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by cladking
Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What are the ontological commitments of evolutionary biology?
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: What are the ontological commitments of evolutionary biology?

1). Does evolutionary theory imply that there is a basic hierarchy in the way things exist? 2). What difference does it make whether or not evolutionary theory is committed to a hierarchical outlook? The "theory" of evolution is hokum. There's a great deal of science mixed up in it but anyone who b...
by cladking
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Models versus Reality...
Replies: 297
Views: 16603

Re: Models versus Reality...

I understand you. I just believe that you are not realizing that you are also accepting of the paradigm to separate science and philosophy when you interpret that physics and metaphysics are both distinct and that neither should cross each other's territory. You are absolutely not paying attention ...
by cladking
Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Models versus Reality...
Replies: 297
Views: 16603

Re: Models versus Reality...

I am confused by your interpreted uses of these. I used "bidirectional" when you say that "reality is diachronic" in apparent contradiction to how I interpret the word I use as the same as yours. You seem to be saying (in my interpretation) that time is unidirectional (synchronic? or at least non-d...
by cladking
Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Models versus Reality...
Replies: 297
Views: 16603

Re: Models versus Reality...

Evolution is not an example of an effect preceding its cause. It is an example of non-linear determinism where effects are preceded by causes in an orderly and generative fashion and this alone is sufficient to allow progressively more informationally complex substructures to evolve within the over...
by cladking
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Models versus Reality...
Replies: 297
Views: 16603

Re: Models versus Reality...

You are transferring in your mind the meaning of "fit" to the invalid definition that has caused a lot of confusion. "Fit" only means "to match" in evolution. But because "fit" is also used to mean the different definition, "that which one is improved (in some beneficial way)" we accidentally impos...
by cladking
Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Models versus Reality...
Replies: 297
Views: 16603

Re: Models versus Reality...

"Fitness" in genetics is not about quality of ones in an upward projected evolution towards some advanced super-being. Yes. But "fitness" rarely plays a role in whether a given individual survives or dies. If you spread a toxin in the enviroment then odds are every individual which contacts the tox...
by cladking
Fri Oct 09, 2015 1:58 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Models versus Reality...
Replies: 297
Views: 16603

Re: Models versus Reality...

In other words, environment is everything when it comes to life on planet earth. Enviroment is everything to the species but behavior is everything to the individuals which comprise the species. "Species" don't really exist except as collections of individuals which share characteristics. I believe...
by cladking
Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:16 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Alan Watts!!!!
Replies: 49
Views: 7182

Re: Alan Watts!!!!

Thanks for the post and info Bill Keeler.

I guess I'll have to do a little more research on the guy.

I've long said I want Van Morrison's "Alan Watts Blues" played at my funeral. It's a beautiful song rthat captures a mood.
by cladking
Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: My Philosophy of Life
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: My Philosophy of Life

The odds of people reading your link increase dramatically if you provide a summary.

The odds of getting discussion increase even more.
by cladking
Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15358

Re: Questions we'll never solve

A Platonist cannot see this but our mental/ experiential world is the only world we've got with which to comprehend our realities. How we set about this task is not something which is imposed on us from outwith our own minds because our minds are artefacts solely of our own creation. This is what t...
by cladking
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:46 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15358

Re: Questions we'll never solve

One who 'walks' must exist before being capable to describe what 'walking' means. So placing the verb prior to the subject, is no different than the Biblical, "In the beginning was the Word,..." This is NOT to insult you but to point out the origins of how many thought with good reason that somethi...
by cladking
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:12 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Models versus Reality...
Replies: 297
Views: 16603

Re: Models versus Reality...

In other words, environment is everything when it comes to life on planet earth. Enviroment is everything to the species but behavior is everything to the individuals which comprise the species. "Species" don't really exist except as collections of individuals which share characteristics. I believe...
by cladking
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:44 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15358

Re: Questions we'll never solve

Not so much in a "potential way" because almost anything might exist in the future, perhaps even an "infinite" number of pyramids built with ramps. Rather the seeds of all things that will exist already exist. Everything that will exist exists in a nascent way. This might be too fine a distinction ...
by cladking
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15358

Re: Questions we'll never solve

Point one is nothing more than a definition. In practice what we take to be the Universe is everything that appears to exist. Quite so. The Universe is everything that exists is simply a statement of definition but it's worth pointing out that it's the opposite statement of definition from that whi...
by cladking
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:12 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Questions we'll never solve
Replies: 233
Views: 15358

Re: Questions we'll never solve

Everything that will exist already exists in some form In a potential way or actually? Not so much in a "potential way" because almost anything might exist in the future, perhaps even an "infinite" number of pyramids built with ramps. Rather the seeds of all things that will exist already exist. Ev...