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by Notvacka
Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: straw dogs by john gray
Replies: 27
Views: 9735

Re: straw dogs by john gray

Nikolai wrote:You should read the book...
Since it's you, Nikolai, who recommend it, I just might. :D
by Notvacka
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: straw dogs by john gray
Replies: 27
Views: 9735

Re: straw dogs by john gray

Given the present level of philosophical discussion on this bord, I think it's entirely appropriate for me to voice some unsubstantiated prejudice: economists are simply seldom great thinkers. I haven't read Straw Dogs. Furthermore, I have no interest in reading it. However, from what I have read ab...
by Notvacka
Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Time has to exist, if it can be curved
Replies: 72
Views: 17287

Re: Time has to exist, if it can be curved

Do we misunderstand each other? My point about past and future both being "real" is simply that there is nothing special about "now". Where do past and future meet? Past and future meet everywhere, always; every single point in time (back to the big bang, at least) has a past and a future. Every pl...
by Notvacka
Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: The Death of all Political Philosophy
Replies: 33
Views: 9572

Re: The Death of all Political Philosophy

In science, there are rational ways to determine the truth of reality. Well, kind of, yes. And I understand that purists may argue nothing can be known for certain... Nice of you to observe that. ...but I hardly think there will be a discovery millions of years from now telling us the earth was fla...
by Notvacka
Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Time has to exist, if it can be curved
Replies: 72
Views: 17287

Re: Time has to exist, if it can be curved

Come to think of it, is that actually true? For all that we can travel to and from Paris, can we ever return to the place that Paris was relative to Andromeda, say? Given that the universe is expanding, it is arguable that that place no longer exists and that we are always moving away from where we...
by Notvacka
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Time has to exist, if it can be curved
Replies: 72
Views: 17287

Re: Time has to exist, if it can be curved

The problem is the way we divide time into past and future. In space, here is where I am, and there is everywhere else. In time, now is where I am and then is everywhere else. If you go from London to Paris, you don't claim that London has changed into Paris when you get there. Likewise, yesterday ...
by Notvacka
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Time has to exist, if it can be curved
Replies: 72
Views: 17287

Re: Time has to exist, if it can be curved

I'm not clear what anyone could mean by time that is stationary. I think there are theories that hold that everything that we think has or will happen exists in some Parmenidian 'being' and that the perception of time 'flowing' is just us travelling through it. This seems contrary to thermo-dynamic...
by Notvacka
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Time has to exist, if it can be curved
Replies: 72
Views: 17287

Re: Time has to exist, if it can be curved

It's usually the notion that time is moving that is considered a fiction, not time itself.
by Notvacka
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Modern epistemology versus object categories
Replies: 22
Views: 6776

Re: Modern epistemology versus object categories

Of course things do not exist as "things" outside human consciousness. Identifying "things" is something that we do when we try to make sense of the world. A qoute from another topic: If objects exist in nature then there must be some natural process or substance that establishes their physical limi...
by Notvacka
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: The Third Rail of Consciousness
Replies: 68
Views: 26939

Re: The Third Rail of Consciousness

Consciousness is either a "mathematical" property of certain interconnected systems, or, otherwise it is a biological function that changes outward behavior of those animals who have it. I see no reason why it can't be both. And more. Kepp in mind, that the existence of a physical universe is deriv...
by Notvacka
Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Morality
Replies: 32
Views: 7906

Re: Morality

You play loose with definitions or demand the absolute, as it suits you. Of course categories are all generalisations. That's how categories work. "Human" is too vast and simple for you? Might as well categorise you as a rock? Consider yourself some kind of Übermensch mutation, too special to recog...
by Notvacka
Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Morality
Replies: 32
Views: 7906

Re: Morality

Playing dumb does not suit your style. What suits my style is adapting to the person I am dealing with. If you see dumb it's because I'm accentuating your essence and following your "reasoning" to its final end. That humans exist is not an argument for anything. Categories are all generalizations. ...
by Notvacka
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Sharing some of my work.
Replies: 7
Views: 2798

Re: Sharing some of my work.

Bernard wrote:Your turn Notvacka... empty your pockets, what have you got?
Sent you a PM. (Chaz has already seen my work.)
by Notvacka
Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Morality
Replies: 32
Views: 7906

Re: Morality

I know rocks exist, am I a rock? Playing dumb does not suit your style. How self-serving. Yes. Serving others can be self-serving too. Nothing wrong with that. And you would do this by pretending you value their lives even if you did not. Honestly valuing the life of others would be better than jus...
by Notvacka
Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Sharing some of my work.
Replies: 7
Views: 2798

Re: Sharing some of my work.

Amazing stuff, Bernard, truly! :D

I particularly love the sculpture shown in the first two pictures. If Australia wasn't so far away, I would like to see them for real.