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by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:28 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Man, like the universe, is a machine
Replies: 53
Views: 7626

Re: Man, like the universe, is a machine

. So says your reaction to your sense-data. Now be off with you. . Not really Bill. Basically he is saying that the task of perception is very complex when it comes to the human mind. This type of complexity is not found in any computer or computer programme. We can attempt to transfer our mental s...
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Man, like the universe, is a machine
Replies: 53
Views: 7626

Re: Man, like the universe, is a machine

Bill Wiltrack wrote:.



So says your reaction to your sense-data.




Now be off with you.


.
Sorry I don't do requests, especially not from machines or rude children.
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:36 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Good vs Evil
Replies: 7
Views: 2088

Re: Good vs Evil

Nothing is 'good' or 'evil' except that it be so judged.
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:34 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Are Ideas a Fundamental Part of Reality?
Replies: 8
Views: 1981

Re: Are Ideas a Fundamental Part of Reality?

The thing about ideas is that they are in code. And as such are distinct from reality. Take an arrangement of rocks, for example. their form and appearance are a part of reality. But if you or I can interpret a code within them we may be able to extract an idea from them. As for example, if they are...
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:30 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The theory about everything (and consciousness)
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Re: The theory about everything (and consciousness)

Another overly long fantasy that is without rhyme or reason.
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: ~ Life is a Dance of THREE Inseparable, Interwoven Forces ~
Replies: 119
Views: 12883

Re: ~ Life is a Dance of THREE Inseparable, Interwoven Force

An amusing fantasy, but entirely subjective and not particularly useful in any context.
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:25 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Man, like the universe, is a machine
Replies: 53
Views: 7626

Re: Man, like the universe, is a machine

Man is not a machine. While man's decisions are ultimately based upon processing of data from the senses, the amount of feedback loops between the data and the perceived goals of the mind that the relationship between sense-data and action is entirely unpredictable and quite different from any machi...
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Multiverse
Replies: 26
Views: 7175

Re: The Multiverse

In the multiverse, it's said all things are possible. So we can have time running backwards, dark energy accelerating the contraction of the universe, the speed of light isn't a constant, the existence of God, no laws of science to help predict, increasing entropy, etc. The multiverse is currently ...
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:08 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: beauty as living a life of nonviolence
Replies: 31
Views: 5560

Re: beauty as living a life of nonviolence

well, if that works for you, then fine. But it is highly subjective. Don't expect other people to accept your sentiments.
by A_Seagull
Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:50 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Censorship and Art
Replies: 20
Views: 3903

Re: Censorship and Art

Art is so subjective it is absurd to try to define what is 'art' and what is not. One person's art is another persons porn and another person's graffiti and another person's garbage. There will always be people who don't like other people's art, and others who will be offended by it and others who w...
by A_Seagull
Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Does everything in our universe need to have a purpose?
Replies: 23
Views: 3206

Re: Does everything in our universe need to have a purpose?

Not only does nothing in our universe need to have a purpose, nothing in our universe has a purpose except that we assign it one.
Isn't that liberating! :)
by A_Seagull
Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Origin of Philosophy
Replies: 48
Views: 7347

Re: Origin of Philosophy

Inductive reasoning is much more than that. Inductive reasoning is used for perception and indeed for most of our knowledge of the real world. Yes, that's right. It requires pages of explanation to do it justice. That's the problem when I try to sum up something in a line or two. I am of the opinio...
by A_Seagull
Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Origin of Philosophy
Replies: 48
Views: 7347

Re: Origin of Philosophy

The problem of induction was recognized by Hume and has been the bane of philosophers and scientists ever since. It just means there is no logical necessity when it comes to cause and effect. Inductive reasoning is much more than that. Inductive reasoning is used for perception and indeed for most ...
by A_Seagull
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Origin of Philosophy
Replies: 48
Views: 7347

Re: Origin of Philosophy

You need to read the link for I have answered that question. The Doric Greeks migrated south in groups of three, i.e. "The Thrice-divided Dorians", and then they subjugated the indigeneous people in order to create a caste society. That means they had philosophy all their own. Philosophy did not or...
by A_Seagull
Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:10 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: We are not a tabula rasa
Replies: 31
Views: 8612

Re: We are not a tabula rasa

We are not a tabula rasa. It depends what you mean by 'we'. If you mean the individuals you and I, then I would agree, as our brains come fully loaded with software and hardware and firmware and algorithms and automatic responses etc etc. But if by 'we' you mean the human species whose forebears di...