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by Notvacka
Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is Time Slowing Down?
Replies: 23
Views: 6499

Re: Is Time Slowing Down?

It's as if the scientists proposing this idea of time slowing down are claiming that our local space-time manifold (jargon from general theory that I don't pretend to grasp) has a time dimension along which time travels at a different "pace", relative to the time that is "way out there". Notvacka, ...
by Notvacka
Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is Time Slowing Down?
Replies: 23
Views: 6499

Re: Is Time Slowing Down?

Typist wrote:Did the article satisfy any of your concerns?
No. I actually read the article before posting my reply. :)
by Notvacka
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is Time Slowing Down?
Replies: 23
Views: 6499

Re: Is Time Slowing Down?

The idea that time could be slowing down implies that time has a speed to begin with. How would that speed be defined? To what could it be related? The usual definition of speed is distance related to time. If time is to have "speed" it must be related to something else.
by Notvacka
Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is Consciousness?
Replies: 134
Views: 34906

Re: What is Consciousness?

The fact that a person, an amoeba or a billard ball appears to make a choice, does not imply that there was actullay any other choice to make than the one that was indeed made. There is no observable difference between predetermination and postdetermination. If the past is determined, so is the futu...
by Notvacka
Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Open Question on Quantization of Gravity
Replies: 29
Views: 12378

Re: Open Question on Quantization of Gravity

In Metaphysics, topic "Is time continuous or discrete?", one of our members, Dimebag, with others, is speculating about the quantization of time. What if we define a quantum of time as the time it takes light to travel one unit of Planck distance -- we could call this a Planck unit of time -- and a...
by Notvacka
Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Japan
Replies: 52
Views: 17726

Re: Japan

I think the article downplays how dangerous cesium 137 can be: "A very small amount of Cesium was released, as well as Iodine. If you were sitting on top of the plants’ chimney when they were venting, you should probably give up smoking to return to your former life expectancy." I guess the key here...
by Notvacka
Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27746

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

What I am saying is that capitalism, albeit in a backhanded way, facilitates moral and ethical development. People, I am saying, learn best about how to interact and treat each other through the means of capitalism. And I am asking if you know a system that has developed moral and ethical standard ...
by Notvacka
Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27746

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

The only way Spike makes any sense here, is if his notion of "capitalism as a moral system " is interpreted as a suggestion that capitalism could be a moral economical/political system, meaning a morally sound economical/political system. In other words, what he seems to be trying to do, is to defen...
by Notvacka
Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Capitalism as a moral system
Replies: 127
Views: 27746

Re: Capitalism as a moral system

I think the title of this topic contradicts itself. There simply is no way to view capitalism as a moral system. That does not mean that capitalism is necessarily bad, by the way, only that it's not a moral system. And it was never intended to be one. Capitalism provides incentive for investment and...
by Notvacka
Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:51 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why we can not see the future?
Replies: 37
Views: 9095

Re: Why we can not see the future?

I am saying the "system" and the information exist only in the conception and perception of the world, not in the world as it is. ... I say that we know nothing, and could not possibly know anything, about the world as it is. All we know about is the world as it appears. Sorry if I'm a bit slow but...
by Notvacka
Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why we can not see the future?
Replies: 37
Views: 9095

Re: Why we can not see the future?

I am saying the "system" and the information exist only in the conception and perception of the world, not in the world as it is. Perhaps I should have learned not to debate with Chaz by now :) but this sentence perfectly pinpoints my disagreement with him. I say that we know nothing, and could not...
by Notvacka
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why we can not see the future?
Replies: 37
Views: 9095

Re: Why we can not see the future?

It seems that there is only one real reason - the future does not exist (yet):( But what does that even mean? The future does not exist (yet). The past does not exist (any longer). But it's not like what happened yesterday didn't happen or like what will happen in the futere won't happen. Is it not...
by Notvacka
Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:43 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why we can not see the future?
Replies: 37
Views: 9095

Re: Why we can not see the future?

Why we can not see the photons created in the future (in case there is not an actual difference betwen the past and the future )? There is no difference. Every future is also a past, it's just a matter of perspective. There is no movement in the four-dimensional space-time of physical reality. Time...
by Notvacka
Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Why we can not see the future?
Replies: 37
Views: 9095

Re: Why we can not see the future?

I suppose this touches upon several of the deepest questions there is. :D One is the question of "now", the notion that a point in time separates past from future. What is "now"? In physics, there is no actual difference between past and future. In a sense, we can see the past, since light that has ...
by Notvacka
Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Simulation Theory
Replies: 138
Views: 41007

Re: Simulation Theory

Hello, SGR! :) I see that you are busy debating free will again. Since we had a rather lengthy exchange on the subject a while ago in another thread, I'll post a link in case anybody is interested, and perhaps save you the trouble of explaining some of your rather peculiar views all over again: http...