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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 A Short Course in Logic
"Not by these three laws."
Tuesday
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"The point here is that classic logic only accounts for binary things, and most empirical observations aren't binary. I disagree that we need to force classifications into a binary structure. That is called a false dichotomy. Just because the…"
Tuesday
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"Are you asking without randomness OR free choice, or without randomness and WITH free choice? Since I've answered the former, I will now answer the latter. Wolfram's cellular automata allows either no randomness and free choice, or both…"
Apr 12
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"I don't see how cellular automata requires any local variables for the reasons stated above, but more importantly, free will isn't necessary for action. Calling it an unrealistic toy model is... well... not a serious argument at all."
Apr 12
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"I am proposing Wolfram's idea of cellular automata (and Dan Dennett's) due to the metaphysical possibility of a nonlocal hidden variable, which is palpable from a philosophical perspective, it not scientific, and I admit that it might not…"
Apr 12
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"It is ad hominem, precisely, when you "criticize" someone's logic by calling him a theist, or pseudointellectual, unless you are to admit you haven't actually criticized my logic at all, but your own manners."
Apr 12
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"Weak attempt at ad hominem. Your argument: P1. "Socrates'" Laws is the only way to establish the truth-value of a claim. P2. There are only three laws. C1. Therefore, a fourth law is false. The most immediate objection against P1 is…"
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Philo Sofer's discussion My Philosophy
"Well, I tried..."
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"I've read that article 3 times just to be sure, and I could find nothing to contradict what I've been saying. There is a link within that attempts to challenge the specific details of Bohr's model, but does not challenge the idea of…"
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Philo Sofer's discussion My Philosophy
"If you pose the question, "Why would God do action q?", such that you are asserting that "If God had certain property p, he would not do action q", then you are presuming what God would or would not do. This line of questioning…"
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"I understand that, and it is not incompatible with what I am saying."
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Philo Sofer's discussion My Philosophy
"Well, since you asked... Atheism I don't find any of the kinds of appeals to consequences convincing when arguing about metaphysics, for that entails that you know some property of the metaphysical thing you're describing. For example, you…"
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"I don't think any of this contradicts what I've been saying. There is no argument that scientists cannot predict QM particles with more accuracy, but whether QM particles are truly random in the sense that a certain particle could have,…"
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"Quantum indeterminacy is such that it is impossible to predetermine the value of a particle, but it is also impossible for us to know whether an observed particle would have had any other possible value at a given time. Consider Dennett's…"
Apr 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion A Short Course in Logic
"A deterministic perspective provides no room for multiple possibilities, but suppose it were possible at any given time to interject--make a free choice. Then the rationale is perhaps that choice, like our choices when we make them, requires reason…"
Apr 9
Jonathan Chang replied to ME's discussion The myth of the incompatibility of science and religion
"Merriam-Webster says of 'faith': "allegiance to duty or a person; something that is believed especially with strong conviction". This is a fair definition that allows not to have to wrestle with the metaphysical implications of…"
Apr 7

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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.

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

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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