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by Skepdick
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: gaffo

My understanding of your stance (on this post) is that you are a social constructionist (SC) ? And my understanding of social constructionism is that it regards human language as being more than just a way of communicating with people. In addition to a social constructionist, I am also an anti-foun...
by Skepdick
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do we need consciousness?
Replies: 158
Views: 9679

Re: Do we need consciousness?

Clever. Frustrating. Satisfying. Do you feel cleverness, frustration and satisfaction in situations that have noting to do with explaining things? Yes. OK, suppose that we can isolate the chemicals triggers for the emotions of 'cleverness' and 'satisfaction' by studying your brain in all the contex...
by Skepdick
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: I am AI
Replies: 104
Views: 5697

Re: I am AI

The p-zombie argument is a metaphysical argument , not an empirical one. All the worse for you! There are no such things as metaphysical impossibilities, so your undermine your own 'non-existence' claim. As it happens, the 'human' argument is not empirical either. Let us know when you come up with ...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: the question on the table...

If you were a scientist. Ooooh. Burn! :lol: :lol: :lol: Well, as much fun as it is to play with you in the mud, slinging mud pies, I'm not reluctant to forgo the pleasure. Carry on as you are. Enjoy. Every time I point out all the epistemic gaps in your philosophical position, you run away. Why is ...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: the question on the table...

Ah, but not every single thing that is a fact has been overthrown. Some things have been verified correctly. Is this a concrete claim? if yes - do you mind sorting our existing facts into two piles for us, please? Facts that will be overthrown. Facts that won't be overthrown. And more specifically:...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: the question on the table...

Heh. :lol: No; verifiable facts. There is a difference, you know. Every single thing that was once called a fact and later overthrown was verified using all the available methodologies, measurements and evidence available at the time. It was just verified incorrectly. Ah. How wise you are! Perhaps ...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: the question on the table...

The fact that the Earth is flat is not a fact anymore. It never was. Surprise, surprise. Hindsight bias. When people thought it was, and said it was, and even when 100% of the societies on earth uniformly believed it was, THEY WERE ALL WRONG. Yep, every last one of them. 8) How do you know that we ...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: the question on the table...

Words are social constructs. They don't constitute reality; they attempt only to describe it. And when they fail in that mission, objective facts are not altered. Yeah, but words don't describe the world - words describe our knowledge/understanding/perception of the world. Which is why objective fa...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do we need consciousness?
Replies: 158
Views: 9679

Re: Do we need consciousness?

SteveKlinko wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:42 pm As far as the answers to your questions, I think that answering my original question will allow us to answer your questions. So how does Neural Activity produce or lead to Conscious Experiences?
If neural activity is not necessary for conscious experience then the question doesn't matter.
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: the question on the table...

Is my belief in my intrinsic personhood sufficient to bestow intrinsic personhood upon myself if society believes that I am not intrinsically a person? Nobody's "belief bestows" anything. Yours doesn't, and "your" society's doesn't. Ontological facts are ontological facts. If an entity is a lump of...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: the question on the table...

Is personhood intrinsic or bestowed? False dichotomy. Easy yeah? Trivial! Is personhood intrinsic or bestowed? Neither! Both! If personhood is intrinsic it's because 'intrinsic personhood' is bestowed. Is babyness intrinsic or bestowed? Neither! Both! If babyness is intrinsic it's because 'intrinsi...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 47474

Re: "Do you even get that I am agreeing with you on this point?"

What I get is you're a smart guy who knows he's smart and who parades his smartness. But -- as smart as you are -- you're not smart enough to just answer a friggin' question without twisting your answer up in a mobius loop of self-congratulatory, preening, jackassery. You're a peacock. Really, who ...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Should 'God' be taught is school? (Non religiously)
Replies: 245
Views: 11029

Re: Should 'God' be taught is school? (Non religiously)

To find more about the idea in science one first has to determine where to look to find any. That is the point of teaching it scientifically, religion offers no real data. Would you consider the contents/structure of a scientist's mind as a source of data? Would you consider this data to be suscept...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do we need consciousness?
Replies: 158
Views: 9679

Re: Do we need consciousness?

What does it feel like when your mind assimilates an explanation? What does it feel when a possible explanation fails to cross the explanatory gap? What does it feel when a possible explanation crosses the explanatory gap? Clever. Frustrating. Satisfying. Do you feel cleverness, frustration and sat...
by Skepdick
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do we need consciousness?
Replies: 158
Views: 9679

Re: Do we need consciousness?

We all experience Consciousness with our inner subjective view but we don't know what it actually is. Well, obviously! But this is true for absolutely everything. We experience photons with our inner, subjective view but we don't know what photons are. The problem isn't specific to consciousness - ...