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by Greta
Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Earth at the center of the Universe?
Replies: 270
Views: 25209

Re: Earth at the center of the Universe?

@ Leo. If I'm getting you, you're saying that the redshift Hubble noticed was not galaxies moving away from each other but ageing light stretching to longer wavelength, lower energy red light over time? Your thoughts on inflation a la Guth? You might told me before but I only have a few functioning ...
by Greta
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: How Do You Identify "You"
Replies: 31
Views: 2575

Re: How Do You Identify "You"

Our cousins gorillas and chimps must be full of awe when they see our gadgets. Sure they'd be in awe. I am too. The gadgets in the 21st century truly are awesome. The thing is, as you suggested, humanity did all this, not single humans. Individuals are not very impressive, outside of intelligence a...
by Greta
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can words affect reality?
Replies: 25
Views: 3170

Re: Can words affect reality?

Language describes reality instead of affecting it and that is because it is an abstract so is not real And the same can be said of mathematics except there the signifiers are numbers instead of words Language and mathematics are both part of reality, abstract parts of reality - and every part of r...
by Greta
Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Music
Replies: 3110
Views: 324767

Re: Music

@ Walker. I'm a long time fan of Weather Report. I like me a good instrumental. I deal with enough words elsewhere in life. Here's the most recent instrumental a friend and I recorded (hobby, not pro), which people I've played it to have described as "relaxing" although one friend suggested that wit...
by Greta
Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:24 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: What Book Changed Your Mind?
Replies: 207
Views: 18003

Re: What Book Changed Your Mind?

Your Erroneous Zones and I'm OK You're OK helped me through part of my youth. In my 30s The Selfish Gene answered more questions for me than any work I've read before or since. I once considered the book to be almost unimpeachable but group selection and discoveries in epigenetics make clear that, w...
by Greta
Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Earth at the center of the Universe?
Replies: 270
Views: 25209

Re: Earth at the center of the Universe?

How many instances have been found of a star orbiting any planet, let alone a small rocky one like Earth? It would be strange if we were objectively in the centre. Subjectively, the centre is the observer, which seems pretty broadly agreed on. How can one picture the relative movements of all the o...
by Greta
Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Where did the 'Big Bang' occur?
Replies: 66
Views: 4953

Re: Where did the 'Big Bang' occur?

Yes UA, not many Gretas (or women, for that matter) haunting philosophy sites. Let's go one at a time. My first issue: The universe is not expanding out from a centre into space; rather, the whole universe is expanding and it is doing so equally at all places, as far as we can tell. That logic in it...
by Greta
Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: How Do You Identify "You"
Replies: 31
Views: 2575

Re: How Do You Identify "You"

We are systems comprised of systems while being ourselves components of other systems. So we are products of the Milky Way, the Sun, the Earth, the biosphere, humanity, our particular culture and our parents. By the same token our cells and much of our biota are products of us. That makes us each pa...
by Greta
Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Earth at the center of the Universe?
Replies: 270
Views: 25209

Re: Earth at the center of the Universe?

How many instances have been found of a star orbiting any planet, let alone a small rocky one like Earth? It would be strange if we were objectively in the centre. Subjectively, the centre is the observer, which seems pretty broadly agreed on. How can one picture the relative movements of all the ob...
by Greta
Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Where did the 'Big Bang' occur?
Replies: 66
Views: 4953

Re: Where did the 'Big Bang' occur?

The bit I never understood is that, if the universe was once minuscule and then inflated as per the usual balloon analogy, an inflating balloon does have an approximate physical centre relative to its location prior to its inflation. How does inflation differ from the expanding balloon analogy? How ...
by Greta
Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: ~ The Case For Socialism ~
Replies: 349
Views: 16333

Re: Re:

This can be done anywhere, Henry, but such a system cannot be imposed on a population against their will. Governments can only govern effectively with the consent of the governed and thus the impetus for such a society must come from within. I share Winston Churchill's view that democracy is an app...
by Greta
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Even this British forum wants you to use American English.
Replies: 21
Views: 2388

Re: Even this British forum wants you to use American English.

It's an endless issue for non-Americans of the Anglosphere - on a range of applications and devices. Often I find myself fixing up errant AmericaniZed zeds, which doesn't even make sense ... realize, realized, realizing, realization ... realism?? Not one of Webster's triumphs of simplification. I th...
by Greta
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Proposition (2)
Replies: 16
Views: 2112

Re: Proposition (2)

@ waechter418 There are seven billion humans. Each represents a point of view of the universe in a particular relative place and time. Your POV at a particular place and time turns out to be Proposition (2). Not only will you continue to produce new propositions, so every other piece of reality (ie....
by Greta
Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How best to see outside your own culture, beyond the ideas in vogue?
Replies: 151
Views: 8020

Re: How best to see outside your own culture, beyond the ideas in vogue?

My intuition tells me the same thing. "Use it or lose it" has been shown to be much more than a glib slogan and almost all of this person's embodied cognition would have no information to operate on. It has already been shown that if a child acquires no verbal language by adolescence then he never ...
by Greta
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How best to see outside your own culture, beyond the ideas in vogue?
Replies: 151
Views: 8020

Re: How best to see outside your own culture, beyond the ideas in vogue?

It is not 'somewhat related' in the slightest. Carly had every imaginable therapy and sensory input that her parents could afford. They knew that she was intelligent - her eyes showed 'naked intelligence' ( c. 2.23 mark). She was often read to. Without this input and awareness she would not have be...