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by hammock
Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:47 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How would you chose to die?
Replies: 57
Views: 5784

Re: How would you chose to die?

Alas, over the years I have instead spent my time taking inventory of the many classical / stereotypical ways in which I do not wish to die. Like avoiding a forced, feet-first entry into a wood chipper. Or evading assisted defenestration from lethal heights by the hired help of an impatient life-ins...
by hammock
Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: space and consciousness
Replies: 5
Views: 1341

Re: space and consciousness

First: Space allowed objects to co-exist or be distinguished / individuated from each other in perceptual experiences (as well as personal imaginations, dreams, etc). Time similarly enabled the mutable states of the "same" object to be distinct from each other as a sequence of changes. Reflective th...
by hammock
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Storm a poem about rationalism
Replies: 4
Views: 1135

Re: Storm a poem about rationalism

65 is lower than the national average for men in the US. I'm aiming for 80 odd. If I have to take medication in my 70+ years then so be it... ;) I've got a still highly active 82 year old aunt that has likewise avoided the medical establishment, but with the difference that she is driven by a true ...
by hammock
Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Storm a poem about rationalism
Replies: 4
Views: 1135

Re: Storm a poem about rationalism

Do you think Tim Minchan has a good point, or are you on Storm's side? Somewhere in the past I've apparently read the lyrics to this. Storm seems a far cry from the best that the "other side" might have to argue for it; and upon reflection I'm a tad startled to discover I can't wholly mitigate that...
by hammock
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: is there only one such thing as a you.
Replies: 6
Views: 1062

Re: is there only one such thing as a you.

hammock can we say how big consciouness is.it is after all capable of containing the whole of a universe. Well, for a panpsychist maybe. One of Leibniz's synchronized, windowless monads would contain the whole natural complex folded within it (perhaps the 18th century's premature attempt to grope a...
by hammock
Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Female orgasm. Evolution. Explanations. Knowledge...
Replies: 2
Views: 3307

Re: Female orgasm. Evolution. Explanations. Knowledge...

We believe that we learn new things. But in fact, what we know dictates what we learn...What we think is knowledge, is a manifestation of what we believe. We interpret what we see based on the eyes we have. Right? Who believes there is "objective" knowledge? The extrospective world does conform to ...
by hammock
Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: is there only one such thing as a you.
Replies: 6
Views: 1062

Re: is there only one such thing as a you.

well hmmmmock..i think i agree.but the peace in the consciousness is love .gotta be. Whatever the precursor property or "potency to __" is that experience emerges from in the context of brain organization, it is certainly universal. Neural tissue isn't composed of exotic matter / energy unique to p...
by hammock
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: is there only one such thing as a you.
Replies: 6
Views: 1062

Re: is there only one such thing as a you.

Unlike the particular, concrete instantiations of a developed "somebody", a generic subjectivity isn't noted much for having its own charming personality and voluminous memory. Any base characteristics of consciousness which survive death as other living brains wouldn't really connect to, assimilate...
by hammock
Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What is the point of life?
Replies: 78
Views: 11911

Re: What is the point of life?

Matt24 wrote:What is the point of life?
What life is and where it points was succinctly revealed back in the October 10, 1982 issue of the Washington Post.
by hammock
Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why read old philosophers
Replies: 49
Views: 5256

Re: Why read old philosophers

Well, of course; everybody knows that. If only that was the case. Creationists apparently suffer such amnesia of past philosophy's flexible accommodation of both natural methodology and religious beliefs that they are compelled to inject their pseudoscience and pseudo-historical biblical events int...
by hammock
Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: is the feeling of the universe the creator of the universe
Replies: 30
Views: 3218

Re: is the feeling of the universe the creator of the univer

yes is the feeling of an average indiviual when looking out into the universe on a stary night.the cause of the universe. Is there even a remote possibility that what you mean by "feeling" is equivalent to Schrodinger's "manifest / manifestation" below? "The world is a construct of our sensations, ...
by hammock
Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Why read old philosophers
Replies: 49
Views: 5256

Re: Why read old philosophers

Why go to the trouble of untangling arguments by long dead philosophers who knew so little about science? Science deals with the phenomenal world or orderly system of nature, and thereby actually has no impact upon the intelligible domain of platonic tradition. Which the later metaphysical projects...
by hammock
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:51 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Tao
Replies: 60
Views: 11087

Re: Tao

Tao is a word representing nonlocality "Tao represents ___ (or FITB)" would be close. It's the Chinese version of a Rorschach blot for Westerners. Not only uncovering the latest thought-disorders which are trending among us, but leaving a historical record of the past <strike> zany </strike> interp...
by hammock
Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Issues in Philosophy in Modern Times
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: Issues in Philosophy in Modern Times

This journey is undoubtedly a long one, and this shall clearly separate the real truth seekers from the parrots ... I am leaving this forum. Ah well... "The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! ... He went galumphing back. ... O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" Another Jabberwock forum slain along the p...
by hammock
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:22 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Consciousness Discussed
Replies: 26
Views: 3523

Re: Consciousness Discussed

I would like to discuss the 'problem' of consciousness, if anyone would like to participate. I am one of those who don't see a problem. For instance, if there is a problem of consciousness, why is there not a problem of 'seeing?' We accept that our eyes receive light waves or photons and convert th...