Metro State Atheists's Blog – September 2008 Archive (7)

Artificial Intelligence

If the intelligence of the human mind is the product of the a physical mind, and thusly its actions dictated by physical laws, then it is reasonable to conclude that an artificial mind of equal physical capacity would be necessarily intelligent. This is the principle of multiple realizability (1). For any process that produces an affect, there is no reason to assume that said process is the only means of producing the very same affect. That a form produces or infers a specific action does not… Continue

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Critiquing Descartes

When Descartes investigated the implications of skepticism, i.e., that because we can cast doubt on any supposition, we can never be certain that our supposition is correct, he proposed that doubting ones own existence necessarily affirms it and, thus, of at least one thing a person can be certain beyond any doubt; that they exist. In order for an entity doubt anything at all, even that it exist, it must first exist to do so. Descartes proposal is immune to the skeptics doubt because the very… Continue

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Dualism Blurb

I wrote this for my introduction to philosophy class.



According to dualism, the mind can exist separately of the body and is not dependent upon the body to exist. The body is a physical entity that exists wholly in the material world. The mind, though, is analogous to the soul or the conscious and, unlike eating or breathing, is not considered a function of the physical form.



Descartes’ believed that our idea of perfection, which he assumed does not exist in the real… Continue

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The mind-body problem

The mind-body problem deals with questions about the nature of the mind and how it is related to the physical world. Questions as to whether the mind is immaterial and distinct from the physical or an emergent property of a physical reality are of primary interest to the mind-body problem. I am of the opinion that the mind is an emergent property of a physical reality. Physical, in the context of this discussion, would include all forms of matter, energy, and the laws by which they… Continue

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David Grinspoon: The Science and The Hype

This October 23rd from 3 to 5 pm, Metro State Atheists will be hosting a lecture by David Grinspoon, author of “Lonely Planets” and curator of astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, entitled “The Science and the Hype: Why Denver Doesn’t eed an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commision.”. Lucia Guatney, author of the popular blog “Splendid Elles”, will be presenting Grinspoon.

Location
Auraria Campus, North Classroom
9000 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO, 80217

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How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

Victor J. Stenger at MSCD



Victor J. Stenger, Author of the New York Times best seller "God: The Failed Hypothesis" will be speaking in the Turnhalle at the Tivoli on the Auraria campus on November 10th from 1:00-3:00pm. The address is 9000 Auraria Parkway, Denver Colorado, 80217. Check out the abstract of his talk and a short biography below.



GOD: THE FAILED HYPOTHESIS

HOW SCIENCE SHOWS THAT GOD DOES NOT EXIST

Victor J. Stenger



NEW YORK TIMES… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 14, 2008 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Holy Money

The Following is a great satire by my good friend and mentor Riki Mathews







O come all Ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come Ye, O come Ye to the altar,

of the al mighty dollar

O come let us adore it

O come let us adore it

O come let us adore it

Money, and, Our Lord





Let me preach it, brothers and sisters! Are we losing our faith? Have we forgotten the power of our joint saviors so intertwined that we have stamped "In… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 14, 2008 at 1:17pm — No Comments

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