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by Nikolai
Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Philosophy of Mind
Replies: 2591
Views: 455929

I write to permeate my thoughts and writing here on this forum helps me knowing someone is reading it As I suspected, your motives are entirely selfish. People might be reading it but they ain't understanding a word of it - and you don't even care. Another thing, how does other people reading it he...
by Nikolai
Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Philosophy of Mind
Replies: 2591
Views: 455929

Barbara, the sport of fantastic and lawless visions. Your writings are lawless, they are - lawlessness is the exact thing I charge you with. Now I have no doubt that you are noble and passionate, poetic and beautiful of spirit- I even enjoy the Delphic wildness of your ecstatic pronouncements on the...
by Nikolai
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: A Philosophy of Mind
Replies: 2591
Views: 455929

Barbara, Koy asked you a fairly straightforward question. He is interested why you consider study to be a noble activity, and whether nobility is an inherent or emergent property of study. All interesting ground to cover. You replied thus: The noble person subjects the beast to the gentleperson; the...
by Nikolai
Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Wheres the big bang point?
Replies: 38
Views: 13512

I agree SGR, also the UV ends of the spectrum are preferentially absorbed by space particles. Therefore, the further the distance, the more matter in between here and there, the more UV is absorbed, the more IR is represented. In other words, red shift has nothing to do with the Doppler effect and t...
by Nikolai
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Albert Camus
Replies: 33
Views: 15719

I thought he'd caught the plague but my wife thought he was shot on the beach. There does seem to be a lot of mystery surrounding this man
by Nikolai
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Normal Science is Lamp-Post Science
Replies: 7
Views: 3698

Mark,

I agree with you on this, but do you think our ability to perceive Truth transcends incomsurability on must we always search under lamp posts?

Nick
by Nikolai
Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Climate Change - countering the sceptics.
Replies: 57
Views: 18847

the rationale for the consumer is to get what they need/want at the lowest price - not at the highest ethical standard. Not true. Ethical standards is a good example of a value that can be attached to a commodity even within a capitalist system. In my family we pay a premium for organic fairly trad...
by Nikolai
Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Albert Camus
Replies: 33
Views: 15719

He was found with a train ticket for the exact same journey he was making by road. This fact would have become famous in itself because it just shows the fateful decisions we all make.
by Nikolai
Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:58 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Climate Change - countering the sceptics.
Replies: 57
Views: 18847

1) The reason the technologies didn't get applied is because the consumer didn't recognise the value of them. The reason they didn't realsie the value is because there was only little urgency regarding the depletion of oil. Had the been an urgency then R&D would have commenced. 2) I referred to a ne...
by Nikolai
Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Climate Change - countering the sceptics.
Replies: 57
Views: 18847

The essence of my thoughts are being expressed in a different thread with PP, but in essence I am saying: 1) Capitalist systems entail the production and consumption of commodities deemed valuable by society. Capitalism doesn't make some things more valuable than others, we do. 2) Not all these comm...
by Nikolai
Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Climate Change - countering the sceptics.
Replies: 57
Views: 18847

Mark, In response to your three objections to capitalism: 1) Sustainability requires that opportunities be foregone. This assumes that capitalism of necessity brings about a dimunition of resources. Yet what, if with rising domestic fuel bills, I decide it would be more cost effective to buy a solar...
by Nikolai
Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Climate Change - countering the sceptics.
Replies: 57
Views: 18847

All your scientific ideas and techniques for sustainable living could easily be disseminated by capitalists looking to make a quick buck. Yes the consumer would have to be convinced, through advertising, to spend their cash on such things but that is already happening with the organic food movement....
by Nikolai
Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Climate Change - countering the sceptics.
Replies: 57
Views: 18847

It's very difficult in the circumstances to know what to credit as worthwhile information and what is twisted to the ends of some group interest. All information is twisted towards interest groups, and these exist no less within 'scientific' fraternities than anywhere else. You seem to want to priv...
by Nikolai
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Climate Change - countering the sceptics.
Replies: 57
Views: 18847

Mark To me all this post demonstrates is the equivocal nature of the scientific evidence, yet you want to use this evidence as the founding justification for your scientific society. I think this subject is very interesting because human caused climate change is a subject that began in empirical sci...
by Nikolai
Thu May 15, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Book reviews
Replies: 35
Views: 14541

Fantastic idea!

I think we would need a separate thread for each book review, otherwise discussion about different books will get all intermingled

If we don't start a whole new topic section called Book Reviews, thread titles will have to make it clear that it is a review and what book