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by Veritas Aequitas
Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: what is epistemic closure principle
Replies: 4
Views: 5037

Re: what is epistemic closure principle

thank u very much Aequitas; I think the fact that i don't know whether the consequent of a conditional is the case should not necessarily count as the negation of that conditional's antecedent and hence construct a modus tollens. i.e. if we have "if p then q" and also have "~Kq", this cannot give u...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7506

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

Veritas There is no way for an individual fallible and fragile, especially older person to deal with the terror of cognitive dissonance. The solution is these surrendering persons will be seduced by whatever faculty of reason (raw and pure) into adopting a belief in God as an optimal choice within ...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:55 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 203
Views: 39167

Re: Philosophy is useless

Go look up Richard Feynman, one of the greatest physicists who ever lived, he made fun of philosophers all the time. Hawking just wrote a book about a year ago stating, "philosophy was dead." Edward Wislon's latest book clearly states that philosophy will never give us answers, but science does. La...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:
Replies: 38
Views: 7506

Re: How Does an Atheist Come to Believe in God?:

I am not surprised by Jacob Needleman's change of attitude at his age. The very vociferoud strong atheist, Anthony Flew, turned to deism in the later part of his life. Studies have also shown that older men are likely to turn to God. You're more likely to believe in God as you get older: Study revea...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:19 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 203
Views: 39167

Re: Philosophy is useless

The fact is that scientists don't waste their time with philosophy and consider the discipline of philosophy of science as a waste of time. For example, scientists wouldn't waste their time on the childish word-games you play. This is also a reason why many lay people don't think much of philosophe...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Men Brain See Women as Objects
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

Re: Men Brain See Women as Objects

There is this recent complain that 'nude can be rude'. This is especially so when the man realized subsequently the woman is 50 years old, e.g. Madonna recent regular exposures. Reminds me of, well me (not a pretty sight), and also the Budweiser Spanish Beach advert :lol: , http://m.youtube.com/#/w...
by Veritas Aequitas
Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:58 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: what is epistemic closure principle
Replies: 4
Views: 5037

Re: what is epistemic closure principle

http://www.iep.utm.edu/epis-clo/#H2 2. Philosophical Uses of the Closure Principle The closure principle, now qualified to handle the straightforward counterexamples, has been employed in skeptical and anti-skeptical arguments, in support of a dogmatic refusal pay attention to evidence that counts a...
by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:17 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Men Brain See Women as Objects
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

Re: Men Brain See Women as Objects

Well, I guess the good news then is that I now have a scientific excuse for my lustful behavior. Exactly! Most guys I know have always said it was just automatic and they had no control over it - but they still seemed to be a bit selective with which women got the longest glances :wink: . There is ...
by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Men Brain See Women as Objects
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

Re: Men Brain See Women as Objects

Well, I guess the good news then is that I now have a scientific excuse for my lustful behavior. Exactly! Most guys I know have always said it was just automatic and they had no control over it - but they still seemed to be a bit selective with which women got the longest glances :wink: . I am will...
by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 203
Views: 39167

Re: Philosophy is useless

If there is a problem that cannot be answered by science and mathematics, then it most certainly cannot be answered by philosophy. I have some sympathy with this, particularly around some of the more esoteric branches of philosophy that don't tend to interest me as much as ethics or political philo...
by Veritas Aequitas
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:47 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is useless
Replies: 203
Views: 39167

Re: Philosophy is useless

Science could never have discovered facts about anything without first asking philosophical questions. ... To suggest, as you have done, that any question a scientist asks somehow makes the scientist a philosophy student is a disingenuous position. You would be stating everyone is a philosopher by ...
by Veritas Aequitas
Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Knowledge and Opinions
Replies: 49
Views: 19162

Re: Knowledge and Opinions

Here is a remark by Kant (re Caygill) on why the idea of a soul arise from dogmatism. The 'sweet dogmatic dreams' (CPR A 758/B 786) of reason which incline it to despotism arise from the 'presumption that it is possible to make progress with pure knowledge, according to principles, from concepts alo...
by Veritas Aequitas
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Men Brain See Women as Objects
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

Men Brain See Women as Objects

The research, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, found in a series of experiments that participants processed images of men and women in very different ways. When presented with images of men, perceivers tended to rely more on "global" cognitive processing, the mental method in...
by Veritas Aequitas
Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Dualism - An Unhealthy (literally) Philosophical Attitude
Replies: 6
Views: 2008

Dualism - An Unhealthy (literally) Philosophical Attitude

Many people, whether they know it or not, are philosophical dualists. That is, they believe that the brain and the mind are two separate entities. Despite the fact dualist beliefs are found in virtually all human cultures, surprisingly little is known about the impact of these beliefs on how we thi...
by Veritas Aequitas
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Knowledge and Opinions
Replies: 49
Views: 19162

Re: Knowledge and Opinions

"Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance." ~ Plato It is amazing to me that some people can sense the scale of knowledge so easiliy and to them it is second nature. Yet there are others who may actually be a majority who insist on defending opinions with their last breath while remain...