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by Justintruth
Fri May 17, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

...But wow, it's long... Maybe best to use this summary: Need to represent what I am saying correctly: You can’t say that we need to posit an entity other than material on which to predicate consciousness just because the predicate of consciousness is not “merely physical”. The whole idea is that m...
by Justintruth
Thu May 16, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Which causes which is not the question, so much as "Why and how are they coordinated Why are they coordinated? Do you think there is a reason that they are coordinated? How they are coordinated is important in the sense of description but not in the sense of some answer that explains without posits...
by Justintruth
Sat May 11, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Here is what I get from your last post: Two vs one: Your position is that there are two real entities required for experiencing to possibly occur. Not quite, but you're close. Two coordinated aspects are involved. Then we agree? Two coordinated aspects of one entity? My position is that there is no...
by Justintruth
Fri May 10, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Sorry, this post was to be in reply to Immanuel Can's previous reply to me
by Justintruth
Fri May 10, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Here is what I get from your last post: Two vs one: Your position is that there are two real entities required for experiencing to possibly occur. My position is that there is no entity logically required for experiencing to occur. However, as a matter of contingent fact, I hypothesize that all expe...
by Justintruth
Tue May 07, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

....it requires a conscious "experiencer," which is not a mechanical process but a personal and cognitive one. Absent a personal "experiencer," what we have is merely another kind of "occurrence." Well, there is no doubt that as you say conscious experiencing is not a mechanical process if by mecha...
by Justintruth
Mon May 06, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

"No zombies, no ghosts." It's a good working hypothesis at least for now. Well, either you've got bodies with no souls (zombies), or souls with no bodies (extreme Idealism, ghosts), or you've got Dualism, meaning both exist together somehow. Had a very long debate a while ago on this. I came up wit...
by Justintruth
Fri May 03, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

I take this as: does the individual have a spirit? I think so. I think, wedged deep into the meat of a person, is a soul, an immaterial, irreducible, 'something'. My evidence for this flimsy and wholly idiosyncratic and of little interest to anyone. "No zombies, no ghosts." It's a good working hypo...
by Justintruth
Fri May 03, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 115
Views: 828

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Since human experiencing is temporal and since the temporal, contingent fact of what was is eternal, then humans have an eternal soul. That soul is created up until death when it becomes the eternal identity of that person forever. There are some theories in which the soul is reborn and there is Nie...
by Justintruth
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: How do we transfer idea through language?
Replies: 18
Views: 383

Re: How do we transfer idea through language?

How do we get an idea through reading a text for example? I assume that by "get an idea" you mean some type of experiencing that occurs that is caused by a state of the brain. I further assume that our brains are similar enough that the states produced are similar. Then it is just a signal pathway ...
by Justintruth
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 229
Views: 2004

Re: What is time?

....Does any of this proves time exists as such? .... It may be that the notion of time itself is linked to certain categories of existence. Not all existence is temporal. The Pythagorean theorem is true and that is not an event that happened, happens, will happen, can cease to happen etc. It is ou...
by Justintruth
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 960
Views: 8710

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Do you think suppressing the survival instinct is a moral thing to do? Do you think it is harmful to optimise for survival? Looks like some people do.... https://blog.startwithwhy.com/refocus/2012/06/there-are-fates-worse-than-death.html Amazing how deep a fish can swallow a propaganda hook....aw s...
by Justintruth
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Arrival

...but presumably neither party would have conditioned knowledge. I wonder why you say that? We already have some conditioned knowledge and if they visit presumably they would too. Perhaps you mean "...condition knowledge of each other...." but even there I would expect we would start to study each...
by Justintruth
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Arrival

we have been altering the genetics of plant foods for decades -Imp Longer if you include our selection of plants. Mendel. Corn. etc. But you mean direct manipulation of the genome. Will be interesting when we start selecting for the nature of the experiencing the device produces. Did I say "start s...
by Justintruth
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Arrival

It would be interesting to have an example from like a lizard or insect. Something further from us than another mammal. I believe that the strategy of inflating ones size is a strategy common to more than just mammals but I could be wrong. In the case you mention I think that the bear has evolved to...