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by keithprosser2
Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: What creates matter?
Replies: 80
Views: 22178

Re: What creates matter?

AFAIK, scientists haven't worked out all the details, but isn't matter more or less a condensed form energy of the big bang? There are great many steps between the big bang and consciousness. Here is my attempt at listing some of them: Big Bang -> atomic particles -> hydrogen -> suns -> carbon atoms...
by keithprosser2
Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: When Will Our Specie Die Out?
Replies: 15
Views: 7065

Re: When Will Our Specie Die Out?

Wallace, for all his undoubted merits, was not a grammarian. I would not take Webster's word on evolution as definitive - would you?

It may be that 19th century dictionaries and grammars allow 'specie' (although I doubt it), but I defy you to find a modern reference that does not deprecate it.
by keithprosser2
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: When Will Our Specie Die Out?
Replies: 15
Views: 7065

Re: When Will Our Specie Die Out?

It's one species, two specieses. (THIS IS NOT A WORD AT ALL) Just my crude attempt at a facetious closure to a dull topic. I would view the appearance of the occasional 'specie' as a singular for 'species' is an indication of how easy it is for even educated people to make this mistake, rather than...
by keithprosser2
Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: knowing the knowledge
Replies: 31
Views: 8260

Re: knowing the knowledge

I think the cases of fiction and non-fiction are clearly different. I think it goes without saying that if you are writing non-fiction then you should not 'alter reality' - otherwise you are writing the worst sort of propaganda. I can't think of any defence for altering reality if what you are writi...
by keithprosser2
Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Philosophically, this...THIS IS AMAZING!
Replies: 28
Views: 8913

Re: Philosophically, this...THIS IS AMAZING!

There is a good physical reason HOW this happens. But there is no reason WHY. I remember a debate about 'how' and 'why'... It's a nice illusion, but I don't see it as quite as amazing as all that. What we have evolved is the quite amazing ability to construct an internal model of the external world...
by keithprosser2
Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: knowing the knowledge
Replies: 31
Views: 8260

Re: knowing the knowledge

The gist of the quote is clear enough, even if the word 'alter' was not a perfect choice. Reading the wiki entry on HST, his style was to blur the distinction between reality and imagination, so what he wrote was "Reality, but altered", presumably altered to suit his purpose. He could have used 'adj...
by keithprosser2
Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: When Will Our Specie Die Out?
Replies: 15
Views: 7065

Re: When Will Our Specie Die Out?

I don't think there is any dictionary that gives 'specie' as the correct singular of 'species' in the biological sense. The ones I have looked up indicate 'specie' is most definitely incorrect in that context. The title of this thread should be "When Will Our Species Die Out?", unless, perhaps, we a...
by keithprosser2
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:20 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: When Will Our Specie Die Out?
Replies: 15
Views: 7065

Re: When Will Our Specie Die Out?

'Specie' is another word for 'coin' and has nothing to do with 'species'.
by keithprosser2
Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Dawkins on "Why we are here"
Replies: 31
Views: 7391

Re: Dawkins on "Why we are here"

No, not really. I just didn't make it clear that it was the cardinality of the stripes that is not teleological. Having the goal of accurately representing the number of states using stripes there had to be 13 of them, that number being fixed by a pre-existing state of affairs, not a goal or aspirat...
by keithprosser2
Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Dawkins on "Why we are here"
Replies: 31
Views: 7391

Re: Dawkins on "Why we are here"

No, it's definitely the right end. Perhaps I should have made it clearer at the beginning - I wrote: "Why are there 13 stripes on the American flag?" is a perfectly valid question, and the answer does not rely on those stripes having a teleological purpose. The reason why there are 13 stripes lies i...
by keithprosser2
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Moral Pornography
Replies: 11
Views: 2797

Re: Moral Pornography

If universal principals exist at all, I think they would be actually quite unspecific. As you, Thundril, will know from my posts elsewhere, I take very seriously the idea that the advent of consciousness in the universe was a 'game-changer' - a universe with consciousness is a very different case fr...
by keithprosser2
Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Wiser?
Replies: 15
Views: 3712

Re: Wiser?

Huh. If Newton was clever he would have realised that the apple didn't so much fall as space was being curved. What a dickhead.
by keithprosser2
Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:54 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Dawkins on "Why we are here"
Replies: 31
Views: 7391

Re: Dawkins on "Why we are here"

lose, not loose. Well, if you insist, I would say that the number of stripes on Old Glory is not teleological because the intent was not to create a future in which there are thirteen original states. It may have a sort of teleological purpose in reminding people in the future that there were 13 ori...
by keithprosser2
Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Big Bang is Busted
Replies: 216
Views: 33472

Re: The Big Bang is Busted

I like to make predictions ,
At some point in the future ,
I believe they will drop the bbt , and replace it with a LBT .
One of the safest predictions you can make is that any scientific theory you care to name will need to be at least modified in the future.