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Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Those "many worlds" ideologies are ontological (about "what exists")...regardless if they are actually true (if a many worlds interpretation of QM is true for example). When addressing model logic, we are addressing…"
yesterday
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Well if we want to cover all of it "Ontology is the study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations." But yes, saying the study of existence is…"
Monday
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Ontology is just the study of existence. It doesn't mean something actually exists, just that X is a claim on existence. God exists IS an ontological claim (even though we are all, I assume, atheists here). Some existence claims have more…"
Sunday
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Existence simply means "being" or "to be". Also (like all words), the very word "exists" is conceptual. So for you to say X doesn't exist because it's conceptual, is no different than saying "existence…"
Jul 17
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"I never said anything about "must", but rather that it addresses what "exists". It could be a mistake that X exists in physics (science is never absolute), but it still is addressing "existence". And yes, this is…"
Jul 17
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"No, we are describing actual energy that exists in the universe. We are addressing what "exists". The ontology of the matter.  You don't have to be "measuring" something to be addressing existence. And who said they…"
Jul 16
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"E=MC2 is addressing the composition of what "exists". E and MC2 is just another way to saying what "energy" is. If I was to say W=water, then W exists just as much as water exists. If I was to say W=H2O, then H2O exists just as…"
Jul 16
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"There is no difference between E and the word "energy". Again, words and symbols categorize. E=MC2 simply means energy is the same thing as mass times the speed of light sqaured. It's a description of what "exists" (of the…"
Jul 15
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"I disagree with this. A person can causally align with (be "made" to) the use of a logical methodology, a cup cannot (cups do not think, people do). Again, consciousness, thinking, and the use of such things as logic can and do all come…"
Jul 14
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"It's a deduction about an ontological state of the universe (if all events are causal). It's a deduction about "what exists". E=MC2 is a deduction about what energy entails...ontologically. Existence claims do not imply…"
Jul 14
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"It doesn't follow logically that logic, rationality, and reason can't come about entirely causally (in fact it couldn't come about uncaused), nor is responsibility (of the ethical sort that suggests someone could have done,…"
Jul 11
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Technically all words are "conceptions" (and they classify). Language itself is conceptual. Ball is a "conception" we apply to specific configurations that we perceive. Rolling is a conception about what the ball does. Round is a…"
Jul 11
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If the universe is deterministic (entirely causal) then "determinism exists" in the universe. Such a universe would be "physical" (though physicalism isn't a requirement of determinism). ;)"
Jul 11
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"My only concern is in regards to people thinking they and others could have, of their own accord, done otherwise. It's this "free will" belief that leads people to thinking that people are "to blame" or "more deserving…"
Jul 11
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Thought is both caused and causes other thoughts. Any thought that comes about without a cause cannot come from a cause such as a person. The lack of free will doesn't imply that thought and action doesn't happen, only that it's…"
Jul 11
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"This is an unsubstantiated claim, but even if it were the case it would be an argument from adverse consequences fallacy. But it isn't the case as "the point" of things comes about causally - and there is no reason to…"
Jul 11

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At 7:09pm on March 21, 2013, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Trick          

Good to have you with us. Welcome to this internet world of rationality and peace, of common sense and freethinking wisdom. 

You are invited to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 750 discussion topics and 3800 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin 

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At 4:50pm on March 21, 2013, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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