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by A_Seagull
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 1331
Views: 23352

Re: What could make morality objective?

Signs are real. Language is abstract. The sign "cat" is real. The relationship between the sign "cat" and the animal is abstract. As I suggested in another thread.. 'Statements are intrinsically meaningless' language has no meaning until it is interpreted by a person. ( I suppose you could call it ...
by A_Seagull
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 1331
Views: 23352

Re: What could make morality objective?

Peter Holmes wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:56 pm
, if facts are value-judgements, then value-judgements are facts,
Not quite.

If A is a subset of B, it does not follow that B is a subset of A. (nor That A=B
by A_Seagull
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Putting Animals & Humans To Sleep
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Putting Animals & Humans To Sleep

For it to be true that in the same or similar circumstances PTS is right in the one, animal, case, and wrong in the other, human, case, there has to be a relevant moral difference. (PTS = Put To Sleep) The difference is that humans can put animals to sleep, whereas animals cannot put humans to slee...
by A_Seagull
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Neanderthals and Language
Replies: 30
Views: 890

Re: Neanderthals and Language

Gary Childress wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:50 pm

Noam Chomsky is a towering figure in contemporary linguistics.
And Trump is a towering figure in politics. Doesn't mean we should take what they say at anything more than face value.

Chomsky's opinions about Neanderthals and language is based more on bias and fantasy than on fact.
by A_Seagull
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why do lower class people oppose Basic Income?
Replies: 27
Views: 245

Re: Why do lower class people oppose Basic Income?

In the early through mid-20th century, lower class people blamed the rich for their financial problems: Not paying enough taxes according to their enormous wealth. But nowadays the poor working class seems to blame those recieving unemployment benefits/sick or disability relief benefits etc. claimi...
by A_Seagull
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Selfishness is good.
Replies: 27
Views: 271

Re: Selfishness is good.

Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit describes the progression of consciousness into ascending stages of realization. If the self is looked at as only from the perspective as an emergent authority over one's system of organs, then selfishness cannot pass Kant's Categorical Imperative test. If, howev...
by A_Seagull
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why are religions still tax exempt?
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Why are religions still tax exempt?

Given that it would be easy enough for religions to apply for government grants for charitable work like any other NGO, why are these huge and immensely profitable organisations receiving tax exemptions? Is there any reason for this other than politicians being far more religious than the general p...
by A_Seagull
Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is Belief?
Replies: 76
Views: 499

Re: What is Belief?

Great, a response with 'substance' to it, and to play with. Now, what is the purpose of 'underwear'? Besides stopping "shit" from dribbling out, and spreading. In other words, WHY do you, human beings, actually wear underwear? Between the ages of about 7 to 70 WHY, exactly, do you wear underwear? I...
by A_Seagull
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is Belief?
Replies: 76
Views: 499

Re: What is Belief?

[ If beliefs can also change, then why do you have BELIEFS, and maintain them? Same as for underwear. Great, a response with 'substance' to it, and to play with. Now, what is the purpose of 'underwear'? Besides stopping "shit" from dribbling out, and spreading. In other words, WHY do you, human bei...
by A_Seagull
Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is Belief?
Replies: 76
Views: 499

Re: What is Belief?

Age wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:57 pm
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If beliefs can also change, then why do you have BELIEFS, and maintain them?

Same as for underwear.
by A_Seagull
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Double Slit Experiment
Replies: 66
Views: 686

Re: Double Slit Experiment

I'm really fascinated by the double slit experiment. Turns out that if you fire particles - electrons or even molecules at double slits, one at a time, and wait 1 sec. or more before you fire the next particle, after some time it will create an interference pattern on the screen. How can individual...
by A_Seagull
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Double Slit Experiment
Replies: 66
Views: 686

Re: Double Slit Experiment

I'm really fascinated by the double slit experiment. Turns out that if you fire particles - electrons or even molecules at double slits, one at a time, and wait 1 sec. or more before you fire the next particle, after some time it will create an interference pattern on the screen. How can individual...
by A_Seagull
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Quantum computing, is this the start of AI intelligence?
Replies: 23
Views: 197

Re: Quantum computing, is this the start of AI intelligence?

Recently I have been reading that quantum computers could soon be a reality, and very soon! An advancement in technology that basically is on par with the human brain.. But without the consciousness? My question is do you think that if an AI program fitted with quantum computing, could find awarene...
by A_Seagull
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Statements are inherently meaningless.
Replies: 18
Views: 207

Re: Statements are inherently meaningless.

I don't think you understand how science works. I think I do. Perhaps your conception of science is mistaken? I don't think you know how to make coffee. From growing the plants to brewing the drink. I have a pretty good idea. But I am happy with my coffee machine too. I don't think you understand t...
by A_Seagull
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Statements are inherently meaningless.
Replies: 18
Views: 207

Re: Statements are inherently meaningless.

Recursion is just a computational process where the output of one cycle is used as the input for the next repeated cycle. I don't see how that can possible lead to a 'model of reality' Science is recursive. One hypothesis (approximation) superseded and falsified by the next. It leads to better and ...