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by philofra
Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy of Science
Replies: 20
Views: 4584

Re: Philosophy of Science

It is dangerous to start viewing any community in a democracy as being above reproach. Nobody said science is beyond reproach. In fact, it viscerally attracts reproach, whether it likes it or not. That's what makes it good for democracy. Look, for instance, at the visceral reproaches to the science...
by philofra
Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy of Science
Replies: 20
Views: 4584

Re: Philosophy of Science

Yes, the power of science can be the proverbial double edged sword.
And there lies the contradiction that is life. It is a contradiction that gives contrast, a richness and texture to life.
by philofra
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy of Science
Replies: 20
Views: 4584

Re: Philosophy of Science

It has also brought us the mushroom cloud.

Every human endeavor has its down side.
by philofra
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:21 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy of Science
Replies: 20
Views: 4584

Re: Philosophy of Science

Nikolai.

We are in agreement.
by philofra
Sun May 31, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy of Science
Replies: 20
Views: 4584

Re: Philosophy of Science

I am not talking Scientism, which refers to an ideology or junk science. No, I am talking about the science of research and discovery, a secular and open discipline. It is an activity that doesn't claim a truth but pursues a truth. Science also enhances democracy in that its pursuit encourages debat...
by philofra
Sun May 31, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy of Science
Replies: 20
Views: 4584

Re: Philosophy of Science

Have to make this short - must get dinner on the table...
Science put food on your table, as well as a roof over your head and cloths on your back. One can't say religion did that unless one is delusional.
by philofra
Sat May 30, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy of Science
Replies: 20
Views: 4584

Philosophy of Science

W.V. Quine opined that "Philosophy of science is philosophy enough". What did he mean by that? I have never found an explanation or an opinion about it. What I think he was saying is that since science is so predominant and central to our lives we don't need to philosophizing about anything else. To...
by philofra
Mon May 25, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 223
Views: 43188

Re: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Someday we will colonize outer space. We will eventually discover the technology to do so. And as a by-product of the new things humans will discover from space exploration we will discover new ways of being more environmentally responsible and affective. In the interim, though, it has been a positi...
by philofra
Wed May 20, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Next Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 4042

Next Issue

I am waiting for issue 73. I found the last one lackluster because I couldn't take seriously the notion of moral machines.
by philofra
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Nailing Jello to Walls
Replies: 1
Views: 928

Re: Nailing Jello to Walls

There is something gross about those jellos nailed to the wall and their little pieces falling off. Perhaps that's because it somewhat resembles human existence.
by philofra
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Moral Machines?
Replies: 7
Views: 1604

Re: Moral Machines?

I am surprised this topic has gotten so little attention, about why humans would want moral machines, let allow think about them. I guess some philosophers are viewing it as a challenge or because they have nothing better to do. I think, if anything, people should be working to create saver and bett...
by philofra
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Moral Machines?
Replies: 7
Views: 1604

Moral Machines?

PN is out with issue 72. Its topic is moral machines> robots. My initial reaction was why do we need moral machines? Don't humans have enough problems with morality without replicating that problems in robots? I think it should be the robots' creators that should be moral in making them, making it u...
by philofra
Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Article in issue 71
Replies: 7
Views: 3328

Re: Article in issue 71

What, in simple terms, is "the absolute"?
something definite, without doubt.

In terms of pragmatism, an object doesn't have any intrinsic value, which implies an absolute, unless it is valued extrinsically.

For some God is an absolute.
by philofra
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Article in issue 71
Replies: 7
Views: 3328

Re: Article in issue 71

It makes sense that pragmatism was born in America. because of its extreme rifts. "Pragmatism was the product of interaction between religious Idealism and the research sciences fostered by American university reform." Pragmatism was meant to bridge the divide between those who kept their religious ...
by philofra
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: About the Magazine
Topic: Article in issue 71
Replies: 7
Views: 3328

Re: Article in issue 71

Hegel led the road to pragmatism. It is said that Hegel's world-theory about change being the constant of life planted in Darwin the idea of evolution. From that grew the connection between Darwin and pragmatism as an article in issue 71 - DEWAY AND DARWIN, outlines.