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by Mike Strand
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The supernatural
Replies: 78
Views: 2897

Re: The supernatural

If reality is everything that exists, and is composed of nature and the supernatural, we may have to be concerned with the meaning of the verb, "to exist". Maybe not. It makes me shudder to think of it, though -- philosophical territory I fear to tread!
by Mike Strand
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The supernatural
Replies: 78
Views: 2897

Re: The supernatural

I can't help but think of the possibility of other life forms on other planets -- sentient beings who may be capable of understanding more of "nature" than can human beings. I think that's completely possible... however... here's the trippy part... sentient beings may be on a different "frequency" ...
by Mike Strand
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The supernatural
Replies: 78
Views: 2897

Re: The supernatural

Some of what we don't know today may become known to us later, but how much is there to know? And is there any part of it that may be "knowable" to some other life form (maybe even one on our own planet) that cannot be known to us as human beings? This is why I'm taking another look at my definitio...
by Mike Strand
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The supernatural
Replies: 78
Views: 2897

Re: The supernatural

The supernatural: That part of reality containing events, the causes of which humans are incapable of understanding or explaining due to the inherent limitations of Homo sapiens. I agree. I think the "super" natural is that which is beyond the common/ordinary natural which we humans use to define t...
by Mike Strand
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The supernatural
Replies: 78
Views: 2897

Re: The supernatural

Thanks, Lacewing! I appreciate your vote of confidence in my definition! I rather like it, too. But ... I can't help but think of the possibility of other life forms on other planets -- sentient beings who may be capable of understanding more of "nature" than can human beings. As you suggest, Homo s...
by Mike Strand
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The supernatural
Replies: 78
Views: 2897

Re: The supernatural

Whether any of these events are "supernatural" or "unusual nature" is another matter. Many of you have related interesting or amazing experiences related to use of mind-altering substances (e.g., marijuana, LSD, maybe even chocolate or sugar :D ). Someone may just say, "Well, I think these experien...
by Mike Strand
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Pick the Door with the Prize!
Replies: 25
Views: 1471

Re: Pick the Door with the Prize!

https://forum.philosophynow.org/search.php?keywords=monty+hall Just saying ... Thanks for your interest, mickthinks! I was joking about the fact that the author of the xkcd cartoon (in the link provided by mtf) and I had a similar thought about goats in the Monty Hall problem (coincidence). Thanks ...
by Mike Strand
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Deleted Thread?
Replies: 33
Views: 1337

Re: Deleted Thread?

I would hope that if the forum managers delete a post or thread, they would notify the poster as to their reasons. Just guessing: Is the fact that Einstein might have appeared racist at some point in his life a philosophical issue? Racism itself, however, might be seen as a philosophical issue. Also...
by Mike Strand
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Droll Implications of the Supernatural
Replies: 21
Views: 882

Droll Implications of the Supernatural

I don't have a specific story of a supernatural event, but I want to preserve the spirit of another thread, "The Supernatural", started by QuantumT, that welcomes comments from folks who entertain the possibility of the supernatural. Therefore, I welcome comments regarding the "logic" -- definitions...
by Mike Strand
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Pick the Door with the Prize!
Replies: 25
Views: 1471

Re: Pick the Door with the Prize!

To wtf: Posing the game with goats as losers and a car as the prize led to this anecdote: There was a farmer who played the game and never switched, because he wanted a goat more than the car. There's an xkcd for that. https://xkcd.com/1282/ Thanks, wtf, for this link! I thought I was being origina...
by Mike Strand
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: The supernatural
Replies: 78
Views: 2897

Please see the new thread, "Droll Implications of the Supernatural".
by Mike Strand
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Pick the Door with the Prize!
Replies: 25
Views: 1471

Re: Pick the Door with the Prize!

Thank you, wtf, for joining in and giving a clear explanation of the odds involved in this game: The problem becomes clear once we explicitly state the assumptions. * Monty knows what's behind each door. * Monty must reveal exactly one door. * Monty must reveal a door concealing a goat. Now the puzz...
by Mike Strand
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Opinions on Physics - Puzzles, mysteries, that sort...
Replies: 64
Views: 16580

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

Greetings, Aetixintro, I'm back after about seven years -- I would still be happy to see an expert in quantum theory come forward here and comment on my analogies involving throwing dice, my idea that a wave-form as nothing more than a diagram of a probability distribution on a blackboard or in the ...
by Mike Strand
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Frailty of scriptures
Replies: 43
Views: 1463

Re: Frailty of scriptures

Religious scripture from a religious tradition tells stories, myths, and legends and contains ideas, written by human beings, that help a group of people define themselves. For example, The Hebrew scriptures may have been written before the various tribes even coalesced, and the scriptures, which ga...
by Mike Strand
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Pick the Door with the Prize!
Replies: 25
Views: 1471

Re: Pick the Door with the Prize!

Back to the question of how much a gambling casino, which buys the prize, should charge a player of the three-door problem to play each game: vegetariantaxidermy pointed out the inconsistency of human players (if I'm not mistaken), which makes the odds hard to predict. The casino accounts for human ...