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by Scott Mayers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

If this is an appeal to philosophers, shouldn't you first define "Computational Complexity" at least? Scott M, between Scott A’s essay and a flurry of Wikipedia references, I was able to grasp a working definition of what computational complexity is. Among all the tasks that are computable, some ca...
by Scott Mayers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 4199

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Immanuel Can wrote: No. It doesn't say that. It says, "The tree of the knowledge of good and evil," not "the tree of wisdom." It's an excellent myth. 'Knowledge' in the Biblical sense does not mean wisdom or accumulation of facts. 'Knowledge' in the Biblical sense means experience. The thing about ...
by Scott Mayers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Universal Basic Income plan
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: Universal Basic Income plan

I think this should exist for all....at least in principle. (1) But one concern against it is that if people get what the 'need', they have no incentive as a force to motivate people to bother looking for work at all. (2) Another is that if all countries were not doing this, those that lack this wil...
by Scott Mayers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Unproven assumptions
Replies: 103
Views: 2195

Re: Unproven assumptions

It seems to me that most of what we say if full of unproven assumptions. The sentence I have just written does not assume anything because of the introduction unit "it seems to me". The second sentence I have just written does not assume anything either, because it is purely analytical. Or do you s...
by Scott Mayers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 4199

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

"Free will was given to man by god." This I often hear from theists. I searched the bible and found no support for this from the word of the supposed god. So this is inference? Or did I miss something. Will Guffo or somebody else please tell me where the idea of "free will" emerged in christian thi...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why are so many Americans pro-slavery & anti-abortion?
Replies: 21
Views: 617

Re: Why are so many Americans pro-slavery & anti-abortion?

With the rise of the Right in U.S. alot of americans are becoming increasingly in favor of the confederates and pro-slavery. You mean people are suddenly becoming Democrats? After all, every single slave owner America at the time of the Emancipation was a Democrat. Or do you mean like all those Gra...
by Scott Mayers
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why are so many Americans pro-slavery & anti-abortion?
Replies: 21
Views: 617

Re: it 'is' relevant

Not every pro-life American is evangelical. Not every pro-life American is conservative. There is no monolithic position on these subjects. Anyone who believes there is a monolithic position on these subjects has -- to be mild -- been fed a plate of crap by folks with agendas. And: no, 'slavery' do...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why are so many Americans pro-slavery & anti-abortion?
Replies: 21
Views: 617

Re:

"I think he was pointing to the contradiction that the conservative pro-lifers favor the life of zygotes but oddly still favor killing of those full grown adults." I think he was doin' more than that, but: let's say he was, for conversation's sake, just addressin' 'that' supposed contradiction. Fro...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why are so many Americans pro-slavery & anti-abortion?
Replies: 21
Views: 617

Re: c'mon, man

"alot of americans are becoming increasingly in favor of the confederates and pro-slavery." Your evidence? # pro-life does not extend to abolishment of the death penalty. Generally: adults, guilty of heinous crime, get the chair. Not quite the same, you'll agree, as offing a kid in the womb. # "Say...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Why are so many Americans pro-slavery & anti-abortion?
Replies: 21
Views: 617

Re: Why are so many Americans pro-slavery & anti-abortion?

With the rise of the Right in U.S. alot of americans are becoming increasingly in favor of the confederates and pro-slavery. Which arguments do you put forth in defense for re-instating slavery (or wanted to keep it in the first place)? And why should people be born into slavery simply because of t...
by Scott Mayers
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity
Replies: 31
Views: 1187

Re: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

If this is an appeal to philosophers, shouldn't you first define "Computational Complexity" at least?
by Scott Mayers
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Religion Is .....
Replies: 82
Views: 3044

Re: Religion Is .....

I think 'religion' is best thought of as an artistic expression (or system of expressions) that originated to explain something rational about reality but devolves into an interpretation that the artistic expression is itself the reality. So when people create some artistic means to express the secu...
by Scott Mayers
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Cartesian dualism
Replies: 55
Views: 1201

Re: Cartesian dualism

( PHILOSOPHY - A theory or system of thought that regards a domain of reality in terms of two independent principles, especially mind and matter. ) The Source of bolded knowledge unknown. :shock: :D Rendering the above independant principles empty principles. There is no approach to dualism it's no...
by Scott Mayers
Wed May 29, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Religion
Replies: 127
Views: 2550

Re: Religion

Enlighten me. What do you think the term "Atheist" means? In particular, do you think it means someone who knows something, or knows nothing? And do you think he's speaking for himself alone, or making a universal truth claim? Which way is it? BOTH! Some are agnostic athiests and others are gnostic...
by Scott Mayers
Wed May 29, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Religion
Replies: 127
Views: 2550

Re: Religion

And if I assert being an Atheist but you are TELLING me that I'm a co-religious believer when I LACK belief, you are inappropriately ignoring what the atheist means. Enlighten me. What do you think the term "Atheist" means? In particular, do you think it means someone who knows something, or knows ...