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by wtf
Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is a multiverse?
Replies: 55
Views: 6853

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: 333

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: 6970

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: 1699

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: 1986

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: 2519

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: 2519

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: 2519

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: 1413

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: 2519

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...
by wtf
Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophically, if
Replies: 9
Views: 1413

Re: Philosophically, if

Bill Wiltrack wrote:.
Philosophically, if you start out with fears and lies...what do you think you will end up with?
The truth, since all paths lead to the truth.
by wtf
Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The one and only truly philosophical question
Replies: 69
Views: 3536

Re: The one and only truly philosophical question

neither. it's best to not have existed at all. What is it, then, that did not exist at all? Does it have a name? Is it "you?" What does it even mean to imagine that one has never existed? It's a contradiction. You have to exist in order to even ask the question. Some guy named Descartes said someth...
by wtf
Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A new normative theory and the demandingness objection
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: A new normative theory and the demandingness objection

the freedom of persons over what belongs to them; their minds, their bodies and their property. May I exercise my freedom over my body by having an abortion at 9 months minus five minutes? May I exercise my freedom over my body by shooting heroin? With my kids in the house? With your kids in my hou...
by wtf
Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Zero divided by Zero equals 0 & 1 & ∞
Replies: 116
Views: 18252

Re: Zero divided by Zero equals 0 & 1 & ∞

Philosophy Explorer wrote: Apparently you don't understand that 0 multiplied by any number is the same as 0/0. Why don't you check this out with a math teacher to verify?
That's as wrong as wrong can be. If 5*0 = 0/0 then dividing both sides by 0 gives 5 = 1/0. And multiplying both sides by 0 gives 5 = 0.