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by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 5496

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

Well yeah, but I don't imagine NASA lost too much sleep over whether Newton could get them to the Moon and back. I sure hope they lost some sleep over it! If it was to be a return trip for the astronauts... My point is merely that the "accuracy" of any particular mathematical model can only be esta...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 5496

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

42 is only a quantity. It requires a meaningful unit. 42 what? 42 anythings you divide by 42. That's how scientific units work. But we aren't talking about scientific units (in general)? We are talking about accuracy (in particular). In particular - the metre is the unit of measurement for distance...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2168

Re: Ontology Introduction

RCSaunders wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:52 pm
Skepdick wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:28 pm
What's your point?
No point. I was answering your question.
I am still waiting for an answer...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 5496

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

You think? Fair enough. Why do you think that? Because if the question is "How accurate is Newton's inverse square law?" The answer 42 doesn't seem sufficient. 42 is only a quantity. It requires a meaningful unit. 42 what? Further - you seem to have avoided the question. You asserted that Newton's ...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 5496

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

uwot wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:33 pm
Your "unit-measure for accuracy" depends on the level of accuracy your purpose requires.
I am not sure that answer would satisfy many...

You seem to be conflating the concepts of 'unit' and 'quantity'.
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2168

Re: Ontology Introduction

Why is everybody on philosophy forums so obsessed with dictionaries when it comes to the meaning of technical jargon? Because they have discovered the world is full of con men and quacks passing themselves off as philosophers, academics, scientists, and experts who use technical sounding language t...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 5496

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

What purpose is philosophy fit for? Philosophy is basically story telling. Since philosophy of science is my field, I'll stick to that. So whereas science examines phenomena, and is mostly concerned with generating mathematical models that describe the phenomena accurately. So if a model accurately...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2168

Re: Ontology Introduction

I'm completely confident that metaphysics is ab9out what can and cannot be demonstrated. The process is called 'abduction'. Abduction? Is that really what you mean? (...) I have never seen that word used as you have used it. Where did you find that meaning? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abductive_r...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now
Replies: 98
Views: 5496

Re: Logik's guide to successful detox from Philosophy Now

The question is less of purpose but rather how is it not intertwined in the basic fabric of all knowledge? Phd means Doctor of Philosophy. What the sciences are, by admission of the academic title alone, is philosophy. You are conflating science with academia. PhD also means "I have demonstrated ab...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Pyramids of the Ancient Pre-Socratics as a Physicalization of Abstract Philosophical Theory
Replies: 202
Views: 6428

Re: Pyramids of the Ancient Pre-Socratics as a Physicalization of Abstract Philosophical Theory

Eodnhoj7 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:17 pm
Good...is this model you go by 100% accurate in determining an increase in success?
No. It's accurate enough for me to get by.
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness IS - but it's NOT a ''Conscious Experience''
Replies: 108
Views: 2616

Re: Consciousness IS - but it's NOT a ''Conscious Experience''

As an analogy we could say that the Universe is Physics and that is all you need to know or say. I think you've said more than needs to be said. It simply begs the question: What is physics? For I can sure say this: The Universe is. On the other hand, that sure begs the question: Why do you need to...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Insane Denial Of Conscious Experience
Replies: 388
Views: 7265

Re: Insane Denial Of Conscious Experience

First you must explain your concept of "Define". We cannot define anything precisely. If we attempt to, we get into that paralysis of thought that comes to philosophers, who sit opposite each other, one saying to the other, "You don't know what you are talking about!". The second one says, "What do...
by Skepdick
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 2168

Re: Ontology Introduction

Dogmatism is not confidence. The two may be confused, of course. Your black-and-white world-view isn't really helping us get anywhere. I'm completely confident that metaphysics is ab9out what can and cannot be demonstrated. Completely confident you say? How complete is your confidence? Sufficiently...
by Skepdick
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Insane Denial Of Conscious Experience
Replies: 388
Views: 7265

Re: Insane Denial Of Conscious Experience

SteveKlinko wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:44 pm
Ok here's one for you: What is the meaning of How and How can you come to understand the meaning of What.
Ohhhhh. I thought we are busy engaging in actual problem-solving. Turns out you've been engaging in sophistry.

I can play that game too...

Define "meaning".
by Skepdick
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it aesthetic or is it ethical?
Replies: 22
Views: 584

Re: Is it aesthetic or is it ethical?

They are of equal value then? The qualia of hearing Beethoven’s fifth symphony is equal in value to that of feeding a homeless person? What makes it so? The only way economists have been able to answer this question is via the concept of revealed preference . Measuring what people would choose - ce...