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by Dimebag
Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Nothing exists outside the mind
Replies: 97
Views: 25215

Re: Nothing exists outside the mind

There can't possibly be only you in existence, even if you are a brain in a vat. There would have to also be another being which has set up the whole scenario, and chances are if thee is one, there are many.
by Dimebag
Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Time has to exist, if it can be curved
Replies: 72
Views: 14679

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

I am starting to see time as more of an effect than a thing in itself. Time can be manipulated, however I don't believe there is any particular "thing" in this universe which is time. To me, time is change, and therefore the tendency for change to occur differently under different conditions to me ...
by Dimebag
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Time has to exist, if it can be curved
Replies: 72
Views: 14679

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

I am starting to see time as more of an effect than a thing in itself. Time can be manipulated, however I don't believe there is any particular "thing" in this universe which is time. To me, time is change, and therefore the tendency for change to occur differently under different conditions to me s...
by Dimebag
Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Write the first thought that comes to your head!
Replies: 27
Views: 9788

Re: Write the first thought that comes to your head!

I find it extremely difficult to simply have a "first thought" enter my head. When I "try" or even try NOT to try, or even just wait, my thoughts somehow feel tainted and unoriginal, like they are already being censored by my subconscious. In fact the only way for me to have a first thought is if I ...
by Dimebag
Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is it possible evolution is dead, and we killed it?
Replies: 43
Views: 8916

Re: Is it possible evolution is dead, and we killed it?

I think the example of humans struggle against viruses is proof we are both part of evolution and have not killed it. That is but one example. It is true we have more potency, more awareness of threats to our species, and therefore can circumvent challenges. I think what is more interesting is to wo...
by Dimebag
Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Aren't we dead?
Replies: 11
Views: 4230

Re: Aren't we dead?

It's almost like you re trying to intentionally delude yourself. I am alive, according to a dictionary definition, according to my doctor, according to my hamster. You can call a spoon a fork all you want, but it's still a spoon.
by Dimebag
Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Sloppy Teleological Explanations for Evolution
Replies: 18
Views: 4079

Re: Sloppy Teleological Explanations for Evolution

SO you are :D trying to tell me :lol: that because an electron can go through a slit that means that a zebra's stripes KNOW that if they impose their gene on a zebra it will scare off flies? Or that somehow that a species can select a mutation that will be useful to it because of the 2 slot experim...
by Dimebag
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale
Replies: 18
Views: 8086

Re: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale

At any point in our conversation that you feel capable of philosophically or scientifically refuting anything that I offer, please feel free to do it! This sort of thing is just lame! Your limitations are your problem. Do you deny that until my last post I was focussing purely on the argument and t...
by Dimebag
Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:32 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale
Replies: 18
Views: 8086

Re: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale

I am now realizing that nameless doesn't seem to be arguing using a critical form of philosophy. Philosophy relies on rational argument, however what you seem to be using to argue is in no means rational. Therefore if we are not arguing using the same rules we can not be said to be playing the same ...
by Dimebag
Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale
Replies: 18
Views: 8086

Re: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale

Without a concept of reality, we could not survive. If we see an animal running along, then it disappears behind a tree, our concept of reality tells us that the animal will be there. We model our environment in our mind and draw conclusions based on those models. Those models are not perceptions, t...
by Dimebag
Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Possibility, knowledge (information), and quantum mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 10713

Possibility, knowledge (information), and quantum mechanics

Is there a relationship between knowledge and possibility? I.e. the more knowledge you have of a system the less probable certain possibilities become,and as you increase the amount of knowledge about a system you are narrowing down the likelihood of any possibilities other than a single one. If kno...
by Dimebag
Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale
Replies: 18
Views: 8086

Re: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale

Surely if you allow that everything is true, but some of those true things are false, then this becomes paradoxical and can't be said to be axiomatic? Not necessarily. I thought I explained rather clearly how something can be both 'True' and 'false' at the same time. One needs rid oneself of 'condi...
by Dimebag
Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:55 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale
Replies: 18
Views: 8086

Re: Know Thyself — by Raam Gokhale

I do but apparently you don't or unwilling to take on board the philosophical objections I've made to you. Ok, let me try again; Everything is True! That is axiomatic! It is only in certain 'contexts' where they can also be false at the same time. One such limited context is the context of philosop...
by Dimebag
Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: free will-how can it exist?
Replies: 76
Views: 18737

Re: free will-how can it exist?

Impossible and undesirable What matters is freedom and freedom can't be achieved by will. I would say freedom can't be achieved in matters of action production, which you may call will if you want. And if freedom through will is not possible, why does it matter? I would love to be able to fly like ...
by Dimebag
Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Question about philosophy, religion & science
Replies: 22
Views: 7255

Re: Question about philosophy, religion & science

The Earth is not the center of the universe? Maybe now religion agrees with this, but only after many hundreds of years of tomfoolery. Maybe in another few hundred years they will agree with evolution, the big bang theory and others. But that's only if their god whispers in the popes ear again, and...