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by Scott Mayers
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How does science work?
Replies: 96
Views: 3634

Re: How does science work?

Before y'all folks jump all over me: I meant to say that science never explains the "why". It explains the "how". That's what I meant by saying "science does not explain anything." Well, "why" is ultimately philosophy. Here's a paragraph from a draft of the article: Some physicists take a very dim ...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: An act of God
Replies: 73
Views: 1390

Re: An act of God

When a plane crashes and everyone survives, we are told its a 'miracle' that no one died. When a plane crashes and all but five people survive, it is a considered a 'miracle' that all the other people survived. When a plane crashes into a parking lot and kills all on the plane plus ten on the ground...
by Scott Mayers
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 704

Re: Meditating with Descartes

Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. Wikipedia...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 704

Re: Meditating with Descartes

If any 'god' is an infinite supreme being, it must encapsulate Totality as a subset of itself, a 'source'. Is the set of all sets a member of itself? Remember the paradox is not the 'positing' of a set that includes itself but one that defines itself as all sets that DO NOT contain themselves. It i...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 704

Re: Meditating with Descartes

[finished reading]

Good article, Karen.

But what's with,
... The philosopher, on the other hand, has a different task. First, she needs to...
How dare you suggest the philosopher is only just a girl! Hmmm! :roll:
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 704

Re: Meditating with Descartes

[read more...] On Theravada Buddhism with respect to Descartes, I think the Buddhists are talking of something distinctly different in comparative meaning. Descartes didn't err in his logic for the general argument but in his particular TRANSFERENCE in defined meaning of the term 'God'. In a similar...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 704

Re: Meditating with Descartes

[Just reading now... and got to..] Descartes’ thought process about what he can be certain of (which he started in his previous work, the Discourse on Method) produces an incomplete argument: an enthymeme. An enthymeme is a deduction without the universal premise. His famous argument ‘I think theref...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 704

Re: Meditating with Descartes

As brilliant as Descartes was, he misspelled mediation. Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are enco...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 86
Views: 1413

Re: Free Will

Free will means making the right choice in order to feel love and goodness, a sense of justice, security, peace and harmony, mainly, the natural equilibrium of being no thing and everything. Any objection? . How can you exercise the will to love, when real love takes to be real love? You cannot hav...
by Scott Mayers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Are Assumptions Proof?
Replies: 20
Views: 642

Re: Are Assumptions Proof?

Discuss. One assumes something to reach to a proof. And the proof is composed of these assumptions and we assume there is a connection? The assumptions are the antecedents to a conditional whereby the conclusion is the consequent . What a 'proof' does is to connect the conclusion necessarily to the...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Democracy in Flux
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Democracy in Flux

Before interpreting, what is your country? ...and what is N.I.?
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: The Number System as a Model of The Process of Evolution
Replies: 68
Views: 2136

Re: The Number System as a Model of The Process of Evolution

If one were to produce the simplest model of the process of evolution, what would that be? Would it not be the number system? 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Each progressive number arises from the "base" provided by the previous numbers, just as the emergence of a new species arises from the base of the source ...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Physical question
Replies: 51
Views: 1487

Re: Physical question

Each cell only uses a very tiny percentage of the DNA at its core. This is definitely useful but NOT efficient and so is NOT 'compression'. That's a reductionist view on the matter. Holistically it's far better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. The cell is part of the whole....
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 60
Views: 1974

Re: Does absolute truth exist?

Scott - We agree then? Abstractions are absolute. Science certainly makes good use of abstraction, but it isn’t ‘absolute’ - it necessarily relies on possible errors. I’m well aware that physics and mathematics are married. ‘Absolute’ means permanent in philosophical terms. ‘Universal’ is not neces...
by Scott Mayers
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Physical question
Replies: 51
Views: 1487

Re: Physical question

Except, I'm guessing, when those self-replicators are viruses? I'm guessing that you are guessing that viruses lack intelligence? Well, it obviously depends on the definition of that word, but even they don't lack heuristic adaptive behavior, as well as any living or semi-living entities, so no, I ...