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by hammock
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is death an illusion?
Replies: 11
Views: 1268

Re: Is death an illusion?

By looking at the universe from a biocentric’s point of view, this also means space and time don’t behave in the hard and fast ways our consciousness tell us it does. In summary, space and time are ‘simply tools of our mind’. Once this theory about space and time being mental constructs is accepted...
by hammock
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Can consciousness be far behind ?
Replies: 1
Views: 646

Re: Can consciousness be far behind ?

. . . Because every person’s brain is so unique, and the neural activity must be picked up directly from the brain, it would be difficult to create a general brain-to-text device for the average consumer, says Brunner. . . . Variable realization. There's no universal formal system underlying and en...
by hammock
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do you need consciousness to have emotion?
Replies: 70
Views: 5983

Re: Do you need consciousness to have emotion?

. . . There’s also the issue of whether this robot has what would truly be considered emotions, or is just mimicking what humans would likely do in a given set of situations. That’s worked out well for robots in science fiction recently, but in reality, we’re probably quite a few decades away from ...
by hammock
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?
Replies: 27
Views: 2605

Re: Is it possible to be different in a world of different people?

. . . How do you deal with your diversity in a world that want you aligned? The thought and behavior control state never disappears, it simply finds a new taboo mask to wear. Whatever is supposed to be "unique" about an individual (as if there is such a thing these days) must find legroom in that e...
by hammock
Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why does time exist?
Replies: 2
Views: 703

Re: Why does time exist?

This video talks a lot about a low-entropy universe: http://www.npr.org/2015/06/19/415003106/why-does-time-exist Does it make sense to you? Even if it was currently working for me, it would be bloody difficult or slow to snip something from a media file interview which lacks a transcription of that...
by hammock
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 12020

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

I agree with your take, but is what she gains knowledge? Is every experience, every bit of information knowledge? Do dogs have knowledge because they recognize red? No one would say that she does not have a new experience when she sees something red for the first time. If knowledge is justified tru...
by hammock
Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 12020

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

Regarding this particular interest sported by the thread: "In other words, Jackson's Mary is a scientist who knows everything there is to know about the science of color, but has never experienced color. The question that Jackson raises is: once she experiences color, does she learn anything new?" K...
by hammock
Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does existence exist?
Replies: 17
Views: 2492

Re: Does existence exist?

I am asking if "existence' is something real, that can be defined. Existence is not a synonym for universe. Similarly, "red" is not a synonym for a red ball. Variations along the line of "Everything that exists anywhere" is one of the plural meanings of existence it has in some dictionaries, lexico...
by hammock
Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does existence exist?
Replies: 17
Views: 2492

Re: Does existence exist?

I am saying that if one cannot define "X" ( in this case existence) one cannot know that an object has the property X. Therefore, one cannot explain how it acquired that property. For there to even be an object to refer to validates it existing in some manner. To assert that "_X_ needs to be define...
by hammock
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does existence exist?
Replies: 17
Views: 2492

Re: Does existence exist?

. . . Therefore it is gibberish to ask why there is something rather than nothing! Our concept of existence is logically prior to our concept of causality. Demonstrated by asking: "What caused the capacity to exist (or what brought about things which in turn validated such a capacity)? Such a cause...
by hammock
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: does consciousness turn corners
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: does consciousness turn corners

. . . Explain it again in a little more depth. There are two usages of "external world", as depicted by the mobile device metaphor that substitutes for brain / body. The outer environment featured on the screen (corresponding to conscious experience) and the outer environment which it represents (e...
by hammock
Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: does consciousness turn corners
Replies: 3
Views: 880

Re: does consciousness turn corners

I dont reckon consciousness turns corners when ya brain turns corners or goes up and down in a lift say when ya brain goes up or down.What do reckon. Which corner? The phenomenal corner shown on screen of the mobile device? Or its supposed meta-phenomenal duplicate that exists independently of the ...
by hammock
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 12020

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

. . . Now that we have some subjects who have had before and after recognition experiences of the Jesus figure, I still would be interested in responses as to whether there is one quale here or two qualia. Again, this is actually asking for interpretations of an image or extended spatial pattern ra...
by hammock
Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why are some people smarter than others?
Replies: 18
Views: 2510

Re: Why are some people smarter than others?

Why are some people smarter than others? First, what here constitutes the benchmark for being "smart" -- and is systematic measurement for that specific style of cleverness prized more for discriminating yet another local intellectual celebrity, or distinguishing an actually useful sage? Does it ch...
by hammock
Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Can animals be wicked?
Replies: 1
Views: 490

Re: Can animals be wicked?

Animals lack any formal system for determining and ascribing moral values to their acts or dispositions, as well a legislative body and agency for imposing the social contract upon a population and enforcing it. Unless we count as such the claims of evolutionary psychologists that some social-like s...