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by Obvious Leo
Sat May 16, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?
Replies: 6
Views: 1099

Re: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?

In a sense the multiverse hypothesis is an inherent property of the Newtonian methodology which asks not what the thing "is" but rather what the thing "is like". In the case of the entire universe this obviously leaves a gaping explanatory hole which the physicists are free to plug with whatever hyp...
by Obvious Leo
Fri May 15, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Speed of time ?
Replies: 80
Views: 8293

Re: Speed of time ?

I do not understand why (and how) Hobbes is arguing with this. I must admit I was rather surprised to see such a strident argument being presented in a philosophy of science forum. This is a simple question which any high school physics student would be expected to be able to answer correctly. Hobb...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Speed of time ?
Replies: 80
Views: 8293

Re: Speed of time ?

If there is something wrong with what I said then you can state exactly what that is I thought I already did that. You've got the story arse-about and if you'll calm down and mind your manners I'll explain why. Since I've been a philosopher of physics for forty years I claim some authority on this ...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simplicity as a Primary Condition of Nature and Evolution.
Replies: 41
Views: 4243

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

Greylorn. I'll say this only once. I am immune to personal insult and refuse to respond to it. If you have an argument to put with respect to anything I say then I welcome you to put it. I'm not here to play childish games.
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: spooky relativity
Replies: 8
Views: 1379

Re: spooky relativity

What makes you think that way leo. It would mean the universe is expanding from potential relativity. It's not easy to explain in a forum such as this, jackles, and I owe you a confession. I'm a philosopher of physics with an ulterior motive for joining this forum. I've written my own philosophy wh...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simplicity as a Primary Condition of Nature and Evolution.
Replies: 41
Views: 4243

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

Greylorn Ell wrote: Kindly let me know if you find someone here with a fully functional mind actually open to ideas.
It's a bit early for me to say but it's not looking all that promising so far.
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 6:07 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Would you work in a munitions factory?
Replies: 63
Views: 7875

Re: Would you work in a munitions factory?

I've removed more mines as a peacekeeper than anyone talking about the horrors of these devices. I've nothing to be judged over, especially a hypothetical. Want to make some change? Kick to the curb the only PM in my lifetime who got us involved in war. And keep this in mind; he never served in uni...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 5:55 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is the nature of genius?
Replies: 9
Views: 2513

Re: What is the nature of genius?

Did he forget to mention 10% plagiarism? Did he forget standing on the shoulders of giants? Excellent point, and Albert Einstein would be the most famous example. Einstein himself took pains throughout his life to downplay his own reputation as a genius but this was the dawn of the information age ...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 3:37 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is the nature of genius?
Replies: 9
Views: 2513

Re: What is the nature of genius?

Wasn't it Edison who said "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration"? I believe it was. We tend to label people as geniuses if they happen to be adept in a field which most of us regard with awe. Thus physicists are often hailed as smarter than the rest of us dumb schmucks but this is bollocks...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is the nature of genius?
Replies: 9
Views: 2513

Re: What is the nature of genius?

I'm restricting the discussion to humans (including our ancestors). One way of looking at it is what % of humans are geniuses. One in a thousand or one in a million? How do we recognize genius? What is required beyond to merely think of something that no one else has thought of before? Is Einstein ...
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Speed of time ?
Replies: 80
Views: 8293

Re: Speed of time ?

Hobbes' Choice. Your command of language is on a par with your command of physics. The less said about your command of logic the better, I think.
by Obvious Leo
Thu May 14, 2015 3:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simplicity as a Primary Condition of Nature and Evolution.
Replies: 41
Views: 4243

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

Greylorn. Thank you for your response. I am new to this site and thus I'm still feeling my way around the place. I'm a rather busy man and thus a part of this exploratory process necessarily includes finding out which people are worthwhile engaging with and which are not. One down, Christ knows how ...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 13, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: eisteins physics of illusion
Replies: 15
Views: 2479

Re: eisteins physics of illusion

the arrow of time points resolutely from the past towards the future never the other way round Yes the psychological and thermodynamic and cosmological arrows of time all go in one direction You forgot the evolutionary arrow of time, which is perhaps the most significant arrow of them all. The ther...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 13, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simplicity as a Primary Condition of Nature and Evolution.
Replies: 41
Views: 4243

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

Greylorn. The philosophy of physics has been my life's work and I'm an old fart so don't underestimate me. I know what physics is and I also know what evolution is because evolution towards informational complexity is the fundamental self-organising principle of the universe itself. However evolutio...
by Obvious Leo
Wed May 13, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: eisteins physics of illusion
Replies: 15
Views: 2479

Re: eisteins physics of illusion

Einstein said that space and time are an illusion in that we separate them. There is only space-time. Time is a dimension like height, depth and width. It is the fourth dimension. That's why our current models of physics make no sense. Representing time as a Cartesian dimension is a metaphysical fa...