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Is perception necessary for conscious thought?

Started Nov 22, 2012 0 Replies

A mind that has never been stimulated has no basis by which it could learn. My theory is that all thought, knowledge, and imagination, and even the qualia of conscious existence must call upon…Continue

The Origin of Senses

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Nov 22, 2012. 2 Replies

It is often accepted that the brain interprets perception picked up by sensory organs; yet when a line is drawn in the hand with a finger, it is the hand that feels, not the brain or the back of the…Continue

Most Atheists Are Not Secular Humanists...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Chang Sep 19, 2012. 16 Replies

...And most Humanists are not freethinkers. Certainly not the likes of PZ Meyer or the more fervent members of Atheist+, or the radical neo-liberal who follow ideology qua religion. I'm definitely…Continue

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Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If Alan Watts and McKenna are proposing osychedelic experiences are truth, then they don't know anything about Buddhism."
Aug 12
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If existence is subject to time, then it cannot comprise time (e.g. determinism). If concepts such as determinism "exists", then you cannot subject existence to time."
Jul 28
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"An idea that is meaningless cannot be meaningfully or logically invoked."
Jul 28
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Is This Even America Anymore ?
"As if these things started yesterday..."
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If you can conceive of "non-existents", then wouldn't it be fair to say that they are non-existent in the universe?"
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If you believe epistemology precedes ontology, then you should also believe the necessity to conceive an alternative before something is asserted as a property. "White" as a property of all unicorns can be asserted precisely because it is…"
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Per my assessment, there are physical things, and then there are relations which are conceived by the mind. Science doesn't purport to answer whether these things ontologically "exist", as per whatever metaphysical definition you come…"
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If X is a property of all things under M, then X must be identified as M. Such that "All Nintendo's are grey" as a property only makes sense when non-grey Nintendo's are conceivable. Otherwise it is a tautology."
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Okay. :-) I would add that physical existence is extremely dissimilar than any conception of non-physical existence, such that gravity, despite the noun, only describes the behavior between two objects which exist, and cannot be said to…"
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Science is not in the business of proving or disproving existence, unlike your transcendentalist claims."
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"There is a difference between a hypothetical possibility, and a possibility of existence. The prior does not require the reasonable existence of the scenario. If, for example, free will is not logically contradictory, then it can possibly be true;…"
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Putting aside whether there is anything under E besides M, it is apparent that any kind of existence besides M must be a kind of existence different than M. Does that seem tautological, or is it just me?"
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Trick, it seems to me that you are the one misunderstanding language, not me. Determinism and chair might both be ontological claims, but they do not "exist" in the same sense. While a chair is a concept describing what seems to exist,…"
Jul 27
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"This is incorrect. An object exists. Actions, compositions, qualities, interactions, relations don't exist. An object is said to have certain properties. The properties are classifications of senses that describe the object. Properties are not…"
Jul 17
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"No, we are not describing any actual energy with E=MC^2, but the how energy should theoretically relate to mass. It is an a priori conception that requires no empirical observation, unlike the claim "There is a tree" would require the…"
Jul 17
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"The difference is that, for the most part, we are not measuring actual energy when we apply the generalization E=MC^2. These symbols refer to purely theoretical quantities and, while thwy required observation to derive, they require no observation…"
Jul 16

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Determinism and Science

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 7:53pm 9 Comments

I just made a post in the forum that I believe is substantial enough to warrant its own discussion. It is a thought experiment meant to disprove "free will"; it is a mind-bending concept for sure, enough so that I spent time unsuccessfully trying to disprove myself thinking there must be something wrong with my logic. But I can think of no other way. Perhaps you guys could let me know what you think, or if you see any failures in this line of…

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At 3:15pm on June 29, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello Jonathan 

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know as an atheist and freethinker like me.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3500 members.

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At 9:49am on June 18, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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