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by A_Seagull
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: All My Philosophy Packets
Replies: 65
Views: 3571

Re: All My Philosophy Packets

The best writings on philosophy are not 'true'; they are communications of ideas.

What are your ideas?
by A_Seagull
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 157
Views: 1900

Re: Are all models wrong?

PS I have 'known' Lacewing for quite a long time and IMO her model of the world is quite different from that of Skepdick; ergo they are different people. I would also suggest that using the use of capital letters as inferring that two posters are the same person is inefficient and ultimately inaccur...
by A_Seagull
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 157
Views: 1900

Re: Are all models wrong?

Everyone has a different model of the world, albeit with some overlap.
There is no absolute or 'true' model of the world with which to compare one's model.
So the only way to objectively compare different models is with regard to their efficiency and accuracy.
by A_Seagull
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: PC Imbecility
Replies: 35
Views: 354

Re: PC Imbecility

It is all a PC game. Though admittedly some people take it quite seriously.

But as an outsider it is fun to watch, it's a bit like watching gridiron played with a balloon; entertaining but ultimately pointless.
by A_Seagull
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 157
Views: 1900

Re: Are all models wrong?

All that we know of the world is a model of the world. To deny that is IMO to be a non-philosopher. I know my kitchen, clothes, wife and children, home town, colleagues, guitars, and so on and so on. These are real things that I know. They are not models (descriptions) of the world. They are featur...
by A_Seagull
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 157
Views: 1900

Re: Are all models wrong?

All that we know of the world is a model of the world. To deny that is IMO to be a non-philosopher.
by A_Seagull
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: First Believe, Then Understand
Replies: 67
Views: 1140

Re: First Believe, Then Understand

Peter Adamson reviews the relation of reason & revelation. https://philosophynow.org/issues/133/First_Believe_Then_Understand a proper use of reason is unattainable without religious commitment. It is the Vedas, or the Bible, that give us the truth, and the ‘scientist’s’ job is to understand that t...
by A_Seagull
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology, Propositions
Replies: 53
Views: 1090

Re: Epistemology, Propositions

Okay - thanks. So here are your claims: 1 What we call knowledge is an esoteric thing of some kind that we create with our brains. 2 Creating what we call knowledge involves a logical process. 3 What we call ideas are things of some kind that can be created ex nihilo. If that's correct, then here a...
by A_Seagull
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology, Propositions
Replies: 53
Views: 1090

Re: Epistemology, Propositions

Thanks. The reason why I'm not inclined to read your book is because of the impression I get from what you say. You seem to think that what we call knowledge is a thing of some kind that we 'create' with our brains, a thing with an esoteric nature of some kind, which you've managed to understand an...
by A_Seagull
Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology, Propositions
Replies: 53
Views: 1090

Re: Epistemology, Propositions

Thanks for the heads-up. But I, for one, would be grateful for your summary (un-glib) answer to the question: 'What is knowledge and what does it mean to know something?' If the question lies at the root of philosophy, and you've answered it, we can all move on. First off, when the question is answ...
by A_Seagull
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology, Propositions
Replies: 53
Views: 1090

Re: Epistemology, Propositions

programming a computer is done by sequencing on and off switches (binary codes) in various combinations. but I agree, the question about the nature of knowledge might be more complex... then again... -Imp But then how does one set the binary switches to create a word processing program? And perhaps...
by A_Seagull
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology, Propositions
Replies: 53
Views: 1090

Re: Epistemology, Propositions

Suppose you tell me! I'd really appreciate your doing so. . OK so the question is : "What is knowledge and what does it mean to know something?' I am not going to attempt any glib answer to that question, for it really lies at the root of philosophy. But it is an area on which I have done considera...
by A_Seagull
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology, Propositions
Replies: 53
Views: 1090

Re: Epistemology, Propositions

Have you any idea what knowledge is or what it means to know something? Suppose you tell me! I'd really appreciate your doing so. . OK so the question is : "What is knowledge and what does it mean to know something?' I am not going to attempt any glib answer to that question, for it really lies at ...
by A_Seagull
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Epistemology, Propositions
Replies: 53
Views: 1090

Re: Epistemology, Propositions

RCSaunders wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:59 pm

All knowledge is propositional. All we know is in the form of propositions.
What a ridiculous idea! Where did you get it from? Did your read it in a book or perhaps a fortune cookie?

Have you any idea what knowledge is or what it means to know something?
by A_Seagull
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Does Ontological Relativity undermine Absolute Truth?
Replies: 112
Views: 1963

Re: Does Ontological Relativity undermine Absolute Truth?

Skepdick wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:56 pm
Why do you believe nature can be explained "simply"?
Because people can only understand simple ideas.