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by Justintruth
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Language Negation and Randomness
Replies: 26
Views: 3543

Language Negation and Randomness

I keep running into phrases like this in the study of probability: "Clearly nothing can be said about (some set)...." ...implying it is random. I wonder if randomness can be defined somehow as a set expressing an arrangement about which nothing can be said. So "these numbers are consecutive" therefo...
by Justintruth
Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: What Hard Problem?
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

Re: What Hard Problem?

Why phenomenal consciousness exists is a typical question for evolutionary biology. Wrong. No other question for evolutionary biology deals with a property that is other than a form of loco motion. Consciousness is a biological phenomenon, like blood circulation, "Circulation" is by definition the ...
by Justintruth
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Private Lives Of Rocks
Replies: 26
Views: 3642

Re: The Private Lives Of Rocks

I couldn't find anything relating to 'subspeciation'. I'm still not sure what you mean. Here is what I mean by the term: Within the scientific study of the behavior of social animals (behaviorism) subspeciation is defined to exist when the social behavior between two individuals cannot be explained...
by Justintruth
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Private Lives Of Rocks
Replies: 26
Views: 3642

Re: The Private Lives Of Rocks

Could you explain what you mean by 'subspeciate'? Jane Goodall also interfered with the group she was studying, luring them into the open with bananas, causing aggressive and competitive group behaviour. Within the scientific study of the behavior of social animals (behaviorism) subspeciation is de...
by Justintruth
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Private Lives Of Rocks
Replies: 26
Views: 3642

Re: The Private Lives Of Rocks

It reminds me of a lovely comment from Michelle Thaller of NASA, who said something to the effect that she thinks of people as like mobile rocks because we are made of the same stuff, just configured differently. I agree with the below quote from the article: Speculation on the private lives of geo...
by Justintruth
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Does the center of a disk exist?
Replies: 22
Views: 3546

Re: Does the center of a disk exist?

The physicists and math guys have an interesting way of looking at the center of a rotating disk. First you can always choose a frame of reference in which the rotation goes away. That is interesting. But assuming you don't do that then you can attach an arrow called a velocity vector to each point ...
by Justintruth
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Private Lives Of Rocks
Replies: 26
Views: 3642

Re: The Private Lives Of Rocks

I think the idea that rocks are conscious fails for the following reasons: The current laws of physics do not predict consciousness will ever occur - even for an arbitrary configuration of matter running for an arbitrary amount of time. If matter does become conscious, then there is some new princip...
by Justintruth
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

Not exactly. The whole subject of likelihood takes a lot to parse. Ok, one can be radically sckeptical and even try to attack "I hink therefore I am" etc. But still if I flip a coin there is a difference as to whether I show you or don't whether it is a head. Due to the stabilities or symetries in ...
by Justintruth
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

Not exactly. The whole subject of likelihood takes a lot to parse. Ok, one can be radically sckeptical and even try to attack "I hink therefore I am" etc. But still if I flip a coin there is a difference as to whether I show you or don't whether it is a head. Due to the stabilities or symetries in n...
by Justintruth
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

It isn't about whether I know what is happening in China, it is about the aspect of any 'seeing' (by anyone, anywhere) that can be called a fact. Lets just focus on this one thing. Do you think that it is a fact whether, in someone other than yourself, some kind of seeing occurred? I am at this poi...
by Justintruth
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

It isn't about whether I know what is happening in China, it is about the aspect of any 'seeing' (by anyone, anywhere) that can be called a fact. Lets just focus on this one thing. Do you think that it is a fact whether, in someone other than yourself, some kind of seeing occurred? I am at this poi...
by Justintruth
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

... but those experiences are not external objects to me in the sense that their bodies might be... Even though they are not external objects to you in the sense that their bodies might be their experiencing is a external to your mind and is a fact, right? If someone sees red in China you might not...
by Justintruth
Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

... I do not think we can use it in the other direction, (not without begging the question by first turning the mind into an external object like the brain). All minds are external objects to my mind save my mind. If someone sees red in China in some room where no one sees him. And if he subsequent...
by Justintruth
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

Doesn't saying ... imply that your mind has some sort of normal state, a state in which it is unaffected, and to which it will (hopefully) return after the alcohol has been processed? It's a very difficult issue and has to do with not just what we say but the grammar itself - verb vs noun so to spe...
by Justintruth
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:40 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Why is Consciousness
Replies: 56
Views: 6506

Re: Why is Consciousness

Justintruth, is this from me what you are rebutting: I was taught criteria for evaluation of scholarly texts as follows: 1. Is the work itself peer reviewed? 2. Does it include an index? 3. Does it include a bibliography of peer reviewed works? 4. Has the work sufficient literary merit? The above a...