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by hammock
Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: What are concepts according to materialism?
Replies: 252
Views: 19210

Re: What are concepts according to materialism?

Do materialists believe that concepts are physical and tangible? A non-transcendent concept is an information structure. It can be realized as and stored by physical patterns ranging from artificial words, symbols, manipulatable objects, electronic circuitry, etc to natural biological organizations...
by hammock
Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:44 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Overcoming Death in the Third Industrial Revolution
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Re: Overcoming Death in the Third Industrial Revolution

. . . What if, through science, mankind is able to better understand our illusions and misconceptions of a possible death. We are about to more widely overcome our fear of death. It seems that this is true. This is where we are at if you live in a modern industrialized society. Welcome aboard. ...o...
by hammock
Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: How can we tell science from pseudoscience?
Replies: 36
Views: 4943

Re: How can we tell science from pseudoscience?

And if we can, does this eliminate pseudoscience from consideration? Not eliminated from any attention whatsoever. If science didn't have restrictive formal conditions that make it possible (or philosophical presuppositions which it operates under), then little distinction between the two could be ...
by hammock
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: 過労死?
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: 過労死?

AI guided systems continuing to take over even the clerical and technical professional jobs (not just the manual and skilled labor of past industrial phases), would seem to equate to less work-related stress due to multitudes being unemployed. "Starvation [minus intentional diet]" then being the mor...
by hammock
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Modern Big Brother against terrorism?
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: Modern Big Brother against terrorism?

I vaguely recollect a science fiction story written back in the 1950s that dealt with super-advanced technology becoming commonly available to zealots, disgruntled citizens, insurgents, political nihilists, teenagers, and basic maniacs / whack-jobs. Within decades civilization fell apart from the ma...
by hammock
Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: letting go of local identity
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: letting go of local identity

As time moves on the countrys of the world and there peoples are steadily but surely loosing local identity. In the end people will stop diffining them selves by local lables.will this be a more scientifically correct order? Any "scientific correctness" would only consist of adhering to the precond...
by hammock
Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: ~ We Are ALL Slaves to the Desires That Own Us ~
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: ~ We Are ALL Slaves to the Desires That Own Us ~

...and no philosophy can help us. We are TOTAL slaves to each other and to the desires that decide to own us. Finally, you have clarified enough. Yes, I've often noted that death removes all the innate / acquired needs, tendencies, threats of consequence, and social regulatory structure which force...
by hammock
Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:42 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: if the universe is limitless
Replies: 20
Views: 2014

Re: if the universe is limitless

Ok. But you, you hammock, do you think synthetic a priori judgments exist? The question is more "How is it possible for a synthetic a priori claim to be true?". By being a rule or form that makes experience itself possible or which experience conforms to. Controversy can enter from the standpoint t...
by hammock
Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: You Can't Say, I'm going to kill myself - And Mean It.
Replies: 6
Views: 838

Re: You Can't Say, I'm going to kill myself - And Mean It.

...Thoughts are individual egos...expressed in words; in symbols. We are a virtual stack of egos - ALL competing to be on top of the stack...to be expressed and realized. Through that virtual expression of a competition of sorts egos will not allow themselves to die.... Multiple drafts model? Vague...
by hammock
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: What is a true first cause?
Replies: 112
Views: 9519

Re: What is a true first cause?

You can pick out any event and come up with any number of explanations. That would cause it. And the cause itself may have underlying causes. I believe in plenty of evidence for the event (no matter how simple it looks) and I don't believe in first causes very firmly (the controversial Big Bang is ...
by hammock
Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: what is normality?
Replies: 32
Views: 3801

Re: what is normality?

I don't consider the concept of normality would be arbitrary at all, and so being linked to altering elements like social contests, personal education, common sense, etc. There should be a thread along with things and persons could be considered as normal despite historical variances and personal a...
by hammock
Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:53 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: are local things evil
Replies: 14
Views: 1313

Re: are local things evil

Yes thats what the question was about its not the locality thats evil. Its the attachment to locality thats evil by the consciouness of the observer. It attachment to the locality makes the locality seem real and above god which is nonlocality. Hitler convinced some observers that they where local ...
by hammock
Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:23 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: if the universe is limitless
Replies: 20
Views: 2014

Re: if the universe is limitless

Thank you for your complete explanation, hammock. I wrote something in Italian about Kant, but often language happens to be a barrier.I think synthetic a priori do not exist. That is. In other words, a metaphysical thought is impossible. You could never have a thought without sensitive intuitions. ...
by hammock
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: if the universe is limitless
Replies: 20
Views: 2014

Re: if the universe is limitless

Kant contended similarly that genuine principles should be universal rather than contingent / practical [ revision note: latter should have used Kant's distinguishing term "technical-practical" --hammock], but avoided the futility of grounding their global reach in the natural or phenomenal world o...
by hammock
Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Is DST worth it?
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Re: Is DST worth it?

Started in Germany during WWI, the biggest reason offered for it is energy. But there doesn't seem to be much evidence behind this reason. There are plenty of pros and cons to daylight savings time. Is it really worth the bother? Some people with outdoor interests (shared activities with friends, f...