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by A_Seagull
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The USA is still the greatest country in the world.
Replies: 167
Views: 11307

Re: The USA is still the greatest country in the world.

If the usa is still the greatest country in the world, then the slogan "Make america great again" seems redundant. Unless, of course, that slogan refers to the whole of the american continent and not just a part of it. Ignoring the question of whether the USA was ever great; how would it be possibl...
by A_Seagull
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The USA is still the greatest country in the world.
Replies: 167
Views: 11307

Re: USA or China?

Would you rather live in USA or China? Tough choice I reckon. Pro China: Less likely to get shot by some gun toting lunatic or verbally assaulted by some bible bashing red neck, not such a target for nuclear attack, free tea at cafes, Chinese food. Con China: They don't speak English, totalitarian ...
by A_Seagull
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The USA is still the greatest country in the world.
Replies: 167
Views: 11307

USA or China?

Would you rather live in USA or China? Tough choice I reckon. Pro China: Less likely to get shot by some gun toting lunatic or verbally assaulted by some bible bashing red neck, not such a target for nuclear attack, free tea at cafes, Chinese food. Con China: They don't speak English, totalitarian g...
by A_Seagull
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

There are lots of things I don't know... including why you bother posting on philosophy forums. Non-sequitur. I think what you wanted to say was something like "Oh! Thank you for pointing out my error.". You are welcome. What I am doing on philosophy forums is learning how best to burn down the Chu...
by A_Seagull
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

Why not? You have confidence in the existence of a book which you put in your drawer. But you have no confidence in the existence of a tilmorg which I put in my drawer. You are necessarily claiming knowledge that your faculties of memory and recall are accurate. Is it my faculties or my honesty tha...
by A_Seagull
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

Exactly the same question I am begging of you right now. Do you have confidence in the existence of tilmorg even though you cannot perceive or conceive it? Of course not! Why not? You have confidence in the existence of a book which you put in your drawer. But you have no confidence in the existenc...
by A_Seagull
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

The author is spot on. Obviously you can perceive a book in you drawer - you remember putting it there, and if you doubt your own memory you can always perform the "examine drawer" experiment. You could even conceive the existence of a shoe in my fridge. Because shoes and fridges are familiar conce...
by A_Seagull
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

And the author is incorrect in stating : " For if you concede the existence of something that you cannot perceive, you must also concede that you have knowledge of it in some way other than perception." for it is perfectly acceptable to make inferences from that which is perceived to that which is ...
by A_Seagull
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

And the author is incorrect in stating : " For if you concede the existence of something that you cannot perceive, you must also concede that you have knowledge of it in some way other than perception." for it is perfectly acceptable to make inferences from that which is perceived to that which is ...
by A_Seagull
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_empiricism.html -Imp I'll take that as a 'no'. Surely noting that Hume was an empiricist does in fact explain his view of what exists. What exists is what can be observed empirically, where empiricism means a reliance on sensory data. Here is more of the quot...
by A_Seagull
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

Impenitent wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:09 am
A_Seagull wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:35 pm
Impenitent wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:29 pm
Hume was an empiricist

-Imp
Is that supposed to be an explanation?
https://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_empiricism.html

-Imp
I'll take that as a 'no'.
by A_Seagull
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: How would you answer?
Replies: 11
Views: 346

Re: How would you answer?

Suppose you lived long long ago in the early stone age, after language was invented but before any concepts of science or evolution or religion. Suppose a youth in your tribe approached you with a question: "Oh wise one...... I can make an axe by chipping bits off a rock and fastening a stick to it...
by A_Seagull
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Unproven assumptions
Replies: 28
Views: 1227

Re: Unproven assumptions

I don´t quite see a difference between an assumption and a presumption. The difference is subtle.. for me a presumption is something that I accept for the purpose of a response of some form; whereas an assumption is something I would use as a foundation for further inferences.[/quote] What I wanted...
by A_Seagull
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

Impenitent wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:29 pm
Hume was an empiricist

-Imp
Is that supposed to be an explanation?
by A_Seagull
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 945

Re: Some Solid Ideas

Bharatwaj Iyer examines substance with the help of Hume & Vedantic philosophy. https://philosophynow.org/issues/132/Some_Solid_Ideas Bharatwaj states: " But here Hume begs the question, by assuming that everything that exists must be perceivable to sense experience. " Just wondering if the author h...