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by Skepdick
Tue Feb 27, 2024 9:03 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Conspiracy Theories and Narcissism.
Replies: 53
Views: 919

Re: Conspiracy Theories and Narcissism.

FlashDangerpants wrote: Mon Feb 26, 2024 2:23 pm <blah blah blah>
There is no material difference between unshakable philosophical presupposition and an unfalsifiable conspiratorial belief.

Dogmatism is dogmatism is dogmatism.
by Skepdick
Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:06 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 9632
Views: 1007017

Re: What could make morality objective?

1 Noumena - things-in-themselves - are not a useful illusion. They're a confusing fiction that is still causing no end of philosophical muddle. Whatever Kant intended for his fiction, it's been disastrous - just as Plato's forms have been. It's time to unfog ourselves. But your illusion of "un...
by Skepdick
Mon Feb 26, 2024 7:17 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 9632
Views: 1007017

Re: What could make morality objective?

There are just features of reality we know about, and others we don't. Yet. Peter "Dumb Cun t" Holmes is back into full-swing incoherence. What's a fact as distinct from a feature? What's a feature as distinct from a fact? Show us one without telling us about it? Why can't you? Is it beca...
by Skepdick
Sun Feb 25, 2024 1:36 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 9632
Views: 1007017

Re: What could make morality objective?

What is X? What kind of thing is X? What is the nature of X? What are the properties of X? Describe X. Let X be an unknown cause. Or an unknown effect. Or an unknown event. Or an unknown feature of reality. Or an unknown anything whatsoever. Explanations vary. But they come to an end. And there's n...
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 7:48 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why is Physics 'More Objective' than Astrology?
Replies: 78
Views: 1344

Re: Why is Physics 'More Objective' than Astrology?

Copenhagen-type interpretations hold that quantum descriptions are objective, in that they are independent of physicists' personal beliefs and other arbitrary mental factors.[5]: 85–90  If it says so it must be true, right? The descriptions of all these mathematical functions, numbers and abstract ...
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 6:40 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: I'm straight and tired of gay pride
Replies: 489
Views: 14844

Re: I'm straight and tired of gay pride

If I argue against the facts of the matter, I would expect to lose. How is that supposed to work against an eristic strategy , exactly? I argue that grass is blue and that the sky is red. When do I lose? How do I lose? If this is a game. And a game of "winning" and "losing" at t...
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 3:48 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: I'm straight and tired of gay pride
Replies: 489
Views: 14844

Re: I'm straight and tired of gay pride

If there are universal facts about which values are true Also... that's a really really cute circularity you are peddling there. Do you value true values more than you value false values or something?!? It seems like another universal fact about values that true values are more valuable than the fa...
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 3:26 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: I'm straight and tired of gay pride
Replies: 489
Views: 14844

Re: I'm straight and tired of gay pride

That's not how it works. If there are universal facts about which values are true then you should be able to explain an argument to substantiate a factual claim about the factual values . There would be no escape via just not believing in values as fact if you could do that, because you would be ab...
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 2:01 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Is it possible to define a measure of how interesting is a given mathematical theory?
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Re: Is it possible to define a measure of how interesting is a given mathematical theory?

The measure should be a function that takes as input a library of propositions, definitions and proves in a given formal language (let's say for example a subset of mathlib - https://leanprover-community.github.io/mathlib-overview.html), and returns a real value between 0 and 1. Sure, but your func...
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:55 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 9632
Views: 1007017

Re: What could make morality objective?

What is the nature of an unknown fact? A fact is a feature of reality that is or was the case. So an unknown fact is a feature of reality that is or was the case that nobody knows about. Hence the possibility that we don't know all the facts. Hence the provisionality of scientific conclusions. Henc...
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:21 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 9632
Views: 1007017

Re: What could make morality objective?

Peter Holmes wrote: Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:13 pm Here's a respectably rational assertion: 'We don't know all the facts.'
I thought facts are mind-independent. Why do you keep bringing the asserter into frame?

Remove the asserter from the frame and answer the question: What is the nature of an unknown fact?
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 12:21 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why is Physics 'More Objective' than Astrology?
Replies: 78
Views: 1344

Re: Why is Physics 'More Objective' than Astrology?

FlashDangerpants wrote: Thu Feb 22, 2024 10:53 am You seem to be making the mistaken assumption that it matters in some way whether some ideal of true or perfect objectivity is attainable
No worse than the mistaken assumption that your objection matters.
by Skepdick
Fri Feb 23, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 9632
Views: 1007017

Re: What could make morality objective?

1 If what we call objectivity is not 'merely intersubjective', then the rest of it seems to be what we say it is: reliance on or attention to facts. 2 To say objectivity is intersubjectivity or 'batched subjectivity' seems to mistake how we come to a conclusion for the nature of the conclusion. Jud...
by Skepdick
Thu Feb 22, 2024 10:44 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why is Physics 'More Objective' than Astrology?
Replies: 78
Views: 1344

Re: Why is Physics 'More Objective' than Astrology?

So it is relativism all the way down as well. You have notions of up and down?!? Good stuff! You can recover a total ordering. You can rank your relativism from bottom-most to top-post. How do you not know these things? It is the basic premise of the bubble sort algorithm. Dumb. Fucking. Philosopher.
by Skepdick
Wed Feb 21, 2024 3:59 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What could make morality objective?
Replies: 9632
Views: 1007017

Re: What could make morality objective?

I've never come across someone as stupid, self-important and self-deluded as you. You're incapable of reasoning and arguing intelligently, of actually addressing falsifications and refutations of your silly claims and the moral and metaphysical theory you just mindlessly repeat. The end. And now Pe...