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by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines
Replies: 74
Views: 6547

Re: Simulation theory and detecting virtual machines

1. The thing being simulated\emulated would be reality. . A simulation of the behavior of a thing is not the same as the thing itself. We can simulate the early evolution of the universe after the big bang. But that's not the universe. In order to create a simulation of something, there requires to...
by Vendetta
Sat May 27, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: can we simulate meaning consciousness in artificial intelligence using language and program proper association
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: can we simulate meaning consciousness in artificial intelligence using language and program proper association

can we simulate meaning consciousness in artificial intelligence using language and program proper association Yes - so long as you use the term - simulate. I feel creating an "AI" capable of having a conversation to the degree of the Turing test is not overly difficult, however any bod suggesting ...
by Vendetta
Sun May 21, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: when lying is the right thing to do
Replies: 61
Views: 6004

Re: when lying is the right thing to do

People lie to preserve their self-image all the time. Or further, to preserve the physical or emotional stability of others. That does not require lying. For instance with a child, you truthfully tell the child what is good about the child. From this, the child will learn what is not good about the...
by Vendetta
Sun May 21, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: when lying is the right thing to do
Replies: 61
Views: 6004

Re: when lying is the right thing to do

Walker wrote:
Sun May 21, 2017 2:52 pm
ken wrote:
Sun May 21, 2017 7:21 am
I do not know. I can not think of any examples of when lying is the right thing to do.
People lie to preserve their self-image all the time.
Or further, to preserve the physical or emotional stability of others.
by Vendetta
Sat May 20, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 7280

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

The only people who worry about being dead are the living. Well, the vexed question has been begged...how long is "life" really? Does it begin and end with the physical body? Before we reassure people not to worry, shouldn't be be completely confident of that answer? That seems reasonable...after a...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 7280

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

without reasonable doubt, Notice that phrase. "Beyond a reasonable doubt," it goes. It's used in courts and in judging of scientific matters. But notice the word "reasonable." All it implies is that at present, no sufficient reasons for doubt can be found. But it stops well short of saying, "Beyond...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 7280

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

It is certainly true that it is not often possible for us to validate the experience of another. But frequently enough it is possible for us to get strong warrant for believing the account they provide even if they are the only one But you cannot apply this to the scientific method. The more exacti...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it
Replies: 40
Views: 2603

Re: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it

The simplest and most accurate definition of reality is all that exists Not bad in a preliminary way. But do thoughts "exist"? If they do, how do they differ in their "existing" from the out-there stuff like chairs, rocks and emus? Emus :lol: Is there perhaps both metaphysical and physical realities?
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it
Replies: 40
Views: 2603

Re: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it

Okay, does that mean that it is metaphysical in nature then? Would "physical reality" be an oxymoron? Like some sort of force? Nope. That wouldn't be enough. Wait... So then the argument is that since we are capable of interpreting reality, there must be a reality to interpret? Now you're closer to...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it
Replies: 40
Views: 2603

Re: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it

How do you define reality then? It's been defined wryly by some as, "That which pushes back against me." In other words, "reality" is that thing that won't do your will every time you want it to: the rock your foot strikes in stepping, the rain that falls on your head and ruins your hairdo, the enc...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it
Replies: 40
Views: 2603

Re: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it

Even what appears to be physical and universal is subject to differentiation based on the observer. If there is a fluctuation in the way two observers interpret an object then the idea of a consistent physical reality is already one that cannot be truly grasped by humans No two observers can interp...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it
Replies: 40
Views: 2603

Re: spirituality is based on subjective experience, science has no evidence against it

How exactly does one demonstrate the existence of a physical reality? By observation. Physical reality is not what people think. For example, the phenomena all confirm that the 'physical reality' is that if you drop something, it falls. You can make up any story you like to explain the phenomena, n...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Non –Locality, Consciousness and the existence of God
Replies: 6
Views: 787

Re: Non –Locality, Consciousness and the existence of God

True. The thing I want to put forward for discussion is some of us, who are updated with the latest findings of science, resort to science and others may not satisfy themselves with this and want to delve deeper into the topic of existence. It is such a grave issue it does not tire us of discussion...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 7280

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

God is not an entity definable by human understanding and perceptions One of the things that makes me smile whenever the question of God comes up is when those who believe in him tell those of us who do not that we cannot use reason or logic to disprove his existence. And while it is true it appare...
by Vendetta
Fri May 19, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?
Replies: 121
Views: 7280

Re: If God is omnipotent, can he destroy himself?

You know you lost! Admit it!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Stages to "Win" with a Bad Argument on the PN Board: 1. Stop making propositions, and start insulting the various posters. Allege things you can't prove, and distract from the main issue if you can...