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    Re: Newcomb's Problem

    I'm glad you like it!



    Let me try and formalise your thought within a certain version of EDT and see if you like the formalisation. Let's call K what we know whilst we're making our decision, d...
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    Newcomb's Problem

    I've been studying Newcomb's Problem for a while now, and I thought it might be fun to discuss it here. I will introduce the problem and some of the most important ideas from the literature. I...
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    Re: Consciousness is Networks

    I do not agree. On my position, consciousness is our brain (or at least some of its interactions). It may be a part which is often self-reflective, but it needn't always be.
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    Re: Second thoughts, Public education

    I don't know unfortunately. I think detention can be a useful tool, but isn't the only answer. I believe there needs to be a strong and strict system behaviour system in place for all students. This...
  5. How should the West approach Islamic terrorism?

    Acts of terrorism are undoubtedly acts of evil, which have a profound effect of inducing sadness, anger, paranoia, terror and a whole variety of emotions in people. Terrorism has occurred in the past...
  6. Re: Would American soldiers commit genocide against citizens if they were ordered to?

    Certainly in these cases, the protagonists of the genocide claim that they are pursuing a Utopia. There is a correlation. I don't believe for a second that the Utopia-belief causes the genocide. I...
  7. Re: Would American soldiers commit genocide against citizens if they were ordered to?

    I dunno; I guess you'll have to ask him. I can't tell from what he wrote.



    I'm not going to bother disagreeing with this because the definition of a "game" is vague and so most things can be...
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    Re: Second thoughts, Public education

    I think what's been said so far is really good, and I hope that your faith in free education system has been somewhat restored @RandomColorada. I'd just like to mention a few more positives of free...
  9. Re: Would American soldiers commit genocide against citizens if they were ordered to?

    I can't even imagine a hypothetical moral justification for genocide; I would meet any attempt at a justification with every ounce of scepticism I have, and I hope you would do the same. I also find...
  10. Re: Are you the same person as you were when you were 5 years old?

    This is a debate subject. My essay is the OP. It presents an opinion: that I am not numerically identical to my 5 year old self, but to some extent identical with that person.





    That is the...
  11. Re: Are you the same person as you were when you were 5 years old?

    One of the main points of the essay is to inadvertently shed light on the definition of "person". In any case, the question of Personhood is tangential to the question of Personal Persistence.

    I...
  12. Are you the same person as you were when you were 5 years old?

    Are you the same person as you were when you were 5 years old? If yes, what makes it so? If no, why not?


    The title is can be interpreted in two different ways. It could be interpreted as a...
  13. Re: Squatch347 vs Caconym - The Cosmological Argument

    Again, apologies to all for not doing this earlier. This reply has been a long time coming.

    Introduction

    The Cosmological Argument, as presented by Squatch, can be expressed in Quantifier...
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    Re: Is utilitarianism a valid ideological system?

    Yeah, that screwed up too. At one point all it restored was that I was quoting you, then it restored the first few things I said, but most was lost. I'll see if I can pluck up the courage to give it...
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    Re: Is utilitarianism a valid ideological system?

    To Squatch - I just lost a 50-min long response to. I've been having this problem a lot. I type for a while, then I click on Preview or Post. It tells me to log in again. I log in again, but after...
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    Re: Does America Have a GUN disease?

    I'm not really interested in the intricacies of background checks. I'm interested in Banning Guns vs Keeping them. I don't have a strong position, so instead I'll sum up how either side could...
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    Re: Is utilitarianism a valid ideological system?

    I'm gonna just focus on the objections to Utilitarianism you made. Although, I would note that disassociation between benefit and cost inevitably happens in any society in which one has to pay taxes....
  18. God: Re: Is a purely logical argument for/against God possible?

    Yeah, the issues with the &-operator are pretty big. I mean, for a start, it seems counter-probability; if P(A) = 0.5 and P(B) = 0.5, and A and B are independent events, then P(A & B) = 0.25....
  19. God: Re: Is a purely logical argument for/against God possible?

    I would just like to state my agreement with Clive; he has managed to state much more succinctly and clearly the heart of what I was attempting to get at. Also, I'd like to interject with a little...
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    Re: Is utilitarianism a valid ideological system?

    By this I take you mean "subjective in the sense that ethics is subjective; different people consider different things are good in the same situation". Again, no reason to reject NICE's work.


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    Re: A Probability question in a card game

    Why thank you my kind friend :afro:
  22. God: Re: Is a purely logical argument for/against God possible?

    Apok, you completely missed my point. I could make a deductive argument where I do not believe the premises are true. For instance:


    1. If Wittgenstein loved me, then I would be dead. P
    2. I am...
  23. God: Re: Is a purely logical argument for/against God possible?

    What? Firstly, I am in no way sure what you by this. Secondly, the argument is either valid/invalid or sound/unsound in itself, regardless of anyone's intentions.



    No, not necessarily. We...
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    Re: A new fallacy - the Transformation Fallacy

    Please read the bolded section way down my post first.



    What does it mean for the conclusion to follow "logically"? Yes, in normal logical discourse, a valid argument has a conclusion which...
  25. Thread: Paradoxes.

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    Re: Paradoxes.

    A statement. A tautological statement in fact.
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    Re: Is utilitarianism a valid ideological system?

    You'll have to provide some evidence, but yes I can imagine they are subjective in the sense of hard to judge exactly and requiring guesswork. But then, so are many things; when somebody is happy,...
  27. God: Re: Is a purely logical argument for/against God possible?

    Indeed. However, we can make all arguments about probability into deductive arguments anyway, where the premises and conclusion talk about probabilistic propositions rather than normal "X is true"...
  28. God: Re: Is a purely logical argument for/against God possible?

    Is that not what I just said?



    I would argue that the inductive arguments about God can be phrased as deductive arguments with inductive premises. For instance, the KCA - it is deductive, but...
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    Re: Is utilitarianism a valid ideological system?

    First one needs to draw this distinction: 1. Utilitarianism showing the ethical ideal, and 2. Decision making in Utilitarian ethics.

    1 is decided by the hedonic calculus. In this situation, one...
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    Re: A new fallacy - the Transformation Fallacy

    I will demonstrate.

    1. I have strong sense-data evidence that X P
    2. If I have strong sense-data evidence that X, then X P
    3. Therefore X 1,2 MP

    However, premise 2 is clearly wrong. No...
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