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17 years ago
lone
Perhaps you should re-read the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, looks like you missed a few subtleties. Francis.
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17 years ago
lone
>The bottom line of the 'fact' versus 'faith' discussion is really pretty >simple, in my lexicon neither 'fact' nor 'faith' is any more 'concrete' >or 'ethereal' than the other. They are just exactly whatever each one of >us hold them to be. It seems to me that the only way to agree with this is to actually have some personal experience of what faith is. Your argument may fall flat i
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
>Not that one is, but that whereby Is, is. You do like this one don't you ? Since 03-Jul-02 you've used it 51 times. I still don't understand what it means (and yes, I do have a dictionary), or if indeed it has any meaning, but I agree that it sounds neat, and is cryptic enough to be taken as a sign that one is reading enlightened material. A neat instance of Fuzzy Fact(tm), in which one can
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17 years ago
lone
>I'll rephrase it: Cause is the result of Motive - whose peer is Purpose. Ahh, that's way different :-) I would agree, as long as this isn't a exhaustive definition. Cause is indeed the result of motive in the case of people (or gods if one wants to see it that way), but in many cases, it remains to be shown that cause is the result of any motive at all. ie: what is the motivation for a rad
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17 years ago
lone
<i>That G. had a whole 'persona' of 'The Charlatan' is a well known 'fact', and was studied in some detail by his most detailed biographer, James Moore. This was no 'simple' man, he had as many facets as the Kho-i-noor, and anyone, including Mr. SkepDic, who tries to dismiss hi in such a puerile fashion obviously feels more threatened by him than the dismissal would appear to warrant. This
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Pete, I'm speachless. Don't get me wrong, I still think that what you do on this messageboard regarding facts of egyptology is a public service, but this post is incredibly lacking in mere humanity, understanding, even mere curiosity, it seems that you don't even care t ocomprehend how people could get in these situations other than by being lazy or stupid. >Anyone can make money if they wan
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17 years ago
lone
>Cause is the result of Motive. It's peer is Purpose. Care to justify this statement ? I am quite uncertain why it is that you take this to be true. Francis.
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17 years ago
lone
Hiho David! >But answer me zees, 'oo made zees 'no-thing' ? And 'oo 'eld zee tools >while zees 'no-body' was making zees 'no-thing' >Ha ! You can't answer zees, can you ? >o<-< I feel my answer to Mephisto could have been directed to you as well :) Francis.
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17 years ago
lone
Hiho Mephisto, >Prior to the universe came into existence, what was there? What was >the energy that burst the universe into life? Good question, but equating whatever the answer is with god is a bit quick. That which we do not or cannot understand is not automatically god... and that's a good thing for there is much more that we do not understand compared to how much we do. Many believe
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Pete Vanderzwet wrote: > > This wouldn't effect your right to privacy. I'm sorry but you're just plain wrong here Pete. > When you browse online you're accessing public sites. I That may be what YOU do but that is not only what I and other people do. I browse plenty of private websites and these are just as much the target of this plan as any other sort of connection. When you hav
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
>If you don't do anything illegal, you have nothing to worry about. Nice. And following this kind of logic, the day devices can read mind, we'll all be under thought surveillance. After all, if you do not think about anything illegal, you have nothing to worry about. You're a smart person Pete, I'm sure you understand that the issue of privacy is not simply an issue of morality. If it wer
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17 years ago
lone
>I also claimed this becuase after certain strange things occured on my >computer I was left with the ghosts of files that ranged up to 300 GB. >Since my hard drive is only 40 GB it kind of made me wonder. Anybody with an hex editor can manually edit a hard drive directory entry and make it pretend that there are files of arbitrary size (up to 32 bits for FAT16 (msdos), 64 bits for FAT
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Naughty naughty... >And of course, you fully realise, that even if I could 'they' probably wouldn't let me ! ;-) Now THAT was cruel! :-) Francis.
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
74. Bias
>That board is one 'big bias' Yes, toward evidences, this one is a big bias toward speculation. Both of these are fine on their own, but they do not play in the same room. One is called science, and the other fiction. There is no qualitative judgement on that, only a much bigger probability of being (and staying) close to the truth in the science room than in the fiction one. It's not a big d
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17 years ago
lone
I'd feel highly insulted if someone questionned both my religious faith (whatever it is) and my deeds (which, of course, arn't nearly as great as Buzz', but still give me some pride), all in one single sentence. If I was the teacher, both would go in a corner of the room, but Buzz would get a wink from me and all my sympathy, hehe. Francis.
