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by thought addict
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Compatibilism is impossible
Replies: 13
Views: 1481

Re: Compatibilism is impossible

Determinism says more than that. A chain of causality for example cannot fork when we are up to decision. Chain of causality is unique and has no branch. That is absolutely true. The point of Compatibilism is that there are never any forks needed to make a decision. Compatibilism works with only on...
by thought addict
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Experiencing of experience
Replies: 12
Views: 2135

Re: Experiencing of experience

It is possible since all that is required are a mind which is the function of a brain and a physical body to have experiences No, first person consciousness is apparently more than the function of a brain because all brain functions can be explained just fine from a third person perspective. Brain ...
by thought addict
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Bizzarreness of Split Lives and Consciousness
Replies: 19
Views: 2691

Re: The Bizzarreness of Split Lives and Consciousness

What I was trying to show is when you focus on those biological issues, you come to realise that what we call the self, and experience, is actually not a singular thing, but many different parts interacting and combining, so you can see that it is really not an issue to divide the self, but not int...
by thought addict
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Bizzarreness of Split Lives and Consciousness
Replies: 19
Views: 2691

Re: The Bizzarreness of Split Lives and Consciousness

surreptitious57 wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:56 am
No I have never stopped to wonder why I am in my body and you are in your body
Why not?
by thought addict
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: The Bizzarreness of Split Lives and Consciousness
Replies: 19
Views: 2691

Re: The Bizzarreness of Split Lives and Consciousness

Think about what makes you, you. It is your memories, it is your instinctual reactions and emotional responses, it is your particular habits. When you wake up each morning, you arise as a result of the potential of your brain. You are slightly different as each moment passes, and yet you feel like ...
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Experiencing of experience
Replies: 12
Views: 2135

Re: Experiencing of experience

bahman wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Both.
Then I think you're looking for an answer to the Hard Problem of Consciousness.
bahman wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Exactly. But how that is possible under materialism?
I believe materialism is false because I cannot see how first person experience is possible under materialism.
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: What is the difference between property and entity?
Replies: 12
Views: 1288

Re: What is the difference between property and entity?

Sure, to any observer, ice and water and the rest of the macroscopic world appear to be the most intuitively real things there are. Our senses and brains have evolved to spot and process patterns in data about the world - that's what they do - so our conscious reality is built from such data. That's...
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Compatibilism is impossible
Replies: 13
Views: 1481

Re: Compatibilism is impossible

Compatibilism is wrong if we accept that one cannot initiate a chain of causality. That is true because one is in undecided situation unless s/he makes a decision. Decision requires the ability to create the a chain of causality since the system is on holt because two options are available and one ...
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Free will and consciousness
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Re: Free will and consciousness

If the weights were really close to equal, wouldn't that be one of those decisions that absolutely grind you to a halt, that you end up putting off for years? Some decisions never get made. A lot of people try the "flip a coin" route when pressed but there are some decisions where the consequences s...
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Compatibilism is impossible
Replies: 13
Views: 1481

Re: Compatibilism is impossible

If the physical world is completely deterministic (most scientists currently think it isn't) then no-one can truly initiate a new chain of causality. Rather, the decision is just another step in the already existing chain of events. I personally think that Compatibilism works because we have a sense...
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Experiencing of experience
Replies: 12
Views: 2135

Re: Experiencing of experience

Yes, it is like that. What puzzles me is that how we could experience experience. When you say "experience experience", are you talking about experiencing any kind of experience like experiencing the color red for example? Or are you talking about experiencing what it feels like to be able to have ...
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Experiencing of experience
Replies: 12
Views: 2135

Re: Experiencing of experience

Isn't this just due to the way that we can reflect on things? An experience triggers thoughts about the experience which in turn produces further experiences?
by thought addict
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: What is the difference between property and entity?
Replies: 12
Views: 1288

Re: What is the difference between property and entity?

What makes property metaphysical? If we take for example H2O and two different physical structures for ice and liquid - what exactly is metaphysical here and why? Are emergent properties like Ice or liquid metaphysical? I suppose I consider the properties metaphysical because they are nothing more ...
by thought addict
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: What is the difference between property and entity?
Replies: 12
Views: 1288

Re: What is the difference between property and entity?

Each part can be labeled "entity" and properties are nothing but structural changes of that entity. Yes, in my (limited) understanding an entity would be some kind of object, which could be material (but need not be), say, a rock. A property of that entity would exist in the form of information abo...
by thought addict
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 381
Views: 37402

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Here is my explanation with a major plot twist: The "hard problem of consciousness" is based on the hundreds/thousands years old assumption that there are two things happening: phenomenal experience (I'll call it consciousness) and the physical reality. I think there are 5 major philosophical stanc...