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Philosophy 115 RMB

WA Delegate: The State of Telgan (elected )

Founder: Dr george

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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 145th Most Nations: 410th Most Rebellious Youth: 636th+20
Most Avoided: 1,088th Most Cultured: 1,280th Highest Economic Output: 1,312th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 1,361st Most Influential: 1,414th Largest Publishing Industry: 1,465th Most Armed: 1,491st Most Valuable International Artwork: 1,704th Most Secular: 1,828th Largest Black Market: 1,946th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,992nd Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 2,012th Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2,155th Smartest Citizens: 2,156th Fattest Citizens: 2,189th Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 2,311th Largest Welfare Programs: 2,470th Most Advanced Public Education: 2,495th Most Beautiful Environments: 2,545th Highest Disposable Incomes: 2,559th
World Factbook Entry

We are the #1 region in NationStates for approaching life rationally without unfounded assumptions. "This is the region in which NS does its thinking."
Region Founded 10 February 2005.
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Historic ambassador exchanges with:Free States of Gaia,Forest,Haiku,Gay,Futaba Aoi,The Atheist Empire,Hippy Haven,Scandinavia,Nudist Dreamland,Free Thought,The Bad Place,New Europe,Wonderful Paradise,Ulthar,The Maritimes,Konfoederation deutschsprachiger Staaten, Antichrist Superstar.
Philosophy 115 does not usually participate in roleplaying or the raider/defender aspects of NS (Halloween is an exception).
Featured Region on 21 July 2009.

Embassies: Forest, Haiku, The Skeleton Army, Futaba Aoi, Scandinavia, The Commonwealth Of Furry Peoples, Nudist Dreamland, 10000 Islands, Free Thought, Gay, Argentina, Israel, Hippy Haven, The Maritimes, United States of America, Deutschland, and 47 others.The SOP, Gay Equality, Groland, The Atheist Empire, The Sea Of Love, Eladen, Hell, Underworld, Nelborne Union, Texas, The Northern Lights, Konfoederation deutschsprachiger Staaten, Federation of Planets Headquarters, Equilism, The Alliance of Queens, The Rose Garden, The Socialist States of the Philippines, Kittens Sanctuary, Krillin, Hippiedom, Portugal, Right to Life, A Liberal Haven, Union of Free Nations, Future Earth, Association of the Countries of the Free, The Peaceful Coffee Shop In Chicago, Philosophy 101, Bus Stop, Heaven, Regionless, The Dank Meme Alliance, The Iceberg Lounge, Donald Trump Land, Democritus, Buddhism, Realm of Unrestricted Science, LGBT University, Anarchy, The Local Supermarket, Union of Allied States, Vermont, Union of Liberal Nations, The House at Pooh Corner, Krasnaya, Philippines, and Salatia.

Tags: Feminist, Founderless, Independent, LGBT, Large, Liberal, Offsite Forums, Password, Serious, Social, and World Assembly.

Regional Power: Moderate

Philosophy 115 contains 51 nations, the 410th most in the world.

Today's World Census Report

The Largest Mining Sector in Philosophy 115

World Census experts measured the volume of stuff removed from the ground to determine which nations have the largest mining industries.

As a region, Philosophy 115 is ranked 3,238th in the world for Largest Mining Sector.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Corporate Dictatorship of Postapocalyptic TerrorCorporate Police State Halliburton“Arisen from ruins - Into an era of Glory!”
2.The Technocrati Thing of Techno-TitaniaAnarchy Post-Revolution Embryonic Society“Building Tomorrow Begins Today”
3.The Snow Crash Dystopia of AnarchocapitalistanCapitalizt Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers“No State, No God, No Leader, No Law”
4.The Pale Blue Dot of Terra AmoreAnarchy Post-Revolution Embryonic Society“It's a fiendish thingy!”
5.The Name of The RoseIron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors“Stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus.”
6.The Incorporated States of Terra SolorPsychotic Dictatorship Fascist Dictatorship“You Can't Stop Progress”
7.The Jingoistic States of WainenIron Fist Consumerists Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors“Try your best”
8.The Ruins of Lat DuhranFather Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy“Enjoy the spoils of the world!”
9.The Discoverian Enclave of VeritariaCapitalist Paradise Corporate Slave State“The Truth Is In Here...”
10.The Commonwealth of Poland-LithuaniaMoralistic Democracy Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots“Liberty”

Regional Poll • I used to believe... nature edition

The Name of The Rose wrote:Which common misconception do you remember believing at some point in the past? us on the RMB how you changed your mind about something-or-other.

