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David Lovetrees
Posted about 2 years ago
Is it time for philosophy to do away with metaphysics?
PS Orlando. I read a book a long time ago called 'The Reflective Universe: evolution of consciousness' by Arthur M. Young. I think this book is a good example of why Metaphysics has it's place in a real world. Arthur Young puts forward a well thought out, Philisophical and science based theory for the evolution of the universe in relation to humanity. It brings together Physics and Metaphysics. And although it's just a theory, one of many, the book is a good example of how Metaphysics can make a contribution to knowledge and is a step away from what people understand Metaphysics to be about. i.e. Weird stuff that has nothing to do with reality.
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David Lovetrees
Posted about 2 years ago
Is it time for philosophy to do away with metaphysics?
Orlando, I like you. You have depth. You made me think. I like to think. It's takes my mind off washing my socks. You are right when you imply that not everyone has the freedom to think beyond the mundane (my words). But for even the most humblest among us, there sometimes opens up a small trapdoor to the deep. In regard to your comment. I believe that Metaphysics is an essential ingredient in Philosophy. Science is a tool. It can make measurements and experiment with the mundane. But it cannot measure the immeasurable. And humanity cannot be found in a test-tube. Measuring our bit's cannot define what we are. So metaphysics offers alternative ways of reasoning that which 'empiricism and naturalism' give no reasonable account. It is door through which there may be a way to interpret the reality we see every day and may help us to reach a new way of being human. So for me Metaphics represent's a little hope, a bit of magick and we could all use a little of those now and again. However, as you suggest, we need to take care of business and feed the crying baby of life. So maybe the journey into the relm of Metaphysics should be an enlightening trip available to all but not an extended vacation in relation to philosophical education. What do you think?
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David Lovetrees
Posted about 2 years ago
I believe fear makes us cowards and prohibits us to stand against any wrong doings.
Fear can be a good thing. It can hone our senses and sharpen our wit's. But a feeling of powerlessness to change things is what stops us from standing up against those things we feel are wrong. We just let bad things happen because on our own we feel powerless. If " powerful wrong doers " go unchallenged then eventually you loose anyway. If enough people stand up for what they believe, things change. So who will stand and be counted. Will you?
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David Lovetrees
Posted about 2 years ago
Should Music be Free?
Greetings to you Lizanne. I have many years experience of the music industry. I'm sorry to hear you are a "starving musician" and I presume you are this way because you have chosen to pursue your passion even though it does not provide you with suffient income to live on. I would say that if you belive in yourself then persist because eventually someone else will believe in you also and the more of those you get the better the odds that you will succeed. As for music and wheather should it be free or not. Well, most muscians I know try to make a living out of their music. It becomes their product. It usually involves a degree of skill to create that product and certainly involves a cost along the way, not just for the musician themselves but also for those who help to package that product and promote it in the market place. So, should it be free. Hell no! But alas, if the product is good there will always be those who want something for nothing. Such is life. But - don't let it bring you down it's only castles burning, and persistance pays.
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David Lovetrees
Posted about 2 years ago
Infinity exists regardless of mankind's ability to conceptualize it.
Infinity does not exsist. It is a mathmatical/philosophical construct. Our universe is finite. It is both the box and the contents. There is no singulatity at the beginning of the universe neither did the universe come out of nothing. the universe has always exsisted only it's configuration changes which gives us a concept of time, which also does not exsist.
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David Lovetrees
Posted over 2 years ago
Can we ever design an experiment which can determine whether God exists?
I found the comment about your dog very amusing Mr Tinklenutz. But could you ask your dog if he/she believes in a doggy heaven? Or is he/she an agnostic, atheist or something else? Does your dog sit of an evening staring longingly at Sirius. Does your dog think therefore Iams. Does it chase it's tail like we are doing in this on going debate?
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David Lovetrees
Posted over 2 years ago
Can we ever design an experiment which can determine whether God exists?
Hi everyone. I've been trying to keep up with the flow in TEDland but it ain't easy. Well, you seem like a friendly lot, so I hope you don't mind me joining in with me ravings. All comments welcome. I'm just going to eat this piece of pie. On something from nothing - I do not believe that the universe came from nothing or that God/god created the universe or that it started with a singularity. I would like to suggest that this universe is one of many that have exsisted. That it started when the collapsed matter from the previous universe reached the Alpha state, that is when all the indivisible finite parts of the universe reach a state of maximum unity at which point there would be no space/time between them. I believe that the Alpha state would have built-in instability as the number of finite part is equal to an ultimate prime number. That gravity inverted to cause expansion. That the evolving universe is a construct of the progressive relationship between those finite particles and that we along with the rest of creation are a result of those complex relationships. I also believe that gravity acting throughout the whole of the universe can never have a value of nil or infinity. That when the energy in the universe has finally been spent that gravity will cause it's collapse and in it's final moments all creation will break down into those fundimental parts and the whole thing will start again. That if there is a God/god it is merely a wave function expressing the eternal expansion and contraction of the universes. That God/god might therefore be expressed as both the whole and eternal but also the individual and finite. And that belief in God/god is a natural occurance brought about by the feeling of separation from the whole. The pie was nice! Thank God/god/whatever for pie ( and cake).
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David Lovetrees
Posted over 2 years ago
Can we ever design an experiment which can determine whether God exists?
So Moses and his followers fleeing from capivity and the Pharaoh's soldiers were camped at Pi-hahiroth next to the Red Sea. They had word that their where-a-bouts had been discovered and with nowhere left to run Moses appeals to God for help. God tells Moses to gather his followers to the waters edge and then to ' lift thou up thy rod and stretch out thine hand over the sea,and divide it'. So Moses did what he was told and the Red Sea parted and Moses and his followers escape. A scientist who witnessed the whole episode was recounting his experience that night to his wife ' . . . and Moses stuck out his hand and the sea parted and they all escaped across a dry river bed and then the sea closed and all the soldiers drowned. I must go and take some measurements tomorrow and work out how that happened' he said. ' I have a theory that strong east wind that was blowing all night had something to do with it'. My point is this. You will never find God at the end of a ruler. There are no experiments to prove God exists. People of faith and people of science both see the same universe. For instance, if I didn't know St Thomas Aquinas was talking about God the creator. you could mistakenly believe he was describing the big bang! I think there are more pressing problems in this world then trying to determine whether there is a God or not. And either way I still have to get up in the morning and do a bit.
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David Lovetrees
Posted over 2 years ago
Can we ever design an experiment which can determine whether God exists?
Here is a definition of God : ' God is the relationship between all the finite points of creation'. An experiment to test for God would be to see if and particular part of the universe is related to any other part, If a relationship is proven. then God exsists. To check this, if any finite parts of the universe or creation can be shown not to have any kind of relationship, then the omni-present, omni-potent God cannot exsist.