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by wtf
Sat May 27, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines
Replies: 48
Views: 1129

Re: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines

But one does the simulation to see what it does, and often what it does is not part of the original imagined thing. The simulation surprises me, as it should. So given that fact, did the simulated reality actually exist in my imagination first? One hears this point often. "My program did something ...
by wtf
Sat May 27, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: text suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: text suggestions

You are confusing human understanding of logic for logic. Ah I see. Before there were humans around to have understanding, where was first-order predicate logic as explained for the first time in human history by Gottlob Frege in his Begriffsschrift of 1879? Where were the universal and existential...
by wtf
Sat May 27, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines
Replies: 48
Views: 1129

Re: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines

In order to create a simulation of something, there requires to be something there to base the simulation on. That which the simulation is based on is considered true reality in that sense. When you simulate, say, a human brain; and when your simulation is very very good; how do you determine wheth...
by wtf
Fri May 26, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: text suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 151

Re: text suggestions

attofishpi wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 10:29 pm
I thought logic was natural to a naturally logical instrument (the brain)
If logic is natural, why did it take till 1879 for Frege to create the predicate logic that is the underlying logic used in modern math? Why didn't Aristotle discover it?
by wtf
Fri May 26, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines
Replies: 48
Views: 1129

Re: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines

1. The thing being simulated\emulated would be reality. I confess I never understand this line of thought. If I program into a supercomputer a state of the art, highly accurate simulation of gravity; and I run the simulation; and I put a bowling ball near the supercomputer running the simulation; t...
by wtf
Sat May 13, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Circle of Infinity
Replies: 19
Views: 228

Re: The Circle of Infinity

“God is the circle of infinity whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere” is an adage that, in one form or another, predates Christianity by centuries. If true, what are the implications and what are the ramifications if widely accepted as an indisputable truism? We may conclude that the...
by wtf
Sat May 06, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Drug dealers are just businessmen.
Replies: 12
Views: 177

Re: Drug dealers are just businessmen.

Arising_uk wrote:Who was speaking?

I was just yawning about you cut-pasting your usual waffle for the umpteenth time.
Is this font problem contagious? bobevenson uses size 125 and yours is 150. Are you saying you have a bigger font that he does?
by wtf
Fri May 05, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Drug dealers are just businessmen.
Replies: 12
Views: 177

Re: Drug dealers are just businessmen.

Wouldn't be a supply if there weren't a demand. Legalize it all, put the dealers and the drug warriors out of business, transfer the massive savings into treatment. We already have laws against impaired driving and such. Drunks kill hundreds of thousands of people worldwide every year. You can buy b...
by wtf
Fri May 05, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do you have an open mind?
Replies: 13
Views: 422

Re: Do you have an open mind?

I have an open mind. I can recognize the disaster that the Trump presidency is turning into, as well as still being relieved that Hillary didn't become president. I can always see many sides of any issue. I'm one of the few people these days who enjoys reading things I either don't agree with or don...
by wtf
Tue May 02, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is the US President supposed to represent all the people?
Replies: 180
Views: 3074

Re: Is the US President supposed to represent all the people?

The government is charged with representing taxpayers. However, governments - especially those from the right of the political spectrum - increasingly only work for large institutions. Human individuals in large societies seem to be essentially a kind of livestock now. Only going to get worse. That...
by wtf
Tue May 02, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: The True Riemann Triangle - 630 degrees, not 270 deg
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: The True Riemann Triangle - 630 degrees, not 270 deg

You have two lengthy Wiki pages that I wasn't motivated to read. If someone says that although mathematicians think some angle is x, you've shown that it's really x + 360, I don't need to know what you're talking about to know that your idea is trivial. x and x + 360 are two real numbers representin...
by wtf
Tue May 02, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: The True Riemann Triangle - 630 degrees, not 270 deg
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: The True Riemann Triangle - 630 degrees, not 270 deg

Can you remind us what a Riemann triangle is? It doesn't have a Wikipedia entry, and surely that is the standard for requiring someone to explain it :-) In any event whatever you're doing, 630 - 270 = 360, and angles are congruent mod 360. So you haven't done anything except run around in a circle. ...
by wtf
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Understanding soundness/completeness as "validity classification"?
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Understanding soundness/completeness as "validity classification"?

] Def. **Completeness** is a property of *proof methods*, ie. a given proof method is either complete or incomplete. If a proof method is "complete", then whenever the method indicates that an argument is invalid, we can be sure that it is indeed invalid. In other words, the proof method **never yi...
by wtf
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Is the US President supposed to represent all the people?
Replies: 180
Views: 3074

Re: Is the US President supposed to represent all the people?

Now for the fog. Now it’s all about diluting the language, redefining words to redefine legality, shifting attention to other news topics such as attacking Trump. The narrative goes from "I didn't do anything," to "I didn't do anything illegal." But the latest from the left is that attacks on Rice ...