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by Toadny
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIATES
Replies: 18
Views: 4346

Re: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIA

No it's not, I saw the documentary. Actually almost all of the recent study group, that took the DMT, which is naturally occurring, in nerve tissue, so then can be said to have something to do with consciousness, though it's not fully understood at this point, said they experienced these fantastic ...
by Toadny
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIATES
Replies: 18
Views: 4346

Re: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIA

Since you're too lazy: Here's the scientific FACT: What a load of shite. There aren't any scientific FACTS, only theories, but the wikigarbage you posted doesn't put forward any theories about how psychoactive substances would give you an improved understanding of consciousness. This: "When ingeste...
by Toadny
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIATES
Replies: 18
Views: 4346

Re: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIA

That's what I thought, you have nothing of interest to say on this subject. Forget I asked.
by Toadny
Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIATES
Replies: 18
Views: 4346

Re: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIA

I don't come here to be sent off to read Wikipedia articles. If I wanted to hear the crazed rantings of some drug-addled fantasist, I would speak to one of my children. Now if you have some knowledge or insight of your own to impart, let's have it. However, the fact that you are willing to rely on t...
by Toadny
Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIATES
Replies: 18
Views: 4346

Re: PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, HALLUCINOGENS, AND OPIA

How do you think psychoactive substances give you an insight into consciousness that isn't available without them? Provide details please.
by Toadny
Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is it like to be a human being?
Replies: 56
Views: 9294

Re: What is it like to be a human being?

The Voice of Time wrote:Now you're going off-topic. I'd prefer more serious replies.
Oh no, I'm quite serious. Well, mostly serious.

We need to be clear about what you are asking.
by Toadny
Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is it like to be a human being?
Replies: 56
Views: 9294

Re: What is it like to be a human being?

Hvordan føles det å være et menneske. (literal translation word by word: How...feels...it..to be...a human) Taken from my own language Norwegian. I had assumed you were referring to Nagel's phrase, but he said "what is it like to be a bat?", not "what does it feel like to be a bat?" How do you say ...
by Toadny
Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is it like to be a human being?
Replies: 56
Views: 9294

Re: What is it like to be a human being?

The question must mean "what is it like to be a conscious human being?", because there isn't anything it is like to be an unconscious human being. So the question is "what is it like to have conscious experiences?" What do we mean by "what is it like?" We mean "what conscious experiences does it res...
by Toadny
Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Dancing Philosopher
Replies: 5
Views: 3055

Re: The Dancing Philosopher

What I don't understand is how it can be that there are people who apparently never feel compelled to dance at all. I don't think I ever feel compelled to dance, dancing has never felt particularly pleasurable to me. I'm a musician, I play Irish traditional music on the fiddle, it's dance music and...
by Toadny
Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~ What if it were possible to die? ~
Replies: 97
Views: 15716

Re: ~ What if it were possible to die? ~

Bernard wrote:
There is as much baloney in the East as in the West. I don't understand why you discount in one fell swoop philosophies from the East.
It's not philosophy, it's religion/fantasy.
by Toadny
Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~ What if it were possible to die? ~
Replies: 97
Views: 15716

Re: ~ What if it were possible to die? ~

Eastern Philosophy rips on Western and that people gravitate toward its ancient grove with respect and awe is testament to its power and continuing relevance. I don't know what "rips on" means, but the fact that people gravitate towards Eastern religious baloney is a testament to their gullibility.
by Toadny
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Where Is My Itch?
Replies: 1
Views: 1074

Re: Where Is My Itch?

[T]he claim that the itch is really located inside an image of the body created in the brain would have rather extraordinary consequences. Let me illustrate this with something that has bothered me since 1961. Between puffs on his Woodbine, Ned Ellis, my physics teacher, once asked the class where ...
by Toadny
Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The Third Rail of Consciousness
Replies: 68
Views: 24749

Re: The Third Rail of Consciousness

As for the OP's central question of human consciousness, dependent on its nervous system but still autonomous, I offer my own simple reference model of the mind, based on computer architecture. In some respects, we have created modern information systems in our own image, therefore, it only makes s...
by Toadny
Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The Third Rail of Consciousness
Replies: 68
Views: 24749

Re: The Third Rail of Consciousness

How about Consciousness is being aware of being aware ?? So what is "being aware" called? As you know what I mean, it requires no more explanation. I'm not convinced you know what you mean. It isn't helpful to the understanding to define consciousness as awareness of awareness, because that is only...