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by ernestm
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: why post- modernism is wrong/right
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Re: why post- modernism is wrong/right

When reason is off the table, what's left really is only power. "In the face of madness, rationality is powerless. Knowledge is power. If that's all that's left on the table - I'll take it. To attempt to use the pursuit of power (knowledge) as a pejorative seems ass-backwards for "lovers of wisdom"...
by ernestm
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: retired philosopher
Replies: 10
Views: 1356

retired philosopher

Hello, I joined Philosophy Now! some years ago but never visited the forums. I was born in 1960 in Washington DC to a managing editor in the Washington Post and a debutante with drug addiction problems. Mainly to get food at first, as my mother bought drugs rather than feed me, I earned all paid boa...
by ernestm
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Plank length and what is between
Replies: 75
Views: 5494

Re: Plank length and what is between

Plank length is NOT a literal quantizable 'minimum'. It is defined in a way that others can determine a unit without a particular 'standard', like the original 'meter' being defined by a particular bar's length, for instance. When using literal standards of length, it is hard to use macro-objects (...
by ernestm
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Weight is observable, mass is imagined, and disputes about that could end the world
Replies: 0
Views: 981

Weight is observable, mass is imagined, and disputes about that could end the world

Weight is observable, but mass is conceptual. In conventional physics, mass is fixed, and matter warps space at Einsteinian scales. That's a convenient way of looking at things, and results in many accurate predictions, so it's become commonly held that the existence of mass is a 'fact' by scientist...