Some discussion lately about this. Personally I do favour that metaphysics does require naturalising, but would not necessarily go down the route of one reality.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
There seems to be an interesting area to explore here.
And then there are questions of personal identity- which is the real me?
And legal questions - if I create a false online persona and it's hijacked and used to perprtrate crime am I an accessory before the fact?
And are these online identities to be given rights? Do I have the right to delete them? Do they have any rights?
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Now... The big bang isn't necessarily provable or disprovable, if you take the view that our perceptions are just that: perceptions, and not necessarily the reality behind it.
Maybe the issue is with the scientific method being used as confirmation and a posteriori rather than a priori, or vice versa but either way for the "wrong" purpose.
If one takes the view that this is all a simulation would this explain the Planck length, in that our "curiosity" has outgrown the anticipated parameters of our existence?
That is not to in any way posit a creator, but that this "reality" we experience and describe is but one simulation of many, just another scenario with different starting variables, with the resolution set by the system running it.
Monday, 22 October 2012
I favour the moral relativist stance, that there are no underlying principles of morality. This to me seems to offer a route out of the problem of evil, and find utilitarianism per se less than satisfactory as anything other than a framework.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Interesting thing, pain. Do we feel it where, for example, we are wounded or in the brain/mind? How does this reconcile with people's experiences of phantom limbs?
If it's about nerve endings being related to sensitivity to pain how do we brace for it, for example as we fall, so that effectively we "manage expectations of pain"?
How do anaesthetics and analgesics affect the process of experiencing pain? Sleep? Coma?
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Serious frustration building my cafepress store... Nearly 2 hours of battle to end up with Stuart's thinking stuff looking how I want... www.cafepress.com/stuartsthinkingstuff
Sorry for the blatant plug but needs must!
Monday, 15 October 2012
Sunday, 14 October 2012
So, if I'm looking at a piece of paper and regard its colour as being white, my understanding is that although Wittgenstein may say I can describe its existence in terms of position to the desk, the notion of its colour is trickier, because I can't be sure that your perception of white is the same as mine.
Plus the spacial relationship between the piece of paper and me is different from its spacial relationship to you, so the "whiteness" may not be atomic - which I take in these terms to be irreductible.