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by Graeme M
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?

some sentences can contradict themselves, such as "everything i say is a lie" can't be true or false, because if everything i say is a lie, it would include this sentence, making it true, which makes it false, because then i wouldn't be lying, so everything i say isn't a lie. " everything i say is ...
by Graeme M
Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?

alpha, I thought about this again and agree completely that the sentence has to be considered in relation to another sentence, which was my original point. I went back and reread a couple of explanations (eg Stanfords: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/liar-paradox/ ) and as far as I can tell, they ...
by Graeme M
Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?

Ahhh... so it's not the statements themselves alone! I can see I misunderstood the way it was being presented. Thanks for that, I felt I was just completely missing something obvious. Which of course, I was!
by Graeme M
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Why is the Liar's Paradox, a paradox?

I was reading today and came across the Liar's Paradox. I read it a couple of times and couldn't quite see what was being claimed. I went off to read some internet explanations (eg Stanford's philosophy encyclopedia) but these were all explained in rather unfathomable language so I was left none the...
by Graeme M
Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Meaning of Life - Missing in Action, So What Now?
Replies: 7
Views: 768

Re: The Meaning of Life - Missing in Action, So What Now?

You may be right henry quirk, but it seems to me that isn't enough for an awful lot of people. Watching my Facebook feed shows me that rather clearly. This matter was illustrated to me recently in a discussion with a friend wherein I posed the question in slightly different form. I asked her what sh...
by Graeme M
Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Meaning of Life - Missing in Action, So What Now?
Replies: 7
Views: 768

The Meaning of Life - Missing in Action, So What Now?

From what I understand of peoples' ideas of themselves and their place in the world, I gather many, if not most, tend to see themselves as something more than an organism existing in the physical world. That is, I think people imagine themselves to have a soul or at the least some essential essence ...
by Graeme M
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21278

Re: Where is "here"?

Leo, is 'Now' the same everywhere? I mean, spatially, 'here' is where my point of consciousness is and there is somewhere else, perhaps the other side of the universe. In the idea of space there is a separation due to physical distance. But if 'here' is really 'Now', and Now is the same everywhere, ...
by Graeme M
Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Climate Change
Replies: 246
Views: 17167

Re: Climate Change

raw_thought, you'd need to read the other side of the argument in depth to get a feel for that. It's not lying directly so much as it is group think. I think there is great pressure within science to conform to the consensus narrative. People like Hansen have a goal and it's not objective science - ...
by Graeme M
Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Climate Change
Replies: 246
Views: 17167

Re: Climate Change

oh and in case you wonder at my own philosophy of the world, here's a small peek at that. We need to have a population of probably no more than 1-2 billion total. We should live far more simply. We should abandon the pursuit of material goods, and reduce consumption, the cycle of growth and producti...
by Graeme M
Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Climate Change
Replies: 246
Views: 17167

Re: Climate Change

raw_thought, there's clearly little point in arguing with you as you very much have your mind made up. And as you say, your sense of the matter conforms to the consensus view, so you would feel pretty safe in arguing for being on the side of right. So when I offer my personal view, I do so just to s...
by Graeme M
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Libet's experiments and the urge to act - what do you think?
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: Libet's experiments and the urge to act - what do you think?

In posing this question, I'm not directly interested in Libet's experiment and what it illustrates, rather the idea that someone can be aware of an urge to act. I certainly don't have that awareness and I'm beat if I can see what is meant by that. For example, I can simply choose to flex a finger. I...
by Graeme M
Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Climate Change
Replies: 246
Views: 17167

Re: Climate Change

raw_thought wrote:The entire world's scientific community is aware of the earth's weather history and have concluded that our current extremes are not natural.
Maybe you could find a quote to support that?
by Graeme M
Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Climate Change
Replies: 246
Views: 17167

Re: Climate Change

raw_thought, you are doing exactly what I am suggesting - imagining that we are experiencing disasters we've not experienced before. Your examples are not weather extremes that have not been seen before. The IPCC, the main body making projections about impacts of climate change (from whom I drew tha...
by Graeme M
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Climate Change
Replies: 246
Views: 17167

Re: Climate Change

raw_thought, scientists do not say that weather patterns are out of the norm. They project likelihoods of change according to both observations and theoretical considerations. There is no 'norm', simply a statistical average for some particular period. Here, for example, from the Summary for Policy ...
by Graeme M
Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Climate Change
Replies: 246
Views: 17167

Re: Climate Change

I won't bother going back through this thread, so am probably just covering old ground but I do find it intriguing how easily people are convinced that weather patterns today are somehow so very different from some mythical norm. In fact, I actually find it disturbing that young people are being enc...