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by androidbleepboop
Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2149
Views: 738236

Re: Something on Youtube

"The World is Miraculously Beautiful": a nice reminder of some perspective expanding facts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF9zGGV09_c
by androidbleepboop
Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

First of all, idealism is a metaphysical position, not an epistemological position. Metaphysical positions are, by definition, simultaneously comprised of both ontological positions and epistemological positions (in that metaphysics is the branch of philosophy devoted to both ontology and epistemol...
by androidbleepboop
Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

You probably should have done in the video, then. I did, except it was by means of a visual, so it didn't appear in the script. I also didn't think to add it to the script. http://youtu.be/tLA02-ubvFY?t=3m19s Are your points no longer trivial and supported by arguments? Grammatically, that question...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

After two pages of reading impressive sounding statements about metaphysics, I get what amounts to a footnote saying "BTW guys, I'm not going to bother making a case that any of that is true."? Is that how you think philosophy works? I don't think there's one specific way that philosophy ...
by androidbleepboop
Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

That's a good point- I sort of like the idea of keeping the description area brief, since it seems a bit cleaner. I hadn't anticipated the issue of the link not working. In any case, what do you think of the ideas put forward?
by androidbleepboop
Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

http://ge.tt/3XnEAIs1/v/0?c

I gather that this link isn't working for you. I'm not sure why, it has a handful of downloads which indicates it works for other people. Works for me- what browser are you using?
by androidbleepboop
Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

New video is up! I think you'll really enjoy this one, whether you ultimately agree or not. Let me know your thoughts on it, and we can keep this discussion train rollin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLA02-ubvFY
by androidbleepboop
Fri May 02, 2014 3:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

In what sense is the break ill-defined? The ideal form cannot in itself be spatially expressed. Seems fine to me. (Not that it's in any sense practical or useful in everyday life, but then, what is?) Perhaps the issue is that while you may reference "spatial truths like 'my basketball has a vo...
by androidbleepboop
Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

But of course there's a break. The logic underlying the chair's existence has no spatial form; it can also exist independently of an extant object defined by that logic. The fact that the logic of geometry exists independently of any spatial object does not represent a logical break between the log...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

It seems bizarre to ascribe causality to abstracts. Especially when combined with your assertion that there can be no initial cause. Good point- you’re referring to my sentence 2 posts back, “everything which exists has a reason (logical), a cause.” I agree that this doesn’t fit the framework. Afte...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

Another fascinating question! I've actually been planning on making a brief video to address that exact concern. It gets pretty complicated in the details, because, you know, relativity, but here goes: To answer this, we first have to ask, "why does time slow for reference frames (RFs) which ar...
by androidbleepboop
Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

It sounds like you are assuming that whenever one thing is necessary for another, there must be a timelike interval separating the two things. This is not necessarily true. I see what you're saying. I'm not exactly putting that forward- I can picture there being countless logical consequences based...
by androidbleepboop
Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

So you're a platonist? Yes- though an updated Platonist. Or at least, in order for me to be considered a Platonist, you have to realize I give Platonism a different reading than it traditionally has. My problem with Platonism is that there's a disconnect between the realm of "ideal forms"...
by androidbleepboop
Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Part II of a video series on the nature of reality

Hello again xkcd forum! I published part II in my video series on ontology this week, I hope you will enjoy it and share your thoughts on it. Thank you one and all for your feedback on the last one- hopefully this one will clarify some of the points I was unable to make properly in the first video. ...
by androidbleepboop
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

GrammarBolshevik- Essentially, your argument here boils down to "I can't understand what you mean, nothing you are saying makes sense." In my mind it is all quite straightforward, so I'm not sure how I can explain any of this to you. I could take each of your points in turn, and say for ex...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

When I say that many of the claims in the video are trivial, I mean that they just aren't interesting at all. They may not require any background, but they also don't provoke any significant insight. For example: This general pattern of an object’s form representing the geometric relationships betw...
by androidbleepboop
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

Why would you think of our lives as such an experiment? Which observations would tend to show that the physical universe exists, and which would tend to show that it does not exist? What sort of experimental result would show that I am not a brain in a vat, or a hallucinating immaterial soul? I thi...
by androidbleepboop
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

I mean, let's just look at your closing statement All physical objects occupy space and change over time, yet these physical characteristics arise out of the logic of geometry and the laws of physics. The laws themselves must be non-physical because they do not take up space, nor do they change ove...
by androidbleepboop
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

Physical existence is, at least in part, linked to sensory input, and it is not inarguably evident that our senses must be truthful. Imagine, for the sake of argument, that you're blind, deaf, anosmic and can phase through solid objects (the first three, together are horrendously unfortunate; the l...
by androidbleepboop
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

…Prove that the post exists, prove that the screen you are seeing it on exists, prove that anything your senses perceive exists. You can't prove that your senses are a reliable tool which shows things that exist physically. Well, what does it mean for something to exist physically? What does it tak...
by androidbleepboop
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:I reject your assertion that physical objects inarguably exist.


