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by Notvacka
Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Particular facts from general laws.
Replies: 37
Views: 9907

Re: Particular facts from general laws.

I will re-direct the reader's of this thread back to its original title. Namely, Particular facts from general laws. The question before us philosophers, is how can particular facts ever be embodied or "come-to-exist" or "originate" in a universe which is run completely be symmetrical and mathemati...
by Notvacka
Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: End Equality and all Human Rights
Replies: 28
Views: 9116

Re: End Equality and all Human Rights

The simple fact that our human bodies are subject to decay is no "proof" of a war all against all. It's not proof. It's evidence . Do you know the difference between proof and evidence? You used the word "proof" yourself. Now you call it "evidence". No matter. That our human bodies are subject to d...
by Notvacka
Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: End Equality and all Human Rights
Replies: 28
Views: 9116

Re: End Equality and all Human Rights

All has been defeated by now. Nobody lives forever. Time takes its toll on the human body. You grow old, crippled, and die. You submit to nature. But dying of old age is no escape from the war of all against all. It is proof of it! . Dying of old age is passive. Young men should die in war, with pr...
by Notvacka
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Meaning of Life
Replies: 242
Views: 31151

Re: The Meaning of Life

2 Timothy 3: 2-5 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobediant to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treachorous, rash, conceited. lovers of pleasure rather tha...
by Notvacka
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Meaning of Life
Replies: 242
Views: 31151

Re: The Meaning of Life

reasonvemotion wrote:There is a difference between worldly and christian hedonism.

I am certain CW was not referring to christian hedonism. Indeed, it would be a miracle if he was. LOL
There is? What exactly would the difference be? Anything like the difference between, well, AC/DC and, what? Stryper?
by Notvacka
Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Meaning of Life
Replies: 242
Views: 31151

Re: The Meaning of Life

CW wrote: Love and hedonism go together like peaches and cream One is self sacrificing and the other selfish pursuit of pleasure. I don't see any connection between the two. But they do go together: Love thy neighbour as thyself, as Jesus put it. It's when you want the best for others and yourself ...
by Notvacka
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: End Equality and all Human Rights
Replies: 28
Views: 9116

Re: End Equality and all Human Rights

Equality and Human Rights must all end. Should I bother replying to this? Well, against better judgement, then... :roll: There is no such thing as "equality" in nature. Of course. No use looking to "nature" for guidance. Nothing is equal. Nobody is equal, ever. Exactly. Inequality emerges and incre...
by Notvacka
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The Third Rail of Consciousness
Replies: 68
Views: 25230

Re: The Third Rail of Consciousness

How about Consciousness is being aware of being aware ?? A good suggestion. But what does it mean? We know about consciousness because we are conscious beings ourselves, and we assume some level of consciousness in higher animals, because in some respects they behave like we do. But are fish consci...
by Notvacka
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 208
Views: 48698

Re: Philosophy is useless

Yes, I have my own speculation about consciousness, but that is not the topic here. Why don't you start another thread, then? :shock: Strangely out-of-place suggestion! I'd like to know more about MarkM's speculations. If he thinks it would be off-topic to further elaborate in this thread, I sugges...
by Notvacka
Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Particular facts from general laws.
Replies: 37
Views: 9907

Re: Particular facts from general laws.

The "philosophers" on this forum make these dry, non-committal musings about science and knowledge. When pressed with the tough questions, they squeal the words "Religion!" and/or "God!" as if to terminate the conversation long enough to scamper away with their tail between their legs. Meanwhile, t...
by Notvacka
Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Particular facts from general laws.
Replies: 37
Views: 9907

Re: Particular facts from general laws.

I happen to think Big Bang cosmology is flaky nonsense. Wonder if there are others. I expect philosophers should know the answers from science are dubious and flaky. It's not nonsense. Big Bang cosmology describes the history of the universe in a way that is consistent with the observational data a...
by Notvacka
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 208
Views: 48698

Re: Philosophy is useless

Hello again, MarkM. Thanks for your reply. :) You suggest that subjectivity and objectivity coexist as two sides of the same coin. In my opinion, this is a dualist account. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy presents dualism in the following quote. "The crux of dualism is the apparently unbridge...
by Notvacka
Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Finding different points of view
Replies: 12
Views: 2925

Re: Finding different points of view

You might find this old, long and winding thread of mine to be of some interest: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4768
by Notvacka
Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God + Allah = ?
Replies: 74
Views: 15564

Re: God + Allah = ?

The Christian God is supposed to be The One and Only Omnipotent Creator. And so is Allah. Both are of course later versions of the original monoteist diety, the Tetragrammaton of Judaism, JHWH, I am that I am . There can only be one. (Or none, as atheists believe.) There is no point trying to add or...
by Notvacka
Sat Nov 10, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 208
Views: 48698

Re: Philosophy is useless

You propose a dualist configuration of mental life. No, not really. I propose two complementary understandings of mental life. The first understanding is from within conscious itself. Everything we know, or rather believe we know, we know from experience, from within the "machine". This is a purely...