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    Could have been... There was a possibility of a...

    Yes, but that too can be subtley twisted. How is it possible I could have made a different choice when the evidence is before us that I did not. It’s like there’s always a different interpretation...
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    Exactly the same as: "You could have made a...

    It could be used to say something like: "It's possible you could have made a different choice.", since the possibility still exists.[/QUOTE]

    Exactly the same as: "You could have made a different...
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    No code needed, Steve. It's a logical problem. EB

    No code needed, Steve. It's a logical problem.
    EB
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    OK, I guess we won't get Steve to step up. All...

    OK, I guess we won't get Steve to step up. All talk, no action. Get a lift, man. Or call for help, there's a button.

    Me, it definitely got me thinking. So, I'll do it, just because it's a good...
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    To me it's possible it's head and it's just as...

    To me it's possible it's head and it's just as possible it's tail. To you, there's just one possibility left, the one which is actual. To me the odds are fifty-fifty. To you it is indeed either 0 or...
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    It was a possibility and it no longer is. It...

    It was a possibility and it no longer is.

    It is still true today that it was a possibility yesterday. The truth hasn't changed.

    How are you going to prove there was really a possibility of...
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    I guess we'll have to wait and see whether Steve...

    Ooh, can we have that anyway?[/QUOTE]

    I guess we'll have to wait and see whether Steve can step up to the plate.
    EB
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    LOL. Our scientific civilisation is...

    That's precisely what it all comes down to.[/QUOTE]

    That is what philosophical debate comes down to when disusing concepts and not physical reality.[/QUOTE]

    LOL.

    Our scientific civilisation...
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    There are other possibilities, though. ...

    To me that is a logical impossibility as stated. But it is a matter of interpretation. In conversation you might just mean there are two possible conditions and it is currently one of the two. The...
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    I'm not sure how that fits with Descartes...

    I'm not sure how that fits with Descartes seemingly making sure he remained out of reach of the RCC by spending all his time out of France and more importantly out of Catholic countries once he...
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    Because they work? You know, like to walk into...

    Because they work? You know, like to walk into the lift and hope for the best? I did something like that, being in the lift, myself.

    Still, I think Steve isn't really talking about logic.
    ...
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    First of all, that's not true. An...

    The possibility is not altered by knowledge. The chance of landing on a two is equal to that of the chance of landing on a three. That possibility remains intact and unchanged even after we learn...
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    No. Your suggestion, as I see it, seems a...

    No.

    Your suggestion, as I see it, seems a reluctance to let go of our ignorance and accept the appearance of clear cut knowledge. Once I know the cat is napping on the armchair because I'm looking...
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    Poll: LOL. You are hopeless. EB

    You, for example, do not understand Aristotelian logic. Is that strange?
    For example, you believe that Aristotelian logic has valid arguments that are not valid under the definition of validity...
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    Can you confirm yes or no that you don't accept...

    And how do you think you immediately infer, without even thinking about it, that any one particular cat you see for the first time will have all the characteristic behaviours of cats: mewing,...
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    EDIT Could the Cogito be proved wrong? No,...

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    Could the Cogito be proved wrong?

    No, the Cogito cannot possibly be proved wrong, even though many philosophers throughout history argued exactly that. However, most philosophers got the...
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    Descartes' Cogito

    Descartes' Cogito is not a stand-alone metaphysical claim. It is part of Descartes' discussion about body and mind, and more generally Dualism.

    He starts by justifying his notion of extreme doubt...
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    Poll: Good, I voted. To put a little sanity in there. ...

    Good, I voted. To put a little sanity in there.

    Steve, you crank, stop running the show!!! :p

    The really strange thing is how this specialist in mathematics carefully avoids to argue his points...
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    Yes, you're missing the reality of it, entirely....

    Yes, you're missing the reality of it, entirely.

    What you call "knowledge" here is in fact entirely stuff you've heard. For example, if you study science, you will come to believe what you hear...
  20. Poll: I'm bemused I voted not valid! :rolleyes: Of...

    You said the proof is not valid. Now you're saying it is valid? Is it valid, or invalid? If it's valid, why did you vote "invalid"? If it's invalid, how come you have no problem with the mathematical...
  21. Poll: The term "valid", etymologically, comes from the...

    The term "valid", etymologically, comes from the idea of being healthy.

    Different terms have been used throughout history since Aristotle, who only talked of "syllogism" but effectively meant...
  22. The Münchhausen trilemma: Why should we care?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%c3%bcnchhausen_trilemma
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    The first and main point to understand about the Münchhausen trilemma is that it is an argument. As...
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    Poll: And more votes cast would be good. Either way. ...

    And more votes cast would be good. Either way.

    A vote not cast is definitely not valid.

    Thank you.
    EB
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    Poll: LOL. No, I guess you're right. I can confess...

    I always read lol as lots of laughs whereas I always read LOL as laughs out loud. But, for you, I’m gonna make an exception.[/QUOTE]

    LOL.

    No, I guess you're right. I can confess it's more "out...
  25. Poll: And we only have 9 votes casts! 29 visitors...

    And we only have 9 votes casts!

    29 visitors didn't vote:



    Come on, people, this is a serious empirical investigation for the public good. There is no correct or incorrect answer. Only...
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