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by Philosophy Explorer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Molyneux Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1044

Re: Molyneux Problem

The Molyneux problem dates back to the following question posed by William Molyneux to John Locke in the 17th century: if a man born blind, and able to distinguish by touch between a cube and a globe, were made to see, could he now tell by sight which was the cube and which was the globe before he ...
by Philosophy Explorer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is our universe made up of?
Replies: 15
Views: 2021

Re: What is our universe made up of?

The second part of your question asserts: "...yet the principles of thermodynamics, the most fundamental descriptions of energy's behavior, are all time independent." This is wrong. Entropy can only decrease over time so it is time dependent (I think you had this conversation before with someone els...
by Philosophy Explorer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is our universe made up of?
Replies: 15
Views: 2021

Re: What is our universe made up of?

GE, First you say this: "I'm delighted to find someone who deeply understands energy." Next you say this which is inconsistent with the other statement just above: "My guess is that the only thing that you are missing is an I.Q." Now for your questions. You asked: "I've wondered why all physical exp...
by Philosophy Explorer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Molyneux Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1044

Re: Molyneux Problem

He would immediately know which was which. And let's do an experiment to prove it, by taking a test child and raising him in pitch darkness for about 8 years, exposing him to various geometric objects, then turning on a very dim light. The experiment will never be performed unless the Nazis or thei...
by Philosophy Explorer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:19 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do I need to think to know I exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 2171

Re: Do I need to think to know I exist?

I can use my senses to gather sensory information about my surroundings. But do I need to translate these experiences to know I exist? Does this mean that Helen Keller has less existence because she couldn't see nor hear? What do you think? PhilX Who? If you mean Helen Keller, do you mean to say yo...
by Philosophy Explorer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do I need to think to know I exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 2171

Re: Do I need to think to know I exist?

To add a further thought, if one were not conscious, then would that person still have existence. Do we lose existence for about 1/3 of our lives when we go to sleep?

PhilX
by Philosophy Explorer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can you justify cheating?
Replies: 10
Views: 1917

Can you justify cheating?

Human beings are a competive sort. In the job market, they compete for better jobs (i.e. pay). Often though falsified documents such as resumes are presented that help the job seeker get the job that he or she wants. If it were a case of survival I could favor the action, but otherwise, no. Another ...
by Philosophy Explorer
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why are amoeba still around?
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Why are amoeba still around?

We have plenty of higher lifeforms so why are amoeba still here? Are they an important part of the food chain? What purpose do they serve?

PhilX
by Philosophy Explorer
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Do you need imagination to make art?
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Re: Do you need imagination to make art?

That would be a very wide definition of art.

PhilX


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by Philosophy Explorer
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Do you need imagination to make art?
Replies: 17
Views: 3337

Do you need imagination to make art?

It would seem one needs imagination to do art. Whether to paint/draw a picture or compose music or write a book e.g. Can anybody pick up a paintbrush and paint a picture right off the bat? Or would forethought and imagination and training be required, roadmap to know where you want to get to? What s...
by Philosophy Explorer
Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do I need to think to know I exist?
Replies: 13
Views: 2171

Do I need to think to know I exist?

I can use my senses to gather sensory information about my surroundings. But do I need to translate these experiences to know I exist? Does this mean that Helen Keller has less existence because she couldn't see nor hear?

What do you think?

PhilX
by Philosophy Explorer
Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:17 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What form of discipline should be used at home?
Replies: 138
Views: 13118

Re: What form of discipline should be used at home?

VoT said: "If I have to describe to you IN DETAIL the full extent of your errenous ways, I'll be really furious, because then you're obviously maliciously playing dumb!" The maliciousness is on your part with your name calling. Everybody is on a different level in philosophy. When you apologize for ...
by Philosophy Explorer
Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What form of discipline should be used at home?
Replies: 138
Views: 13118

Re: What form of discipline should be used at home?

How can you ask a question with no meaning so I wouldn't know how to respond? Why are you still not answering the question? Obviously we are talking about two different kinds meanings (literal and insinuated), for fucks sake you moron stop derailing! Answer the bloody question! Rephrase your questi...
by Philosophy Explorer
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:34 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Does everything in our universe need to have a purpose?
Replies: 23
Views: 2313

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

Here's a closely related question. Does there need to be living things on our planet (or elsewheres) for purpose to exist? (thanks to The Voice of Time for inspiring this question)

PhilX
by Philosophy Explorer
Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:24 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Does everything in our universe need to have a purpose?
Replies: 23
Views: 2313

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

The Voice of Time said: "The 'purpose' of things like rocks, therefore, is to nourish us." I'll pass along the condiments along with a knife and fork so you can enjoy your meal (just kidding). What would happen if there were no living things on our planet? Would you say that rocks were created to no...