Vincent Moon

Midshipman, United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD, United States

About Vincent

Bio

Hello there, my name is Vince Moon as you can tell. I am entering my first year at the United States Naval Academy this June 27th and will be commissioned as either a Navy ensign or Marine lieutenant upon completion of my four years there. I am on TED to learn as much as I can about the events going on around the world and also to network with others, so please feel free to contact me; I will be sure to respond as soon as possible.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy - Ethics, Literatue, Stock Market investment, Economics

I'm passionate about

Philosophy, Investing, and literature

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Comments & conversations

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Vincent Moon
Posted about 1 year ago
Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?
I do not agree with the mass collection of my online information or of others. I do realize that it happens constantly though, and am reminded of it every time I allow an app to use my location or visit websites that leave cookies. I think that, with the advancement of technology, the government will continue to find increasingly invasive techniques of accessing our private information. Through leaks of their own information, they have been caught red handed though, and now we the people have to voice our approval or disapproval with this arbitrary information storing. Sure they will justify their actions by claiming that the information they are using will protect us from terrorists who are out to harm us. This is a scare tactic and if you fall for it, you end up sacrificing freedom for security. The US has been using this scare tactic continuously to invade the privacy of US citizens, bomb civilians, and enact various other other unethical or otherwise arbitrary drawbacks on our personal freedoms. With today's technology the possibilities are quite frightening. Our pinpoint location, movements, and communications can all be exploited. It may seem okay to capitulate with this vast information storing and tracking, but it's a slippery slope indeed. None of our information will be secure unless we draw the line somewhere. Sure, they will continue to find ways to steal our information, but does that mean we have to approve of it and hand it out on a silver platter? The repercussions of letting this opportunity to draw up some guide lines as to how our information is taken and how it is used may not affect you personally now, but in the long run it could play a major role in future events. Imagine, and this isn't an unrealistic possibility, that all future protesters of any government sanctioned policy were tracked and prosecuted for being at certain place at a certain time or for talking to a certain person. What happens when the protester is you?
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Vincent Moon
Posted over 1 year ago
Can anyone prove the existence of a supernatural deity?
@Entropy Driven Your argument is the most logical I've heard so far, but still doesn't explain the cause of anything. Science is not aimed at simply answering "what?"; it has to also answer "How?". You seem to think that repulsion and attraction just happen, without cause and without explanation. This is completely unscientific, and although the causes of repulsion/attraction have not been found, a real physicist would never argue that the causes do not exist. Gravity is another problem that physicists have yet to answer. They have answered What?: a force that attracts a body towards any other physical body having mass, but not How? And the answer to that question is down a rabbit hole that physicts have been unable to reach for now. Gravity does bring up another interesting thought though, which is that if its force brings masses together and is found all throughout the universe, then what is the force which ever seperated these masses in the first place? The Big Bang? what caused that? and more importantly how?
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Vincent Moon
Posted over 1 year ago
Can anyone prove the existence of a supernatural deity?
Time is just a word we use to understand the specific order in which we experience events. Regardless of whether or not "time" existed as we know it, before the Big Bang, science would tell us that something (as in something physical) could not come from nothing, and therefore everything physical must have a cause. Even if the the "cause" and the "effect" were to exist simultaneously because of the lack of what we call "time", the latter effect would still be unable to exist without the former cause. Science will never be able to fully answer questions on how something (matter) came from nothing, so logically the answer to that question will come from somewhere else. God? perhaps.
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Vincent Moon
Posted over 1 year ago
Can anyone prove the existence of a supernatural deity?
@ Obey I was simply stating that the physical laws which we agree on and employ in every aspect of physics cannot explain the origins of the universe we observe around us. "Surely you can see the error in - everything needs a cause, except I'll invent a first cause that doesn't. Special pleading." The things we hold true can be of two types; either material or immaterial. The laws of physics apply to all material things and state that material things cannot move without an initial action, and as result cannot explain the origins of our universe. You misunderstood me, I am not inventing a first material thing which caused the first movement; that would be a fallacy. No material thing could have made the first movement, unless all that we know in physics is based off of fallacy. Therefore, the initial cause must have been immaterial and not subject to physical laws, and is as of now, incomprehensible to us. Your opinions on what that initial cause could be, or whether or not you call it "God" or "deity" are not of my concern. As for other's specific concepts on what that "God" or "deity" means to them personally; I make no attempt to disprove or prove any of them.
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Vincent Moon
Posted over 1 year ago
Can anyone prove the existence of a supernatural deity?
Well it sounds like the charges you refer to rely on the law of inertia, because they remain at a constant velocity forever, but in in order for these charges to be in motion they must be in response to some previous action a long time ago. If you could theoretically have an electron at rest then you could not get that electron to move or "spin" without imposing some initial force on it. It's great to hear from an actual physicist, but to be clear you are physicist who rejects Newton's First Law of Motion?
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Vincent Moon
Posted over 1 year ago
Can anyone prove the existence of a supernatural deity?
A magnet is an object that has a magnetic field (magnetic field is that part of the electromagnetic field that exerts a force on a moving charge. A magnetic field can only be caused by another moving charge (i.e., by an electric current), and is thus reliant on that charge's initial movement. I'm no physicist, but Newton was, and it's going to be a pretty tough argument if you're trying to disprove his founding law of all physics.
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Vincent Moon
Posted over 1 year ago
Debate: Are humans better than other forms of life?
I have to agree with Zman. Samantha, If your argument is... (We are at the top of the food chain) = (because we have Technology) and it is true that.. (We have Technology) = (because we have Higher intelligence) Then it only follows that.. (We are at the top of the food-chain) = (because we have Higher intelligence)
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Vincent Moon
Posted over 1 year ago
Can anyone prove the existence of a supernatural deity?
Well one argument for a God is the First Mover argument. You of course must know Newton's 1st and 3rd laws, which govern all physical motion, and state that an object that is at rest stays at rest until an external force is applied to it, as well as that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So if you are moving right now it is because some force acted on you, and in order for whatever acted on you to have moved something must have acted on it, and so on indefinitely. These laws being found true for all physical things goes to show that if all objects were at rest at some point, then nothing would have ever moved and the universe would be completely still. The universe is on the contrary not still and full of constantly moving parts, so there must have been some variable (we can call it "x" for now) that acted on something else without itself being acted on; in other words the First Mover, which could not have possibly been a physical thing, because it violates the very first law of physics in that it moved without any external force being applied to it. This is a problem which has bothered physicists for centuries and still goes unanswered. Many highly intelligent people who have encountered this issue simply replace that "x" or First Mover variable with the word "God", and regardless of how strongly you may find your laws of physics to be, they have gotten no closer to answering this question then any Faith in a deity has, and until you can disprove a "First Mover" you will never be able to disprove a God.