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by Skepdick
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Authoritarianism
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Authoritarianism

Advocate wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 5:09 pm At minimum, your supporters must be accepting you for accurate reasons - no fraud or hypocrisy. For another it must be based on actual benefit for everyone subject to it - good reasons.
By what measure are the reasons of supporters "accurate" and "good"?
by Skepdick
Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will
Replies: 80
Views: 1903

Re: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will

Life is tough. I know it's hard, but life requires you to learn all you possibly can and to think as well as you possibly can and then holds your responsible for how well or poorly you fulfilled the requirements of your existence. Stamping your foot and insisting all the wrong choices you make are ...
by Skepdick
Mon May 31, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will
Replies: 80
Views: 1903

Re: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will

What about people without a brain? (2016) Meet The Man Who Lives Normally With Damage to 90% of His Brain " Any theory of consciousness has to be able to explain why a person like that, who's missing 90 percent of his neurons, still exhibits normal behaviour," Axel Cleeremans , a professor cognitiv...
by Skepdick
Mon May 31, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Authoritarianism
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Authoritarianism

Advocate wrote: Mon May 31, 2021 12:58 pm Authoritarianism is falsely acting self-righteous in a position of power, an assumption of infallibility. It is an epistemological blind spot coupled with illegitimate authority (acceptance of supporters).
What's a "legitimate authority" ?
by Skepdick
Mon May 31, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will
Replies: 80
Views: 1903

Re: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will

simplicity wrote: Sun May 30, 2021 10:26 pm It is only your thinking that is infinitely complex. Reality is infinitely simple.
How's that even possible? Reality contains my thinking.

If my thinking is infinitely complex, then reality (which contains my thinking and them some) must be even more complex.
by Skepdick
Mon May 31, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will
Replies: 80
Views: 1903

Re: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will

What about the opposite, the 'belief' in free will? What would be the argumentative substantiation to justify such a belief? The justification for my belief in free will is easy: the neurons in my brain fire in just such a way that my mouth opens and I say I have free will. What choice do I have? I...
by Skepdick
Sun May 30, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies
Replies: 164
Views: 3671

Re: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies

Terrapin Station wrote: Sun May 30, 2021 7:00 pm Again, "everything happens deterministically" is a faith-based belief.
All beliefs are contingent, and therefore faith-based.
by Skepdick
Sun May 30, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will
Replies: 80
Views: 1903

Re: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will

It would be the perfect legal system for the hundreds of millions of adult-children out there who insist, "It's not my fault." We live in an infinitely complex universe. it's not our fault that we are stupid, ignorant and unable to deal with complexity! The people who keep looking to blame somebody...
by Skepdick
Sun May 30, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies
Replies: 164
Views: 3671

Re: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies

As I've been trying to explain to RogerSH, ontological freedom is a very simple idea. It obtains when it's the case that from some antecedent state of affairs, A, at time T1, the immediately following consequent state, at T2, can at least be either B or C, where B and C are incompatible It would've...
by Skepdick
Sun May 30, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will
Replies: 80
Views: 1903

Re: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will

Nothing that has been determined to happen is impossible in a determined world. There's the contradiction, right there. "Nothing that has been determined to happen ." :shock: If X has been fated, destined and predetermined, then nothing but X can happen. Nothing. So nothing was "prevented." X was f...
by Skepdick
Sun May 30, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will
Replies: 80
Views: 1903

Re: ⚖️ Retributive Justice and 🦋 Free Will

Already this "growing movement" is articulating something that makes no sense. "Preventative measures" are impossible in a Deterministic world. You can't "prevent" what was going to happen inevitably. And the "measures" you employ will be just as fated, certain and inexorable as the brain chemistry...
by Skepdick
Sun May 30, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies
Replies: 164
Views: 3671

Re: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies

Terrapin Station wrote: Sun May 30, 2021 12:42 pm Ontological freedom is what must obtain to some extent in order for free will to be possible.
That's the sort of sentence philosophers blurt out when they have nothing of value to say.

It's 2021. Ontology itself doesn't obtain.

If it did you'd have foundations.
by Skepdick
Sat May 29, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies
Replies: 164
Views: 3671

Re: A Meccano model of two Incompatibilist Fallacies

Doesn't repeated observation mean change is occurring, just not for the system under measurement? Precisely that. Time is passing but change is not happening. Therefore time and change are not identical. This looks like treating the observer as part of the world but not part of the world in the sam...
by Skepdick
Sat May 29, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The difference between formal and psychological freedom of will
Replies: 19
Views: 640

Re: The difference between formal and psychological freedom of will

Our universe is not actually deterministic.... Nobody knows whether the universe is deterministic or non-deterministic. Nobody has any clue how to epistemically determine which one is the ontological case. It is but a philosophical confusion which projects deterministic and non-deterministic reason...
by Skepdick
Fri May 28, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is logic at its root fundamentally programmable?
Replies: 97
Views: 4517

Re: Is logic at its root fundamentally programmable?

Well there you go. I tried to let you off the hook, but I guess subtleties are a little too difficult for you. It was a joke! Do you really think I was claiming to travel faster than light? You didn't notice I said, but no one else can see it? Here's what I said. Maybe you'll get it this time: "I t...