^Inarguably typed on a physically existent keyboard.
by androidbleepboop
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

When did xkcd forum turn into 4chan? Very compelling points, team, good form.
by androidbleepboop
Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

What is Existence?

Part 1 of a video series on the fundamental nature of reality. Spatiality! Temporality! Causality! And all that good stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_d3KN1d7Y0 Here's Part II, which explores the nature of non-physical logic and how it gives rise to the physical world we occupy. https://www.yo...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Pantheism is the belief that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent God,[1] or that the universe (or nature) is identical with divinity.[2] Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god.[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantheism For some reason I think this...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Btw androidbleepboop for better understanding of your mindset: If I have an universe like our own, just a bit smaller with a sun and a single planet. It has no life but the same rules apply as in our unverse and the materials are there so there is a potential for conciousness. Since there is nobody...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Things I know: ⋅ I exist in some form ⋅ The universe exists in some form ⋅ Math Unless I can derive it from first principles, it gets thrown on the "I Don't Know" pile And what is the faculty through which you come to have knowledge of those things? Is it the...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

This is why I'm always kind of appalled at philosophers who haven't read much in the way of science fiction. Don't purport to opine on consciousness if you haven't read of the Ship of Theseus, Neuromancer, Fire upon the Deep, etc. Android, you evoke neurobiology with very obviously minimal understa...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

And yet the fact that it is experience and subjective is unquestionably reliable. I refer back to "cogito ergo sum", and the realization that if I'm doubting the existence of my subjective experience, it's impossible to doubt that I'm doubting it. You can doubt your ability to genuinely d...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

These are all really good points, quite insightful. I love that you pointed out that in the absence of a subjective experience which accurately models the reality of the external world, a species could not adequately survive the rigors of evolutionary pressure. I use this as an argument when someone...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

"Consciousness" and "experience" are fairly fuzzy terms Now that you point out that these are fuzzy terms for you, it is clear that they are probably fairly fuzzy for many people. I have a very specific concept in mind for each of these things, which I had assumed was shared wid...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

When a thing is deemed important, the part of the brain that noticed the thing (the telephone pole in the sidewalk) attempts to get the attention of "central command" (my conscious attention). If I'm too enthralled in texting someone to pay attention to my visual system's frantic hand-wav...
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

gmalivuk wrote:Your arguments challenge currently accepted belief, a belief that has tons of evidence to back it up, with literally no new evidence of its own.


And what would be that currently accepted belief, in your words?
by androidbleepboop
Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

When intelligent people disagree with you, it pays to re-evaluate. Agreed, and this discussion has been a great opportunity to do just that. As far as I can tell, we've exhausted the prior line of argument, and reached something of a stalemate (in that all of you think I'm wrong, and that I am not ...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Man, this is like debating a hydra. Hippo: That's not evidence; that's just word games. That's not an argument, that's just a lazy dismissal. It is evidence, I'm sorry that it is going over your head. Hippo: Okay, so this isn't based on anything neuroscientists discovered; it's just something you ma...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Phew, ok, let's do this: Cridd: But possibilities can't experience things. It's the individual instances of consciousness that experience things. This is true regardless of how universal the possibility of consciousness is, or whether those instances are expressions of that possibility. Of course, b...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

By saying "to actual torture Universal consciousness is...wrongminded", I'm not talking about torturing the whole set of all experiencers, I'm talking about torturing the person being tortured, who only experiences that torture through the existence of the phenomenon of consciousness. I t...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Well, when the body dies, yet the soul persists, doesn't that mean the soul is then independent of the body? If every other conscious being ceased to exist, yet I persisted, would that mean that I was unaffected by society? It would surely mean that your existence is not dependent on the existence ...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

I agree with all of this, except I feel that though I cannot experience another's pain in my body, the intellectual understanding that the "I" that we share feels that pain casts morality in a totally different light. I feel like humanity, in holding a view of selfhood which implicitly en...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:15 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

That's the point I was making in the dialogue- the old idea proposes that the soul's existence does not hinge on brain activity, whereas modern evidence clearly suggests otherwise. I urge you to find a single scientific paper that purports to locate the soul. The soul hypothesis is prescientific, a...
by androidbleepboop
Fri Nov 08, 2013 1:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37579

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

That's the point I was making in the dialogue- the old idea proposes that the soul's existence does not hinge on brain activity, whereas modern evidence clearly suggests otherwise. I urge you to find a single scientific paper that purports to locate the soul. The soul hypothesis is prescientific, a...

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