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by Obvious Leo
Thu May 21, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists freely choose Hell?
Replies: 104
Views: 9203

Re: Do atheists freely choose Hell?

*not as sopping as Augustine, if that's any consolation Actually I find parts of Augustine far more philosophically engaging than Aquinas, Skip, as I do the Venerable Bede who came along a couple of centuries later. Mind you I've read neither of these blokes for many many years and in all likelihoo...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 21, 2015 5:16 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?

Assuming I understand you, your point is that to refer to a "universe," we need to be able to say "this universe is like that one." That is, we have to come up with a category and the problem with the category "universe" is that it's a category of one so far as we know from observation. Would that ...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 21, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Nihilism
Replies: 46
Views: 3775

Re: Nihilism

That was put brusquely, Leo. While I do mean what I said, I didn't mean any rudeness to you, and apologize coming off that way. Set your mind at ease, Dalek. I could clearly see that no offence was intended and I can warmly assure you that none was taken. In any event I'm mostly immune to casual in...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 21, 2015 3:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists freely choose Hell?
Replies: 104
Views: 9203

Re: Do atheists freely choose Hell?

The main purpose of this work, if I recall, was to prepare Christians - curates? missionaries? inquisitors? - how to defend the logic of their faith against the logic of unbelievers. Correct. Tommy's job was to establish a consistent methodology for the indoctrination of the clergy, who would then ...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 21, 2015 3:15 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Nihilism
Replies: 46
Views: 3775

Re: Nihilism

As for meaning, yeah, feel free to make up any meaning you like, Leo. Doesn't make it any more authentic than anyone else's. Certainly don't expect me to accept it. It's just another opinion. Absolutely and 100% agreed. I'm not about to let any other p**** define the meaning of my own existence for...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 21, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists freely choose Hell?
Replies: 104
Views: 9203

Re: Do atheists freely choose Hell?

Yeah, you haven't read Aquinas. Nice cherry-picking, tho. Too bad you dropped the ball with number 3. Having a basic understanding of the philosophical traditions that led up to ST would help there. I have, tho. I picked the first proof of God's existence as reasonable starting point, The first pro...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 21, 2015 2:38 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Nihilism
Replies: 46
Views: 3775

Re: Nihilism

I don't quite see the connection between the absence of a belief in the supernatural and a personal existence which is therefore meaningless. Every choice we make in life stamps an indelible mark on the future, which must surely mean we are truly free beings who have the power to define the meaning ...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 20, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is qualia?
Replies: 105
Views: 10177

Re: What is qualia?

Both of the above posts reflect my own understanding of the Kantian metaphysic. As a philosopher of physics this is the understanding that I take into my own analysis of the "problem of the observer", which remains the single most intractable problem in physics and is the cuplrit behind the vast sui...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 20, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists read the primary sources?
Replies: 223
Views: 20385

Re: Do atheists read the primary sources?

his own pet god was invented by a bunch of illiterate post-neolithic goat-herders in the desert. A point of historical interest. The mono-god which so enslaved the minds of the goat-herders was actually the confection of an Egyptian pharoah by the name of Amenhotep IV, who later changed his name to...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 20, 2015 6:21 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simplicity as a Primary Condition of Nature and Evolution.
Replies: 41
Views: 4172

Re: Simplicity as a Primary Condition of Nature and Evolution.

1-D is simpler than 2-D. This is the point I was trying to make. Obviously in the Cartesian space 1D is simply a zero-volume point and such a notion is meaningless in terms of its explanatory value. However evolution is a temporal phenomenon and the extension of temporal phenomena into the Cartesia...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 20, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists read the primary sources?
Replies: 223
Views: 20385

Re: Do atheists read the primary sources?

But if you are going to say it, at least say it correctly. Quite right, doc, and thank you for pointing it out. As it happens I did know this but I wrote in haste and carelessness and I've always been a lousy editor. Since I have a well-deserved reputation for gratuitous pedantry myself I'm delight...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 20, 2015 4:43 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists read the primary sources?
Replies: 223
Views: 20385

Re: Do atheists read the primary sources?

It really isn't that simple. Time began with the universe. There was no 'before', so there can be no 'forever'. How can something begin without a cause? By the way you ought to have attributed the Supertramp lyrics. You wouldn't want people to think you were a poet. I think the third option is that...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 20, 2015 2:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Do atheists read the primary sources?
Replies: 223
Views: 20385

Re: Do atheists read the primary sources?

So it's a cylical universe extending back infinitely, or, it's a supranatural entity standing outside the order of things. Neither seems particularly plausible so I'll hold out for another option. It seems to me that if you're holding out for a third option, Henry, then you're going to be holding o...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 20, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is qualia?
Replies: 105
Views: 10177

Re: What is qualia?

We don't see the world as it is but rather as it WAS, which defines an observation as a holographic representation of our own past. So you are speaking of the time delay of our senses, and the subsequent calculations about what was sensed, right? Well if so, I believe I understand what you mean, bu...
by Obvious Leo
Mon May 18, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy Obsolete?
Replies: 58
Views: 6144

Re: Philosophy Obsolete?

How is it the 'modern' era? I thought this occurred when the natural philosophers epistemology won the day? Good point. When I refer to the "modern era" of physics I'm basically referring to its entire history since Newton, from which time it has traditionally been assumed that the mathematical rep...