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by wtf
Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a multiverse?
Replies: 55
Views: 6630

Re: What is a multiverse?

If different universes have different laws then in what way could they be called laws Specific laws would only apply to one universe since no two would have identical ones Then we're back to my original question. Are there meta-laws that constrain the laws of each universe? If not, then there are n...
by wtf
Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a multiverse?
Replies: 55
Views: 6630

Re: What is a multiverse?

I did not say the multiverses were illusory. I said their apparent order was. Terribly important distinction. If the apparent order of a given universe is illusory, and is only the product of our minds imposing false order on randomness; in what sense are you using the word "law?" I'm using law(s) ...
by wtf
Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a multiverse?
Replies: 55
Views: 6630

Re: What is a multiverse?

I did not say the multiverses were illusory. I said their apparent order was. Terribly important distinction.

If the apparent order of a given universe is illusory, and is only the product of our minds imposing false order on randomness; in what sense are you using the word "law?"
by wtf
Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Are lotteries ethical?
Replies: 35
Views: 2941

Re: Are lotteries ethical?

First, change the language to some innocuous term to soften the self-body punches of vice, debauchary, sin, and so on. Once the change is accepted, the perception of reality changes. It’s only gaming. It's fun! Sin? According to whom? What you call sin, I call entertainment. You would outlaw my ple...
by wtf
Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a multiverse?
Replies: 55
Views: 6630

Re: What is a multiverse?

If different universes have different laws, then in what way could they be called laws?

Are you saying that each universe is completely random, and that we (sentient observers) impose an illusory order?

Or are there underlying meta-laws that constrain the space of possible sets of laws?
by wtf
Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Seems like a silver lining to the migrant crisis
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Re: Seems like a silver lining to the migrant crisis

Nothing like the abject misery of millions of human beings to gladden some people's hearts.
by wtf
Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Should countries outlaw the hijab, niqab and burka?
Replies: 94
Views: 6565

Re: Should countries outlaw the hijab, niqab and burka?

Of course not, any more than they should outlaw t-shirts and hoodies. Or require that gentlemen wear suits and hats like they did in the 1930's. If I want to wear a Burqa, who's to say I can't? Now, there are some special cases where there might be sensible prohibitions. Can I cover my face on my dr...
by wtf
Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Is CRISPR gene editing ethical?
Replies: 7
Views: 1650

Re: Is CRISPR gene editing ethical?

I suspect that if you're the blind guy, it's perfectly ethical and if it works it's a medical miracle.

So, if you have a broken leg and a doctor sets and splints it; is that ethical? After all, God decreed that you fell off that ladder and broke your leg. That's the essence of your question, right?
by wtf
Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Edmund Burke and the Middle East.
Replies: 19
Views: 1906

Re: Edmund Burke and the Middle East.

Furthermore, the rulers of France were determined that they were not going to give up any of their powers, powers they believed God had willed them. This kind of attitude set the stage for a violent social confrontation ... Fortunately, those of us in the US have a democracy and our rulers are wise...
by wtf
Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner
Replies: 28
Views: 2381

Re: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner

That and all the other articles I read (btw I get my info mainly through Flipboard. With TIME, that came through a Google search). If you're interested in quantum computing, you would really get a lot from reading Aaronson's article and also his blog. In general, a thoughtful person these days has ...
by wtf
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner
Replies: 28
Views: 2381

Re: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner

Philosophy Explorer wrote:[
I'll stick with TIME.
So from now on I should assume that you get your worldview from what you read in Time magazine? Are you sure that's the story you want to go with?
by wtf
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner
Replies: 28
Views: 2381

Re: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner

WTF, It's not true that any problem solvable by quantum computing will also be solvable by a classical computer. Check out this TIME article: http://time.com/5035/9-ways-quantum-computing-will-change-everything/ I'm going to read the article; but if Time magazine says one thing and Scott Aaronson s...
by wtf
Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophically, if
Replies: 9
Views: 1369

Re: Philosophically, if

Bill Wiltrack wrote:.
What is this truth that you found based upon fear and lies?
I can't tell you. You have to find it for yourself.
by wtf
Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner
Replies: 28
Views: 2381

Re: Based on this, it sounds like quantum computing is around the corner

Blogger and MIT computer scientist Scott Aaronson has written a nice expository article on the subject. http://www.scottaaronson.com/writings/limitsqc-draft.pdf The bottom line is that any problem solvable by a quantum computer is already solvable by a classical computer. The only thing quantum comp...