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by OuterLimits
Sun May 27, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Simulation Argument
Replies: 210
Views: 6109

Re: The Simulation Argument

No amount of individual experience will allow you to know the nature of the source of that experience - for instance, whether it is "naturally real" or whether it is virtual - what kind of turtles the universe rests on, how many of them there are, and whether they are naturally evolved turtles or el...
by OuterLimits
Sun May 27, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 356
Views: 16043

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

Physicalists say all events can be explained completely by causal chains of previous physical events. This was, roughly, the scientific worldview before the discovery of quantum physics. Now we know, however, that some events at a subatomic level are affected by whether there is an observing mind. ...
by OuterLimits
Sun May 27, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 356
Views: 16043

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

So many would like to be materialists, and also believe in other minds. Why? The senses directly reveal behaviors of others, not consciousness. If physical laws are not deemed sufficient to generate the behaviors, then one is not a materialist. If the physical laws *are* deemed sufficient to generat...
by OuterLimits
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Go to hell
Replies: 33
Views: 2693

Re: Go to hell

a god who would send people to hell permanently is a joke

that out of the way, it might be a worthwhile experience for everyone to spend a little time in hell now and then
by OuterLimits
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Information does not exist as such
Replies: 143
Views: 6762

Re: Information does not exist as such

Hi all

This question about what "exists" comes down to the solipsistic question.

Is there "stuff" or is it all "information" being fed to the perceiver?
by OuterLimits
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is Choosing and How Did it Start?
Replies: 1
Views: 264

What is Choosing and How Did it Start?

I did a search for "Evolutionary Psychology" - a topic I find of interest. I was brought to this index page: https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/evolutionary-psychology A few entries down I find this What is Choosing and How Did it Start? By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. How can we have free will if we'...
by OuterLimits
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What do we know in science?
Replies: 12
Views: 718

Re: What do we know in science?

No question that science is fluid. This leads to the next question: how do we tell the difference between science and nonscience or science and pseudoscience? Does science have limits? Are the methods of science fluid? Science is not a body of truths, but a method for evaluating models of the world...
by OuterLimits
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Information does not exist as such
Replies: 143
Views: 6762

Re: Information does not exist as such

Remember the often neglected truth: The scientific method can tell you a lot but it can't tell you anything about the 2 most important beliefs and individual has: * The world is real and not just in your mind * In that real world, seemingly governed by physical laws, other people have subjective ex...
by OuterLimits
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Information does not exist as such
Replies: 143
Views: 6762

Re: Information does not exist as such

As a nondualist I actually fail to see a difference between the two, it's an odd categorization. If anything, it's slightly backwards, since these secondary qualities are direct experiences in the head, and the primary qualities are conceptual direct experiences in the head. Remember the often negl...
by OuterLimits
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Experiencing of experience
Replies: 12
Views: 1565

Re: Experiencing of experience

It is possible since all that is required are a mind which is the function of a brain and a physical body to have experiences No, first person consciousness is apparently more than the function of a brain because all brain functions can be explained just fine from a third person perspective. Brain ...
by OuterLimits
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 381
Views: 30755

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

"Suppose that there be a machine,the structure of which produces thinking,feeling and perceiving; imagine this machine enlarged but preserving the same proportions, so that you could enter it as if it were a mill. This being supposed, you might visit its inside; but what would you observe there? No...
by OuterLimits
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4085

Re: Dualism II

At some point in scientific endeavor and study of the brain comes: the problem of other minds.
by OuterLimits
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Relativity?
Replies: 1111
Views: 95142

Re: Relativity?

Theories must be tested. It takes elbow grease. Otherwise you're just writing poetry.
by OuterLimits
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The irrefutability of Duality and the recognition that consciousness is physical
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Re: The irrefutability of Duality and the recognition that consciousness is physical

The Cartesian demon doesn't apply here as a proof of Solipsism remotely, it is if anything proof of duality, by isolating the individual through illusion, as separate and not the same thing. A true Solipsists would never accept this, if they did, they would instantly cease being Non-Dual. They of c...
by OuterLimits
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The irrefutability of Duality and the recognition that consciousness is physical
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Re: The irrefutability of Duality and the recognition that consciousness is physical

Fail. You merely asserted a Dualism between the Demon and I exist, and that a Illusion is sourced in you, and not myself. So you proved my point, with drama and efficiency. Thank you. I asserted there is something outside of "your conscious mind" or "your conscious self" that is the source for your...