Sunday, 28 October 2012

Metaphysics and naturalism

Some discussion lately about this. Personally I do favour that metaphysics does require naturalising, but would not necessarily go down the route of one reality.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Lying and trust

Interesting.

Here.

Now... How do we "trust"? If I give a false set of information (possibly in breach of terms of use), does that make less trustworthy for others? When is it OK to lie?

There seems to be an interesting area to explore here.

And then there are questions of personal identity- which is the real me?

And legal questions - if I create a false online persona and it's hijacked and used to perprtrate crime am I an accessory before the fact?

And are these online identities to be given rights? Do I have the right to delete them? Do they have any rights?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Cosmology and reality

Now... The big bang isn't necessarily provable or disprovable, if you take the view that our perceptions are just that: perceptions, and not necessarily the reality behind it.

Maybe the issue is with the scientific method being used as confirmation and a posteriori rather than a priori, or vice versa but either way for the "wrong" purpose.

If one takes the view that this is all a simulation would this explain the Planck length, in that our "curiosity" has outgrown the anticipated parameters of our existence?

That is not to in any way posit a creator, but that this "reality" we experience and describe is but one simulation of many, just another scenario with different starting variables, with the resolution set by the system running it.

Earthquake

Read about the Italian court decision on L'Aquila. Incredible, in the true sense of the word.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Morality

I favour the moral relativist stance, that there are no underlying principles of morality. This to me seems to offer a route out of the problem of evil, and find utilitarianism per se less than satisfactory as anything other than a framework.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pain

Interesting thing, pain. Do we feel it where, for example, we are wounded or in the brain/mind? How does this reconcile with people's experiences of phantom limbs?

If it's about nerve endings being related to sensitivity to pain how do we brace for it, for example as we fall, so that effectively we "manage expectations of pain"?

How do anaesthetics and analgesics affect the process of experiencing pain? Sleep? Coma?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Validity

How do you test the validity of a statement? Just a thought.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Solipsism

Is solipsism a valid position to take? Probably is my view, although it could cause difficulties in describing relationships and try to resolve through reductionism, I think.

Plus it makes life REALLY tough.

Commercialism

Aha! Stuff to show that you read this blog available soon at www.cafepress.com/stuartsthinkingstuff

Sunday, 14 October 2012

T-shirts

Wonder when my cafepress designs will be available? Spent inordinate time with the GIMP on my desktop machine setting them up, really don't want to have to go through that again.

Thoughts

Where are thoughts? Are they part of the brain or do they exist beyond the neural activity and chemistry?

Atomic

So, if I'm looking at a piece of paper and regard its colour as being white, my understanding is that although Wittgenstein may say I can describe its existence in terms of position to the desk, the notion of its colour is trickier, because I can't be sure that your perception of white is the same as mine.

Plus the spacial relationship between the piece of paper and me is different from its spacial relationship to you, so the "whiteness" may not be atomic - which I take in these terms to be irreductible.

Discuss.