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by Greylorn Ell
Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Issue 99 - God, Belief and Disbelief
Replies: 47
Views: 13106

Re: Issue 99 - God, Belief and Disbelief

Good luck with the issue Rick. I just finished reading the article by William Lane Craig that you posted in the other thread, thanks for that. While the William Lane Craig article, and the others I'm sure as well, are intelligent, articulate and well reasoned it seems (correct me if I'm wrong here)...
by Greylorn Ell
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Occam's dull and rusty razor
Replies: 51
Views: 631

Re: Occam's dull and rusty razor

Philosophy will remain a futile enterprise until it abandons the absurd criterion for the evaluation of opposing ideas known as "Occam's Razor." The principle attributed to Mr. Ockham was lifted, without credit, from Aristotle, who expressed it thusly: We may assume the superiority, other things be...
by Greylorn Ell
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?
Replies: 106
Views: 6294

Re: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?

I've no clue as to what you mean by joining threads. You are coming across as a bullshit artist, and I'm sorry to find that. I'd love to find a competent interlocutor. GL You said you have programming background, yes? You understand what concurrency/parallelism is, yes? A "join" is a point in futur...
by Greylorn Ell
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?
Replies: 106
Views: 6294

Re: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?

attofishpi wrote: Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:20 am That's the spirit, WELCOME BACK!! :D
How could I resist the blandishments of thoughtful interloquitors, despite the forest fire burning just east of my domicile? -GL
by Greylorn Ell
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?
Replies: 106
Views: 6294

Re: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?

It depends on your notion of "synchronicity" and your notion of "clock" Using vector clocks we can agree on the ordering of events even if we can't agree on their duration. Think "joining threads" as the location of synchronicity. I've no clue as to what you mean by joining threads. You are coming ...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?
Replies: 106
Views: 6294

Re: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?

The arguments in this thread were written by non-physicists who are unaware that if one synchronizes a pair of identical clocks parked side-by-side, then moves one of them upward by, let's say, 10 feet, the clocks are no longer synchronized. It depends on your notion of "synchronicity" and your not...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?
Replies: 106
Views: 6294

Re: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?

I'm not sure why you insisted on 'upward', I guess you are talking about from the perspective of Earth and gravity? It doesn't matter, the fact that they have moved in relation to each other should render them out of synch. If you are using the notion of "synchronisation" as in "open communication ...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Occam's dull and rusty razor
Replies: 51
Views: 631

Re: Occam's dull and rusty razor

Philosophy will remain a futile enterprise until it abandons the absurd criterion for the evaluation of opposing ideas known as "Occam's Razor." What do you actually think 'philosophy' is, and what do you think is the purpose of 'philosophy'? Real philosophy is a bunch of young college kids sitting...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Simple beginnings
Replies: 0
Views: 48

Simple beginnings

I propose that instead of a single catch-all hypothesis that can explain everything, such as the almighty God or the Big Bang's silly "physical singularity," the beginnings of all things can be explained by the existence of three fundamental spaces, each with three properties: Existence, Manifestati...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?
Replies: 106
Views: 6294

Re: What's your answer to the most fundamental question concerning time?

The arguments in this thread were written by non-physicists who are unaware that if one synchronizes a pair of identical clocks parked side-by-side, then moves one of them upward by, let's say, 10 feet, the clocks are no longer synchronized. This is explained by General Relativity and experimentally...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Occam's dull and rusty razor
Replies: 51
Views: 631

Re: Occam's dull and rusty razor

Philosophy will remain a futile enterprise until it abandons the absurd criterion for the evaluation of opposing ideas known as "Occam's Razor." The principle attributed to Mr. Ockham was lifted, without credit, from Aristotle, who expressed it thusly: We may assume the superiority, other things be...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mind has no location
Replies: 70
Views: 2173

Re: Mind has no location

in my neck of the woods, we call that the soul That's a perfect definition for a few good old boys parked on stumps in the woods, sharing a few 6-packs and being careful not to ask about the origin and purpose of the soul, or how, if the soul is a spirit as commonly believed, can it interact with a...
by Greylorn Ell
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mind has no location
Replies: 70
Views: 2173

Re: Mind has no location

I made a living with computers for half a century, and found that it was no big deal getting rubes to believe that a thought process controlled their behavior; however, that thought process was in the mind of a programmer, not a machine. Computers are incapable of abstract thought, as are way too m...
by Greylorn Ell
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Multiple Minds within Mind
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Multiple Minds within Mind

I think it makes sense that there are many aspects and facets to everything -- including what we consider our minds and souls. Regarding your first sentence: What is it that does the considering? Or for us who enjoyed westerns like The Lone Ranger and recall the tale about The Ranger, Tonto, and a ...
by Greylorn Ell
Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Mind has no location
Replies: 70
Views: 2173

Re: Mind has no location

Before attempting to address such a subject, would not the occasional wise and thoughtful philosopher first define exactly what a mind is? GL Mind is an irreducible substance with the ability to experience, freely decide, and cause. in my neck of the woods, we call that the soul That's a perfect de...