phil rimmer commented on the post, Richard Dawkins in conversation with Dave Rubin- 8/8/2017 9 hours, 36 minutes ago
What does “evolution is a fact” mean?
Does it mean evolution by some Darwinian means happens?
Does it mean it explains the existence of all species?
Does it mean it explains the appearance and all attributes of all all species?
Much as it came to piss W off, Popper was right. By using ostensive definitions i.e. pointing at experimental results, mooted (metaphysical) entities become effectively valid….or not!
I’ve said all this too many times now.
He didn’t believe in definitions. Now you’re a scientist. Doesn’t that irk you just a little?
No, because he was talking about language and about metaphysics. We have mathematics (the God of metaphor) and logic. Scientists know that definitions of mooted entities are meaningful only in relation to other tentative entities but that by ma…[Read more]
attempts to clarify what Wittgenstein said. He is nothing to me,
Well that will be a relief. I have little love for him though he he said one critically important thing and prompted Poppper to his second best observation.
W was mentally unstable, was an insufferable little prick but at least he rejected all his most pretentious ideas from…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, Grown-up chimps are less likely to help distressed friends 1 day, 12 hours ago
Old folk, get grumpy and more self concerned.
Yayish! I suspect real failure and disgrace is a prospect for Trump. We might see a lot more de-mavericking.
Having done this much damage so far I’m almost in two minds about having him patch things up…
phil rimmer commented on the post, Richard Dawkins in conversation with Dave Rubin- 8/8/2017 1 day, 14 hours ago
Here’s a very recent real conversation between a rational person (not me) and a Christian
RP: Evolution (just like gravity) is an observable fact. The theory is our best and most current understanding of how that phenomenon occurred and continues to occur. It will change to reflect any new data that is discovered along the way.
C: Precisely…[Read more]
We’ve just been topping up on SLA fluid, so I might give this a go.
Loading the files into a 3D CAD program could be pretty good for study (and cheaper) especially if you then section the model.
(Their 3D viewer is pretty handy. Slicing and a measurement grid would make it fantastic.)
Like the automeshing support towers,…[Read more]
W’s point isn’t so much about thinking. Its about language. He’s trying to get you to notice something about language. Its a point a little like the use/mention dichotomy of words but rather more subtle and slippery. His illustrations though are interestingly hampered by, f’rinstance, the modern attitude to clocks and time. I think some need…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, Richard Dawkins Offers Advice for Donald Trump, and Other Wisdom 3 days, 8 hours ago
The first sentence of #32 from maria
What can I say that would help you to cope with the silly logic of comment 30, the Emperor has no clothes?
Either way, I feel depressed.
Thats just the allergic reaction to W. Quite understandable.
For me the problem that has never failed to fascinate after the dips of depressions is the Hard Problem. No golden ring with glowing elvish runes, no Light of Zartha, a cosmos in a bauble, but that all of that and the rest of the universe of…[Read more]
Brains thinking is just fine. To keep the cookery metaphor going. Brains are the oven but the ingredients initially all come from outside. Latterly we’ve cooked up some stuff that is mistake-able for our own.
Sometimes Shakespeare or Dickens or Wilde does our thinking for us. There they are in our heads conjuring feasts…
I was going to suggest you televise it. £30 buys you a WiFi UHD waterproof wearable action cam. Your phone can read this safely from an inner pocket and stream it live wherever you want. A stick on label saying LIVE might confer a lot of protection?
But that’s a technologist for you.
I know you’ll stay safe. Show ’em what reason…[Read more]
Multi upticks for #1 eejit.
and Mad Englishman. Too many Americans focus on China as an ideological (Marxist) dictatorship. No. Rather it is a wholly pragmatic technocracy, delivering sustained, stunning progress for its people and now with a clear realisation that internal sustainability is the next staging post for investment. No wonder it now…[Read more]
phil rimmer commented on the post, Richard Dawkins in conversation with Dave Rubin- 8/8/2017 3 days, 22 hours ago
I’m still with my namesake here. Nothing has changed since this…
Then I thought
The current theory of evolution doesn’t yet cover the acquisition of organelles in early cells to create eukaryotes and probably never will. We still don’t know how much the lat…
I agree it is unhelpful to have the concept subconscious thoughts without it risking embracing every single mental process as a thought.
Thoughts are highly salient mental confections that reside in short term memory.
A possible definition of a subconscious thought might be any mental process like the above that fails its final salience…[Read more]
Disembodied thought? Where did that come from?
Sometimes people get to think their thoughts are disembodied. Or fail to notice they are always “bodied”. These are the anhedonic, empty of limbic feedback, eastern mystics, seeking to dissolve any sense of self and those sliding into severe Cotard’s syndrome, “I’m dead. All I have is my…[Read more]
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