to form our characters freely, soul-making thereby.
Nelson Pike expatiates in an essay in "God and...

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Flawed thinking by numbers by Sisyphus on October 22nd, 2009, 8:57 pm
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Philosophy of a virus, life, and matter. by imjonbean on March 14th, 2011, 11:02 pm
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3/14/2011, 7:09 PM
Advy observes a virus to see what it is doing and what its consciousness is like. "Maybe the key to the universe is found in this virus, this piece of genetic code." I don't know how, maybe Advy is a free floating mind, with no matter, that can see anything and any one's consciousness.
Philosophy and plea of a virus
What is my purpose? All I do is make mistakes nobody wants me around. Sometimes I think the gods do not even know I exist. The gods are trying to kill me. Their body does not want me around, why won't those white blood cells leave me alone. I thought that more of my kind was a good thing, but it destroys other life in the process. I must replicate, my DNA must live on through the ages. What else can I do?Please gods, if you can hear me, I am afraid, new anti-viral drugs are being developed to chain me up, soon I will be no more. I don't want to go to prison, unless I can be and learn there. There...

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