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Hm.. I seldom enter this kind of debates because I do not have a strong opinion as to what should be done, but the opinions aren't what made me react here, just the tactics : "And pooh-pooh on you, Jacques Chirac, the French President who has been doing what French politicians do best-cowering-denouncing a "unilateral solution" to the Iraq problem as "unacceptable." &quo
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17 years ago
lone
Well, it's only a 'thought' experiment, one of the prerequisite is that the cat is perfectly isolated from the rest of the environment (you could almost say isolated from the rest of the universe), but that is extremely difficult to do and probably impossible in the case of a cat. One example is the quantum mind theories of Hameroff and Penrose, which suffer from decoherence problems (a big part
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17 years ago
lone
>Just my take. Does that make sense? Totally. I'd be really interested to see something relating to 'consciousness' in the context of the CI. Once again, I've always seen it as agnostic on this, but I could be completely wrong of course, and if so, I'd like to stand corrected. Francis.
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Just to make my previous answer clearer : >If only we could get someone unconcious to take the reading You, as a third person (from my perspective) are just that someone (to you, I am), since I cannot show that you are conscious. However you are very able to take a reading. Of course, for me to know that, you'll have to first tell me that you did take a reading and what the reading was, and
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17 years ago
lone
There is also the story of these autistic people who simply 'see' prime numbers: "The physician, Oliver Sacks describes in his book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat " a story about the twins John and Michael, who were able to define prime numbers up to 20 digits!!! very quickly. They had the biggest difficulties with the simplest additions and substractions. Divisions and m
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17 years ago
lone
:-) Francis.
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17 years ago
lone
Hi SJ, Dunno, works for me heh. Try google using the following search parameter : "ten percent" "urban legend" Francis.
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Claim: We use only ten percent of our brains. Status: False. Francis.
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Well, the point is that this interpretation does not prononce itself as to the role of consciousness (if any), sort of a quantum agnosticism. Since one can only support the assertion that consciousness exists based on first person experience, and since this is quite impossible to establish for the third person, it would seem awkward if the standard interpretation did recognize third person counsc
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
I don't think that 'conscious observer' is a notion out of the Copenhagen interpretation, which talks about measuring, change in knowledge, creation of information, etc, but says nothing about the role (if any) of <i>consciousness</i>, the observer does not need to be conscious to collapse the wave function, a mechanical measuring device will do just fine. Of course, the next argument
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
simian101 wrote: > Sacré Merde ! Francis, :) > I was hoping for a rather more gentle run in to this. You > may recall that I have always been better with the overview > than the precise nitty-gritty detailed terminology to > describe what I am perceiving. I think your answer is wonderful because while you strive at this 'overview' stage, you do not fall in the trap of appealin
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17 years ago
lone
Hi Sphynx, >It just seems elegant and natural unlike the many worlds type theories mentioned below this thread. It is true that many-world theories are a bit awkward at first sight, but you may want to consider that the term 'many-world' actually covers several theories, of which a few are 'not so crazy' as the better known one. Also, often, the term 'many-world' is coined to theories whic
Forum: Global Village
17 years ago
lone
Hi Richard, I wonder if you would mind writing a longer essay on this topic. I understand the premices but I have trouble getting the details. One specific thing I though of while reading: >Perhaps number takes a different role in the subjective? >Rather than representing quantity, they represent qualities. I guess I do not really see how to represent qualities with numbers. In philosop
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17 years ago
lone
simian101 wrote: > Hey Francis of the Causa Ergo Sum, > Long time no speak, how's it going ? Hi David! It has been a while ! I'm fine, enjoying vacations, hehe. How is everything for you ? The beginning of your view reminds me a little of Descartes' argument. If he could doubt that he was thinking, then indeed something, somewhere had to be doubting, and therefore thinking. At this stag
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17 years ago
lone
>In fact, since reality is 'the all' it could never be seen (or exist?) 'from the outside', but always from some point of view within itself Hmm.. Just thinking aloud... ... Or perhaps it is <i>the all that is</i> as opposed to <i>the all that is not</i>. Even given an arbitrary small probability of there being consistant things that <i>are</i> (the mate
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