A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

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Postby Jeff » Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:15 pm

Interesting Ian wrote:There's an explanation of how a car engine works. You look at the component parts and how they fit and function together.

An explanation of why we see redness cannot be so reduced. All we have are physical processes. Presumably a particular process in the brain is the particular correlate of the actual experience of redness. But you cannot derive this experience. All you can derive are other physical processes. This is all that's required for a car engine, or indeed anything else pertaining to the world; apart from conscious experiences.

What on earth do you think the mind/body problem is??

You should realise by now that I don't just say these things.

You do. The explanation of how color vision works has been provided. You just seem to be unable to understand it.
That's all right, you have something in common with a minority of college freshmen, a metaphorical form of Daltonism when it comes to color vision.

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby bcrispi » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:41 pm

(1) Telepathy would occur when one person could receive another person's thoughts, without speech or electronics. On present evidence is telepathy (a) impossible, (b.) unlikely, (c) possible, or (d) actual?

D

(2) Suppose that there were firm evidence of telepathy. Would this mean that physics ought to be (a) abandoned, (b) supplemented with a very different discipline, (c) expanded, (d) left as it is?

B

(3) Suppose there were statistical evidence that the positions of the planets influence human fate. Would this be because of (a) an accident, (b) unknown causal processes, (c) something beyond our understanding, or (d) the truth of astrology?

C

(4) That human beings can survive death is (a) likely, (b) possible, (c) unlikely, (d) impossible.

B

(5) That today's physics may someday be seen as wildly inaccurate myth is (a) impossible, (b) unlikely, (c) possible, (d) probable.

C

(6) Where are rainbows: (a) in the sky, (b) in people's minds, (c) in raindrops, (d) nowhere?

B

(7) Numbers are (a) fictions, (b) marks on paper, (c) ideas in our minds, (d) objects independent of us.

C

(8) Compare democracy (in politics) and energy (in science): (a) energy and democracy are both just concepts we use to describe our experiences; (b) both energy and democracy are dubious concepts; (c) energy is a useful concept and democracy a dubious one; (d) energy is real and democracy is just an idea.

A

(9) A factor in many diseases is 'stress', which in part depends on a person's experiences and emotions. The suggestion that stress might one day be understood in purely physical terms is (a) likely, (b) possible, (c) improbable, (d) impossible.

D

(10) Brain chemistry seems to be connected with some severe mental disorders. The possibility that a person's personality might be completely explicable in terms of their brain chemistry is (a) crazy, (b) far-fetched, (c) likely, (d) probable.

B

(11) People who believe that they are biological organisms governed by biological principles are likely to treat other people in a way that is (a) more understanding than, (b) different from, (c) the same as, (d) less understanding than those who believe that humans are exceptions to the principles governing other animals behaviour.

D

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Anaxagoras » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:28 am

What is this thread necromancy?

Noob? I think the person you are responding to is long gone. Check out some more recent threads or start your own if there's a topic you want to discuss.
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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby ed » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:45 am

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:49 pm

bcrispi wrote:(1) Telepathy would occur ...


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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:52 pm

bcrispi wrote:(1) Telepathy would occur when one person could receive another person's thoughts, without speech or electronics. On present evidence is telepathy (a) impossible, (b.) unlikely, (c) possible, or (d) actual?



Emphasis added.

Written word? Sign language? Smoke signals? Heliograph? Semaphores?

You may have an interesting point, but you need to define your terms better.
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Postby Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:53 pm

Our N00b didn't say the anti-magic word ("quantum"), so benefit of the doubt for now.
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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby ed » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:13 pm

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Doctor X » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:05 pm

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Pyrrho » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:32 pm

Probably a spammer. The post duplicates content from the OP.
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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:38 pm

Pyrrho wrote:Probably a spammer. The post duplicates content from the OP.


Spamming to what end? It makes no sense. Or is spamming an end in itself?

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Carr » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:39 pm

There's no spammin' in the building!

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Rob Lister » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:14 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Pyrrho wrote:Probably a spammer. The post duplicates content from the OP.


Spamming to what end? It makes no sense. Or is spamming an end in itself?



It doesn't make sense but there it is.

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Postby Pyrrho » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:19 pm

IIRC they get paid in Somali shillings.
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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Doctor X » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:23 pm

To see whether they can post and, potentially, break into the page to host various scam links and the like.

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Rob Lister » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:37 pm

Doctor X wrote:To see whether they can post and, potentially, break into the page to host various scam links and the like.

--J.D.


It seems like a lot of work for such a low return. But yea, there it is.

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Postby Nyarlathotep » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:28 pm

Heh. I forgot "Interesting Ian" even existed.

Not all that interesting, then
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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Doctor X » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:31 pm

Like claus' newsletter, he was a contradiction in terms.

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Rob Lister » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:33 pm

he was more interesting than claus.

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Re: A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

Postby Tommy D » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:52 am

"Just sayin'?!" What, the fuck, you "just sayin?!" Tell me!
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