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I had three things today that were not part of my normal schedule, leaving me with about a couple hours at home today in between (and not even all at once). I just got home. At this point I'm again not even going to take the time to edit my class notes into another Theories of Knowledge and Reality post, so here are some more searches, which I just have to copy and paste from the file I'm collecting them from.

real life hobbit philippians
Wow. Any ideas what that's supposed to be about? I thought they might have meant Philippines, but even that would have been way wrong for the people who were being described as like Hobbits. I think that was in or near Indonesia.

gay people are abominations
Now that is exactly what the Torah doesn't say.

How come more churches are not talking about The Gospel of Judas
I would guess that it's because the Gospel of Judas is an extremely insignificant Gnostic writing from a time much later than the New Testament that was immorally hyped as something it is not from those who had a vested financial interest in people's being drawn to it (and by those who were willing to sacrifice their scholarly credentials for the sake of undermining the Bible in any way they can).

are small cell groups in evangelical church heresy
I didn't know they were a doctrine to begin with.

can a person come to be president through the line of succession if they are not
No, you kind of have to be to be president. I don't think we're going to be elevating anyone who doesn't exist to that office, and if they did it wouldn't exactly be legally valid.

Why are there more blacks in prison than in college?
Why is the Pope French?

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I found the second one interesting. I have been thinking a lot about that subject lately. It seems like so many who should be showing Jesus' love to others are actually showing his condemnation most of the time. It is too bad!

Jed Bartlet has the property is President of the United States. Many philosophers think he doesn't exist.

Nice move. But I'll just go Meinongian and say that not existing is not sufficient for not being. So even Jed Barlet has being.

Even if I didn't say that, couldn't I say that he only has that property within the fiction, and within the fiction he does exist?

But I'll just go Meinongian and say that not existing is not sufficient for not being. So even Jed Barlet has being.

So you think that Jed is a President who doesn't exist? Some Presidents don't exist? Maybe it's better for existence to be cheap, but not ontologically committing. Believe it or not, this is actually my view. So yeah, nice one.

Even if I didn't say that, couldn't I say that he only has that property within the fiction, and within the fiction he does exist?

Yeah, you can say that... lots of people say that. Most people, probably. I've always found it unsatisfactory for a bunch of reasons. It's straightforwardly false that Bartlett is President? After all: I'm happy that Bartlett is President. This can't be understood in terms of being happy that the fiction is a certain way. (Maybe I think the show would be better if they had a crappy President, but I'd feel really bad for Jed.) But is happy that entails knowledge, and knowledge entails truth. This is part of what pushes me into a sort of pseudo-Meinongian view.

But no crazy mysterious subsistence!

How do these searches work?

Is whats going on here that - people do a search on topic X in say google, and what pops up is a link to an article on your blog.

If they click on that link, then it registers in your behind-the-scenes blog setup...

Yes. When my page loads up, a script in the code sends data to the sitemeter site about where the person came from. The sitemeter site then tracks how people arrive at my blog, and when I check my sitemeter it tells me what URL the last few hours of visitors came from (or however long ago the last 100 searches cover). Almost all of them will be searches, most of those from Google. When I check, I look for combinations of words I consider worth answering, criticizing, or making fun of.

It's not really behind-the-scenes, though. The code also includes a display in the sidebar for the sitemeter, and clicking on that should give you the same data I can see. Some people restrict their sitemeter info with passwords, but I think mine is publicly viewable.

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