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by tillingborn
Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why are creationists drawn to philosophy forums?
Replies: 14
Views: 2536

Re: Why are creationists drawn to philosophy forums?

I wonder if you are ignoring the role philosophy has played and continues to play in supporting the status quo. A vast majority of philosophers up until at least Schopenhauer's time spent a great deal of time in justifying not only the status quo but also the existence of some sort of divine spirit...
by tillingborn
Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is god a number?
Replies: 57
Views: 15390

Re: Is god a number?

Do you believe that these statements are true? If yes, why? If no, why not? Well, let's see. I do not endorse treating the presentation of 'truth or 'knowledge' as mockery, I would rather say a healthy sense of skepticism. Thus only when strong evidence presents itself within the agreement of the k...
by tillingborn
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

Kuznetzova wrote:Actually all particles are waves. That was the first discovery in Quantum Mechanics (Louis de Broglie)
Actually all particles can be described as waves, according to the brilliant, most successful theory ever. It doesn't follow that they are.
by tillingborn
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is god a number?
Replies: 57
Views: 15390

Re: Is god a number?

Truth is an opinion. Years ago, as an undergraduate, I was discussing the definition of knowledge as justified, true belief. It seemed plausible enough, but justification and truth are slippery buggers. Belief on the other hand is in some people absolute, often without any foundation, occasionally ...
by tillingborn
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What is the cause of random quantum fluctuations?
Replies: 4
Views: 2818

Re: What is the cause of random quantum fluctuations?

To use a 2D analogy, I suspect that the 'quantum foam' is a bit like a duckpond in the rain, with literally incalculable waves and deformations(photons and neutrinos mostly). Some of these cancel out, some will add up to give properties that mark them out as 'particles'. Actually, the question highl...
by tillingborn
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

When people first encounter Quantum Field Theory, they realize that particles are not little solid bullets, but only ever waves wriggling in a field. Well, I can’t speak for anyone else, but the Big Bang theory was enough to convince me that matter was probably not atomos , uncuttable, as Democritu...
by tillingborn
Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

Our situation in this universe is more mysterious than your story of these "knots". It's not really my story, I pinched it from Lord Kelvin, but you are right, it is just a story. It is based on the philosophical belief (more a suspicion if I am honest), that the most likely source of the phenomena...
by tillingborn
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

It would seem that the only thing you understood was that "3) Electromagnetic energy..." was true, but failed to see it's implications. Well,it's the only thing I didn't challenge, but you're right, I don't see the implications. It would seem that you've only parroted something you've read, without...
by tillingborn
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: ~ Evolution of God ~
Replies: 46
Views: 11824

Re: ~ Evolution of God ~

bobevenson wrote:Again, economics is the allocation of property and labor, no more, no less.
I've always assumed that economists worked out what to do and politicians did it.
by tillingborn
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: ~ Evolution of God ~
Replies: 46
Views: 11824

Re: ~ Evolution of God ~

bobevenson wrote:No, economics is the allocation of property and labor.
Surely economics is the theory, politics is the doing.
by tillingborn
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

Mathematicians brought physics where there is: singularity, infinity, determinism, empty space or fractal quantum foam, desperate quantization of gravity, constantly increasing number of dimensions, dark matter, breaking of symmetry ... All these things are mathematical entities, it doesn't follow ...
by tillingborn
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Mind over Body...
Replies: 14
Views: 5738

Re: Mind over Body...

So I think it is the choice of a starting point and the presuppositions that go with that starting point. I haven't really kept up to speed with mind/body. (I'm still not entirely happy with my ontology). As I understand it Chalmer's hard problem is one of analogy. There is a mechanical analogy pho...
by tillingborn
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

1) So called, red shift, can't be seen as such, unless you experience cpa, so: blue -> actual variably indeterminate value -> red. I don't know what cpa is. As I understand it, red shift is measured by comparing the absorption lines in the spectra of stars and galaxies. The patterns of absorption l...
by tillingborn
Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

Condensation means change of physical state - such as crystallization. Imagine how in the cooling water a balls of ice increases. All points on its surface move away from each other. You can imagine the universe as such ice and the “future” as surrounding water. So if I try to put this into words I...
by tillingborn
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: What's a universe?
Replies: 69
Views: 12647

Re: What's a universe?

- Semiconductor devices, that can be reproducibly produce, operate on the principle of motion of point defects and phase characteristics of P / N interface The problem I have with this is that my background is philosophy rather than physics. I don't know whether what you are saying can be translate...