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by OuterLimits
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 123912

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

Does one subscribe to a form of determinism which is reductionist? Then the appearing "actions" of appearing "agents" are reducible to the bumping around of particles which are much less likely to encourage the observer to think of agency and action so much as ongoing reactions. Either way, in deter...
by OuterLimits
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Sex vs violence
Replies: 10
Views: 709

Re: Sex vs violence

This is especially the case in America, which was settled by puritans bent idealizing armed individualism in the new world. Violence=good. Sex=bad. It's not some kind of fundamental of human nature. Many advanced less violent nations do things the other way around. In northern Europe, sex and nudity...
by OuterLimits
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Relativity, Negation and Atomism
Replies: 16
Views: 2145

Re: Relativity, Negation and Atomism

Interesting to compare the idea of a "missing ether" with hidden variables.

Bohmian Mechanics
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qm-bohm/
by OuterLimits
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Relativity?
Replies: 1111
Views: 93540

Re: Relativity?

I read the section 'how does time work?' and I have a question. If stickgirl is on an embankment and stickman on a train, wouldn't stickgirl see stickman's light-clock take an extra distance? If so, would the reverse also happen for stickman looking at stickgirl? Or not? I think not, because if I'm...
by OuterLimits
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Muslims/Mexicans Are Taking Over
Replies: 217
Views: 18104

Re: Muslims/Mexicans Are Taking Over

GreatandWiseTrixie wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:57 pm
The crimes of the Chinese are too evil to mention, and I don't want to ruin your day.
Just never look up the crimes of essentialism. That'll give you quite a chill !
by OuterLimits
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Muslims/Mexicans Are Taking Over
Replies: 217
Views: 18104

Re: Muslims/Mexicans Are Taking Over

I heard this statistic the other day on the radio. "There were almost twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016" I expect you'd better do a fact check on that... Compare with this: https://i.imgur.com/4AxipAy.jpg Those are raw...
by OuterLimits
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 123912

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

Immanuel Can wrote: So the common-sense position is to believe in the power of will, and the burden is on the Determinist to prove all that is mere delusion, without jumping wildly to the supposition that Materialism is true, but proving it instead. Good luck. :wink: " the common-sense position is ...
by OuterLimits
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Relativity?
Replies: 1111
Views: 93540

Re: Relativity?

Here's an interesting implication of SR that I'd never heard of before asking about it in a forum a few years ago: A train is going by one person, at a high % of the speed of light. The one person on the land is holding his clock by his face. Throughout the train, by the windows, watching the man a...
by OuterLimits
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 123912

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

Raising presumptuousness to a fine (and finally exhausting) art form: But even supposing some did, that would only really indicate a failure on their part even to entertain the possibility of non-physical entities existing...but would do nothing to suggest whether or not such do, in fact, exist. The...
by OuterLimits
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 123912

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

Some may say that since the nature of nature is a lack of intelligence then it requires an intelligent creator to make an intelligent being. If man has agency, then it seems it must come from agency, since it makes no sense it might come from reductionist automatism. But then science only works by ...
by OuterLimits
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Relativity?
Replies: 1111
Views: 93540

Re: Relativity?

Which is a>b, b>a, and thus a contradiction. It is not a contradiction if I think you are receding into the distance but you think I am, because neither of our perspectives is taken to be "objective". So it is with relativity, if I find your clock to be ticking slow as it travels in my inertial fra...
by OuterLimits
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 123912

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

If the universe has a creator, where did the impetus come from, in the creator's mind, to create the universe? It's a odd question to pose: maybe you can explain what you mean. If God is, as I suppose, a free Agent, capable of deciding for Himself what He will do, then you would have to ask Him why...
by OuterLimits
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Relativity?
Replies: 1111
Views: 93540

Re: Relativity?

Here's an interesting implication of SR that I'd never heard of before asking about it in a forum a few years ago: A train is going by one person, at a high % of the speed of light. The one person on the land is holding his clock by his face. Throughout the train, by the windows, watching the man as...
by OuterLimits
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Relativity?
Replies: 1111
Views: 93540

Re: Relativity?

Which is a>b, b>a, and thus a contradiction. It is not a contradiction if I think you are receding into the distance but you think I am, because neither of our perspectives is taken to be "objective". So it is with relativity, if I find your clock to be ticking slow as it travels in my inertial fra...
by OuterLimits
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Muslims/Mexicans Are Taking Over
Replies: 217
Views: 18104

Re: Muslims/Mexicans Are Taking Over

I'm not saying whites are perfect. God no. But jesus I'd rather be ruled than whites than be ruled by Chinese or Muslims. How about being ruled by high-IQ genetically Chinese people raised in a "white" society? That could be the Crème de la Crème, no? No. Because there is a seperate aspect, moralit...