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by Ginkgo
Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Probably a stupid question but..
Replies: 17
Views: 5489

Re: Probably a stupid question but..

I could be wrong, and as I am not an astrophysicist, I probably am, but here is my understanding. By expression "the expansion of the universe" all that is meant is that clumps of matter are getting further and further away from each other. On this understanding the term "universe" is referring jus...
by Ginkgo
Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:17 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Probably a stupid question but..
Replies: 17
Views: 5489

Re: Probably a stupid question but..

I was watching a Brian Cox documentary earlier and he was talking about the universe expanding from the tiny big bang point. Fair enough, red shift and background radiation and all that. I always wonder "what the hell is the universe expanding into??" Whenever I ask this question I get the feeling ...
by Ginkgo
Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Plato: A Theory of Forms
Replies: 35
Views: 11301

Re: Plato: A Theory of Forms

Good afternoon JHuber, I may have given the wrong impression with my opening post. It wasn't Ryle who said Plato was committing a category error, it was me. Nonetheless, someone said it and we can use it as a basis for discussion. In you opening paragraph relating to clubs and organizations are you ...
by Ginkgo
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Plato: A Theory of Forms
Replies: 35
Views: 11301

Re: Plato: A Theory of Forms

The thing I have just come to realize about Plato is that he is actually describing the workings of the human mind rather than giving an account of two worlds. The first account we get from Plato is how the world actually is and his second is how the world of Forms mirrors the mind working in the r...
by Ginkgo
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Plato: A Theory of Forms
Replies: 35
Views: 11301

Re: Plato: A Theory of Forms

In modern terminology Gilbert Ryle would say Plato is committing a category error. The mistake is to think that, THE UNIVERSITY actually exists in some higher reality. Just because a mind has the ability to construct the concept of a university doesn't mean the concept has an existence. I believe i...
by Ginkgo
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:07 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Plato: A Theory of Forms
Replies: 35
Views: 11301

Re: Plato: A Theory of Forms

The thing I have just come to realize about Plato is that he is actually describing the workings of the human mind rather than giving an account of two worlds. The first account we get from Plato is how the world actually is and his second is how the world of Forms mirrors the mind working in the re...
by Ginkgo
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Language
Replies: 18
Views: 5713

Re: Language

And native American witnessing a large ship from Europe in 1490, would not have a name for such a thing, so would not see a 'ship'. But they would see a lot of other things they recognise such as wood and hemp rope and people. Hello Chaz, Yes, I have heard that before. Can you give me a reference a...
by Ginkgo
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 256011

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

Kant If the reader wishes to contribute towards making this footpath a highroad, it may not be possible to achieve, what so many centuries have not been able to accomplish; namely to give complete satisfaction to human reason with regard to those questions which have in all ages, though hitherto in...
by Ginkgo
Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Language
Replies: 18
Views: 5713

Re: Language

Good topic, Wootah! This may help the discussion along: I think the Eskimos have many different concepts, and words, for "snow", to describe the different types of snow. I've seen a fair amount of snow and have described it in a few various ways; e.g., (1) heavy, sticky and wet, and (2) dry, light,...
by Ginkgo
Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 256011

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

Hello chaz, Yes, very true. Kant can be quite a jargon-fest and he is not without his critics, many declaring that the distinction between synthetic and analytic is false or overwrought. As you say, it is subject to much criticism and for very good reasons. The analytic and synthetic distinction th...
by Ginkgo
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 256011

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

Hello chaz,


Yes, very true.
by Ginkgo
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 256011

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

So basically, we have two types of knowledge and never the twain shall meet. But like all things in philosophy-perhaps not. There is a theory that tries to show just that - experience can have a universal aspect to it. That's a different story if you are interested. I am interested. Do tell...Pleas...
by Ginkgo
Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 256011

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

Spheres, I admire your tenancity to prove your point. I must admit that I dont understand all of your responses, but that is my problem, due to my limited knowledge of philosophy. The question is in my mind, unanswerable, I mean in a total sense. It is has been debated throughout our history andI t...
by Ginkgo
Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:00 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 256011

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

ginkgo I agree. After 1948 replies what have we gleaned Personally I never use the word truth because it only serves to create confusions. People end up talking past each other. That's why whenever I use the word I proviso it. Anyone trying to evade truth, does so because they want to believe that ...
by Ginkgo
Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?
Replies: 2064
Views: 256011

Re: What's stopping us from seeing the truth?

But then even the nihilist must act, it must be. Ethics, to repose, becomes the determination and determining of reality : the universal is the ethical. And then we begin again from the posit of freedom and it's question. Right? The eternal recurrence. Yet this to then resides in a truth that is al...