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by Justintruth
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 540
Views: 14744

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

There is no logical connection between a volitional act and any outcome. We were talking about this claim's implications for A.!., earlier. And though it's been a bit since we talked on that, I found this interesting excerpt from Anthony Flew's last book. It contains an imaginary story or parable t...
by Justintruth
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Unproven assumptions
Replies: 103
Views: 4377

Re: Unproven assumptions

It seems to me that most of what we say if full of unproven assumptions. The sentence I have just written does not assume anything because of the introduction unit "it seems to me". The second sentence I have just written does not assume anything either, because it is purely analytical. Or do you s...
by Justintruth
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 540
Views: 14744

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

But the question is, What does it mean to say "the bases of our actions are given"? Does it mean that we are programmed by our environments, such that volition is not possible? Or does it mean that the first incentive for us to exercise our volition comes from outside, but our volitions themselves ...
by Justintruth
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 540
Views: 14744

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

So there must be a logical connection, like perhaps a rational link between action (in the first place, tooth cleaning) and certain particular material conditions (in the second, decay prevention), but not perhaps an absolute necessary causal relationship between material conditions in the first pl...
by Justintruth
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 540
Views: 14744

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

There is no logical connection between a volitional act and any outcome. That can't be quite true, can it? I mean, we all undertake volitional decisions aimed at particular outcomes, like brushing our teeth so that they don't decay (as quickly). If there were no logical connection between brushing ...
by Justintruth
Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 540
Views: 14744

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

"Free will was given to man by god." This I often hear from theists. I searched the bible and found no support for this from the word of the supposed god. So this is inference? Or did I miss something. Will Guffo or somebody else please tell me where the idea of "free will" emerged in christian thi...
by Justintruth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 9853

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Ok, to focus even more: First you had a question for me: My question would be this: what's your warrant for believing that (a new materialism might succeed)? The primary reason is recent progress in mapping brains and the way neural networks are succeeding in computer science. I do not conflate the...
by Justintruth
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 9853

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Ok, to focus even more: First you had a question for me: My question would be this: what's your warrant for believing that (a new materialism might succeed)? The primary reason is recent progress in mapping brains and the way neural networks are succeeding in computer science. I do not conflate the ...
by Justintruth
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 9853

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Ok, to focus: 1) You have claimed that: "…materialism its manifestly not adequate to the phenomena it is trying to describe." You have repeatedly straw manned me conflating the distinction between “mere” materialism and a modified materialism that allows experiencing to be predicated on it. So pleas...
by Justintruth
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 9853

Re: Do humans have a soul?

So in this case, (the case of someone with apnea that is anesthetized) consciousness is required (for breathing). And that's interesting. In order to establish that you would have to know whether it is impossible to remove the consciousness and retain the breathing. Since we don’t know the details ...
by Justintruth
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 636
Views: 23057

Re: Why is nazism popular today?

.... I forget his name/particular, but sure YT will provide the details if interested. http://time.com/4947879/stanislav-petrov-russia-nuclear-war-obituary/ yes, you do him him honour in providing the link and his name. i personally honour him for having a mind of his own in a time when it was easi...
by Justintruth
Fri May 31, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 9853

Re: Do humans have a soul?

So is the consciousness necessary to the activation of the reflex, or does the reflex produce the consciousness? It looks like the former is more plausible. But if all we are is physiology, it should be the other way round...we just don't know. But if all we are is physiology, it should be the othe...
by Justintruth
Wed May 29, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 9853

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Now, you ask why we need to posit an entity other than the material. The answer is straightforward: because none of the materialist attempts to explain consciousness are any good. Anesthesia is a great counter example...so why...? Because of the old axiom, "correspondence is not causality." When tw...
by Justintruth
Mon May 27, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 636
Views: 23057

Re: Why is nazism popular today?

gaffo wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 12:27 am
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I forget his name/particular, but sure YT will provide the details if interested.
http://time.com/4947879/stanislav-petro ... -obituary/
by Justintruth
Thu May 23, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Why is nazism popular today?
Replies: 636
Views: 23057

Re: Why is nazism popular today?

My understanding is that the Soviet ICBMs on CUBA either were operational , or if not at the rime of the crisis very, very close to being fully primed and ready for launch. I think the missiles were about to go operational and the blockade prevented it. If they had been operational, the nuclear sid...