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by OuterLimits
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.
Replies: 205
Views: 16231

Re: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.

Don't be afraid of your neighbor not having sentience. It's perfectly natural. I am sorry but I don't think I understand. Why would anyone be afraid of something like that? If you are dedicated to focusing exclusively on the evidence of the senses, you will find that your neighbor has behaviors but...
by OuterLimits
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 11628

Re: Why things evolve?

Yes, that I know. The main question is that whether there is a cancellation in population growth due to negative mutation and positive mutation such that the random process does not cause any effective change. A single mutation happens in a single individual. The other individuals have no mutation ...
by OuterLimits
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:48 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.
Replies: 205
Views: 16231

Re: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.

In which case, the atman never was the self in the first place, temporal or otherwise. The self is the sum total of one's experiences. Without feelings or memories, there can be no experiences. So even if there is an atman, the self is obliterated at death. The atman plays no role of any kind whats...
by OuterLimits
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Albert Einstein
Replies: 127
Views: 9471

Re: Albert Einstein

Determinism doesn't have any "agents". In determinism, nothing is possible - rather, reality is a sequence of actualities. Everyone understands that actions *have* consequences outside oneself - determinism is the recognition that one's own actions *are* consequences of things outside oneself. Fata...
by OuterLimits
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 11628

Re: Why things evolve?

Negative mutation leads to less fit offspring, which will not be as successful at having their own offspring. Positive mutation leads to more fit offspring, which will be more successful at having their own offspring. That's what you're missing in your understanding of evolution and fitness. Fitness...
by OuterLimits
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:46 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Albert Einstein
Replies: 127
Views: 9471

Re: Albert Einstein

Determinism doesn't have any "agents". In determinism, nothing is possible - rather, reality is a sequence of actualities. Everyone understands that actions *have* consequences outside oneself - determinism is the recognition that one's own actions *are* consequences of things outside oneself. Fatal...
by OuterLimits
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why things evolve?
Replies: 162
Views: 11628

Re: Why things evolve?

Some animals evolve to grow larger, others evolve to shrink. It all depends on the circumstances. One cannot think that each is somehow "more perfect". Evolutionary "fitness" refers to being fit for a particular niche. One species becomes 2 - evolving in 2 different directions - to take advantage of...
by OuterLimits
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.
Replies: 205
Views: 16231

Re: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.

In which case, the atman never was the self in the first place, temporal or otherwise. The self is the sum total of one's experiences. Without feelings or memories, there can be no experiences. So even if there is an atman, the self is obliterated at death. The atman plays no role of any kind whats...
by OuterLimits
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.
Replies: 205
Views: 16231

Re: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.

I'm saying that if you're an honest reductionist physicalist, you acknowledge there is no evidence of consciousness out there.
by OuterLimits
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.
Replies: 205
Views: 16231

Re: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.

To call yourself materialist physicalist, but not to use the maxim that something to exist must either be measurable or be posited as necessary to cause what is measurable, is to be a particularly imaginitive type of materialist physicalist. The business about my brain being "causing" consciousness ...
by OuterLimits
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.
Replies: 205
Views: 16231

Re: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.

What makes the most sense for the materialist is that there are no other minds "out there". To view one's neighbor scientifically is to see particles and the void, and not to indulge imaginatively in wondering what it is "like" to be that other person. So there is no real "death", but then there is ...
by OuterLimits
Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free will versus rational decision
Replies: 5
Views: 883

Re: Free will versus rational decision

Re: "realizing the options" - there are more options that one can understand than one has time to consider. There are also an infinity of options that one does not know about or cannot understand. Therefore, by this definition, can one truly make a "rational decision" ? The process is like wandering...
by OuterLimits
Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.
Replies: 205
Views: 16231

Re: A challenge to the modern scientific view of the self.

What Sagan or another physicalist can say is that his neighbor is composed of physical matter and laws and nothing else. What is often overlooked is that far from describing that person's "self" as material, physicalism does away with the fantasy that the other person has a self, or consciousness, o...