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by Nick_A
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Is the concept of a whole necessary to define fractions? Can halves, quarters, eigths and so on exist without a relationship to a whole? Why not. We believe we can have opinions without any connection from the whole from which they originated. If creation doesn't require a source for its devolutions...
by Nick_A
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Covered this some months ago. Existence does not always imply necessity: https://forum.philosophynow.org/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=23399 The question of God is difficult because people argue idolatry and idolatry isn't necessary. But for us to know if creation necessitates a source requires abandoning i...
by Nick_A
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Covered this some months ago. Existence does not always imply necessity: https://forum.philosophynow.org/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=23399 The question of God is difficult because people argue idolatry and idolatry isn't necessary. But for us to know if creation necessitates a source requires abandoning i...
by Nick_A
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Greta had mentioned Gurdjieff but I dislike discussing ideas he introduced into the West since they can acquire a negative connotation for those into debate because they do challenge what we think we are. Yet like all great ideas they are like an enema. If we need them they are very good for cleaing...
by Nick_A
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Do women have fake bodies?
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Do women have fake bodies?

As opposed to men, it seems that women do a lot more to their bodies with makeup, exercise and dieting, tummy tucks and surgeries, dressing, etc. Where do you stand on this? PhilX 🇺🇸 I've learned that the primary sin for a man is pride and the primary sin for a woman is vanity. The man presents him...
by Nick_A
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Reflex It’s incredibly frustrating for me to engage in debates regarding the existence or nonexistence of God. It matters little idea of the Father we entertain so long as we are spiritually acquainted with the ideal of his infinite and eternal nature. This ideal, which seems so obvious to me, seems...
by Nick_A
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Beauty and Brains in Chess
Replies: 36
Views: 354

Re: Beauty and Brains in Chess

That is a great story! A real-life mentat. The thing is, once the computers are walking and talking they will pity our admiration, if we’re lucky. Walter Tevis wrote The Queen’s Gambit , a fictional story about a chess grand master from childhood to mastery. At first she is awed by her mentors and ...
by Nick_A
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Greta Your turn. How do you posit that all came to be? I begin with what I AM means. What does it mean “to be?” We are creatures of reaction and serving the process of eternal change and always becoming. God IS and the universe is a process always becoming. This is difficult to explain in a post but...
by Nick_A
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

I will consider it if you can express how the ONE can be created from nothing. If you can do that you can sell anything. Does that go for me, too? It is here we part company, Nick. In mathematics, zero and infinity represent powerful adversaries at either end of the realm of numbers that are used i...
by Nick_A
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Greta Why limit one's inquiries for the sake of a formula? Why not consider them all - bottom-up, top-down, outside-in and inside-out - all of it? I will consider it if you can express how the ONE can be created from nothing. If you can do that you can sell anything. I remain agnostic, as you well k...
by Nick_A
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 153

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

This Bible passage has no science content. PhilX 🇺🇸 True, but what kind of scientific test do you recommend to either verify or refute the transition between mechanical and conscious evolution? Consciousness is not something that science can measure and it's personal, can't be independently verifie...
by Nick_A
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Devolution of the Socratic Method
Replies: 0
Views: 16

The Devolution of the Socratic Method

It does seem that at one time it was easier to acquire the humility to admit that we don’t understand and welcome the transition from intellectual analysis into conscious contemplation in matter of universals inviting the experience of intuition. The purpose of the Socratic method seems to have devo...
by Nick_A
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 153

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

Many possibilities exist (some might think extinction as a possibility). So what is that next step? When will it happen? Is it happening now? PhilX 🇺🇸 As I understand it, animal Man born of woman has reached the highest level of mechanical evolution. Man unlike other animal life on earth has the po...
by Nick_A
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 22
Views: 153

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

Many possibilities exist (some might think extinction as a possibility). So what is that next step? When will it happen? Is it happening now? PhilX 🇺🇸 As I understand it, animal Man born of woman has reached the highest level of mechanical evolution. Man unlike other animal life on earth has the po...
by Nick_A
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 108
Views: 781

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Reflex Personally, I don't think the expression "Great Beast" is useful. However, the rest of this paragraph is right on. Out of curiosity, why don't you think Plato's description of the Beast is useful for understanding an individuals relationship to society? From Simone Weil's Gravity and Grace: T...