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  1. Jivor added a post in a topic Is philosophy dead? - derail   

    Yes, 'never take anything as read' would seem to be the motto. We would hope that if someone says that science is this or is that, that examples would be provided by him against the opposing idea that science is not this or that.
    1. Medicine: 'Autism is an illness' is an example of a judgement of illness (claimed) being found rather than made. The 'found' judgement would provide an erronous justification for intervention, whereas the 'made' judgement would not.
    2. In mathematics, that one object can be simply counted as one object is an assumption that cannot be made without due regard to the framework in which the object is presented. We are not entitled to speak without further examination, of 'one' God.
    3. In quantum mechanics, the presentation of statistical or probable occurrence of material events is a metaphysical muddle, where we are asked to use a 'non-intuitive model' (probablistic states of affairs). The multiplication of metaphysical entities that justify the use of a 'non-intuitive model' can be disregarded without much ado if we simply examine the grammar of 'random' or possible events.
    4. Many therapies decide on our behalf that we can be controlled by certain thoughts. This sets up a false subject which engages in causal activities. The invention of the false subject is an important step to justifying forced intervention on a voluntary basis.
    5. The claim by evolutionary biology that an animal is adapted to its environment is circular because the environment that a creature 'is adapted to' defines what is or is not an adaptation of the creature.
    There are many such as these; there is scarcely a text on these topics which I have begun to read where I do not find odd reasoning intruding quickly. Is there an umbrella model for them?..possibly.
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  2. Jivor added a post in a topic Is philosophy dead? - derail   

    Regarding medicine, one popular and damaging assumption that our culture has adopted is that judgements of illness are found rather than made. We must also note, especially in the 'therapies' the multiplication of metaphysical entities and the construction of false causalities between what are no more than definitions. Regarding mathematics, while its practical benefits to humankind might seem to remain immune (so far) to changes in its foundations, its foundations are not as secure as mathematicians popularly claim. Changes to the foundations of mathematics may produce changes in other disciplines, such as theology; further, the study of the mapping of metaphysics to mathematics (essential to mathematics), which could be the domain of the philosopher, is also hard for the lay mathematician to find, if it is to be found at all.
    Again, I draw attention not to scholastic writings but to public perception as a measure of the degree to which changes need to be made. I ask you to witness as example the absurd metaphysics that Quantum theory has casually sprung upon the populace and to imagine, whither way that shall go, the effect this might have on funding and public perception of science and religion generally, for example...

    Another discipline? Yes..Evolutionary Biology.. where can I start with this? Even among philosophical texts on this peculiar topic we find nests of circularities, misconceptions, hidden spiritualities and scurrilous metaphors. I have too many examples to present one of them. If somewhere, there lie philosophical texts where this rag-baggage of a topic has its foundations put peacefully to rest, then it is certainly not to be found in the public domain, and it is in the public domain where philsophy needs to place itself, with its foot in the door if necessary. Now, is that speaking for philosophy or not?
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  3. Jivor added a post in a topic Is philosophy dead? - derail   

    Good. If polemic, if spirit, is what is required to get heard, to get plain sense into the sciences for example, then let it be so. As it stands, philosophy is absent from the practical sciences, if current lay and scholastic beliefs are anything to go by.
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  4. Jivor added a topic in Explore   

    Is philosophy dead? - derail

    Philosophers today don't use polemic where it is needed. The intransigent and popular stupidities of the biological sciences need it. Quantum physics needs it. Mathematics needs it.
    But our philospher is too polite, too nervous, too isolated in spirit. There are no strong-hearted philosophers any more. Their temperament helps oust them from polite philosophical society. So we are left with feeble-minded, destructive philosophies of the scientists, and sunken second-hand armchairs of philosophy academia.
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  5. Jivor added a post in a topic The ontological fallacy and it's consequences   

    A universal paradigm supports all propositions and objects. It is necessary to suppose a universal paradigm if we are to consider 'absolute' truth because truth is found only within a framework or paradigm.
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  6. Jivor added a post in a topic What's so terrible about materialism?   

    Three people see the same house. Three people see different things, but they still see the same house. We would not expect it to be any other way. But you say that they experience the same 'reality'. What object are you referring to by 'reality'? The reality of a house? But the definition of a house is the definition of a house, and a house is defined by our experience and the definition of an object. Sometimes we see the house, sometimes we don't. This is essential to our definition of an object.
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  7. Jivor added a post in a topic Foreknowledge and Free Will   

    The argument that 'we are predetermined' that you made (and others) could be made without God. God was an unnecessary factor that was brought into the argument and that served to hide an assumption. The assumption was that objects present themselves - that objects are found, ready-made. If objects are found, ready-made, then of course we are predetermined, with or without God. I contend that objects are not found or ready-made and it is difficulut to argue that they are so found. You presented the case of God 'finding a ready-made object', so you had already assumed the conclusion of the argument.

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  8. Jivor added a post in a topic Concepts vs. Limiting Ideas   

    I can't think of a 'limiting idea'. 'Number' and 'Nothing' do not succeed as examples. The problem with the idea of 'limiting idea' can be traced to grammar.
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  9. Jivor added a post in a topic Foreknowledge and Free Will   

    To resolve this, we simply need not consider that the world presents its objects to God or to nature. The necessity you speak of is apparant: the apparant necessity of assumption. In this case the assumption is that nature presents objects.
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  10. Jivor added a post in a topic The ontological fallacy and it's consequences   

    You saying that the ontological fallacy is a case of accepting all single, unrelated statements as true. But I can't make an assessment for truth except where I have related statements.
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  11. Jivor added a post in a topic The ontological fallacy and it's consequences   

    Can't this be cleared up? Now?
    If I say to you 'it is raining outside', and you look outside and it is raining, then what is true is 'it is raining outside'. How would I be 'unable' to think otherwise?

    If I am 'unable' to think otherwise because I cannot rightly know how to make a claim of truth (perhaps I cannot skillfully match up statements to see if they concur), then the requirement to make an assessment for a truth can easily be discarded because it will not affect the import of our communication on the weather.
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  12. Jivor added a post in a topic What's so terrible about materialism?   

    We know what we mean by the word house. The house is no mystery to us even if we cannot see the house, or if it is hidden, or if we can see only one room of it at a time. If now you ask, 'oh, but what is the house really like?', then I must wonder if we are talking about the same house. For it is not my experience of a house that I can see all rooms at once, or that I can see it when it is hidden. That would be a very odd house.
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  13. Jivor added a post in a topic What's so terrible about materialism?   

    The problems inherent in the mind-matter debate can be sourced from the following:

    1. The Problem from Topology.
    Matter is regarded as outside, mind inside, with a brain in-between. Here we can ignore arguments upon differences in nature between mind and matter; it is sufficient that we establish this topology.

    2. The Problem of Paradigm.
    It might be noted that the brain, which is more often than not posited as resting at, or marking, the interface of 'external/internal' is attributed with properties of externality and internality. These properties are not properties so much as linguistic conveniences. They do not establish a link between outside/inside, but are paradigmatic oxymorons derived from the unification of different paradigms associated with externality and internality.

    3. The Problem from Logic.
    We can ignore differences between mind and matter simply because there are no differences. This does not mean that mind and matter are the same. This should dissolve the argument against (and for) materialism that matter cannot be proposed without perception.

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  14. Jivor added a post in a topic What's so terrible about materialism?   

    Here-, why not make the stronger claim that 'nature unknown' is never applicable to anything, except in the everyday sense of some common thing being hidden?
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