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by Skepdick
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 60
Views: 8031

Re: Does absolute truth exist?

Obviously I meant arithmetic not binary arithmetic. 'Obviously' how? You weren't explicit about it, so it's rather ambiguous. The expression '1+1=2' is false in binary arithmetic, but it's true in trinary arithmetic. Is trinary arithmetic what you meant? Quatrinary arithmetic perhaps? Octal arithme...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Artificial Consciousness: Our Greatest Ethical Challenge
Replies: 37
Views: 2338

Re: Artificial Consciousness: Our Greatest Ethical Challenge

Sophisticated calculating machines are already an ethical problem, but the underlying problem is not the machines. It is our failure to solve any ethical problems. Ethics is metaphysics and so in our academic world ethical values are just a matter of opinion. Our greatest ethical challenge is ethic...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Not Everything Is Physical
Replies: 67
Views: 3349

Re: Not Everything Is Physical

RCSaunders wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:07 pm
You do know that the view you hold has a name. It is called solipsism. Look it up.
And you do know that solipsism can't be falsified? It's consistent with the body of human knowledge.

If consistency you are after, you ought to consider it. But it's suuuuch a boring philosophical position...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Not Everything Is Physical
Replies: 67
Views: 3349

Re: Not Everything Is Physical

All sorts of claims are made by people who call themselves scientists. I do not believe anything on the basis of what any so-called authority or expert says in any field. You do. That's OK with me, but I choose to think for myself. It is not possible that you came to the beliefs you hold by your ow...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Not Everything Is Physical
Replies: 67
Views: 3349

Re: Not Everything Is Physical

you cannot be conscious of your consciousness. That's just silly. If I were to ask you to determine whether I am conscious can you or can't you determine the answer? If I were to ask you this question: "Are you conscious that you are conscious?" how would you answer it? If you recognise consciousne...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Some Solid Ideas
Replies: 37
Views: 2249

Re: Some Solid Ideas

Does that actually mea anything? Are you a fan of Derrida by any chance? To ignore Derida (and his friends) is equivalent to claiming a solution to the Symbol-grounding problem . Stanley Cavell (who never crossed paths with the post-modern movement) manages to arrive at strikingly similar conclusio...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Not Everything Is Physical
Replies: 67
Views: 3349

Re: Not Everything Is Physical

bahman wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:13 pm
Neural activity cannot possibly give rises to a state, mind, that this state experiences itself and other states.
You ever seen what happens when you put two mirrors opposite each other?

That's called recursion. It's turtles all the way down...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Insane Denial Of Conscious Experience
Replies: 388
Views: 14874

Re: Insane Denial Of Conscious Experience

Stop thinking in terms of a Red this or a Red that. Think of the pure Experience of the Redness. Are you thinking of the "Redness" now: ███████████████████████████████████████ How about now? ███████████████████████████████████████ And now? ███████████████████████████████████████ Did you experience ...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ontology Introduction
Replies: 82
Views: 3828

Re: Ontology Introduction

There are two ways of viewing reality. The analog view regards all existence and events as continuous and and connected. The discrete view regards all existence comprised of distinct existents and events consisting of discrete distinct steps. If you look the concepts up you will find they have been...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Not Everything Is Physical
Replies: 67
Views: 3349

Re: Not Everything Is Physical

RCSaunders wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:50 pm
The physical is all there is to be conscious of.
Then consciousness is physical too.

I am conscious of being conscious. Self-awareness is the essence of consciousness.
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 60
Views: 8031

Re: Does absolute truth exist?

So-called ‘absolute truths’ exist within set limits. In arithmetic 1+1=2 is TRUE. It also depends on the system/context within which you are interpreting the meaning of your symbols. 1+1 = 10 in binary. So if I told you that 10 = 2 is TRUE... I am not really lying so much as I am translating meanin...
by Skepdick
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Not Everything Is Physical
Replies: 67
Views: 3349

Re: Not Everything Is Physical

If everything could ultimately be explained in terms of the physical,those things that would not exist except as the product of human minds would not exist at all, all science, history, literature, art, philosophy, and love would not exist. But all explanations are products of human minds? So if it...
by Skepdick
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Goedel Escher Bach - by Douglas Hofstadter
Replies: 7
Views: 3385

Re: Goedel Escher Bach - by Douglas Hofstadter

The best way to learn about logic in 2019 is to invent one. logic/programming are two sides of the same coin and so much of what can be learned about logic can be learned through practice rather than theory. Most modern Computer Science courses cover how programming language compilers/interpreters w...
by Skepdick
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity
Replies: 31
Views: 2104

Re: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

False, considering mathematics is grounded at minimum in an act of defintion, and definition requires the connection of symbols, any contradiction causes an inherent incompleteness under the premise that contradiction is a deficiency in form. Can you think of any definition which is not a deficienc...
by Skepdick
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ultimate Reality
Replies: 99
Views: 4726

Re: Ultimate Reality

The reason I'm asking is because you frequently make arguments that are obviously based on your own unique view of things. Knowing what that view is will make your questions and arguments easier to understand. And that's your problem. You are trying to understand my "arguments" when I am not even a...