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by Greta
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 7713

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

So is this energy gravity? YES. That's the very point I'm making, although more precisely this energy resides in the inversely logarithmic relationship between gravity and time. In fact this principle is already very well understood in conventional physics where the gravitational potential energy o...
by Greta
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Descartes on distinct
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: Descartes on distinct

It seems to me that if you preserve the sense of the word distinct as being separate you will not go wrong grasping the meaning of distinct. Since to understand that thing you need to know how it is different, separate and hence distinct from all other things. But without the exact context of the u...
by Greta
Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:52 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: CRIMES of EMPIRE
Replies: 22
Views: 1185

Re: CRIMES of EMPIRE

In the "new world" imperialism was simply how things were done. Explorers would leave Europe, find new lands and colonise/invade them. Generally, the Spaniards and Portuguese were far more brutal and less transparent than the British. Today China is working to subsume its small neighbours, as it's a...
by Greta
Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:38 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Descartes on distinct
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: Descartes on distinct

http://home.wlu.edu/~mahonj/Descartes.M3.Truth.htm

It seems relevant to your question, JS, but I admit to not reading much of it because I'm more interested in other areas of philosophy.
by Greta
Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:28 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 7713

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

We can nevertheless draw a number of conclusions from the historical evidence. There is ample evidence that our own galaxy has eaten a number of dwarf galaxies over the past 10 billion years and there is no logical reason to suppose that bigger galaxies will not devour smaller ones as a matter of c...
by Greta
Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 7713

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

There simply is no way of determining exactly how quickly galaxies should be flying apart because this depends entirely on the relativistic motion of every other galaxy in the cosmos, inversely proportional to their proximity. That's my point. We see a galaxy in a certain state and we cannot readil...
by Greta
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 7713

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

For example, why keep fucking around with the dark matter idea? It's been around for 80 years for no tangible result and not a single scrap of supportive evidence. Galaxies fly apart due to the gravitational effects of other galaxies. Including the one we're living in. End of story. I believe that ...
by Greta
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 7713

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

For example, why keep fucking around with the dark matter idea? It's been around for 80 years for no tangible result and not a single scrap of supportive evidence. Galaxies fly apart due to the gravitational effects of other galaxies. Including the one we're living in. End of story. I believe that ...
by Greta
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 7713

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

What we find in mathematics is a peerless body of conceptions of the most general relations among features of the world, robbed, however, of all phenomenal particularity and temporal depth: a lifeless and faceless terracotta army. Nice! Leo's cadaver analogy is also appropriate. Science is about ph...
by Greta
Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:48 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible for something to not exist?
Replies: 33
Views: 2055

Re: Is it possible for something to not exist?

The verb "to exist" is a verb which applies to the present tense. In order for something to be defined as "existing" it must be in a current state of "being". Gods and unicorns can be said to exist as cognitive abstractions but it is only the neural mechanisms which are specifying for these abstrac...
by Greta
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is There Progress in Philosophy?
Replies: 104
Views: 7713

Re: Is There Progress in Philosophy?

Most thought provoking, Leo. I'll need time to pull some of that together. Some of it has clarified aspects in your manifesto. I do like the non-distinction between science and philosophy that you push. Is there progress in philosophy? Every new scientific breakthrough - and they are coming thick an...
by Greta
Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible for something to not exist?
Replies: 33
Views: 2055

Re: Is it possible for something to not exist?

hydvdld wrote:That means that even if the dragons don't exist physically, they can exist exist as signals between neurons. So they would exist. This shows that it is impossible for something to not exist, and that everything exists
Except for those things that have never existed in thought.
by Greta
Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have instinct?
Replies: 48
Views: 4892

Re: Do humans have instinct?

Arising_uk wrote:... I'm always prepared as I have my towel.
Now it's Hitchhikers!
by Greta
Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have instinct?
Replies: 48
Views: 4892

Re: Do humans have instinct?

Arising_uk wrote:
Greta wrote:... Cut-Me-Own-Throat-Dalek (do you have a rat onna bun for sale? :) ...
Ooo! A girl nerdy geek or is that geeky nerd girl. Welcome wyrd sister. :D
I believe it's the latter.

May you be spared from smiting by the Great God Om.
by Greta
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: A note on Special Relativity
Replies: 16
Views: 2463

Re: A note on Special Relativity

I have to admit that I'm feeling increasingly leery about the particle zoo too. They keep finding more exotic particles that "break the rules", which suggests that there are principles not yet understood. It all seems too messy, but maybe I'm being too fussy because the period table is also messy, i...