Voting opened 3 days 17 hours ago and will close . Open to all nations. You cannot vote as you are not logged in.

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Discoveria wrote:I would like to think that my (non-)religious views are based on philosophical argument although it may just be a comforting thing to tell myself. For me the key thing was the lack of agreement by philosophers/theologians that there is any knockout, foolproof proof of the existence of God. At that point it becomes a probabilistic thing. Before I got to that point the philosophical arguments did matter a lot to me.

I'm not sure that deciding not to commit to a religion is the same kind of thing as making that commitment. I'm suggesting that people don't join a religion because they've been philosophically persuaded, you're saying that you haven't joined a religion because you haven't be philosophically persuaded. We're not in disagreement.

Discoveria wrote:There’s an objection sometimes raised around God not wanting to make his existence totally certain so that some act of faith is still required, like some sort of loyalty test. But that kind of argument always seemed a bit arbitrary to me. Who wants to be in a club like that?

If compelling evidence of the truth of religious claims was suddenly discovered, do you really think that people who say that would continue to claim evidence was unimportant?

Red Star of the West wrote:Even Voltaire's argument doesn't seem a very good one to me. To paraphrase poorly, the odds that god exists may not be high, but even so the benefits or worshipping god far outweigh the benefits of not worshipping god, because if god doesn't exist you haven't lost much, but if god does exist and you haven't worshipped god, you've lost everything. That logic isn't bad, but it assumes there is one god to worship or not worship, and there are other issues with it too.

Wasn't that Pascal? Either way, what I understand of Christian teaching suggests that it would be impossible to adequately worship God while thinking that he probably doesn't exist, precisely because of the kind of leap of faith you described. It might have worked in Ancient Greece - Plato floats the idea that the gods will favour the unrighteous since their greed and lack of scruples will leave them richer and hence able to afford better sacrifices - but not in Christianity or Islam.

Indeed, I think it was Pascal.

The current one is pretty much a nonsense poll. I just couldn't resist when I saw the fallacies Dinosaur Comic. Vote for your favourite recursion.


April 8th will mark my 8th anniversary on NationStates. Cake and ice cream for all!!

Central Kadigan wrote:April 8th will mark my 8th anniversary on NationStates. Cake and ice cream for all!!

Congratulations. I look forward to the cake and ice cream.

Central Kadigan wrote:April 8th will mark my 8th anniversary on NationStates. Cake and ice cream for all!!


The Name of The Rose

I'll have some of the cardamom cake and rose ice cream, please. Congrats, Central Kadigan!

Red Star of the West wrote:I haven't encountered a philosophical argument that has convinced me to adopt a religion's beliefs. Particularly those religions based on an all-knowing, all-powerful god who takes an active but invisible role in each of our lives. Believing a religion like that is about faith. Once you have taken the leap of faith, you can attempt to justify this with logic, but you probably aren't going to convince anyone who isn't willing to take that same leap.

It would be a great improvement if we lived in a world where weighing arguments and considering whether they are convincing were the default approach.

In the experiences of many people, questions about religions aren't even framed as philosophical open questions, which an individual is free to weigh according to their merits. There's a lot of pressure coming both from inside some belief systems, as well as from social factors. Freedom of religion as a human right, which includes the right to being free from any religion, as well as the right to choose and practice a religion one has no prior experience with, is interfered with by all sorts of advantages and drawbacks.

Personally, in the matter of religions, I don't even consider the question of people being convinced of/believing this or that to be the most important. Okay, a person believes/doesn't believe X... And then what? What do we do? How do we live? How do we feel? Are we happy? How do we interact with others? Do we make others afraid and hurt them, or do we lessen fear and pain? Do we lie to ourselves and others in our everyday interactions, or can we tell the truth? Do we burden our lives or do we free them? Will we be sad, remorseful, afraid, or content and light of heart, once our life is over and we die?

