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by uwot
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Neoliberalism is good (or at least ok).
Replies: 174
Views: 1357

Re: "Immigration has been a net gain to the economy."

But the word "atheist" is not an exhaustive description of me. It's actually not descriptive of anybody. I've never met a consistent Atheist...one who lived out the rational consequences of his Atheism. Nor are you likely to, Mr Can. You really must learn to distinguish between your chimerical prop...
by uwot
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How does science work?
Replies: 50
Views: 2389

Re: How does science work?

Before y'all folks jump all over me: I meant to say that science never explains the "why". It explains the "how". I always found the concern of the difference of the 'how' versus 'why' odd. Well, this thread was originally about me writing an article for Philosophy Now. The OP was written over a ye...
by uwot
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: An act of God
Replies: 52
Views: 400

Re: An act of God

You must mean, " Randomness accidentally produced order from chaos." Except that, stated that way, it becomes much harder not to notice the implausibility of that option...so people prefer to use the more anthropomorphic term, "Nature." Ya don't have to believe that freezing water is guided by any ...
by uwot
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

So for instance, Einstein's concept of warped spacetime as the cause of gravity is philosophy I would call that a testable hypothesis... Really? How would you test it? ...if the curvature of spacetime can be calculated (and it can), but "what's in a name?" The thing that can be calculated is the 'f...
by uwot
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

But you do have to figure out what the error-margin in Newton's model is and whether it's tolerable for the task at hand. Only then do you conclude that you don't need Einstein. Anyone with enough mathematical chops to be anywhere near NASA's telemetry department would know that the margin of error...
by uwot
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

Well yeah, but I don't imagine NASA lost too much sleep over whether Newton could get them to the Moon and back. I sure hope they lost some sleep over it! If it was to be a return trip for the astronauts... Well, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that the choice between Newton and Ein...
by uwot
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

In particular - what is the unit of measurement for accuracy? To the best of my knowledge, there isn't one. This could be your chance for SI immortality. If you can determine a way to measure it, we could be measuring accuracy in Skepdicks. Skeps perhaps, or even Dicks if you lean that way. Ah, but...
by uwot
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

42 is only a quantity. It requires a meaningful unit. 42 what? 42 anythings you divide by 42. That's how scientific units work. Further - you seem to have avoided the question. You asserted that Newton's inverse square law was adequate . So you ended up answering a question of adequacy even though ...
by uwot
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

Skepdick wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:37 pm
I am not sure that answer would satisfy many...
They're free to put their case.
Skepdick wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:37 pm
You seem to be conflating the concepts of 'unit' and 'quantity'.
You think? Fair enough. Why do you think that?
by uwot
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

Skepdick wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:03 pm
What is the unit-measure for 'accuracy' and what is it calibrated against?
Well, Newton's inverse square law was perfectly adequate for getting men to the Moon and back. So it is fit for that purpose. Your "unit-measure for accuracy" depends on the level of accuracy your purpose requires.
by uwot
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 3993

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

What purpose is philosophy fit for? Philosophy is basically story telling. Since philosophy of science is my field, I'll stick to that. So whereas science examines phenomena, and is mostly concerned with generating mathematical models that describe the phenomena accurately, the job of philosophy is...
by uwot
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Impermanence
Replies: 38
Views: 544

Re: Impermanence

And science tells us that time is linear, not cyclical, and that we are travelling toward a state called "heat death," a point of maximum entropy in the universe, at which energy is spread into a thin-and-equal soup, and nothing else happens forever -- if time goes on like that. That's not what sci...
by uwot
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How does science work?
Replies: 50
Views: 2389

Re: How does science work?

attofishpi wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:28 pm
Ya, I bought the wrong issue in support!

Tis the dude i am...
We've all been there me old China. I'll email you a PDF of the article.
attofishpi wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:28 pm
...ah well all for a good cause, i think!
Sho nuff.
attofishpi wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:28 pm
btw, science doesn't work...people do. :P
Yeah, that's pretty much the punchline.
by uwot
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Neoliberalism is good (or at least ok).
Replies: 174
Views: 1357

Re: Neoliberalism is good (or at least ok).

Immanuel Can wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:26 pm
There is no guarantee written into the nature of the universe that everybody must have "equal" anything. In fact, there's a 100% guarantee they never will, no matter what they arrange.
Yah. That's because your god couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery.
by uwot
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How does science work?
Replies: 50
Views: 2389

Re: How does science work?

Well, it looks like a version of the article could end up in the magazine. Here's what the editor said: "Prima facie the piece does look very interesting, but it is, as you say, a little long[...]if you could cut it down to under 3,800 words then we can consider a polished version properly. For it ...