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by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is the use of self?
Replies: 175
Views: 16666

What is the use of self?

We know that any system is functional if it does X by receiving Y, where X is a set of actions (output) and Y is a set of stimulus (input). The question is what is the use of self if the system, human for example, can function without it?
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

All you need is to process the picture you experiencing and realizing that there is a tiger there. You then escape. Even a computer can be programmed to do that. There is no need for sense of self or self. I'm guessing before I start that there's no way you're going to understand this, but the impl...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

OF course there is. If you didn't know that you are distinct from the tiger, you would stand there doing nothing. Why do you escape from the tiger? because you know that it is not you. How do you know that it is not you? because you can perceive your self. The self is a preservation mechanism of th...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: let's jump to the end...

...cuz I ain't got the will or time to keep tip toeing and dancing for pages and pages. Mannie, bahman: your fundamental position is 'matter, and the interplay of matter' cannot explain 'mind', yes? If so, *well and fine. I can only assume, if matter, and the interplay of matter, is not sufficient ...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

The answer should go something like, "The motivation for positing that there are mental states that are effectively 'things' that then 'experience other mental states' is _______________" and then you fill in the blank. I have no idea what you want me to do. Do you want me to fill the blank part wi...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

That is you who has certain experience. You never say that experience happen instead you say I experience. What is the use of this sense of self? Wait, is that supposed to be an answer for what the motivation would be for positing that there are mental states that are effectively "things'" that the...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

4) does not make any sense. The self just customizes the subject matter to its own subjective interpretation. The self does not experience 'another' brain state. (4) does make sense. What is the function of "self"? You are simply experiencing things (brain states) by your "self". By the way what do...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

What seems like a problem is rather the odd conception of needing one mental state to be something that experiences other mental states. Mental states ARE experiences. Why would you think that you need one to be a "thing" that then experiences other mental states? What would be the motivation for p...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:34 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 12410

Re: Why things evolve?

There are 3 kinds of mutations the most numerous are the neutral ones and they just accumulate over time and have no effect. The harmful one get selected out and after a few generations have no effect, the beneficial ones do get selected for, and over time change the organism to better fit the envi...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:32 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 12410

Re: Why things evolve?

It is very simple. As it stated a random change in DNA cannot be beneficial in net. That is true because any good change is cancelled by a bad change in the organism. OMG. Are you just trolling? Who said it's always beneficial? Much of the time it isn't. It can be NOT beneficial or just neutral. Th...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 12410

Re: Why things evolve?

It is very simple. As it stated a random change in DNA cannot be beneficial in net. That is true because any good change is cancelled by a bad change in the organism. OMG. Are you just trolling? Who said it's always beneficial? Much of the time it isn't. It can be NOT beneficial or just neutral. Th...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

What I am saying is that sense of self is different from self. Right. And the question then is, why are you saying that (or insisting it rather)? The problem is that sense of self (or even self if it is possible) in materialism is only a mental state and it cannot experience another mental state as...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 12410

Re: Why things evolve?

Cells can be damaged by radiation, DNA can be altered slightly during cell division....Cell division isn't 'perfect'. Some of these mutations just happen to be beneficial to the host in a certain environment. There's nothing magical or mystical about it. It happens all the time. Give an organism a ...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 12410

Re: Why things evolve?

Cells can be damaged by radiation, DNA can be altered slightly during cell division....Cell division isn't 'perfect'. Some of these mutations just happen to be beneficial to the host in a certain environment. There's nothing magical or mystical about it. It happens all the time. Give an organism a ...
by bahman
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 17460

Re: The problem of self under materialism

Because it would be redundant for brain to create a self and then create a sense of self, What in the world are you talking about? The only thing redundant there is that you're writing the same thing twice. Just like someone could write, "Because it's rundundant to build the Empire State Building a...