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by Thinker
12 Feb 2014 18:41
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: A question about philosophy
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

Re: A question about philosophy

Yes, I definitely think it is a weak argument in refutation of solipsism. And the questions I posed were entirely to see your opinion for the sake of perspective, as beliefs (until scientific understanding has developed further) will dictate the answer. At this point, I don't believe there is any w...
by Thinker
10 Feb 2014 17:18
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Sam Harris talks about meditation, cog experiences, atheism
Replies: 5
Views: 2180

Re: Sam Harris talks about meditation, cog experiences, athe

I can see where he is coming from on the subject of discarding labels such as "atheism" on the war against bad ideas. I'd also like to mention that, as an avid reader of Sam Harris' literature, I know he's no stranger to meditation and lucid dreaming. Richard Dawkins himself mentions luci...
by Thinker
10 Feb 2014 16:55
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: A question about philosophy
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

Re: A question about philosophy

Your arguments is like saying, there are dragons and flying pigs because we are able to imagine such things. This is weaker than the weakest of arguments. We can imagine impossible or apparently non-existent concepts just like we can conceive the opposite of what is true. Just because we can imagin...
by Thinker
10 Feb 2014 16:42
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: A question about philosophy
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

Re: A question about philosophy

The only argument I've heard in refutation to it is that I can intuit, and you can intuit as well. I can think, and you too have thoughts. I cannot think your thoughts, nor can I intuit your intuitions, but we can share them through conscious interaction. It is highly improbable that I could create...
by Thinker
07 Feb 2014 17:07
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Sam Harris talks about meditation, cog experiences, atheism
Replies: 5
Views: 2180

Sam Harris talks about meditation, cog experiences, atheism

I find this speech of Sam Harris, in a meeting of Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, very very interesting and I think that it will speak a lot to all of you people at this forum, specially to people that like science and also that explore the great potencial of our brains and the ...
by Thinker
07 Feb 2014 16:22
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: A question about philosophy
Replies: 9
Views: 2100

A question about philosophy

In my studies in epistemology, metaphysics, etc., wondering about skeptic scenarios like the brain in a vat and others, I always ask myself: ‘’What can we say it's true?’’. And my answer at the moment is: We have knowledge off: A) That we exist somehow B) Perception knowledge (things like: ‘’ I’m pe...
by Thinker
07 Feb 2014 16:13
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Time for a deep discussion.
Replies: 66
Views: 10111

Re: Time for a deep discussion.

Note that if you say that, you are stating a paradox because you mean that your statement ('there's nothing we can know to be 100% sure'') is also true. This is a conundrum. Summerlander says it's possible, but we would have to know everything. What if we knew where every atom in the universe was, ...
by Thinker
07 Feb 2014 16:07
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Time for a deep discussion.
Replies: 66
Views: 10111

Re: Time for a deep discussion.

To Summerlander: I saw Taleb in the other side of the table in debates with Sam Harris and Dawkins, so, your probably right and he is a guy like Deepak Chopra with a lot of science mixed with mystic mambo jambo stuff :) I really don't know deeply any of Deepak’s and Taleb’s work, so, be aware and do...
by Thinker
06 Feb 2014 17:53
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Time for a deep discussion.
Replies: 66
Views: 10111

Re: Time for a deep discussion.

I didn't read the stuff about the black swan theory but what's the big thing about it? The theory says that there are events that are highly difficult to predict. Didn't we already know that? If we knew a lot more variables, if we had a lot more vigilation of the people's behavior and knowldege abou...
by Thinker
30 Jan 2014 18:31
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Time for a deep discussion.
Replies: 66
Views: 10111

Re: Time for a deep discussion.

I still not finished reading all things you two said, but just an off-topic: Once, I heard Dawkins saying that scientists don't know yet the evolutionary causes of the appearing of consciouness. Summerlander, what do you thing about this? Humans had to have some advantage in their enviroment by havi...

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