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by Greta
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is the purpose of computers?
Replies: 40
Views: 564

Re: What is the purpose of computers?

Computers are extensions and (imprecise) reflections of the human brain.
by Greta
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: WHY DO YOU THINK WE ARE HERE? WHY DO WE EXIST?
Replies: 459
Views: 8280

Re: WHY DO YOU THINK WE ARE HERE? WHY DO WE EXIST?

Atto, you have to make piece with entry. As the Hindus noticed with the construction of the deity, Shiva, that destruction is needed for regeneration. Why are we here? Let's follow the breadcrumbs leading to us: - Star ignition and planet formation - Evolution of rocks and organic chemicals to state...
by Greta
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Bots
Replies: 15
Views: 453

Re: Bots

Not keen on it. What's to stop one person from having multiple voices via bot members?
by Greta
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 961
Views: 10091

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

I wonder if you are as capable of the same violence, or might you feel shattered afterwards because you could feel empathy with the victim/s? Clarity: I mean "same" as in "I have no reservations with taking life". So from an empirical/consequentialist perspective it's same same but different. In re...
by Greta
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 961
Views: 10091

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Yes, I personally find reason and science to be grounding. Even as a young adult I was nervous about ghosts and whatnot. The issue with ego is keeping it under control. The trouble with being proud is that, in a way the puffed up person taking the credit was not the same person who did those things...
by Greta
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 961
Views: 10091

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Greta wrote: Most of our lives' most enjoyable moments and best achievements come while our internal focus is dwarfed by our external focus. Except for sensual moments ? Sensual moments however aren't achievements, or are they? They fit under the "enjoyable" banner, hopefully! Ego has a role as a d...
by Greta
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Fewer people die, fewer people gets born
Replies: 14
Views: 231

Re: Fewer people die, fewer people gets born

The way things are going, I wonder for how long will people be needed for warfare or many jobs.

Realistically you can't keep increasing population forever - something's got to give.
by Greta
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 961
Views: 10091

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Greta wrote: It's a balance. You need your shield because there really are threats out there - but hyper-reactivity is wasted energy and creates unrest that is not needed in already overheated and overcrowded societies. Yes. And reason governs both love and fear so thank goodness we have a natural ...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 961
Views: 10091

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Yes, you generally don't hold a shield if you think there's nothing to fear. As things stand, there's plenty to fear in a complex, overcrowded and hyper-competitive society with rapidly changing rules and social mores, and rapid and rabid responses to faux pas. The irony of all ironies, of course, ...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 1965

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. They might consider that in Adam and Eve the ancients were simply creating an allegory for the powers of humanity beyond that of other animals, and the price we pay for that awareness in suffering. this the Jewish view...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 1965

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. What is Original Sin if not ignoring a stupid command to not gain the knowledge of all things? Regards DL According to some simple people a few thousand years ago. As I say, I think Original Sin is an analogy for human...
by Greta
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 961
Views: 10091

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

The question then comes from the OP, what might prompt people to be reluctant to give up their shields? Most people are not even aware that they carry a shield - hard to drop something when you don't even know that you carry it... even harder when you believe that you are it. Good news is that it d...
by Greta
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 961
Views: 10091

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Being alive means being a small entity in an environment that constantly wants to absorb you, both literally and metaphorically. The ego is an organism's shield. The ego says, "I am, and I intend to stay that way. You cannot claim me or my stuff" (not yet). The question then comes from the OP, what ...
by Greta
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 1965

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

Ideally, the religious would question whether the gaining of knowledge is a sin. They might consider that in Adam and Eve the ancients were simply creating an allegory for the powers of humanity beyond that of other animals, and the price we pay for that awareness in suffering. Question: were Adam ...
by Greta
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?
Replies: 116
Views: 1965

Re: Who has more control of our thinking; God or Satan?

I'm thinking that we have two possibilities to ease away from Iron Age language: 1. God might be order and Satan, chaos. However, since total order is stasis and, as far as we're concerned, stasis is not all that great, then. 2. God is a productive balance of order and chaos while Satan is imbalanc...