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particles and relationships
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I have a science question for our sciencey members.  This relates partly to the OOO thread, but differs enough that it probably deserves to be posted separately. Anyway, what sense does it make to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Balder Oct 21, 2011.

minds and boundaries
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Here's a couple of passages from a recent Journal of Consciousness Studies article by Daniel Dennet, Shall We Tango?  No, but Thanks for Asking.  He's responding to criticisms made against him by…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by infimitas Oct 11, 2011.

Guilty pleasures (music)
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Sometimes, we just love a certain piece of music but feel guilty about it; we know that we shouldn't, but just can't help it.  Trashy pop... worthless dance music... love songs that everyone loves to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary W. Oct 8, 2011.

essence and identity
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I kept threatening to write about essences, but never seemed to get around to it.  I’ll now put my money where my mouth is and try to say something at least semi-intelligent... (Btw, I was going to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Sep 17, 2011.

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infimitas replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"I sometimes find it difficult to follow discussions about free will because terms like "self" and "I" are often used so casually, and I never know quite what to make of them.  I consider the self an illusion insofar that is…"
Jul 12, 2013
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Concerning the question of whether metaphysics or epistemology must be treated as primary... that is of course an age-old question, but why must it have a definite answer?  Surely metaphysics/ontology entails epistemological…"
Nov 8, 2011
infimitas replied to Joel Morrison's discussion Self-Similarity and the Quantum
"Hi Joel,     I've gone forwards and backwards on this issue.  At the moment, the arbitrary nature of holonic scales makes me think that they serve as useful and flexible models rather than actual ontological joints "out…"
Oct 24, 2011
Balder replied to infimitas's discussion particles and relationships
"I believe Brian Greene discusses the notion of borrowing from the future, in that PBS special on quantum mechanics and string theory ("Fabric of the Universe," as I recall)."
Oct 21, 2011
infimitas replied to infimitas's discussion particles and relationships
"Thanks for that, Tom.  Another quick (maybe) question: is the ZPF the same as the quantum background?  I read one physicist--might have been Feynman--saying that in a vacuum, the energy that apparently appears from nowhere is actually…"
Oct 21, 2011
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particles and relationships

I have a science question for our sciencey members.  This relates partly to the OOO thread, but differs enough that it probably deserves to be posted separately. Anyway, what sense does it make to say that a particle has a property if that property is not currently manifesting, e.g. an electron drifting through space, not encountering other particles and so not “using” its charge?  Is there such a thing? As I understand it, gravity weakens with distance, but never drops of completely, so a…See More
Oct 20, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Hi Balder,     Oh, I hope I didn't come across as too negative.  It's true I have my doubts about even this moderate view of substance.  Actually, that's putting it mildly -- I think it's hopeless.  But I…"
Oct 20, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Hi Balder,   Are you familiar with Berkeley's criticism, directed at Locke, of the division between primary and secondary qualities?  He said that there are only observable/measurable qualities, and that it's a metaphysical…"
Oct 19, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Hi Balder,   Thanks for the clarification.  I knew I disagreed with OOO, but I didn't realise our views conflict so dramatically.  I seem to have difficulty with the language being used.   I think the subjective element of…"
Oct 18, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Hi Balder,     Properties/qualities do not merely exist in dualistic polar opposites, like hot and cold, or light and heavy, etc.  Instead there is a relative spectrum of difference, e.g. of temperature.  Call this a…"
Oct 18, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Hi Balder,     The idea that a noun like “mug” is an arbitrary designation for what we now call a suobject, rather than a word that literally names a metaphysically real substance/essence, is known in traditional ontology as…"
Oct 16, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"From 1.6 (my underline):     Hrmm, If we think that object nouns are just arbitrary labels we give to bundles of properties-as-relational-qualities that cluster together rather than inhering in some quasi-Aristotelean substance,…"
Oct 15, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Strange... I don't see it on the screen, but I was able to read it in the HTML source."
Oct 12, 2011
infimitas replied to Edwyrd theurj Burj's discussion Object-oriented ontology
"Theurji, I don't see your writing -- just a blank post."
Oct 12, 2011
infimitas replied to infimitas's discussion minds and boundaries
"Here's the paper."
Oct 11, 2011
infimitas posted a discussion

minds and boundaries

Here's a couple of passages from a recent Journal of Consciousness Studies article by Daniel Dennet, Shall We Tango?  No, but Thanks for Asking.  He's responding to criticisms made against him by Evan Thompson in Mind in Life, a book in which it is argued that minds, as well as organisms, can be understood autopoitecally. ... I rather like some of the formulations due to Maturana and Varela, and some of Thompson's as well, such as 'a cell stands out of a molecular soup by creating the…See More
Oct 11, 2011

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