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    The claim is that the existence of consciousness...

    The claim is that the existence of consciousness is certain, but the existence of the external world is not. But the concept of consciousness includes the idea that it is conscious of something...
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    What do you think of this approach?

    We all arrive at adulthood with two classes of beliefs:

    1. Knowledge
    2. "Stuff we've heard"

    Knowledge is something we can show to be certain beyond a reasonable doubt. That is, we have...
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    I thought Clinton would win the last presidential...

    I thought Clinton would win the last presidential election.
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    If nothing is objectively true, then the claim...

    If nothing is objectively true, then the claim that nothing is objectively true isn't objectively true. It's just your opinion, which anyone is free to dismiss or deny.
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    The weird thing is... if the resurrection would...

    The weird thing is... if the resurrection would violate physics, why isn't Christianity already disproven?

    We can deduce from the laws of physics that there was no resurrection. That's what...
  6. David Hume came up with a speculative and...

    David Hume came up with a speculative and primitive version of the theory of evolution almost a priori in the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. So, in my view, the reasonable position for a...
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    Okay, admittedly I made a bit of an assumption...

    I don't think he does. Lumpy doesn't care that much about the politics, or the observing, or altering his behavior.
    His goal is the smallest amount of belief necessary to NOT DISAPPEAR at the end...
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    If it's the laws of physics, which we can verify...

    If it's the laws of physics, which we can verify today, versus a handful of miracle stories from thousands of years ago, I know what I'm betting on.

    Besides, you presumably want us to base our...
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    If anyone is interested, you can read the paper...

    If anyone is interested, you can read the paper itself here (it's not a difficult read):

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332211968_Exploring_the_role_of_talent_and_luck_in_getting_success...
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    Can I ask what your background in mathematics and...

    Can I ask what your background in mathematics and logic is?
  11. Thread: Hawkey's Dead.

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    Oh, okay. I'm from the USA, so I'm not really up...

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-16/bob-hawke-dies-former-australian-prime-minister-and-labor-leader/6562902

    Former Australian PM Bob Hawke[/QUOTE]
    Oh, okay. I'm from the USA, so I'm not...
  12. Thread: Hawkey's Dead.

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    Who is this person? Google is not helping.

    Who is this person? Google is not helping.
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    I'm in favor of the space force just because it...

    I'm in favor of the space force just because it sounds so cool.

    SPAAAACE FOOOORCE!

    Pew pew pew!

    Watch out, it's the SPACE FORCE!
  14. Thread: WTF Alabama?

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    WTF Alabama?

    The Alabama Senate just passed a law outlawing abortion, with no exceptions provided for rape or incest.
    ...
  15. This is ruled out by Hume's objection to the...

    This is ruled out by Hume's objection to the argument from miracles: A miracle is a violation of a law of nature, which is an inductive generalization with a mountain of evidence in its favor. So...
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    That's interesting. Which arguments for God's...

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    If I can, without training, defeat all of the weak defeaters purported against the theistic arguments, then it doesn't seem to me much of a stretch to believe that the atheists have not...
  17. I don't think the "meme" framework should be...

    I don't think the "meme" framework should be accepted to begin with.

    Ask yourself what the difference is between:

    1. "Memes propagate through a culture"

    and

    2. "People accept ideas and...
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    Some parts of the law in my country (USA) are...

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    Some parts of the law in my country (USA) are just and others are not. I'm not comfortable giving a categorical affirmative or negative answer to this.


    This is false. Isn't that...
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    This is a question for science, not philosophy....

    This is a question for science, not philosophy. Philosophy only notes that we do have free will, and it is for science to explain how that works on the level of genes and chemistry. I'd speculate...
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    I agree that an entity without free will will...

    IOW, your following Rand's ignorance of the role of context and environment and how it interacts with the internal properties of an entity to determine it's actions. Without context and environment,...
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    Free will is the ability to choose. "Choice" is a...

    Free will is the ability to choose. "Choice" is a primary concept which is immediately available to everyone in introspection. The primary choice everyone faces in their every waking moment is the...
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    I agree that this accurately represents the...

    I agree that this accurately represents the conventional understanding of the distinction. However, I'm a student of Objectivism, so I reject and revise the conventional distinction as explained in...
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    You might find this scholarly discussion helpful:...

    You might find this scholarly discussion helpful:

    https://nickbostrom.com/ethics/artificial-intelligence.pdf
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    I was clear about that: "'Contingent' means...

    I was clear about that: "'Contingent' means 'could have been otherwise.' As far as we know, the only phenomenon that this genuinely applies to is human free will."

    The logic here is:

    1. A state...
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    "Contingent" means "could have been otherwise."...

    "Contingent" means "could have been otherwise." As far as we know, the only phenomenon that this genuinely applies to is human free will. A human choice can genuinely turn out more than one way, even...
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