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by Rortabend
Fri May 20, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Bertrand Russell
Replies: 6
Views: 2380

Re: Bertrand Russell

I think we understand each other. You started talking about BR and now we have bombastic pronouncements about the state of Western philosophy. There are others on this forum that will be more than happy to engage with you in this manner but not I. Bye!
by Rortabend
Fri May 20, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Review: Rousseau's Dog
Replies: 14
Views: 6304

Re: Review: Rousseau's Dog

I can't see why you think this is relevant given the topic we are discussing. If it were academic it would be full of babble; hard to read; and not as interesting. There are lots of books made for a wider audience that are perfectly respectable in terms of their academic rigour; ,The Lunar Men, Ugl...
by Rortabend
Thu May 19, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Review: Rousseau's Dog
Replies: 14
Views: 6304

Re: Review: Rousseau's Dog

First, although the book corrects the blame - it does make clear who was taking advantage of whom (or should I say Hume?). For the implication is not only that the 'dog' is JJ's paranoia, JJ's dog is also Hume upon whose kindness and charity he preyed. Agreed. Hume is JJ's bitch! Secondly, the seco...
by Rortabend
Thu May 19, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Bertrand Russell
Replies: 6
Views: 2380

Re: Bertrand Russell

I'm no great fan of BR but this query is bizarre.

Can I suggest that you read the wikipedia entry on BR and then start again?
by Rortabend
Wed May 11, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: JohniJones
Replies: 43
Views: 9795

Re: JohniJones

I think JJ may have overdosed on Nietzsche. There's no known cure I'm afraid.

Keep chasing that rainbow JJ!
by Rortabend
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Scientific Paradigms are NOT true
Replies: 19
Views: 7750

Re: Scientific Paradigms are NOT true

It's quite astonishing that the followers of Kuhn call his work definitive when he surely haven't bothered to finish it. This is written in February 1962 and Kuhn lives to 1997. I wonder how many excuses that are going to be made on the grounds that the book is unfinished. Who are these followers o...
by Rortabend
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Opinions on Physics - Puzzles, mysteries, that sort...
Replies: 64
Views: 15648

Re: Opinions on Physics - Puzzles, mysteries, that sort...

The Copenhagen Interpretation is indeed a set of (definite) requirements to the world of physics. I think you need to get sharper, you, mister or miss!
This is meaningless.
by Rortabend
Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Opinions on Physics - Puzzles, mysteries, that sort...
Replies: 64
Views: 15648

Re: Opinions on Physics - Puzzles, mysteries, that sort...

There's something wrong with Schrodinger's theory if this is a necessary implication.
This isn't an implication of Schrodinger's theory. It is a thought experiment that is intended to show the absurd consequences of the Copenhagen interpretation at the macro-level.
by Rortabend
Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Women and the Symbolic Order
Replies: 8
Views: 4046

Re: Women and the Symbolic Order

Lacan's claim, as stated here (and very likely as stated in the original), is a vacuous claim by a vacuous author. I suggest that before spending any time at all on Lacan or people like him, you spend a little time reading Sokal and Bricmont, Intellectual Impostures (also published as Fashionable N...
by Rortabend
Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: hello philosophers
Replies: 10
Views: 3232

Re: hello philosophers

Logic is a small part of philosophy though, and the logic used by computers is more like maths than philosophy. True, but given that question is about what to combine with philosophy that's not very helpful. I'm simply pointing out that, in my experience, there are certain parts of philosophy (logi...
by Rortabend
Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: hello philosophers
Replies: 10
Views: 3232

Re: hello philosophers

I agree with Richard. Having studied logic as part of a philosophy, this proved a great advantage when I did computer programming.
by Rortabend
Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Evolution in a nutshell.
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Evolution in a nutshell.

Nah, he understands it. Just like I understand it. And he and I think that it is ridiculous. That is not an argument. I find quantum mechanics ridiculous but that doesn't mean it isn't true. It's ridiculous that your defense is that you are not evolved enough to understand evolution and you condemn...
by Rortabend
Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: okay!
Replies: 2
Views: 2755

Re: okay!

It was reading Kuhn that made me switch from economics to philosophy. Much more interesting, or at least that is the way it struck me at the time. I've read a lot of Rorty and although I love his style and attitude toward traditional philosophical problems I'm a bit wary of his 'magpie' interpretati...
by Rortabend
Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Evolution in a nutshell.
Replies: 20
Views: 4382

Re: Evolution in a nutshell.

It is certainly difficult for human minds to comprehend the forces that have resulted in their presence in the universe. However, the fact that someone finds it ridiculous doesn't mean it isn't true! In fact, the inability of this guy to comprehend the fact that he is the product of billions of year...
by Rortabend
Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: I started a philosophy blog
Replies: 3
Views: 1415

Re: I started a philosophy blog

Congratulations on starting your blog. A word of advice though. Keep the entries shorter! People who go to blogs don't want to read essays.