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by hammock
Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: On the nature of the soul
Replies: 2
Views: 626

Re: On the nature of the soul

. . . What do you folks think about "my" ideas? I am not educated in philosophy and maybe these ideas have been discussed before. But, if you think about it and give these ideas "a chance", don't they makes sense after all? The concept sought here is panpsychism or some mitigated subset of it like ...
by hammock
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:38 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Life is boring and meaningless, and most humans are ignorant & stupid. What is the meaning of life?
Replies: 90
Views: 22996

Re: Life is boring and meaningless, and most humans are ignorant & stupid. What is the meaning of life?

I won't bother asking you to elucidate. Well... I suppose discouraging someone away from the traditional idea that there has to be a prior condition that makes possible a meaningful life -- whether a universal "significance-giver" or transcendent template -- rather than just fashioning our own mean...
by hammock
Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Life is boring and meaningless, and most humans are ignorant & stupid. What is the meaning of life?
Replies: 90
Views: 22996

Re: Life is boring and meaningless, and most humans are ignorant & stupid. What is the meaning of life?

. . . What is the meaning of life? Life precedes its significance. The author writes a meaningful story for itself, not bloody vice versa. That there is a story at all is so much romantic nonsense. To wit: "This sentence proclaiming that everything is nonsense is accordingly nonsense." At least it ...
by hammock
Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Life is boring and meaningless, and most humans are ignorant & stupid. What is the meaning of life?
Replies: 90
Views: 22996

Re: Life is boring and meaningless, and most humans are ignorant & stupid. What is the meaning of life?

. . . What is the meaning of life? Life precedes its significance. The author writes a meaningful story for itself, not bloody vice versa. If there is actually none, then is it okay to commit suicide to end this ridiculous, stupid, empty, & meaningless existence? Sounds like the plan that the first...
by hammock
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Poincare!
Replies: 3
Views: 857

Re: Poincare!

"If we knew exactly the laws of nature and the situation of the universe at the initial moment, we could predict exactly the situation of the same universe at a succeeding moment." Henri Poincare Yes, Henri, there are no anomalies. Scientists have examined all the countless light-years of space, at...
by hammock
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does cause exist in the macroworld?
Replies: 2
Views: 751

Re: Does cause exist in the macroworld?

Philosophy Explorer wrote:Does cause exist in the macroworld? According to this, it may not: . . . The idea that A precedes B and therefore A causes B is a feature of our big macroscopic world . . .

So there's a warning elsewhere in the article that the meaning of some of its sentences should be inverted?
by hammock
Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 12130

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

. . . There is an ambiguity if it it not immediately clear to all friends of qualia whether there are two different qualia involving the Jesus figure before and after recognition, or only one. My guess is that there is no such confident unanimity, but I thought I would ask to see if I were wrong. I...
by hammock
Sun May 31, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: How closely related are free will and abstract thinking?
Replies: 26
Views: 3615

Re: How closely related are free will and abstract thinking?

Maybe not at all because scientists say it takes greater brainpower to do basic things. If so, and assuming free will exists at some level, then what lies behind it? General concepts expand cognition, reasoning, and introduce more complexity. Potentially allowing grander interpretations of "what's ...
by hammock
Sun May 31, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Qualia
Replies: 636
Views: 34608

Re: Qualia

I am using a tablet. My comments are in brackets. [. ] One of my quotes is bracketed in yhe quote.That last paragraph shows where eliminative materialism inevitably leads. The abandonment of science, as an explanatory tool! Feyerbrand etc. Sorry about how unorganized my last post was. Think how cra...
by hammock
Sun May 31, 2015 4:25 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Did consciousness start with a culture change?
Replies: 4
Views: 797

Re: Did consciousness start with a culture change?

Did consciousness start with a culture change? This "hypothesis" is arguably testable in a very roundabout fashion. Due to eliminativists anticipating future developments which will replace our folk psychology concepts like "consciousness". The implementation of FP's scientific successor into the g...
by hammock
Fri May 29, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Qualia
Replies: 636
Views: 34608

Re: Qualia

Note that inter-subjective has subjectivity as its foundation. . . . Unfortunately that seems close to the situation. In an epistemological context a pecking order of phenomenal --> subjective --> intersubjective --> objective might be entertained. The usual nothingness (of the common anti-panpsych...
by hammock
Fri May 29, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Qualia
Replies: 636
Views: 34608

Re: Qualia

. . . Functionalism is the proposition that mental states are defined by what they do and not by what they are. In other words, if they are or not experiential is irrelevant. I think that is a disingenuous redefinition of mental state. It is like saying, " pain is me saying ouch." However, this pos...
by hammock
Sun May 24, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy Obsolete?
Replies: 58
Views: 5658

Re: Philosophy Obsolete?

You have indeed a high lix count, but all that fancy wording won't make you smarter, in the end you are only a well spoken village fool. You conflated the distinct interests of philosophy and science expressed in that post, Hex. Don't pretend you're a drunken frat boy so abysmally piss-poor in read...
by hammock
Sun May 24, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Qualia
Replies: 636
Views: 34608

Re: Qualia

. . . Since for a materialist there are no concepts how can he believe anything? He cannot even believe in materialism!!! Most materialists probably believe that "concept" is substantiated by something, in addition to "believe" or "belief". But in regard to the specific or more applicable camp whic...
by hammock
Sat May 23, 2015 11:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy Obsolete?
Replies: 58
Views: 5658

Re: Philosophy Obsolete?

Fancy wording, but it's only circular argumentation, nothing else.. It wasn't an argument, Hex. I was just a flat out bitch-slapping your addled personality. It was an observation that you can't maintain the separation of item _M_ from item _N_ in your thought processes, leading to some pretty asin...