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by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: when physicists start talking about philosophy...
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: when physicists start talking about philosophy...

I would listen to them unless they start talking nonsense (as usual).

But you do not give me this option.

Some physicists are better philosophers than most philosophers, so the title of the poll could be 'When physicists and philosophers start talking...'
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: solving philosophy part 2 (semantics)
Replies: 4
Views: 607

Re: solving philosophy part 2 (semantics)

Does this spreadsheet have some purpose?

If so, what?
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Alan Watts - Do You Do It Or Does It Do You
Replies: 21
Views: 8018

Re: Alan Watts - Do You Do It Or Does It Do You

Here is my summary of the Alan Watts contextual seminar of Do You Do It Or Does It Do You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbcanJOd3sU One has to be unusual stupid in order to take this vid seriously! What he says is pure nonsense and babble, and the really big bomb comes when he says we can't exis...
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Conscious Mind by David Chalmers
Replies: 119
Views: 24233

Re: The Conscious Mind by David Chalmers

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by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Conscious Mind by David Chalmers
Replies: 119
Views: 24233

Re: The Conscious Mind by David Chalmers

I picked up this book at a used book store a while back. Made the mistake of reading the first chapter I sympathise. and then putting it down for a while. So needless to say, I'm back to re-reading the chapter. Well, you've only yourself to blame. Anyone else currently reading this book or already ...
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: bullshit philosophy at its finest.
Replies: 46
Views: 9542

Re: bullshit philosophy at its finest.

On the other hand, I suppose there are still wild hypothetical scenarios or thought experiments we can concoct in our minds to validate a kind of Cartesian solipsism, regardless. For example, I might think that everyone else around me is some sort of dream I'm having (or maybe a hologram) or perhap...
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Good introductory books in philosophy.
Replies: 9
Views: 5766

Re: Good introductory books in philosophy.

In order to get to know Western thinking you'd need to read quite a few books, many of which are only worth reading for this reason. In order to get to know philosophy Russell is good for being clear and accessible. His 'Problems' is a helpful summary. But he never understood much. I always recommen...
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: My novel:- Alpha Two
Replies: 24
Views: 2690

Re: My novel:- Alpha Two

henry quirk wrote: Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:46 pm
vegetariantaxidermy wrote: Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:45 am 'Dialogue'. 'Dialog' looks ridiculous.
To you.
And me.
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
Replies: 3
Views: 735

Re: Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

I personally found it to be rather convoluted and disconnected and as a consequence its central theme is hard to follow And so you would not be missing out on the so called magic whichever language you read it in but thats just my opinion Yes. I'm not sure it has any value, I may have missed the po...
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Four Agreements, The Secret, Sophie's World, The Alchemist, Ishmael
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: The Four Agreements, The Secret, Sophie's World, The Alchemist, Ishmael

Each of these examples provides a good conversation primer for the material but even the ones that aren't purest bullshit are terrible reading and not very good philosophy. What does it take to get a "popular philosophy" book published that isn't quantum blah-blah checkmate or a middle-school philo...
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Passion discredited
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: The Passion discredited

If someone can pay for someone else's sins (much less give them a nature that inevitably results in sin), the idea of responsibility is impossible. If responsibility is impossible, ethics is impossible. If ethics is impossible, the original contention can only be judged useful or not by individuals...
by PeteJ
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: A Muslim is one who had Entered into a Contract with Allah.
Replies: 25
Views: 1038

Re: A Muslim is one who had Entered into a Contract with Allah.

gaffo wrote: Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:50 am- thanks for being here,

Peace to you.
I very much appreciate the comment. It's great to just trade info and not have to argue.
by PeteJ
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God's immutability: OT vs. NT God, the same?
Replies: 12
Views: 795

Re: God's immutability: OT vs. NT God, the same?

But I can't explain how God's character is so different, how He is so intolerant in the OT and so tolerant in the NT. The NT teachings of Jesus corrected lots of errors. The NT God as interpreted by the Church is an anthropomorphised mistake, but at least not so much of one as the OT God, and at le...
by PeteJ
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Darwin Meets Socrates
Replies: 43
Views: 2318

Re: Darwin Meets Socrates

I'm also confused Pete. Do you mean that a person can only have a theory they can verify through dualistic reason? No this is not what I'm getting at. I just meant that philosophers should do the sums. Inasmuch as metaphysics is a science of logic this is all that is required. If we throw away all ...
by PeteJ
Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: philosophical bedrock
Replies: 32
Views: 1413

Re: philosophical bedrock

As a rule, Bertrand Russell doesn't know what he's talking about. There are answers, they can be found, and it can be proven. That anyone could in good faith say their subject cannot lead to answers is remarkably naive. If there are no answers then there are no meaningful questions. How is that not...