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by hammock
Sat May 23, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy Obsolete?
Replies: 58
Views: 5993

Re: Philosophy Obsolete?

This is pure nonsense and babble, you have no clue what you are talking about. This would suggest that scientists make no new discoveries, and only philosophers have made all the discoveries. Ask you self why so many big business will hire very expensive scientists and not philosophers. Hex, do you...
by hammock
Sat May 23, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Questions for the friends of qualia.
Replies: 154
Views: 12951

Re: Questions for the friends of qualia.

Some questions for the friends of qualia.When you experience, at a particular moment, a necker cube, does the quale come in one of 3 different flavors (out to right, up to left, or flat on page) and shift when you “see it” in a different way? Or is there a single quale that can change among these 3...
by hammock
Sat May 23, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Philosophy Obsolete?
Replies: 58
Views: 5993

Re: Philosophy Obsolete?

Philosophy is a field that, unfortunately, reminds me of that old Woody Allen joke, "those that can't do, teach, and those that can't teach, teach gym." And the worst part of philosophy is the philosophy of science; the only people, as far as I can tell, that read work by philosophers of science ar...
by hammock
Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Eliminative Materialism and Zombies
Replies: 8
Views: 1433

Re: Eliminative Materialism and Zombies

Thanks for brining me "up to speed" to some extent. Very well written from what I was able to follow. So it sounds like the concept of "folk psychology" is itself being superseded by maybe more nuanced formulations of eliminative materialism? Is that an accurate "take away" from reading your passag...
by hammock
Fri May 22, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Eliminative Materialism and Zombies
Replies: 8
Views: 1433

Re: Eliminative Materialism and Zombies

Is there anyone here who can adequately explain what Patricia Churchland means by "folk psychology"? Folk psychology is the everyday language used by a [West-influenced] general population when their communications pertain to mental affairs (like beliefs, desires, the shown or manifested content of...
by hammock
Wed May 20, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Qualia
Replies: 636
Views: 36625

Re: Qualia

A private experience implies ineffability and directness. You may hear me say that I am in pain. However, you cannot know for sure that I am in pain. It would only be a speculation regardless of how probable. . . . Well, there are items like this: "A method of analyzing brain structure using advanc...
by hammock
Wed May 20, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is qualia?
Replies: 105
Views: 9884

Re: What is qualia?

Leo: “(...) Truth, it is said, consists in the agreement of cognition with its object. In consequence of this mere nominal definition, my cognition, to count as true, is supposed to agree with its object. Now I can compare the object with my cognition, however, only by cognising it. Hence my cognit...
by hammock
Mon May 18, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: eisteins physics of illusion
Replies: 15
Views: 2350

Re: eisteins physics of illusion

an illusion has to have an omni present observer the same as a dream does have a dreamer. I'm not sure how simultaneously "everywhere" the observer-function of a dream could be, though, unless you're merely referring to the overall dream process (both conscious and unconscious parts) being housed i...
by hammock
Sat May 16, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?

For something to exist, it must be distinct from everything else. Our universe is said to be all of time and space and the term is derived from one turn. If our universe is distinct which is an important part of existence (just as our consciousness is distinct from all others), then it follows that...
by hammock
Sat May 16, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Does our universe need the multiverse to exist?

Before the 1920s, the Milky Way was regarded as the extent of the universe (although Kant and others had speculated otherwise in the 18th and 19th centuries). After the discovery of countless more like it, instead of introducing the term "multiverse" back then to adjust the situation, galaxies came ...
by hammock
Sat May 16, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is qualia?
Replies: 105
Views: 9884

Re: What is qualia?

Qualia seems to puzzle many philosophers and people. As Galen Strawson has pointed out, manifestations and their properties (qualia) only became puzzling with the dawn of certain materialist views, whose microphysical components seemed to make it impossible for such introspective and extrospective ...
by hammock
Sat May 16, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: British snobbery
Replies: 2
Views: 677

Re: British snobbery

At first I thought this might merely be an abdicated Nick Clegg, reminiscing during an interview, about his caped-crusader days of pulling Frank Harris out of the utility belt to combat class-snobbery. But this instead seems to be the hyperbolic posturing of practical nationalism. Apparently hoping ...
by hammock
Fri May 15, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Qualia
Replies: 636
Views: 36625

Re: Qualia

The long quote you gave shows how Dennett contradicts himself. Consciousness without subjective experience???????? What on earth is that? It is like a square circle. . . . That could be the very stimulus for eliminating the terms, or giving up on even revising them for continued use. In that if the...
by hammock
Fri May 15, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: is consciousness nonlocality as relativity
Replies: 1
Views: 533

Re: is consciousness nonlocality as relativity

Yep thats the question is nonlocality relative to the event consciousness. Afraid I'm having one of those unimaginative weeks when it comes to projecting meaning upon these Rorschach Texts. Sometimes the semantic and syntactic ambiguity is too much for me. Instead of finding some skeleton-key like ...
by hammock
Thu May 14, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: 'You either have rights or you don't...'
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: 'You either have rights or you don't...'

The earliest semblances of "rights" couldn't be much more than part of a minimum system which hunter-gatherer groups or ancient farming communities came up with to make their organizations functional. If that was so deficient that an average member had lesser significance than a Chief or a Priest, g...