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by Immanuel Can
Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How God could fail to convey His message?
Replies: 629
Views: 67865

Re: How God could fail to convey His message?

[...cannot be confirmed... Are you saying that you think YOU can never confirm the existence of God, or that you have reason to know that NOBODY can? Because the first statement is unthreatening to anyone who has more information that you happen to possess at the moment -- and the second is implaus...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How God could fail to convey His message?
Replies: 629
Views: 67865

Re: How God could fail to convey His message?

surreptitious57 wrote:Though I would first want evidence of his actual existence which to date has been precisely zero
I always find this claim completely inexplicable, except for an adamant refusal to see what's in front of one's eyes. Romans 1 covers this nicely too.
by Immanuel Can
Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

Well, I think that chemical cause anaesthesia in this case. I don't think that there is any correlation in here but cause. Well, what we "think" won't be determinative. Only what is true will matter. You need to be certain you are not making a causal fallacy. I think that psychological being is cau...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How God could fail to convey His message?
Replies: 629
Views: 67865

Re: How God could fail to convey His message?

surreptitious57 wrote:
Immanuel Can wrote:
He said so : in Romans 1
No he most definitely did not say so.
Don't tell me. It's of no consequence what I think. Instead, you can tell Him when you see Him.

But I don't recommend that.
by Immanuel Can
Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How God could fail to convey His message?
Replies: 629
Views: 67865

Re: How God could fail to convey His message?

The conflict in content between religions is very serious. Oh, I agree entirely. Anyone who thinks all religions teach the same values knows nothing about religions. But this does not amount to any argument against a particular belief system. There are many answers people can offer to the question ...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

That's a material explanation. But it's not a sufficient one. It tells what's happening, but not how or why these are producing what we call "consciousness," if they are. Do you have a better explanation? We know that we could lose our consciousness under anaesthesia which is nothing more than the ...
by Immanuel Can
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:39 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How God could fail to convey His message?
Replies: 629
Views: 67865

Re: How God could fail to convey His message?

Apparently God disagrees with you about that. How do you know? He said so: in Romans 1. God says you're wrong about that too. How do you know? You are not making any sense. He said so: in Romans 1. You really should read that. Atheist simply don't believe on God. There is noting to be skeptical abo...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

Phylogenetically, consciousness does not appear in non-living matter. It is a property of living matter. Of course. As I mentioned above, there is probably not a clear demarcation point where we can say "that isn't conscious, but precisely at this phylogenetic point, that clearly is conscious." Sur...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

Sorry, I'll clarify. What I mean is that your point about brains having an evolutionary explanation was taking for granted the existence of something like synapses (which are necessary to brains) or self-replicating DNA (without which no brain could possibly evolve). Both synapses and DNA would hav...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

What you have inside your head is simply neurons and electromagnetic field. Neurons are in fact interacting with each other through firing of electrons. That is all. That's a material explanation. But it's not a sufficient one. It tells what's happening, but not how or why these are producing what ...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How God could fail to convey His message?
Replies: 629
Views: 67865

Re: How God could fail to convey His message?

There is noting like innate knowledge of God. What we call innate knowledge of God is the result of teaching of a specific religion to children. Apparently God disagrees with you about that. Again the existence of God is not evident. God could make His existence evident but he presumably didn't wan...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Musings on the Nietzschean concept of "eternal recurrence"
Replies: 29
Views: 4048

Re: Musings on the Nietzschean concept of "eternal recurrence"

Indeed, they are the products of prior impersonal forces, but they are also themselves causes of further real events and outcomes. That is to say, the actions and decisions you take, still cause other things to occur, and are therefore not pointless or meaningless simply due to the fact that they a...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

This is off topic but worth discussing. There are two facts which are important in this regards: (1) life has ability to replicate and (2) sun is a source of energy which could feeds life. Once life in place then it could evolve in order to fit better giving circumstances. I think consciousness app...
by Immanuel Can
Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

But your response assumes the pre-existence of things like synapses, and before that, of DNA. But we must ask how and when do these things come to produce the thing we call "consciousness." So far, there's no account of that being offered. The word "preexistence" makes zero sense in context. Explai...
by Immanuel Can
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Materialism is logically imposible
Replies: 466
Views: 38984

Re: Materialism is logically imposible

No, I'm not "question begging"; I'm question posing. I'm asking, not telling. It's question-begging (which I'm instructing you, by the way--not asking you) because the question is asked with an implication that life and/or consciousness can't simply be a property of matter. No. I'm not assuming the...