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by mickthinks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1232

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

Did you experience any uncertainty before you uttered that phrase?

Dude, I am not even certain I uttered the phrase.
by mickthinks
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1232

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

So.... what it seems you are saying is that you know at least the following two things with 100% certainty. 1. There is a limit to knowledge. 2. Human omnipotence is impossible. Did you mean "omnipotence" or "omniscience"? I think it follows from " I experience uncertainty where knowledge requires ...
by mickthinks
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1232

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

When you are using phrases like "epistemic problem" you are assuming that there is one.

Not really. I am assuming a load of stuff, but the one thing I cannot doubt is that, whoever or whatever I am, I experience uncertainty where knowledge requires certainty, and that is an epistemic problem.
by mickthinks
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1232

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

My knowledge is imperfect and the only thing I can be sure of is that nothing is knowable for certain. You are allowed to know some hard limits. That's kinda useful in drawing hard lines between "possible" and "impossible". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_of_impossibility I disagree, and I thin...
by mickthinks
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why America can never be great again.
Replies: 60
Views: 1391

Re: Why America can never be great again.

Who are Adams and De Toqueville that we should take their political philosophy seriously? It seems to me that they are both wrong.
by mickthinks
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps
Replies: 44
Views: 1232

Re: Closing Imagined Explanatory Gaps

My knowledge is imperfect and the only thing I can be sure of is that nothing is knowable for certain. It is a mistake to impute from that uncertainty the certainty that there is nothing to know. That there is Reality is a basic assumption. It is so basic as to be impossible to put to any test, and ...
by mickthinks
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: My name is Jeff
Replies: 8
Views: 498

Re: My name is Jeff

Jeff, welcome to the bear garden that is the Philosophy Now Forum! If you are looking for the warm companionship of like minds, I can confidently predict you will not find it here. Here we have a collection of competitive egos, few of whom are capable either of sustaining a proper argument or of rec...
by mickthinks
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN
Replies: 136
Views: 4181

Re: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN

Walker wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:44 am
... the old days of Catchfart Obama giving them plane loads of untraceable cash for terrorism funding.
lol You make it sound like the US policy of sowing unrest and bolstering armed resistance to regimes they deem unhelpful was invented in 2009. Clue: it's much older than that, dude.
by mickthinks
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 808
Views: 18433

Re: -1-

So what rational line of inquiry convinced you -- and should convince us -- that a late-third-trimester "fetus" is not a "baby" and not a "person"? "Person" in the context of crimes such as murder, is a legal concept. Consult a legal definition applicable to the jurisdiction you live under. No furt...
by mickthinks
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN
Replies: 136
Views: 4181

Re: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN

I'm going to recycle a post I made back in '15
mickthinks wrote:
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:35 am
WHY DO YOU SHOUT YOUR SUBJECT HEADING AT US IN UPPERCASE? IS IT BECAUSE YOU THINK YOUR TOPICS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHER PEOPLE'S AND NEED MORE ATTENTION?
by mickthinks
Tue May 21, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein's train. All change, please.
Replies: 43
Views: 2083

Re: Einstein's train. All change, please.

Nice work, Willy. Thanks! :-)
by mickthinks
Mon May 13, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is There such a reality as non-X for any and every X?
Replies: 35
Views: 1477

Re: Is There such a reality as non-X for any and every X?

I think not.

Would you want it to?
by mickthinks
Sun May 12, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: are women to blame for tyranny?
Replies: 77
Views: 2764

Re: are women to blame for tyranny?

are women to blame for tyranny? Er ... No.

while this does sound a touch misogynistic ... Yes, more than a touch misogynistic.
by mickthinks
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Selfish God
Replies: 71
Views: 3490

Re: Selfish God

How a God who is Love, fully self giving, could wish that everybody should Love him more than the amount you love others? There are a number of assumptions made in your preamble that I think are doubtful. To love is to give yourself, certainly. But to be Love? Is being Love the same as loving? If i...
by mickthinks
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New guy here!
Replies: 2
Views: 646

Re: New guy here!

Welcome!