How do you remember changing your mind about something-or-other?
Next chapter: I used to believe... nature edition.

I accidently suppressed your free speech there a moment, The Rose. Apologies - I meant to "like" not "suppress". Thankfully it was easily corrected, as it is quite a good post!

Haha, no worries about accidents. I've on occasion managed to mess up much more efficiently: quoted from own post, got distracted by phone call or something, edited past post instead of new one, contents of old post vamoosed.
All those buttons are designed awfully close to each other. Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

Hello all. It has been a while since I dropped off the news from XKI.

10000 Islands Emissary Report

Date: March, 2021
Population: 1130 nations
Delegate Endorsement: 315

TITO Command

Has your region been invaded, or do you want to get in touch with TITO? If so, contact one of the following nations:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~Field Commander: Kanta Hame
~Tactical Officers: Shy Guyia, Smugglers and Mercs (TITO EF), Controlitia, Wischland, Sulenia, Flying Eagles
~Executive Officers: Hakketomat, HN67


As of this report's publication, the Government of 10000 Islands consists of:
~Chief Executive: Markanite
~WA Delegate: Wischland
~Senior Senator for New Republica South (Debates and Discussions): Dokansia
~Senator for Lyonnesse East (Houses): Kohnhead
~Senator for Himes West (RP): Zaberaz Hapang
~Senator for Blue Canaria North (Emissary Report): Porflox
~Minister of Education: Free Las Pinas
~Minister of Labor: Wille-Harlia
~Minister of Immigration: Margaux

Information about other government officials of 10000 Islands can be found Linkhere.

March Elections

Wischland was elected in a landslide delegate election, and transitioned to the role soon after announcement of victory. Meanwhile, Zaberaz Hapang secured their bid for Himes West after an uncontested campaign. Finally, Lyonnesse East saw the most activity, with both Porflox and Kohnhead running serious campaigns for the seat. After a close and exciting week of voting, Kohnhead emerged victorious. Porflox was however soon appointed to serve as Blue Canaria North after an opening for the seat appeared following Wischland's successful bid for delegate.

~The Council of Nine repealed The House Continuity and Closure Act due to its redundancy after The House Closure Requirement Reform Act was passed.

Around the Islands

~Porymonia was named featured nation for March thanks to their extremely prolific posting in A Taco Archipelago, our RP region. At more than 27,000 posts, they have posted many thousand times more than anyone else! More can be read here.

~Eastern New England has won our Extraterrestrial Encounter theme contest! You can read more about this Linkhere.

~Congratulations Silvedania on the well deserved Rookie of the Quarter awards! They have been an active poster on the RMB and discord, as well as joining TIBOE to improve regional security! LinkHere is the full statement.

~Our forum has long been overdue for a makeover, and Free Las Pinas has sure stepped up for the job! In an very close voting, they narrowly beat out the competition, and their Pastel Palms theme will soon be the default look of our forum!

Islander Achievements

~10000 Islands's RP region A Taco Archipelago in its just under one year of existence has beaten out 10000 Islands's post count in the past 10 years (since the creation of RMB archives)!

~The Mad Surfer published its last issue this month (here) because of increased Real Life obligations and the increase in regional news bulletins which you can read more about in the article. Thank you Jabberwocky for the continued editorship and the entire staff for creating an amazing newspaper for three whole years!

XKI Game-Side

A regional poll by Jabberwocky asked Islanders what device they'd want to have. Lightsabers from star wars overwhelmingly won, mostly due to islanders having no clue about what the other ones were.

The RMB this month was filled with many insightful conversations, and some more comical ones.

~Are we mining cheese?
~April Fools! Kind of... not really
~The Drew before Drew
~Interesting waste disposal
~My oldest memory is...
~I wisch for a pun!
~I find your lack of derrieres pleasant
~Aliens? No problem!

Until next month, your XKI Update Staff is signing off!
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