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by A_Seagull
Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Origin of Philosophy
Replies: 48
Views: 8003

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: 8003

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: 9175

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...
by A_Seagull
Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Origin of Philosophy
Replies: 48
Views: 8003

Re: Origin of Philosophy

As far as I can tell philosophy predates The Doric Greeks by several thousand years to the time of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation or perhaps earlier. Also as far as I can tell, philosophy is about describing the knowledge about the world. First causes, whatever they may be, only entails a small p...
by A_Seagull
Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:11 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The case for ethics - best presentation yet
Replies: 18
Views: 3691

Re: The case for ethics - best presentation yet

[Prof, what about the person who doesn't want to make things morally better because they choose to pursue something that is only in their interest? In other words, they don't or won't acknowledge the fact that looking after other people's interest is really in their interest? A good point. I suspec...
by A_Seagull
Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:02 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The case for ethics - best presentation yet
Replies: 18
Views: 3691

Re: The case for ethics - best presentation yet

[ Prof, what about the person who doesn't want to make things morally better because they choose to pursue something that is only in their interest? In other words, they don't or won't acknowledge the fact that looking after other people's interest is really in their interest? A good point. I suspe...
by A_Seagull
Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The case for ethics - best presentation yet
Replies: 18
Views: 3691

Re: The case for ethics - best presentation yet

Hi, Seagull In my published book, SCIENCES OF MAN AND SOCIAL ETHICS, I have a chapter entitled "Human Nature: Its Cause and Effect", pp.85 ff. It incorporates Formal Axiology (a discipline which thinks deeply about human values, and researches applied value theory) with Maslow's hierarchy of needs....
by A_Seagull
Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The case for ethics - best presentation yet
Replies: 18
Views: 3691

Re: The case for ethics - best presentation yet

While I may be in general agreement with you ... I am not sure quite what you are wanting to say. Are you describing ethics? Or are you wanting to make a suggestion for how ethics could be better approached? You talk about ethics as wanting to make things morally better; and that someone is 'good' i...
by A_Seagull
Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:48 am
Forum: Philosophical Counselling
Topic: Help/advice for once-disciplined reader
Replies: 9
Views: 3979

Re: Help/advice for once-disciplined reader

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I read everything I could get my hands on. I was disciplined in my studies (read the texts, made notes, brought questions to class etc.) and was proud of what I accomplished. Now, after 2 Masters degrees, I'm studying for a DPhil and am struggling with disciplini...
by A_Seagull
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:02 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Truth vs. Paradigm
Replies: 82
Views: 14020

Re: Truth vs. Paradigm

Arising_uk wrote:
A_Seagull wrote:...
PS I can send you an e-copy of the book if you would like.
I'd be interested if the offer is open to others.
The offer is open to all on this forum.

Message me your email address.
by A_Seagull
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Truth vs. Paradigm
Replies: 82
Views: 14020

Re: Truth vs. Paradigm

have a theory that perception is based, going back to a brain's primeval origins, upon an algorithm of searching for patterns in sense data. I agree. I have a problem (conceptual problem) with how the algorithm changes through time, within the individual organism. At time a, given sense datum S, th...
by A_Seagull
Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Truth vs. Paradigm
Replies: 82
Views: 14020

Re: Truth vs. Paradigm

I have a theory that perception is based, going back to a brain's primeval origins, upon an algorithm of searching for patterns in sense data. Sounds plausible. I think our appreciation of mathematics, music and art would support that thesis. I think philosophy too, insofar as it is about recognisi...
by A_Seagull
Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Truth vs. Paradigm
Replies: 82
Views: 14020

Re: Truth vs. Paradigm

I have a theory that perception is based, going back to a brain's primeval origins, upon an algorithm of searching for patterns in sense data. I have expounded and expanded this idea in a book: 'The Pattern Paradigm'. Some of you may find it interesting. I would be happy to debate any issues that ar...
by A_Seagull
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Truth vs. Paradigm
Replies: 82
Views: 14020

Re: Truth vs. Paradigm

"Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm dat is one good éclair!" Well, yes. The point I'm making is that your perceptions are 'true', in that, whatever you are perceiving at any given moment, you can be sure that you are having those perceptions. What you can never be sure about is that those perceptions correspond to you...
by A_Seagull
Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Truth vs. Paradigm
Replies: 82
Views: 14020

Re: Truth vs. Paradigm

While you guys are arguing about the appearance of the éclair or even whether it is real or not..... I am gonna grab it....and eat it! "Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm dat is one good éclair!" The point is that my perception of the éclair has been sufficiently accurate that it has enabled me to interact with the rea...