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by PeteJ
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Nature of Consciousness
Replies: 19
Views: 825

Re: The Nature of Consciousness

RCSaunders wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:05 pm
Consciousness is perception, which is the only kind of consciousness we or any other creature has.
What sort of approach to philosophy is this? It is not usually a matter of simply stating one's opinions, and especially not when they are as wildly controversial as this.
by PeteJ
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: NEW "James" Bond to be Black Woman
Replies: 104
Views: 2679

Re: NEW "James" Bond to be Black Woman

If we can have Mel Gibson as William Wallace and Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, then why not a black female James Bond? I feel the French got it right when they refused to allow Hollywood to bowdlerise the life of Jean d'Arc. As a older white bloke I find it increasingly difficult to find anything wor...
by PeteJ
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Cartesian dualism
Replies: 55
Views: 1893

Re: Cartesian dualism

As my post makes perfectly clear, I reject both your forms of monism.

My view of monads is the same as Schrodinger's. They don't work and are a bad idea.
by PeteJ
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Cartesian dualism
Replies: 55
Views: 1893

Re: Cartesian dualism

I would assume that monism is no more a "disguised form of dualism" than dualism is a disguised form of monism. I don't think it makes sense to assume these things. If you examine Russell's paradox this is exactly the problem that arises for monism. It is not logically possible to reduce all things...
by PeteJ
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy, If You Want It
Replies: 36
Views: 760

Re: Philosophy, If You Want It

I couldn't read it all, but what you say about philosophers being too often being content with idle sohistry seems correct. The problem with much of the rest is that in my view it is philosophically incorrect and without logical foundation. So while I share some of your views about the importance of...
by PeteJ
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Happiness of Pursuit.
Replies: 16
Views: 685

Re: Happiness of Pursuit.

The pursuit of happiness seems likely to be the most effective way forward. This is not usually associated with worldly goals.
by PeteJ
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Should Climate Activists Break the Law
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: Should Climate Activists Break the Law

I would say yes, go for it. I'm coming close to breaking the law in protest at these new instruments of torture they're calling streetlights, once I get a catapult. The trouble is I'm not sure that even breaking the law will be enough to put an end to the global economy, and if this survives much lo...
by PeteJ
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Sister of incarcerated brother who is looking to discuss philosophy
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: Sister of incarcerated brother who is looking to discuss philosophy

Hi Michelle I'm sorry to hear about your brother. I would be more than happy to correspond with him if he has a serious interest. I need no reimbursement. The drawback would be that while I know a fair bit about philosophy I have no interest in exams and set curricula. If he is trying to gain grades...
by PeteJ
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2520

Re: Ontology Introduction

I'm completely confident that metaphysics is ab9out what can and cannot be demonstrated. The process is called 'abduction'. Abduction? Is that really what you mean? It is defined by Peirce as 'inference to the best explanation'. Definitions vary but this is its principle meaning. https://simple.wik...
by PeteJ
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2520

Re: Ontology Introduction

Dogmatism is not confidence. The two may be confused, of course. Your black-and-white world-view isn't really helping us get anywhere. I'm completely confident that metaphysics is ab9out what can and cannot be demonstrated. Completely confident you say? How complete is your confidence? Sufficiently...
by PeteJ
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2520

Re: Ontology Introduction

Simply being confident is not dogmatism. Afaik I am never dogmatic. Metaphysics is about what can and cannot be demonstrated, so dogmatism is usually pretty obvious when it appears. Good! Lets work within your own definitions/framework. Not all confidence is dogmatism. Dogmatism is 100% confidence....
by PeteJ
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2520

Re: Ontology Introduction

My case is made for me. How can anyone conclude that metaphysics is about dogma? I'm utterly baffled as to how anyone could think this. And my case is made for me. I didn't say metaphysics is about dogma. I am pointing out that YOU are dogmatic ABOUT metaphysics. Oh dear. Where was I dogmatic? Simp...
by PeteJ
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2520

Re: Ontology Introduction

I suspect you're wasting your time. Your point is basic, ontology 101, but on this forum there seems to be a great deal of dogmatic incomprehension. I don't really underrstand it, and don't see nearly so much of it on other philosophy forums. The fucking irony in this post. The taxonomy of ontology...
by PeteJ
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Terra incognita, Sacred ground, Mysterious territory.
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: Terra incognita, Sacred ground, Mysterious territory.

Terra incognita, Sacred ground, Mysterious territory. # The mathematical map brings us to the vacuum.. I would say it brings us to the Void or Emptiness, not a vacuum. The latter is an extended object, the former is not. For instance, Ruseell's paradox takes us beyond sets, not to the empty set. Ka...
by PeteJ
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 5884

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

It is an intellectually hostile environment. Take it or leave it. As a newish member I find this to be the case. It is also the most intellectually-challenged philosophy forum I've visited. I've not before come across quite so many people with a poor grasp of the issues being so dogmatic and combat...