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by RustyBert
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Kalam cosmological argument - any objections ?
Replies: 40
Views: 980

Re: The Kalam cosmological argument - any objections ?

The thing about any of these arguments is that in the end they prove nothing of use to those doing the "proofs". But the provers think they are actually proving something. Even if an argument worked, it would say nothing about what is actually meant by the word "god". It could be an advanced being,...
by RustyBert
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Algebraic Equation for Time?
Replies: 25
Views: 372

Re: Algebraic Equation for Time?

Eodnhoj7 - You're obviously very creative and bright. (And apparently smoke alot of weed.) Thanks for the compliment, and no I do not smoke weed. I often wonder what thoughts would come if I did? Maybe when it is legalized, and do not have to worry about losing employment over it, I will. Then agai...
by RustyBert
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Algebraic Equation for Time?
Replies: 25
Views: 372

Re: Algebraic Equation for Time?

Eodnhoj7 - You're obviously very creative and bright. (And apparently smoke alot of weed.) It'd be nice to see you put your talents into something that matters, like writing fiction, writing for causes, etc. (and maybe you already do). You've obviously mastered the language of math and science but e...
by RustyBert
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Santa Claus & the Problem of Evil
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Santa Claus & the Problem of Evil

I don't know if there is a God or not, but let's keep an open mind. Are you refering to non-Christians who have had religious experiences and come to the conclusion that god is not the christian god? Are those the believers you're talking about? Or about the Hindu believers whose evidence comes fro...
by RustyBert
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Fascism of fascisms, modern neoliberalism.
Replies: 9
Views: 241

Re: The Fascism of fascisms, modern neoliberalism.

... It would be helpful if you would make some kind of statement clarifying the relationship between neoliberalism and: liberalism the Enlightenment the counter-Enlightenment the Renaissance Marxism Christianity & Romanticism. The relationship is, genetic. Neoliberalism is the result of excessive e...
by RustyBert
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Santa Claus & the Problem of Evil
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Santa Claus & the Problem of Evil

Drawing a conclusion without hard evidence is a rationalization and the answers to naysayers are also rationalizations. Yet there is evidence for God and that evidence comes from the Bible and from testimony from believers who have had religious experiences. Then there are miracles and scientific u...
by RustyBert
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: 1 + 1 = 1
Replies: 12
Views: 286

Re: 1 + 1 = 1

Interesting discussion so far. The thing I've been considering is advanced math used in Physics. I don't pretend to know what they're talking about. But they do seem to be using equations fast and loose, as if the equations themselves had some independent reality. So when I think about an equation a...
by RustyBert
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: 1 + 1 = 1
Replies: 12
Views: 286

1 + 1 = 1

I'm reading an interesting book about equations. And the author states that the simplest we talk about in everyday life, like when we were kids, is 1 + 1 = 2. And he then relates this to experience: I have an apple, you have an apple. We toss them into a bucket and together we have two apples. Point...
by RustyBert
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Kalam cosmological argument - any objections ?
Replies: 40
Views: 980

Re: The Kalam cosmological argument - any objections ?

The thing about any of these arguments is that in the end they prove nothing of use to those doing the "proofs". But the provers think they are actually proving something. Even if an argument worked, it would say nothing about what is actually meant by the word "god". It could be an advanced being, ...
by RustyBert
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Sphere Worship Universal Thread of All Religion and Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 419

Re: Sphere Worship Universal Thread of All Religion and Philosophy

I'm not sure what the big deal is. All human societies seem to have a notion of "soup" as something watery to eat. Does that make soup divine or something special? No. What's happening is the OP is putting the cart before the horse. Humans are human. Regardless of where or when they lived they're g...
by RustyBert
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Sphere Worship Universal Thread of All Religion and Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 419

Re: Sphere Worship Universal Thread of All Religion and Philosophy

I'm not sure what the big deal is. All human societies seem to have a notion of "soup" as something watery to eat. Does that make soup divine or something special? No. What's happening is the OP is putting the cart before the horse. Humans are human. Regardless of where or when they lived they're go...
by RustyBert
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: What if Satan has intervened in all religions?
Replies: 47
Views: 1438

Re: What if Satan has intervened in all religions?

Hi Lacewing - I read through this thread for the fun of it. I think you should give up on getting any kind of discussion going with this DPMartin guy. It's obvious he's too far gone to do anything but quote talking points he's been fed, and maybe quote the bibles ad nauseum. You're trying to have a ...
by RustyBert
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Fish In A Tank
Replies: 19
Views: 549

Re: Fish In A Tank

How do you know that is the case, what if they did figure it out and you just can't see it? You gotta acknowledge the possibility someone somewhere can solve the problem, even if you can't tell if they did or not. I think a later post in the thread is on the mark - ability to manipulate one's envir...
by RustyBert
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Fish In A Tank
Replies: 19
Views: 549

Re: Fish In A Tank

There are 2 fundamentals paths here. 1. the ability to manipulate one's environment. 2. the ability to understand one's environment. A mathematician, or beaver, may be good at manipulating their environment. But do they understand their environment at all? Humans could, with science, create an infi...
by RustyBert
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Fish In A Tank
Replies: 19
Views: 549

Re: Fish In A Tank

Wow, talk about missing the point. Did anyone actually read my post? Hasn't anyone done thought experiments before? Geesh. Any serious people here that want to discuss my OP? I'm talking about how we know the limits of our own knowledge about the world by considering an analogy with fish in a tank.