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by Londoner
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 4803

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

Londoner, it must be a beautiful thing, to live in your world, where things don't have meanings, living things don't have experiences, and concepts altogether don't exist. Where warm and cold are not experienced, where definitions are discarded as being circular, where nothing is concrete or defina...
by Londoner
Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 4803

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

Londoner, it must be a beautiful thing, to live in your world, where things don't have meanings, living things don't have experiences, and concepts altogether don't exist. Where warm and cold are not experienced, where definitions are discarded as being circular, where nothing is concrete or defina...
by Londoner
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 4803

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

"(DATA) In our extensive experience thus far, snow has always been cold. But this is circular because if some snow we experienced had not been cold we would have said it was not snow. That is not scientific, unless the ENTIRE definition of snow would be restricted to "something cold". But snow is f...
by Londoner
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Doing Away With Scientism
Replies: 62
Views: 4803

Re: Doing Away With Scientism

"(DATA) In our extensive experience thus far, snow has always been cold.
But this is circular because if some snow we experienced had not been cold we would have said it was not snow.
by Londoner
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Weakness of the Progressive Mind
Replies: 176
Views: 8348

Re: The Weakness of the Progressive Mind

Where the religious mind feels the importance of honoring eternal values, the progressive mind is only concerned with “enlightened expediency” Religious values are only 'eternal' is as far as they are so vaguely formulated as to be meaningless. When it comes to any practical application of these su...
by Londoner
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Are You A Garbled Relativist?
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: Are You A Garbled Relativist?

Ray Prebble argues that moral relativism is both incoherent and immoral. https://philosophynow.org/issues/124/Are_You_A_Garbled_Relativist A philosophical argument would have been welcome. Instead it was ad hominem - mostly ad hominem against a variety of straw men! - from start to finish. That is ...
by Londoner
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Are You A Garbled Relativist?
Replies: 15
Views: 1952

Re: Are You A Garbled Relativist?

Philosophy Now wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:01 pm
Ray Prebble argues that moral relativism is both incoherent and immoral.

https://philosophynow.org/issues/124/Ar ... Relativist
A philosophical argument would have been welcome. Instead it was ad hominem - mostly ad hominem against a variety of straw men! - from start to finish.
by Londoner
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 391
Views: 18362

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

Londoner, I am surprised at your literalist attitude. I had thought that you were aware of the power and function of myth as significant identifiers of cultures. I do not think we should treat every pre-scientific idea of the way the world works as a 'myth'. Some of it is simply their best guess, g...
by Londoner
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 391
Views: 18362

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

I don't think the idea of a virgin birth was so outlandish for an age when people had no idea about life at the level of cells. If you look very closely at sperm you will not see a tiny human, so the human cannot grow from the sperm. So the baby must originate in the mother, but need some sort of in...
by Londoner
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 391
Views: 18362

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

But there are naturalistic explanations of values. For instance human freedom is explained by reference to the criterion of the uniqueness of the individual. And this value was boosted by Romanticism and individualism which in their turn owe to the naturalistic historical perspective. I do not see ...
by Londoner
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Virgin Birth Myths
Replies: 391
Views: 18362

Re: Virgin Birth Myths

mir•a•cle noun 1. a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency. I've got to somewhat disagree with 'Dictionary'. An event that was ' not explicable by natural or scientific laws' would suggest that ...
by Londoner
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What are the achievements of Logic?
Replies: 101
Views: 7976

Re: What are the achievements of Logic?

Given that rigorous Logic applies to variable symbols that stand for any proposition what is to be defined in the elements of the statement that they stand for? Those propositions only have the property of being true of false. They also have to be distinct from the connectives, so they cannot thems...
by Londoner
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Is a good education discriminatory?
Replies: 7
Views: 931

Re: Is a good education discriminatory?

There is no reason to assume getting top grades is a sign of overall merit. To think that it was would be to assume that an ability to pass certain types of exams on certain topics was a marker for overall superiority. The message of 'The Big Bang Theory' is one that everyone is familiar with from r...
by Londoner
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What are the achievements of Logic?
Replies: 101
Views: 7976

Re: What are the achievements of Logic?

You haven't heard that all of mathematics is reducible to logic? I'm not in a position to argue the case, but I understood that this had been achieved by about the beginning of the 20th C, due to the efforts of Russell, Frege, Whitehead et al. On the contrary, they failed to do this. There were alw...
by Londoner
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Perfectionism & Hate Speech Law
Replies: 14
Views: 1207

Re: Perfectionism & Hate Speech Law

Actually, most universities are publicly owned and, consequently, committed to a diversity of opinions. Of course, this is changing as universities become more and more under the influence of corporate funding. Privately run universities, of course, are lost to whatever ideological control they wan...