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by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15588

Re: Questions we'll never solve

Good [My] morning Hobbes,

I was wondering if anybody else was awake...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: The scams of Statistics...
Replies: 268
Views: 22399

Re: The scams of Statistics...

The Monty Hall problem as from the Wikipedia link is summarized as follows: Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what's behind the doors, opens another door, ...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Do mammals get bored?
Replies: 28
Views: 1949

Re: Do mammals get bored?

Mammals is a fairly large category, encompassing a wide range of intelligence, life-style and complexity, including humans. Of-bloody-course they get bored. Leave your poodle alone too long and he'll redesign for your leather jacket. Leave him alone with nothing to invent and he'll become psychotic...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15588

Re: Questions we'll never solve

I still can't figure out how people here don't seem to recognize their own subjective experience of being born of nothingness Do you seriously claim to have a subjective experience of being born of nothingness? Why don't you try and explain what it was like to somebody like me who can't actually re...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: The scams of Statistics...
Replies: 268
Views: 22399

The scams of Statistics...

I think stats are useful and most of it is not as such scams but have discovered a few famous ones that are and which I want to see if others can determine it for themselves here. 1) The Monty Hall Problem . 2) The Secretary (or Optimal Stopping)Problem . Is anyone here familiar with these? I'm gues...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Proving that the difference between any two anagram numbers is always a multiple of nine
Replies: 59
Views: 7123

Re: Proving that the difference between any two anagram numbers is always a multiple of nine

What's wrong with using math on this site? It's appropriate as logic and such demonstrations suggest excellent ways to practice good argument skills for philosophy.
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15588

Re: Questions we'll never solve

I agree with the above comments as well. Why is there something rather than nothing is a particularly meaningless question but the stupidest question ever asked in science would have to be this one. Q. Why do the laws of physics which we have describe the universe we observe instead of some other u...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15588

Re: Questions we'll never solve

None of these are questions at all, except one. They are simply the bleating of scared people confused about their own existence. There is only one meaningful question. 7. What is the best moral system. In my view the answer has to be one that is capable of defining the sort of society you want, an...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15588

Re: Questions we'll never solve

I can answer all of these with closure and good rationale. I disagree that these are unanswerable. I began doing just this and then realized I'd be doing myself a disfavor and possibly others by doing so as some of what it may result in would be abused....a kind of intellectual nuclear bomb! I'll wa...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization
Replies: 152
Views: 9719

Re: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization

Outside of the free air we breathe, there's a demand, but limited availability, of everything else. Demand and supply curves intersect at the price that everything else costs. That's economics, my friends, and anybody that interferes with it in the form of things like price controls or minimum wage...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization
Replies: 152
Views: 9719

Re: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization

As I've mentioned before, I'm the only person on Earth who can even properly define economics, and I guarantee you that you have never heard this definition from any economics professor or anybody else for that matter. Economics is the allocation of property and labor, nothing more and nothing less...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization
Replies: 152
Views: 9719

Re: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization

It brought the Roman Empire to its knees, Scott, and the American Empire will fall just as surely for exactly the same reason. In the good old days of Imperial Rome they called it "debasing the coinage". "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it"....George Santayana And these to...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:22 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Reasoning to a practical, moral conclusion
Replies: 47
Views: 3995

Re: Reasoning to a practical, moral conclusion

By the way, prof, if you take the fair distribution (sharing) idea further, does this mean that we'd also have to require creating rules such as population limits. Using an island analogue, if say four people were there in which two are of women and two, men, and each is paired up, imagine if the ca...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Reasoning to a practical, moral conclusion
Replies: 47
Views: 3995

Re: Reasoning to a practical, moral conclusion

. ...What you may not recognize is that even in that, one's personal need to have others treat them "good" in their mind may require being "bad" to the other. For instance, if there is a tree on such an island that is only able to feed one person ... Do you opt to favor yourself in order to preserv...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization
Replies: 152
Views: 9719

Re: Nonprofit Organizations Are the Bane of Civilization

And since they would be the arbiters of how your government would operate, these 'owners' become our government without the people's consent or power to alter. I was following you just fine, Scott, until you got to this bit. I thought you were offering a critique of the hypothetical economic system...