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by Lawrence Crocker
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 19742

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

Dennett does indeed say that Mary would know, specifically when presented with a blue banana when just out of the room, that "You tried to trick me! Bananas are yellow, but this one is blue" . . .You have to remember that I know everything -- absolutely everything -- that could ever be known about t...
by Lawrence Crocker
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 19742

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

My questions arise from the suspicion that, like the old friends of sense data, there may well be unappreciated pathological ambiguities in the usage of “qualia”. For the argument that this was so for sense data see post of 8/17/14, www.lawrencecrocker.blogspot.com. There is an ambiguity if it it no...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sun May 31, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Does consciousness relate to the afterlife?
Replies: 13
Views: 2645

Re: Does consciousness relate to the afterlife?

We know that other radio waves continue to travel after we shut the source off. We also know that our brain waves are readable outside of our brains. Do you think they also continue after the brain shuts down. I intuit that they, like all other radio and light waves continue. That does not answer t...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sat May 30, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists read the primary sources?
Replies: 234
Views: 28977

Re: Do atheists read the primary sources?

Actually, I've always found Socrates to fill that roll well in the Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo. I can't claim to be a Socrates scholar, but when I can get away with it I interpret him more as a skeptic than a propounder of doctrine. So I tend to take him to be more anti-theist than atheist...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sat May 30, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists read the primary sources?
Replies: 234
Views: 28977

Re: Do atheists read the primary sources?

Perhaps Dawkins and Krauss as well?
Dawkins is a mixed bag: some good arguments; some not so good; and much mixing of arguments against God and arguments against religion. Krauss I have not read.
by Lawrence Crocker
Sat May 30, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists read the primary sources?
Replies: 234
Views: 28977

Re: Do atheists read the primary sources?

It is useful to distinguish, as the debate between atheists and theists only rarely does, between atheism and anti-religion-ism. One of the defects of the “New Atheism” is that it tends to conflate the two and encourages us to do the same. There are a few theists who believe that all religions are h...
by Lawrence Crocker
Fri May 29, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Does consciousness relate to the afterlife?
Replies: 13
Views: 2645

Re: Does consciousness relate to the afterlife?

It is easy to imagine having a consciousness after dying, just as bad movies find it easy to get us to follow waking up in someone else’s body. freaky_friday 3.jpg Or with a little more imagination, as befits a better class of literature, even in the body of a giant vermin of cockroach-y anatomy. Un...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sat May 23, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 19742

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

The series running from necker cube, through one way ambiguous figures, through the recognition of a friend, to the recognition of the friend's state of mind seems interesting because there is more judgment at each stage. For those who like their qualia raw, this makes, at the very least, for a som...
by Lawrence Crocker
Fri May 22, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 19742

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

The series running from necker cube, through one way ambiguous figures, through the recognition of a friend, to the recognition of the friend's state of mind seems interesting because there is more judgment at each stage. For those who like their qualia raw, this makes, at the very least, for a some...
by Lawrence Crocker
Fri May 22, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 19742

Questions for the friends of qualia.

Some questions for the friends of qualia. When you experience, at a particular moment, a necker cube, does the quale come in one of 3 different flavors (out to right, up to left, or flat on page) and shift when you “see it” in a different way? Or is there a single quale that can change among these 3...
by Lawrence Crocker
Tue May 19, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: MATERIALISM FALSIFIED AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
Replies: 33
Views: 7426

Re: MATERIALISM FALSIFIED AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

There is only one real miracle, namely that anything whatsoever exists. Greylorn How do you know that? Has every miracle claim been empirically falsified? It makes neither logical nor philosophical sense to make statements about something defined as a "spirit," "supernatural entity," or anything de...
by Lawrence Crocker
Tue May 19, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: MATERIALISM FALSIFIED AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
Replies: 33
Views: 7426

Re: MATERIALISM FALSIFIED AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

A shadow might be better described as the observation of a physical effect." Greylorn A shadow is certainly a physical effect, but if it were only an observation, there would be no shadows where there are not observers. We can, however, talk about the weathering effect of sun and shadow on moon roc...
by Lawrence Crocker
Mon May 18, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: MATERIALISM FALSIFIED AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
Replies: 33
Views: 7426

Re: MATERIALISM FALSIFIED AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

Many who doubt the existence of anything supernatural, dualistic, or fundamentally mind-dependent, prefer the term "physicalist" to "materialist." Shadows, for example, are not material. They have no mass, but they are certainly physical. Even if it turned out that mass were not fundamental at the d...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sun May 17, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?
Replies: 35
Views: 4589

Re: The adversarial “justice” system -- other options?

This thread has relevance primarily to the courts of the common law tradition. Adversarialness plays a different and diminished role in civil law regimes, e.g. in Europe. That so much of the discussion has been about criminal law invites some amplification. Even in common law jurisdictions, the crim...
by Lawrence Crocker
Sat May 16, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Space, Time and Infinity
Replies: 39
Views: 5276

Re: Space, Time and Infinity

Here's a question: does the continuity of the physical world necessitate an infinity of objects, since the continuity of the number line (real numbers and geometrical space) needs the axiom of infinity? Can we describe the universe by mathematical models which depend on the idea of infinity and con...