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by Noax
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How many dimensions does the human eye see?
Replies: 27
Views: 1576

Re: How many dimensions does the human eye see?

In the case of something like a video filmed with a wide-angle lense, we could easily show that it's only an illusion of added 'dimensionality' because clearly the screen the video is displayed on is flat. However, in the case of the human eye we are the wide-angled lense. What leads you to believe...
by Noax
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

Rational choice is impossible without a causal chain, as the example demonstrates. To ignore the traffic when crossing the street is irrational. You apparently disagree. Yes, but the brain should have the ability to build a rational causal chain. Materialism lets a being build a rational causal cha...
by Noax
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

There is no point in thought if it doesn't lead to productive action. The brain is just a huge expense of metabolism that is needless if it lets new causal chains choose the actions. The brain still has causal power in all metabolism such as digestion and even unconscious decision. That can be done...
by Noax
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How many dimensions does the human eye see?
Replies: 27
Views: 1576

Re: How many dimensions does the human eye see?

I'm asking someone to flesh out the position that we only see in 2-dimensions. OK, the light-sensitive surface of an eyeball is functionally a two-dimensional non-Euclidean surface. The fact that it is non-Euclidean doesn't make that non-2D. That is a physical description of our field of vision. Ho...
by Noax
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

You cannot have intelligent/rational being, the person of your example, without free will. This is completely wrong as you have described 'free will'. Rational choice is impossible without a causal chain, as the example demonstrates. To ignore the traffic when crossing the street is irrational. You...
by Noax
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

All that big brain with the huge price tag, and the benefit of it going to waste. No. Brain is a source of thought which this is the result of collective memory. I don't disagree with that, but you are claiming that all that thought is disregarded, with conscious decisions not being influenced by t...
by Noax
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

I think free will is useful during the process of learning: Should I try this or not? System without free will halts in such a situation when two or more options has equal weight. More to the point, if I am caught in indecision for a time between chocolate and vanilla ice cream today, there is stil...
by Noax
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

2) Conscious decision (free will: The ability to create a chain of causality) is real I-Can also defines free will this way. Free will would have been rapidly eliminated as being unfit if this is what it means. I (playing the role of materialist zombie) have no free will and want to cross a busy da...
by Noax
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

But a material being is free only if not possessed by an immaterial will. How can a material consciousness make decisions if those decisions are being overridden by this causality-breaking immaterial entity? You are jumping to conclusion my friend. We are assuming that conscious decision is possibl...
by Noax
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

2) Conscious decision (free will: The ability to create a chain of causality) is real I-Can also defines free will this way. Free will would have been rapidly eliminated as being unfit if this is what it means. I (playing the role of materialist zombie) have no free will and want to cross a busy da...
by Noax
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

We have two separate claims, (1) Formation of matter cause consciousness and (2) Conscious decision is free. But a material being is free only if not possessed by an immaterial will. How can a material consciousness make decisions if those decisions are being overridden by this causality-breaking i...
by Noax
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

2) Conscious decision (free will: The ability to create a chain of causality) is real You are equating conscious decision to existence of uncaused events. Consciousness is not free will, and free will is not just the creation of causal chains. I am equating conscious decision with free will. You ca...
by Noax
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4734

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

2) Conscious decision (free will: The ability to create a chain of causality) is real You are equating conscious decision to existence of uncaused events. Consciousness is not free will, and free will is not just the creation of causal chains. 4) This is impossible within materialism framework This...
by Noax
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Can Science Explain Consciousness?
Replies: 30
Views: 4680

Re: Can Science Explain Consciousness?

I think you might be right. But until that is proven, science will claim that the state of our neurons (the sum of connections) make up our consciousness. This stance contradicts your simulation idea where simulations are run of human evolutionary history. It doesn't work if the brain is effectivel...
by Noax
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Can you honestly say the universe has no center?
Replies: 35
Views: 1573

Re: Can you honestly say the universe has no center?

Have a reference to this one? I've not heard this one, I heard it on an Astronomy Now audio podcast about 10 yr ago. not sure the particular show though. I'm sure you can find it if you want too however. A link to an article if you can find it. Podcasts are not much my thing. The event horizon is t...