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by Resha Caner
Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Big Words
Replies: 15
Views: 3479

Re: The Big Words

I agree with chaz that the big words, such as those involving "omni" or "all" (as in "all-knowing"), lead to self-contradictions. Belief in God often implies a definition of a Being who is all-loving, all-powerful, etc. In discussions with such believers, I often change this to "great love for huma...
by Resha Caner
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Big Words
Replies: 15
Views: 3479

Re: The Big Words

Can you help me out here - where does it say that completeness entails perfection ? It's nothing that's been formalized, if that's what you're asking, but rather something I have encountered in theodicy discussions. Some take a rather extreme position on the immutability of God because they believe...
by Resha Caner
Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Big Words
Replies: 15
Views: 3479

The Big Words

One thing that often frustrates me in religious discussions is the entailment people insist upon when using the "big" words ... for example discussions of theodicy and the relationships between words expressing infinity, perfection, and completeness. So, pick any two of those concepts. I don't see h...
by Resha Caner
Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hail!
Replies: 5
Views: 3094

Re: Hail!

lennartack wrote:I sometimes say there is no truth because we cannot find it. I have to admit though that that is not a valid argument.
I would agree that a finite being cannot find an eternal truth. It's why I'm not sympathetic to "follow your heart" ideas.
by Resha Caner
Thu May 31, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: The Art of Leo Tolstoy
Replies: 8
Views: 5664

Re: The Art of Leo Tolstoy

With you 100% on Ivan Ilyich . I often say its the most perfect piece of literature I know. Indeed a great work. I'm torn by Tolstoy. The first thing of his I tried to read was Anna Karenina , and only because it was the favorite book of my then girlfriend. I hated it - couldn't even finish it. Iva...
by Resha Caner
Thu May 31, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Your favorite works of art and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 8481

Re: Your favorite works of art and why?

esseneo wrote:edgar alan poe

The Raven
That guy had some issues, but The Raven is a masterpiece.
by Resha Caner
Sat May 26, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hail!
Replies: 5
Views: 3094

Re: Hail!

lennartack wrote:I am likely to spend my sleepless nights on this forum, looking for truth, whilst only becoming increasingly certain that there is none.
Hi.

So, why do you think there is no truth?
by Resha Caner
Fri May 25, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Where do we stand in relation to God?
Replies: 71
Views: 18726

Re: Where do we stand in relation to God?

To say that I believe or hope in God -- is this the same thing as saying that I can demonstrate the existence of God? It means one has reasons to be convinced of God's existence. It doesn't mean one has subscribed to the criteria of others. I believe I ate a pulled pork sandwich for lunch, but I ca...
by Resha Caner
Fri May 25, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: neutrinos
Replies: 15
Views: 6048

Re: neutrinos

Don't worry about digressing from the topic. It's the nature of conversation.

I'll check out some of the other threads.
by Resha Caner
Fri May 25, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: neutrinos
Replies: 15
Views: 6048

Re: neutrinos

Sincere thanks, Resha, for an interesting and thorough response. Have you ever done any "popular" science writing, other than here in this forum? -- that is, books or articles for general readership? I think you have a knack for writing about science in a clear and engaging way, rarely seen in a pu...
by Resha Caner
Fri May 25, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is the meaning of life?
Replies: 12
Views: 4712

Re: What is the meaning of life?

MJA wrote:Just is.
Is not.
by Resha Caner
Fri May 25, 2012 2:03 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is the meaning of life?
Replies: 12
Views: 4712

Re: What is the meaning of life?

MJA wrote:The meaning of life is living.
Is it? Is meaning found inside (ding an sich) or in relation to something else (subject/object)?
by Resha Caner
Fri May 25, 2012 1:52 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: neutrinos
Replies: 15
Views: 6048

Re: neutrinos

Thanks for your clear, succinct writing within this topic. Thanks for the compliment. Neutrinos of various types appear to be everywhere in the universe, including the background radiation. Do you know of any attempt to develop a theory based on the pervasiveness of neutrinos, using them as the med...
by Resha Caner
Mon May 21, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Alleged Fallacies of Evolutionary Theory
Replies: 2
Views: 2426

Re: The Alleged Fallacies of Evolutionary Theory

The purpose stated by this article was, "not meant as a defense of Dawkins (who can surely take care of himself), but rather as a stimulating exercise tackling the logical framework of modern evolutionary theory and its real or perceived philosophical implications." I'll state up front that I don't ...
by Resha Caner
Mon May 21, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Reason as a Universal Constant
Replies: 1
Views: 1281

Re: Reason as a Universal Constant

I liked this article. The argument makes sense to me. But I get the feeling the author may be fishing for the same thing I would like to know: Why isn't this convincing to physicalists?