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by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Is zero the greatest advance in mathematics?
Replies: 33
Views: 3194

Re: Is zero the greatest advance in mathematics?

In programming, with respect to the architecture of the computer, only '1' means something but can only exist if it has a 'place' (memory) to hold it in, which is necessarily only meaningful as a "variable". The variable nature of its memory necessitates at least some other value than a '1'. As such...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: The first poster of this thread is God...
Replies: 11
Views: 1096

The first poster of this thread is God...

As God, by definition of the title, I command that I'm defined by the latest poster's opinion.
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:59 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is reality?
Replies: 128
Views: 6929

Re: What is reality?

I responded to Obvious Leo in a thread, "Does Science have limitations", to show how our disagreement relates to perception only. In this way, it is as though upon facing each other I commented that I noticed he parts his hair to the left. He might respond, "No, I part it to the right." This actuall...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is reality?
Replies: 128
Views: 6929

Re: What is reality?

I disagree to an abandonment of logic as this seems to be implying. I only add to logic by incorporating "contradiction" as a function that commands us to find a 'new' place where such contradictions become contraries. For instance, assuming a complete logic (which includes multi-valued logic possi...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Does science have limitations?

Thank you Leo, I believe that you and I actually agree to a high degree. I see your interpretation of "existence" to require time as a pre-requisite based on how we actually understand "existence". I can't disagree. I only extend this by defining existence as a function of totality where non-existen...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:59 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is reality?
Replies: 128
Views: 6929

Re: What is reality?

Being able to predict consistently only proves practical for those valuing the benefits of those outcomes consistently. This is the error to me for why we should accept 'predictability' as mapping to reality. It is inductively indeterminate still unless such prediction can account for all factors w...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:27 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Does science have limitations?

Contradictions exist within physics. You're the master of the pithy understatement, Scott. For over a century physics has stood on three pillars which have been universally accepted as canonical doctrine, namely SR,GR and QM. Yet it is now very well understood that these three pillars are mutually ...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Does science have limitations?

PhilX, Although indirectly related, I commented on "The Prisoner's Dilemma and The Evolution of Morality" that beneficial class distinctions enable the beneficial classes in society as a whole to favor selfish motivation over the non-beneficial classes which favor altruism. But the beneficial classe...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Does science have limitations?

Ironically, a 'priesthood' of authority is also slowly taking precedence as institutions begin to actually close off topics of controversy within their ranks and to others who want to participate from the general public. Easily the most cloistered of such priesthoods is the priesthood of physics, f...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:18 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Does science have limitations?

Ironically, a 'priesthood' of authority is also slowly taking precedence as institutions begin to actually close off topics of controversy within their ranks and to others who want to participate from the general public. Due to the internet (i.e. forums) and other means, I don't see where the "prie...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is reality?
Replies: 128
Views: 6929

Re: What is reality?

Being able to predict consistently only proves practical for those valuing the benefits of those outcomes consistently. This is the error to me for why we should accept 'predictability' as mapping to reality. It is inductively indeterminate still unless such prediction can account for all factors wi...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Does science have limitations?

Ironically, a 'priesthood' of authority is also slowly taking precedence as institutions begin to actually close off topics of controversy within their ranks and to others who want to participate from the general public.
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:24 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1777

Re: Does science have limitations?

There's a great thread running titled "The Limits of Science" about science investigation. My thread aims to look at science from a more theoretical side. For example what does science need to be called science? It's generally agreed it needs testable theories that an experiment can say yes or no t...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Prisoner’s Dilemma and The Evolution of Morality
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: The Prisoner’s Dilemma and The Evolution of Morality

Good article. I think that this subject requires investigating into more complexity involving other factors like how imprinting upon early development comes into play, though. Genetics and environment are too interwoven to simplify any model that credits only one of them uniquely. Genetically, I thi...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 13439

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

I am saying that knowing the structure ( pattern of neurons firing) that cause one to visualize a triangle is not the same as knowing what a triangle is. * For example, the logical structure of the writing in a book corresponds to the logical structure of the subject it is explaining. However, pron...