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by Londoner
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 16977

Re: The problem of self under materialism

Quite so. So we can describe the origins of the "cake" by both ingredients and by the dynamics used to produce one. If that's the right analogy, then what is the "recipe" for consciousness? On your account, should that not be quite doable? I thought I had done so. The recipe for consciousness is ha...
by Londoner
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The problem of self under materialism
Replies: 214
Views: 16977

Re: The problem of self under materialism

What we really need is proof -- some actual reason, not just a hopeful analogy, to buoy our confidence that all that stands between us and an answer to the riddle of emergent consciousness is the passage of a few years. Let's see some actual progression the question itself: HOW does unthinking matt...
by Londoner
Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is truth?
Replies: 651
Views: 49163

Re: What is truth?

Truth is that which is the 'actual' state of affairs! Many of you confuse the 'Topic' in question with, "how one comes to know the truth." What 'truth is' and 'how one comes to know it,' are two entirely different questions. Truth is actuality, the facts! This is just to list synonyms. When we have...
by Londoner
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What are the achievements of logic?
Replies: 38
Views: 4150

Re: What are the achievements of logic?

If logic is the foundations of mathematics then what are the foundations of logic? It can be argued that logic is intuitive, in the sense that it is the necessary foundation for all thought. That doesn't make it true, it is simply necessary for us to think in the way we do. We literally cannot thin...
by Londoner
Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is truth?
Replies: 651
Views: 49163

Re: What is truth?

What is meant by 'the same thing' ought not be an issue. Normal everyday usage works just fine. That focus is rather inconsequential to the argument. I disagree; if you think about it, there is no single 'normal everyday usage' because ' the same thing ' is never meant literally. If I said two thin...
by Londoner
Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 21232

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Consider how much more still that AI, programmed with a portion of human intelligence, could achieve without any emotion or qualia. The problem is with the word 'achieve'. We don't agree what we want to achieve; what is the state of the world that we are aiming for? Any attempt to answer that quest...
by Londoner
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time does not exist.
Replies: 547
Views: 41123

Re: Time does not exist.

Then I repeated my request for an explanation of what you meant by 'mental-content-only' and 'identical' in your question. So, whenever you're ready... You'd do better by focusing. So, do you use the term "mental" (or mind) at all? It is no good asking me what you mean! You used the phrase 'mental-...
by Londoner
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time does not exist.
Replies: 547
Views: 41123

Re: Time does not exist.

You're looking to argue over how Frege used terms, because you believe that I'm getting that wrong and I believe that you are? Or are you looking to understand what I asked you? I'm asking because you're going off on a tangent here of arguing over how Frege used terms, which wasn't at all the point...
by Londoner
Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time does not exist.
Replies: 547
Views: 41123

Re: Time does not exist.

So you are asking me if the ' Bedeutung ' of 'mental-content-only' is the same as 'experience of pain' etc., as opposed to their sense or tone? No, the extension. Bedeutung IS sense or intension. Frege uses 'extension' when writing about mathematical foundations. Extension records those values that...
by Londoner
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time does not exist.
Replies: 547
Views: 41123

Re: Time does not exist.

Let's start: What is meant by 'identical'? Identical--in the sense of "equals," or "the same as," with respect to extension, not (necessarily) intension. The morning star is identical to the evening star, or Hesperus = Phosphorus if you're familiar with Frege (or familiar with discussions of Frege ...
by Londoner
Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What is truth?
Replies: 651
Views: 49163

Re: What is truth?

To understand what I'm saying requires first arriving at what ought be obvious to us all. Do you acknowledge that thought/belief is not the same thing as thinking about thought/belief? It's not that difficult to understand, on my view. It's more like simple common sense. Thinking about thought/beli...
by Londoner
Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time does not exist.
Replies: 547
Views: 41123

Re: Time does not exist.

What's the reason that you'd exert the effort to type the above rather than just simply answering (again) the question I asked without needing to extend it to 200-300 words? You could have just said yes or no. Only in response to a meaningful question. Let's remind us of what it was. 'nerves' . . ....
by Londoner
Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time does not exist.
Replies: 547
Views: 41123

Re: Time does not exist.

How about returning then rather than giving a boring answer where you don't directly address a simple question. If you can't straightforwardly, directly answer a simple question there's no way we can tackle anything more complex. OK. Let's say that I have been completely baffled by your brilliant q...
by Londoner
Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Time does not exist.
Replies: 547
Views: 41123

Re: Time does not exist.

Are those things identical to mental-content-only in your view? It is good to practice your serve, but if the other player never attempts a return it becomes boring. How about returning then rather than giving a boring answer where you don't directly address a simple question. If you can't straight...
by Londoner
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 628
Views: 28013

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

As others have pointed out, plainly living things can have brain activity and live without words, so isn't the question more: 'C ould we think in the same way without words? Could we reason?' I do not see how we could do logic, or maths, because you need to be able to work in abstractions. You need ...