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by Londoner
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: God and Evil
Replies: 52
Views: 649

Re: God and Evil

Isaiah 45:7 " I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things." More usually 'calamity' or 'disaster' which makes more sense when contrasted with 'peace'. Yes, do what all Christians do best: twist and turn the words of their believed lord, until...
by Londoner
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Philosophy Now magazine Suggestions Box
Replies: 117
Views: 46513

Re: Philosophy Now magazine Suggestions Box

This thread is for any suggestions you might have for improving Philosophy Now magazine. If there is anything in the mag that you like and would like more of, or anything that you don't like and would prefer less of, then this is a good place to say so (though of course you could always email me in...
by Londoner
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: God and Evil
Replies: 52
Views: 649

Re: God and Evil

Isaiah 45:7 " I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things."
More usually 'calamity' or 'disaster' which makes more sense when contrasted with 'peace'.
by Londoner
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 1617

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
— Albert Einstein
Maybe of Einstein's everyday thinking.
by Londoner
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Could a Robot be Conscious?
Replies: 36
Views: 704

Re: Could a Robot be Conscious?

OK, OK, I hear you, 1x0, Atla, Brian, Dontaskme, jayjacobus, Londoner, Noax, Science Fan and Walker. Your arguments are powerful and convincing. You have long ago converted me to your reasoning. I continued to address you, though, not to debate you, but to solicit your ideas about questions that tr...
by Londoner
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Could a Robot be Conscious?
Replies: 36
Views: 704

Re: Could a Robot be Conscious?

Humans learn to recognize 'chair' to mean chair after seeing lots of chairs and then making a definition of 'chair' by attaching 'chair' to chair. How is this different from the kind of AI where learning takes place by allowing a computer or robot to teach itself definitions as a result of its own ...
by Londoner
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Could a Robot be Conscious?
Replies: 36
Views: 704

Re: Could a Robot be Conscious?

It is the job of the sensory interpretation areas in the cerebrum to make sense of the electrical signals it receives. Interpretation is done by looking up definitions and making associations from the impulses that are received. This suggests the 'homunculus'. That our body is no different from a r...
by Londoner
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 1617

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

If we define 'snow' then Perhaps it is not such a good idea to define things then... Science deals with what can be measured. We want to come up with some objective measurement, so we have got to have some agreement about what we are measuring. As I was trying to suggest earlier, in normal life we ...
by Londoner
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free will is real
Replies: 114
Views: 1469

Re: Free will is real

We are not talking about reflex which is an unconscious act. We are talking about conscious free decision. 'Conscious' meaning self-conscious? I am making a decision and at the same time reflect 'that I am now making a decision'. I find it quite difficult to do this. As I write this post, I do not ...
by Londoner
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 1617

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

Londoner, it must be a beautiful thing, to live in your world, where things don't have meanings, living things don't have experiences, and concepts altogether don't exist. Where warm and cold are not experienced, where definitions are discarded as being circular, where nothing is concrete or defina...
by Londoner
Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 1617

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

Londoner, it must be a beautiful thing, to live in your world, where things don't have meanings, living things don't have experiences, and concepts altogether don't exist. Where warm and cold are not experienced, where definitions are discarded as being circular, where nothing is concrete or defina...
by Londoner
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 1617

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

"(DATA) In our extensive experience thus far, snow has always been cold. But this is circular because if some snow we experienced had not been cold we would have said it was not snow. That is not scientific, unless the ENTIRE definition of snow would be restricted to "something cold". But snow is f...
by Londoner
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 1617

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

"(DATA) In our extensive experience thus far, snow has always been cold.
But this is circular because if some snow we experienced had not been cold we would have said it was not snow.
by Londoner
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Weakness of the Progressive Mind
Replies: 176
Views: 3020

Re: The Weakness of the Progressive Mind

Where the religious mind feels the importance of honoring eternal values, the progressive mind is only concerned with “enlightened expediency” Religious values are only 'eternal' is as far as they are so vaguely formulated as to be meaningless. When it comes to any practical application of these su...
by Londoner
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Are You A Garbled Relativist?
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: Are You A Garbled Relativist?

Ray Prebble argues that moral relativism is both incoherent and immoral. https://philosophynow.org/issues/124/Are_You_A_Garbled_Relativist A philosophical argument would have been welcome. Instead it was ad hominem - mostly ad hominem against a variety of straw men! - from start to finish. That is ...