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by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does science have limitations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1612

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: 1612

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: 1612

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: 6590

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: 1612

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: 1612

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: 671

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: 12667

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...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Cosmic-scale thought experiment about time
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Re: Cosmic-scale thought experiment about time

I'm still reading but it appears as nothing new. The photon (as a string of a wave quantified) that has a direct effect on the screen where it's center hits the screen. It goes through both slits because the 'width' of the photon is actually large enough to go through both yet gets split by the barr...
by Scott Mayers
Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Karen Armstrong
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Karen Armstrong

She's cool. What precisely were you thinking about her views? I rarely think we agree to all of a person's specific views.
by Scott Mayers
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: At what point do robots become self-aware?
Replies: 105
Views: 10598

Re: At what point do robots become self-aware?

Indeed so much is obvious, but since we do not consider a degree of awareness related to the degree of emotionality, I do not think that a machine would have to exhibit any emotion to be considered 'aware'. So, for example a cold hearted killer would not thought to be less aware than an emotionally...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: At what point do robots become self-aware?
Replies: 105
Views: 10598

Re: At what point do robots become self-aware?

I began answering but found it is too deep to simply answer without everyone understanding computer architecture, programming, and cellular biology including neurology. For a very simplistic answer, robots require drive programs that define emotions (and moral values as a component 'emotions') and ...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: On friendship.
Replies: 8
Views: 1059

Re: On friendship.

Aristotle notices that we try to avoid our benefactors because we are reminded that we owe them a debt. While benefactors look for the company of the benefected because they expect from them some reward for their good deeds. This would mean that friendship is an exchange of services and a deal. Thi...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: At what point do robots become self-aware?
Replies: 105
Views: 10598

Re: At what point do robots become self-aware?

On the last point of multi-processors, this may be hard to understand without investigating consciousness. While the electronics and programming will likely eventually mimic consciousness, if each 'cell' is virtualized through linear programming, while it may 'feel' as a component through different ...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: At what point do robots become self-aware?
Replies: 105
Views: 10598

Re: At what point do robots become self-aware?

I began answering but found it is too deep to simply answer without everyone understanding computer architecture, programming, and cellular biology including neurology. For a very simplistic answer, robots require drive programs that define emotions (and moral values as a component 'emotions') and a...