phil rimmer

  • O’Hooligan, Dan.

    Quickly…

    Notice that “”Mastery answers the “how” question. Its what science properly does.

    “Understanding” answers the “why” question and that is conceptually tied to the idea of intention and is a question for agents.

    Philosophers (in the most general sense) are endlessly muddling the latter into the former and creating…[Read more]

  • O’Hooligan and Dan various

    O’H

    When you two finally agree, I find I disagree with both of you.

    I’ve always said that I half agree with Dan and half agree with Kant. Its just that I claim the “problem” of misapprehending what reallity might be is not a pitfall for scientists (physicists at the sharpest end) it is their day job. Negotiating,…[Read more]

  • O’Hooligan.

    Phil suggested that Dan seemed to be muddling “the map” and “the territory”,

    I truly don’t think Dan does in that simple sense you illustrate, and I agree with him (I suspect) that our sensory perceptions are direct perceptions and not usefully described as mediated via a model. Those disparate bits where the various sensors…[Read more]

  • O’Hooligan #352

    The word I was looking for in #350.

    Much better. Garlic, ginger, Jamesons…all my favourites. Thanks.

  • Dan,

    I think calumny is a little stronger than I intended. Sorry. But,

    by passing what I think a clearly erroneous judgment on an area you have so little interest in and experience of is…well…

    I’ll find the word.

  • Dan

    The calumny that maddens is that you persist in laying this

    It is others who confuse the map with the real territory.

    at the door of physicists.

    Your error and Kant’s error lies in a misapprehension of where and how the best maps are made. They are made in part by the abstract machine of mathematics (beyond human manipulation) which…[Read more]

  • A man who credited Meccano as a root of his interests, should have such a toy created in his honour.

    K’Nex/Tinkertoy would be the perfect channel for it. Given his proclivity for cloud based stored forms I propose Hasboro start a web based depository for 3D printable component designs, compatible with K’Nex/Tinkertoy to create biochemical and…[Read more]

  • Evolution. II

    Evolution discovers effective solutions many times. The eye has been re-invented perhaps some seven times that we know of. Mutuality (of sorts) many times more. From the simple ad hoc discovery that belonging to a really big flock, swarm or herd and evolving a heuristic of always seeking the middle made you the safer the more…[Read more]

  • Our (human) morality is particular to us and is a work in cultural progress. The mighty corvid race on the planet Cruella (the Crows of Cruella) are scrupulously moral and true to the ancient ways of Cruella. The planet got its name from the terrible scarcity of lifeforms and ability to feed the few such that it had. Ailing grandparent crows would…[Read more]

  • Dan

    what can you tell me about this vision of sorts? What qualities, if any, does such an implied entity have, for crying out loud? Models (in spite of their predictive ability) are abstract theories and are not real until someone or something experiences it.

    Almost right!

    The models the maps, the stuff in libraties is entirely real. It is…[Read more]

  • Dan #339 and preceding.

    “acting out of one’s own nature” is a phrase pregnant with presuppositions!

    Maybe, but it importantly has one less inherent supposition than this dichotomy you use-

    Nature and the laws of nature.

    as if we could have this very stuff and super add laws to mediate between it.

    “Law” drips with subjectivity, also.…[Read more]

  • O’Hooligan #331

    This was the first I really saw .

    Really nice would be to see animations of Andreas Wagner’s work. His book illustrations show the actual shape of choppers and plates formed entirely out of the self acting nature of atoms and their…[Read more]

  • O’ Hooligan #327

    we know a lot better than that these days, don’t we?

    We sure do.

    An excellent account of biochemical processes in proteins for instance is described by Andreas Wagner adding to the already well known lock and key actuality of specific binding, with further observations that proteins are literaly cleaved by vibrating c…[Read more]

  • Without epistemology it is “primitive and muddled.”

    Nothing empirical is certain?

    No. That’s why Einstein champions epistemology.

    You want to go back to your old battles. Lets argue my point-

    Physicists, I must repeat, take absolutely none of this for granted. I still contend that the Kantian caveat about the nature of reali…

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  • Dan

    No idea what this mixed up sentence means.

    Oops. Thats because of a critical word error sorry. It should read.

    After complaining about the how stilted and phenomenon-based we all are with our perceptions and subsequent accounts of reality, you then accuse physicists trying to shake off exactly these shackles as thereby being absurd…[Read more]

  • Alan

    I think there are posters here who take apart and debunk any disingenuous claims,

    Yep!

    If it ain’t true, its not helpful.

    If it ain’t true and it is supported with a misplaced fervour wishing it to be, it becomes quite unusually toxic.

  • Dan

    Time did not begin with the big bang; that shows you how absurd and ignorant even the most sophisticated physicists sound when they ignore this principle.

    After complaining about the how stilted and phenomenon-based we all are with our perceptions and subsequent accounts of reality, you then accuse physicists trying to shake off exactly…[Read more]

  • from #13

    An example of true science, God makes solid ice float on liquid water. This is an actual firmly fixed law of God

    This is great! You can stop believing in God now, because there is a simple explanation based on the fact that water molecules are dipolar. They are little arrow heads with separated electrical charges…. You can see…[Read more]

  • Dan

    We take far too much for granted. We take reality for granted and assume that such things as duration and extension are just there for us.

    Physicists, I must repeat, take absolutely none of this for granted. I still contend that the Kantian caveat about the nature of reality is a warning already well taken among the er cogniscenti.

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