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by Dunce
Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Do definitions have truth values?
Replies: 14
Views: 2930

Re: Do definitions have truth values?

"Brexit means Brexit" has truth value, but is not what we might call content-rich.
by Dunce
Sat Oct 15, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is Free will an illusion?
Replies: 27
Views: 3383

Re: Is Free will an illusion?

4) We pick up the best option among prioritized options, so called rational decision making The best for who or what over what sort of time scale? For immediate pleasure? Long-term health? Bank balance? Those we have responsibilities towards? Those we love? A community? The whole human population? ...
by Dunce
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why should we be guilty or responsible of our actions if free will is an illusion?
Replies: 30
Views: 3500

Re: Why should we be guilty or responsible of our actions if free will is an illusion?

An absence of free will would not a be a good reason for failing to hold people responsible for their actions unless their actions were never influenced by fear of punishment or a sense of guilt. If there really were a total absence of free will, those who ran the judiciary system would not be free ...
by Dunce
Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do you do better thinking when you're not fully focused?
Replies: 11
Views: 2104

Re: Do you do better thinking when you're not fully focused?

(I recall Henri Poincare saying that after thinking hard about a problem, he comes up with answers later on when his mind becomes preoccupied with something else or being relaxed) Spookily, mere minutes after reading and commenting on this topic I started to read Meaning in Mathematics edited by Jo...
by Dunce
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do you do better thinking when you're not fully focused?
Replies: 11
Views: 2104

Re: Do you do better thinking when you're not fully focused?

Von Neumann did some of his best work blazingly fast in noisy, chaotic environments, and once admonished his wife for preparing a quiet study for him to work in. He never used it, preferring the couple's living room with its television playing loudly. So far studies have had mixed results, but it c...
by Dunce
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?

Hobbes' Choice wrote:Here we see Aryton Senna praying before the race in which he died due to his tyre pressures being too low - so much for God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtyBB4ZKOS8
He obviously forgot to ask God to pump up the tyres.
by Dunce
Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?

No, praying for success in anything is two things; 1) a complete waste of time; and 2) delusional. I'm inclined to agree it's delusional. I'm not so sure it's a waste of time. It may be that prayer is one part of the brain communicating with another; that other part of the brain may have some beari...
by Dunce
Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?

Yes, it would make sense to thank God for having given you the ability to win even if you hadn't asked him to, assuming you believe he made you who you are with all your abilities. I did however, recently read an account of the 1988 100m Olympic final in which Linford Christie is quoted as saying, '...
by Dunce
Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Is praying for sporting success a form of cheating?

Mo Farah (who is a Muslim) kneels in a prayer of thanks after winning a race. Usain Bolt crosses himself before a race. There is nothing secretive about what they are doing; but is it cheating? If it were possible to get a divine being to intervene in order to get you to run faster than your rivals,...
by Dunce
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Newly discovered brain links
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Re: Newly discovered brain links

I've just been reading Why Do People Get Ill by Darian Leader and David Corfield, which provides quite a good introduction to this area, if you can stomach the most speculative of Leader's Freudian/Lacanian noodlings. Possibly what the Facebook fruitcake had in mind was how unusual Western thought i...
by Dunce
Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Memory Loss and Moral Accountablility
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

Re: Memory Loss and Moral Accountablility

People are judged on their actual behaviour rather than behaviour they are predisposed to, although character and risk of reoffending may be considered in sentencing. I was thinking more of questions of identity. As a forty-year old, I don't feel myself to be the same person I was when I was sixteen...
by Dunce
Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Memory Loss and Moral Accountablility
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

Re: Memory Loss and Moral Accountablility

It would be nice if the link didn't bring me to a glass manufacturer. :lol: Apologies - I overlooked the importance of the word 'the'. Try this - http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/may/01/janners-alleged-victims-question-inconsistency-in-dementia-cases What I was wondering was, if he were to compl...
by Dunce
Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Memory Loss and Moral Accountablility
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

Memory Loss and Moral Accountablility

Is memory essential to a sense of self? If so, when someone loses memory, does he/she loose moral responsibility for actions committed before such memory loss? I am thinking here of the case of Lord Janner http://www.guardian.com/law/2015/may/01/janners-alleged-victims-question-inconsistency-in-deme...
by Dunce
Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:57 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)
Replies: 3
Views: 1263

Re: Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)

This intriguing little article introducing Feuerbach's thought makes for an interesting contrast with the Wittgensteinian and logical positivist explorations in the same issue. For the logical positivists anything mystical was neither logically nor empirically verifiable, therefore nonsense; they th...
by Dunce
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Rules, Language & Reality
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Rules, Language & Reality

Linguistic meaning is normative. That is, there are right and wrong ways to use words. If we use words in the wrong way we may fail to say anything meaningful. For example, if I say, "The window was dog," then I'm misusing either 'window' or 'dog' in such a way that I'm talking nonsense. The window...