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by quotidian
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How did the universe arise out of nothing?
Replies: 6
Views: 1597

Re: How did the universe arise out of nothing?

Where did the maths come from? Oh, I know, out of our mind. Where did our mind come from? Oh, I know, out of evolution. Where did evolution come from? Oh, I know, out of the Big Bang. Where did the Big Bang come from? Oh, the maths will show you that.
by quotidian
Wed May 28, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Truth vs. Paradigm
Replies: 82
Views: 15554

Re: Truth vs. Paradigm

The original meaning of 'scepticism' was closer to 'discarding paradigms' than it is now, as it has become to all intents another paradigm. But the original sceptics and cynics were very much more like Indian sadhus - they were renunciates who dwelt outside the bounds of society (Diogenes Laertius d...
by quotidian
Mon May 26, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Photons know a few tricks that physicists don't.
Replies: 7
Views: 2276

Re: Photons know a few tricks that physicists don't.

Some historical context. That quote from Newton is using the term 'philosophy' in the sense intended by his term 'natural philosophy', that is, science. But bear in mind, even if that is correct, and it may well be, for Newton there was another category of understanding altogether, namely divine rev...
by quotidian
Mon May 26, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Mathematics & Reality
Replies: 28
Views: 5338

Re: Mathematics & Reality

Very interesting and important article. My view, which I will develop later, is that the mathematical and empirical are different orders or perhaps domains . How can this be shown? Well, the point about the mathematical order is that it is only perceptible to a rational intelligence. Only an intelli...