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by cladking
Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Are there any limitations to technological advances?
Replies: 42
Views: 3597

Re: Are there any limitations to technological advances?

Science is based on evidence and if the existing theories are demonstrated to be wrong by evidence, they are abandon of modified to suit the additional evidence. Only religion is ruled by unquestioned dogma based on fiction and fantasy. Religions can do great harm when they stifle scientific examin...
by cladking
Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Are there any limitations to technological advances?
Replies: 42
Views: 3597

Re: Are there any limitations to technological advances?

Are there any limitations to technological advances? Yes, if the religious fundamentalists get their agenda into the public schools. Educated people need to stand up and demand that only science be taught in science class, religion could be taught in a comparative religion class, but not in a scien...
by cladking
Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:35 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Are there any limitations to technological advances?
Replies: 42
Views: 3597

Re: Are there any limitations to technological advances?

Which technology is most likely to continue to advance beyond any other? Materials Science I expect. It seems like every week they come up with a new strongest, stretchiest or most electrically weird form of new stuff. Indeed. We've barely scratched the surface of materials that can be invented. Th...
by cladking
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:45 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Are there any limitations to technological advances?
Replies: 42
Views: 3597

Re: Are there any limitations to technological advances?

Technological advancement is going to slowly start dying. Unless physics gets unstuck and back on track technology will catch up with theory and that will be that. It might take decades or it might take a century or two.
by cladking
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:25 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: If the Neanderthals were around today, could they be integrated with Homo Sapiens society?
Replies: 22
Views: 1996

Re: If the Neanderthals were around today, could they be integrated with Homo Sapiens society?

I doubt Neanderthals could learn modern language. We've mostly failed to teach it to any animal. We couldn't learn their language. The current thinking is that Neanderthals would not be able to learn modern human language because they had the wrong variant of the FOXP2 gene necessary to develop thi...
by cladking
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: If the Neanderthals were around today, could they be integrated with Homo Sapiens society?
Replies: 22
Views: 1996

Re: If the Neanderthals were around today, could they be integrated with Homo Sapiens society?

I doubt Neanderthals could learn modern language. We've mostly failed to teach it to any animal.

We couldn't learn their language.
by cladking
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is actually dead because...
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Philosophy is actually dead because...

I reckon Gottfried Leibniz was possibly the clearest thinker on the subject of the interface between philosophy and science. He formulated the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) as a metaphysical first principle from which all truth must ultimately derive. There's a lot of genius in this idea pro...
by cladking
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is actually dead because...
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Philosophy is actually dead because...

It's not necessarily that philosophy is dependent upon language but that communication is dependent upon language. It very much is dependent on language because language is the operating system of the human mind. This is virtually invisible to us because of the nature of modern language. It is sole...
by cladking
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is actually dead because...
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Philosophy is actually dead because...

Scientific methodology, supported with logic, provides firm ground for science. Philosophy is reasoning from a solid foundation. The two are neither the same, nor are they interdependent. Science is nothing more than that methodology. The purpose of science is to query the universe about it's chara...
by cladking
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is actually dead because...
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Philosophy is actually dead because...

Science uses only mathematical logic and such a logic form can only be used to codify a narrative about reality which must first be specified. In other words mathematics cannot model reality but only what the scientist theorises about reality. If he gets his theory wrong then the models thus derive...
by cladking
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is actually dead because...
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Philosophy is actually dead because...

Not really. The various particles, waves, forces, fields, etc of physics always remain nothing more than epistemic tools which form a part of the model which the physicist devises to codify the naturally occurring order in nature. There's no such thing as a "right" or a "wrong" way of doing this so...
by cladking
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is actually dead because...
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Philosophy is actually dead because...

If science does not provide a firm ground for philosophy, then what does it do? For practical purposes? Principally it provides fodder for the magic known as "technology". In reality though science really does provide some understanding of basic forces and processes. The problem with science is tha...
by cladking
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Philosophy is actually dead because...
Replies: 44
Views: 4212

Re: Philosophy is actually dead because...

Philosophy and science are indispensable to one another. Philosophy has a tendency to bring up the omage of old sages talking about shit that doesn't matter, but philosophy is essentially the exercise of logic. The goal of philosophy is to arrive at logical conclusions, but in order to do this we m...
by cladking
Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Reflexions on chess.
Replies: 16
Views: 1741

Re: Reflexions on chess.

A king projects his power to constrain his enemy. He has a good ability to protect those closest to him no ability to protect his emmisaries and soldiers. Yet he is always all important since his ability to move is definitional to his power.
by cladking
Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Mathematics Replaces Cosmological Myth
Replies: 12
Views: 1341

Re: Mathematics Replaces Cosmological Myth

Mathematics is a language tool and nothing more. It can be used to model a procedure of thought but to suggest that it can also be used to define a procedure of thought is the Platonist myth which has driven the science of physics into a conceptual cul-de-sac. -I sense you were replying to me and, ...