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by mickthinks
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Arising_uk
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: Arising_uk

artisticsolution! I didn't know you were still around! Remember Non Sum?
by mickthinks
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How does the philosopher react to artillery shells?
Replies: 37
Views: 495

Re: How does the philosopher react to artillery shells?

I think I understand the point you are trying to make, which is that philosophy is somehow unreal and therefore unimportant. I think that's a mistake. Ludwig Wittgenstein was a philosopher, perhaps the greatest of the 20th Century: "Wittgenstein [...] found himself on the ship Goplana patrolling the...
by mickthinks
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why the USA is not and never will be Democratic
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Why the USA is not and never will be Democratic

I think you are wrong about (pretty much) everything you said there, Sculptor. To take just one example; impeachment doesn't require illegal activity in the sense of activity which is prohibited for ordinary citizens. It is my view that Trump's failure to properly divest himself of his business inte...
by mickthinks
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: HUMAN PERSONHOOD - THE CASE AGAINST ABORTION
Replies: 85
Views: 1852

Re: HUMAN PERSONHOOD - THE CASE AGAINST ABORTION

I'm going to recycle a post I made back in September I'm going to recycle a post I made back in June I'm going to recycle a post I made back in '15 WHY DO YOU SHOUT YOUR SUBJECT HEADING AT US IN UPPERCASE? IS IT BECAUSE YOU THINK YOUR TOPICS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHER PEOPLE'S AND NEED MORE ATTEN...
by mickthinks
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: THE DIVINE SUBLIME
Replies: 14
Views: 386

Re: THE DIVINE SUBLIME

I'm going to recycle a post I made back in July I'm going to recycle a post I made back in June I'm going to recycle a post I made back in '15 WHY DO YOU SHOUT YOUR SUBJECT HEADING AT US IN UPPERCASE? IS IT BECAUSE YOU THINK YOUR TOPICS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHER PEOPLE'S AND NEED MORE ATTENTION?
by mickthinks
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: If free will is assumed, is the will free?
Replies: 10
Views: 229

Re: If free will is assumed, is the will free?

Is my will free of all constraints? No, I hope not. I want a will that follows my needs, including my physical, emotional and spritual needs. Are my choices of action free of outside interference? Yes, in so far as all attempts to induce me to act against my will are unsuccessful. Standard disclaime...
by mickthinks
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Three boxes and an Indian couple
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: Three boxes and an Indian couple

Empty boxes don't do that kind of thing as a rule. Is the room showing itself as the wrong one? I don't think so. The couple leave and that shows the room to be the wrong one. Now you may think this is quibbling of the meaning of "showing". It isn't a qibble because it isn't a matter of meaning, it'...
by mickthinks
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Three boxes and an Indian couple
Replies: 16
Views: 393

Re: Three boxes and an Indian couple

All you ever wanted to know about the Monty Hall Problem can be found here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem , and the answer to Mc Ewan's problem can be deduced from there too. You can also search this forum using "monty hall" and you'll find extensive discussion. My quick and dirt...
by mickthinks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1008

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

lol I think so, but naturally I am not sure. Are we dicussing the same phrase? Are we discussing? Are we even we?
by mickthinks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1008

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

Did you experience any uncertainty before you uttered that phrase?

Dude, I am not even certain I uttered the phrase.
by mickthinks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1008

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

So.... what it seems you are saying is that you know at least the following two things with 100% certainty. 1. There is a limit to knowledge. 2. Human omnipotence is impossible. Did you mean "omnipotence" or "omniscience"? I think it follows from " I experience uncertainty where knowledge requires ...
by mickthinks
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1008

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

When you are using phrases like "epistemic problem" you are assuming that there is one.

Not really. I am assuming a load of stuff, but the one thing I cannot doubt is that, whoever or whatever I am, I experience uncertainty where knowledge requires certainty, and that is an epistemic problem.
by mickthinks
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1008

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

My knowledge is imperfect and the only thing I can be sure of is that nothing is knowable for certain. You are allowed to know some hard limits. That's kinda useful in drawing hard lines between "possible" and "impossible". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_of_impossibility I disagree, and I thin...
by mickthinks
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why America can never be great again.
Replies: 60
Views: 1195

Re: Why America can never be great again.

Who are Adams and De Toqueville that we should take their political philosophy seriously? It seems to me that they are both wrong.
by mickthinks
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1008

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

My knowledge is imperfect and the only thing I can be sure of is that nothing is knowable for certain. It is a mistake to impute from that uncertainty the certainty that there is nothing to know. That there is Reality is a basic assumption. It is so basic as to be impossible to put to any test, and ...