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by Serendipper
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 166
Views: 10203

Re: Back to Infinity

We call reality into existence. The cup is only there because we call it into existence by having the senses that we do. Well... I would be more precise: Seeing doesn't call the cup into existence. Only thought can do that. In seeing there are no things - in seeing is only seeing. I don't think see...
by Serendipper
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Christianity's Immoral Foundation
Replies: 50
Views: 3493

Re: Christianity's Immoral Foundation

Yet, the entire premise upon which Christianity depends upon is the barbaric idea that sin travels through blood lines. You may want to read this: Above Genetics: How your behaviour can affect your DNA And: Direct comparisons of identical twins constitute an optimal model for interrogating environm...
by Serendipper
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 166
Views: 10203

Re: Back to Infinity

I'm ok with nonconceptual knowledge, but you're not chipping away at stone to reveal anything, but rather you're starting with the finished product and insisting it exists and insisting there is no way to arrive at the finished product other than to simply believe it exists. ... I'll start my inves...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 166
Views: 10203

Re: Back to Infinity

Alex, I think that the concept of thought is real ( a concept which is abstracted from actual thoughts with contents) and also actual thought contents are real. My basic assumption is : if it happens it's real. However I do prefer Plato and Spinoza in that some thoughts are better than other though...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 166
Views: 10203

Re: Back to Infinity

Hi Belinda, Thought and the content of thought are as real as the instinct of a hound to chase a rabbit ... It's not the case that the content of thought is unreal I am not exactly sure what you mean with content of thought - is there a thought without content? As I see it there are thoughts, which...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 166
Views: 10203

Re: Back to Infinity

AlexW wrote: The first step into the river can only be made once a certain willingness to question and even abandon dualistic logic arises - as long as you believe without doubt that thought is right in its definition of reality there is no way to even get a single toe into the water. Thought and t...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 166
Views: 10203

Re: Back to Infinity

I think we have run into a dead end because we are approaching the problem from two completely different angles. You argue based on dualistic logic, which will only take you to the shore - whereas I am talking to you from the other side of the river. The problem is you're asking me to abandon the o...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 24
Views: 1694

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

Can you name all the factors that promote human evolution? Why do we evolve in certain ways (the most prominent seems to be the brain)? Evolution only works if it is being resisted. If antibiotics resist the continuation of bacteria, evolution will cause the bacteria to develop immunity the antibio...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: God and Evil
Replies: 132
Views: 10600

Re: God and Evil

But even Satan has some limits if we are to believe the Bible. He was instructed not to kill Job and he didn't. Only because it was a bet that Job would curse God and Job couldn't curse God if he were dead. We need to deduce how Satan is restricted and use that to control evil at least somewhat. Th...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 695
Views: 35382

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Modernity tends to forget that the first scientists were motivated to search for the laws and mechanisms in nature precisely because they believed the universe was designed by a rational agent; they expected to find an ordered, rational structure in nature. So, instead of showing that God is unnece...
by Serendipper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's the next step in human evolution?
Replies: 24
Views: 1694

Re: What's the next step in human evolution?

Many possibilities exist (some might think extinction as a possibility). So what is that next step? When will it happen? Is it happening now? PhilX 🇺🇸 Evolution is currently expressing itself in the convergence of the sexes as women increasingly demonstrate progress towards equalization with men in...
by Serendipper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Global warming is NOT a science
Replies: 129
Views: 16811

Re: Global warming is NOT a science

I haven't looked at global warming much, just some speculation. From what I gather so far, the most likely main driver of warming might be that human activity, the various released gases (plus maybe major changes in ecosystems etc.), have impacted natural cloud formation. There are slightly less cl...
by Serendipper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Back to Infinity
Replies: 166
Views: 10203

Re: Back to Infinity

Well, nothing could be known unless there was something unknown. No, things are never known and therefore there is also nothing unknown - there is only knowing (maybe replacing the term knowing with consciousness works better to understand what I am referring to?) Well, again, there is no such thin...
by Serendipper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: God and Evil
Replies: 132
Views: 10600

Re: God and Evil

Yes, sir. (Or madam.) I will now buy your story that "evil" means actually "good", as in God says "I create evil" means "I create good." 'Good?'' I suggested the better translation was 'disaster' or 'calamity'? Where have I ever said it should be understood as 'good'? You have created some fantasy ...
by Serendipper
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: God and Evil
Replies: 132
Views: 10600

Re: God and Evil

There is an answer to everything. Any position can be justified using the bible and I've been doing it for years. I can produce verses to paint God in any light you want. If one verse doesn't fit, I'll find another translation or refer to the Greek or simply say "it's not meant to be literal" or wh...