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  1. The given condition: Eternity. Eternal nothing,...

    Again, on what basis is this probability assigned?[/QUOTE]


    The given condition: Eternity. Eternal nothing, then, inexplicably, something.
  2. It's not so much that it exists, which seems...

    Perhaps I should be clearer. On what basis would one assign the probability of a universe existing?[/QUOTE]

    It's not so much that it exists, which seems improbable but can't be calculated, rather...
  3. That could be another way of putting...

    But....if you have to have something in order to have time, could there BE an eternity of nothing? Or just a no-when of nothing, then something, then the heat death, then another nothing of...
  4. Perhaps both...but in what way would it be...

    Is it improbable or just unsettling?[/QUOTE]

    Perhaps both...but in what way would it be unsettling? There are many way to be unsettled.
  5. A one off shot seems improbable. An eternity of...

    A one off shot seems improbable. An eternity of nothing then something, just one Bang of something/matter/energy before heat death, then nothing for eternity.
  6. Flat Earth belief seems to be a special grade of...

    Flat Earth belief seems to be a special grade of wackiness, perhaps even Industrial Grade Wackiness.
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    Poll: Maybe in that little universe all males were...

    Maybe in that little universe all males were killed off and females took up the practice of cloning.....consequently, 'everyone is female?'
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    Poll: As the conclusion does follow from the given...

    As the conclusion does follow from the given premise, the conclusion is logically valid in relation to the given premise. It appears that the premise is false.
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    Teamwork is good, it takes the strengths and...

    Teamwork is good, it takes the strengths and weaknesses of individuals, male and female, working through problems as they arise.
  10. Both the external world and the brains mental...

    Both the external world and the brains mental representation of the external world are real, each in their own way.
  11. Thread: Travel pictures.

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    Nice pictures, great scenery.

    Nice pictures, great scenery.
  12. What is 'reality?' On the physics of scale, the...

    It's a real simulation of a real experience. We are in a real universe but can only experience it as a simulation. It's missing some of the information which the brain fills in for us....
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    Who or how many survive depends on the nature and...

    Who or how many survive depends on the nature and scale of the disaster.
  14. A simulation is real, our mental experience of...

    A simulation is real, our mental experience of the world is a real experience.
  15. Of course he's right. He has to be right, after...

    Of course he's right. He has to be right, after all, he's a Bishop. A Bishop is closer to the ultimate source of all knowledge, God, a veritable spokesman for the Almighty, the Creator of the...
  16. A model of something can be called a simulation...

    A model of something can be called a simulation of that thing, especially if it is in virtual form. If a brain models the information it acquires from the senses as a representation or model of the...
  17. Why, given the evidence for brain generated...

    Why, given the evidence for brain generated experience, is your counter claim of metaphysical belief not an assertion?
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    Can't fade away soon enough. One less faith, ...

    Can't fade away soon enough. One less faith, hopefully with more to follow down the road to oblivion.
  19. Yes, for example; ''How are raw sensory...

    Yes, for example;

    ''How are raw sensory signals transformed into a brain representation of the world that surrounds us? The question was first posed over 100 years ago, but new experimental...
  20. I think that was the Venera project, Venera 9...

    I think that was the Venera project, Venera 9 being the first to orbit the planet, I think. Mariner was Mars.
  21. Rather than being a metaphysical belief our brain...

    Metaphysical belief.

    If all you know is a simulated content, how could you possibly know anything about what does the simulation? How could you even possibly know it is something like a...
  22. Yet we do experience the world through a brain...

    Yet we do experience the world through a brain generated simulation of the world.
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    Operating largely fear and greed, the stock...

    Operating largely fear and greed, the stock market is hardly rational at the best of times.
  24. That's unfortunate. However, before the probes...

    That's unfortunate. However, before the probes began to explore the planet it was being speculated that Venus may be a hot swampy planet, maybe life, maybe jungles. etc. Perhaps 2 - 3 billion years...
  25. Poll: Business as usual Trumps the opposition, it...

    Business as usual Trumps the opposition, it appears.
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