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by uwot
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: The Limits of Science
Replies: 516
Views: 80008

Re: The Limits of Science

Science is a way to interpret the observation. Metaphysics is about accepting what you saw... Wouldn't it be more the theory that does that and the metaphysics the thing that grounds both? That is, that science's metaphysics is that there is an external world that is observable and so far appears t...
by uwot
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Need to Start From Scratch
Replies: 131
Views: 14882

Re: The Need to Start From Scratch

You're not ready yet. You need to know about solar elements and how sight work. You need a little deeper understanding of ancient science. If you are claiming that ancient science could achieve things we no longer understand, do you not think that a demonstration would be more compelling than an ex...
by uwot
Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Need to Start From Scratch
Replies: 131
Views: 14882

Re: The Need to Start From Scratch

Now you are using strawman as I do not simply believe in Atlantis (that is, belief without examination), but am being open about other theories. The best place to start your examination of Atlantis is Plato's Timaeus. The following is an extract from http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/timaeus.html Plato...
by uwot
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: If this were a dinner party,
Replies: 11
Views: 2969

Re: If this were a dinner party,

And I say to you : Your society has not given you the tools of critical analysis. Those tools which allow you to collect your own facts and draw your own conclusions from those facts. You were told what to do by authority. You were not informed by them. Instead of merely lacking to inform you, they...
by uwot
Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A sudden though on the non-existence of value
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: A sudden though on the non-existence of value

Many people don't have a Lockian perspective on it, and some thoughts have nothing to do with economics whatsoever (consider value derived from ethical actions). You are quite right, I was talking specifically about economic value, in spite of your original post. I think utilitarians have tried to ...
by uwot
Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: do flys go to heaven
Replies: 58
Views: 8217

Re: do flys go to heaven

Making statements about such a thing neither of you actually have any experience of is the reason for mine. Do you actually have any experience of heaven? I would like someone to start making their definitions of heaven, as per biblical attribution...please. I wouldn't bother with biblical attribut...
by uwot
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: A sudden though on the non-existence of value
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: A sudden though on the non-existence of value

I think value is probably based, ultimately, on the amount of work anyone is prepared to do for something, as Locke said. We know how many days work any item will 'cost' us and if someone is prepared to work that long and that hard, that is the 'value' they put on it. What is worrying is that with, ...
by uwot
Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:57 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Need to Start From Scratch
Replies: 131
Views: 14882

Re: The Need to Start From Scratch

The "start" is pretty much wondering about existence and asking broad questions, like "Why am I here?", or "What is Life". To "start from scratch" would mean to think for yourself on things to see what you think, and not so much of whatever philosophy or philosopher thinks. That is what Descartes d...
by uwot
Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Need to Start From Scratch
Replies: 131
Views: 14882

Re: The Need to Start From Scratch

Would a good place to start be with an explanation of how you know that you exist? I don't know I exist. At least I don't know I exist in the form I percieve. That is the point Descartes is making. His senses could be deceived, mirages and other optical illusions, and it is prudent not to fully tru...
by uwot
Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: Marriage
Replies: 51
Views: 12318

Re: Marriage

iMod wrote:This thread seemed to degenerate into a 19 page shouting match,
iMod
Ha! When has that ever been a cause for action? You must be Melchior.
by uwot
Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: do flys go to heaven
Replies: 58
Views: 8217

Re: do flys go to heaven

madera wrote:Every human has a soul,
How does a soul work? Does it interact with a human body? If so, how? Is soul an evolutionary leap, or something given to us by a god?
by uwot
Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: do flys go to heaven
Replies: 58
Views: 8217

Re: do flys go to heaven

madera23 wrote:does a fly have a soul? Only souls go to heaven.
So what do have souls?
by uwot
Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Need to Start From Scratch
Replies: 131
Views: 14882

Re: The Need to Start From Scratch

I'm not sure this question could even be asked in the ancient language; existence was axiomatic. Not sure what you mean here. (Or how you could tell.) Existence resulted in consciousness. Everything was seen from the inside. Isn't 'I think, therefore I am' seeing things from the inside? As an aside...
by uwot
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Wave Structure of Matter
Replies: 46
Views: 8335

Re: Wave Structure of Matter

You can have as many empirical facts and/or theories if you want to, if there is something that doesn't make sense (or if whatever model you propose out of those theories doesn't make sense), then you ought to sort out what's true and what's false by means of philosophical methods such as logic. Se...
by uwot
Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Need to Start From Scratch
Replies: 131
Views: 14882

Re: The Need to Start From Scratch

Since I started using the statement that we know no more about gravity than the pyramid builders it has become a little less true. It's been a little less true since at least the time of Galileo. I don't know enough about Egyptian science to categorically state that they had only a very limited und...