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by Greta
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

However, since those relationships exist, the phenomena exist. The notion of the "object" has an epistemic currency in the consciousness of the observer but no ontological currency whatsoever because an object is actually an event. I find the "it's a new you every Planck interval" line of thought t...
by Greta
Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:43 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Leo (and echo) I spent an hour constructing a critique but deleted it to like to keep things simple, given that the discussion is quite convoluted. The first pretzel I'd like to untwist is your "space does not exist" meme: I am not shifting goalposts at all. I have many times said that space does no...
by Greta
Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Inevitably this is what the unification model for physics boils down to. Einstein was a genius without question because he could see that time and space were mutually exclusive in the ding an sich but he nailed his colours to the wrong mast. Minkwoski modelled time as relative to the Cartesian spac...
by Greta
Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

If our universe is alive or self determined has nothing to do with the anthropic principle. It obtains if the universe is alive or not alive. To say that the universe fine tunes itself is to simply equate the universe with God. All animals, including us, fine tune themselves constantly, mostly unco...
by Greta
Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

... any philosophy has to start with a metaphysical first principle which is not further reducible. I adopt "the universe is everything that exists" as such a first principle because to do otherwise immediately defines our universe as unknowable and thus beyond the reach of either scientific or phi...
by Greta
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Either you accept the anthropic principle and the multiverse or you believe in God. Actually the reverse is true because this entire question boils down to a question of the definition of determinism. Either you believe that the universe is everything that exists or you don't. You are either with u...
by Greta
Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

My point is exactly as I say it is - no agenda needed. The minimum length of time that's meaningful to us and our current equipment and models. There may be activity at smaller scales that can make sense - but only to a far more technologically enabled perspective with more mature physical models.
by Greta
Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Planck interval: "definition as the smallest possible unit of time in which we can meaningfully say that something has actually happened".

My point was and is: Reality doesn't necessarily conform with what primates can meaningfully say.
by Greta
Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:34 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

The present is infinitesimal.(literally infinitely tiny) This statement is false. Time is not infinitely divisible and it does indeed have a smallest possible unit value which is very easily defined. It is the briefest possible interval in which we can meaningfully say that something has actually h...
by Greta
Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Where does subjective experience come into this? It would seem superfluous and would appear to fail your hardline Occam's Razor approach. I don't know how you can draw this conclusion. Although I make no metaphysical distinction between "life" and "non-life" I'm willing to accept the prosaic distin...
by Greta
Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:48 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

if we have a infinite sequence of moments, it begs the question as to whether it's only an infinite sequence of information and energy or if there's something else in the mix I prefer to think of energy as an emergent form of information in much the same way that matter is but there is ABSOLUTELY s...
by Greta
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Enjoyed both your posts. Much to agree with. Science can't possibly be used for macro explanations because it works from the bottom up. To depart from that approach is generally criticised as "unscientific", back to Stephen Hawking there. [quote=Obvious Leo"]The truth of our cosmos is the truth of t...
by Greta
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Natural pain remedy comes to the rescue when all else fails. Leo, the strong nuclear force/gravity connection makes sense intuitively - forces of attraction manifesting differently at different scales - but the differences are counter-intuitive enough to add to the general strangeness at that level....
by Greta
Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

The fact is that space is not empty but full of quantum particles. This is not a physical statement but a mathematical one, Greta, because you left a critically important adjective out of your statement. Space is full of VIRTUAL quantum particles and the meaning of "virtual" in physics is exactly t...
by Greta
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:56 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Where is "here"?
Replies: 415
Views: 21349

Re: Where is "here"?

Now there's a blast from the past, Greta, and spoken like a true flower child and refugee from the sixties. It's been a long while since the old "quantum foam" has been trotted out as a metaphor for the luminiferous aether. How thin can foam stretch before it vanishes into froth and bubble? I don't...