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by Noax
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw
Replies: 62
Views: 2753

Re: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw

I think we have been on an entirely different page here all along. The thread is about the terminology being used, it is not an argument for or against the theories within the hypothesis, even though you have cleverly drawn me into such a debate. OK, trying to stick with that then. Again, if scient...
by Noax
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 6020

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

Defining "to exist" is a philosophical area in which I, personally, fear to tread, wise or not. So Socrates's penchant for definition enters the picture yet again! If I stick my neck out for the time being, let me pose this definition: "To exist" is to be detectable by human beings, or able to be i...
by Noax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 6020

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

Here we get into two of the difficulties to which definitions and assumptions can lead: (1) Does a given definition or assumption reflect "reality", and (2) is the definition a common understanding of the word being defined? (1) A defintion is not an assertion of reality. There are 3 things, and di...
by Noax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 6020

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

The universe as other than everything that exists (all there is)?? -- In my earlier post, I tried out the definition of the universe as being restricted to human-knowable nature. Such a notion is favored by folks who want to entertain a notion of the "supernatural". There are plenty of other defini...
by Noax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw
Replies: 62
Views: 2753

Re: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw

We may not know it completely, but if natural law is local by nature, then the simulation [of it] would need to follow local rules, or it is a simulation of something else. If this reality is processed and generated at a core then local laws of nature are just that, everything we determine about th...
by Noax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw
Replies: 62
Views: 2753

Re: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw

Eventually the argument against materialism is made, based on quantum entanglement, reasoning that this could only be the case where there is centralised processing taking place, such that distances over space are only perceived, not real. Well, strawman tactics aside, this is fallacious at the cor...
by Noax
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4645

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

Could we agree that there are two chains of causality before decision is made? Could we agree that there is only one chain of causality after decision is made? No. Chains are not individual things with identities for separate purposes, options or acts. Every effect event is a function of a web of c...
by Noax
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw
Replies: 62
Views: 2753

Re: The 'simulation hypothesis' title major flaw

Simulation Hypothesis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqULEE7eY8M&t=148s James Gates & Neil Degrasse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvMlUepVgbA These are hardly discussing the same subject, and both are pop interpretations of what is really being considered by science. The first video discusses a ...
by Noax
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The origins of the universe
Replies: 19
Views: 985

Re: The origins of the universe

A random out-of-nowhere universe in itself , with random chaos that leads to miraculous life, and pure luck for it to end like us, not elegant at all to me. It sounds crazy lucky. Heck, science has got further than that description. The 'luck' has been explained with chaotic inflation theory, which...
by Noax
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The origins of the universe
Replies: 19
Views: 985

Re: The origins of the universe

OK, so we are a very advanced computer simulation. How do you explain the origin of that? We can only speculate. It's not the job of science to investigate the uninvestigatable. A different universe is not our territory. Human science starts with the big bang, stays in this universe, and ends with ...
by Noax
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The origins of the universe
Replies: 19
Views: 985

Re: The origins of the universe

In other words, when I tell you the solution, you will be most likely to deny it. Most people do. Even smart and educated people. Especially them. Here it comes: We are probably living in a very advanced computer simulation! This isn't a solution to the problem any more than any other 'creator' sol...
by Noax
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation
Replies: 68
Views: 4645

Re: Consciousness is not the result of matter formation

I am afraid that I don't see how they could continue on. To me it seems that they are terminated at decision point. ... We compare X and Y at decision point. x and y are different chains of causality related to X and Y respectively. ... I don't agree that x becomes y. They are two different chains ...
by Noax
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 356
Views: 16605

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

Basicly we simply interpret the cotwf diffently. My logic says it's caused by the observer, yours says it's not. By calling it cotwf, or by declaring it to be caused, is already interpreting things. I personally like the idea of the cotwf causing me, not the other way around. I'm not here to convin...
by Noax
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 356
Views: 16605

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

I use a modified/extended MWI-like interpretation. I'm open minded but only the MWI-type makes some sense to me, it's the simplest one and what we get when we take the equations literally. I see the others as mostly just random stuff people have come up with. You must modify it a lot then, as I poi...
by Noax
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 356
Views: 16605

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

I think modern neuroscience has proven the identity of "mind" events and "physical" events beyond reasonable doubt. And no "special stuff" was found in the head. Those that differ would differ, citing mere correlation between what neuroscience detects and mind processes, and if they posit "special ...