UncleJim

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    James W. Peterson
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    Retired GMC engineer. Author of "The Mind of God."

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  1. I think she means that values are chosen subjectively, so we are free to value whatever we want. I think it is not a question of what the value "is". For example, I'm sure she won't argue that food exists but whether or not it is considered valuable depends on the individual case. If the value of food is subject to the the whim of personal choice then starving to death is a rational consequence of trying to live without it.
  2. The next time you come to a conclusion, will it be value based?
  3. A human being is a specific kind of living organism. As such a human being has no alternative but to live in accordance with his identity or suffer the consequences of not doing so. Since you are a human being; then, that determines what you must do to be considered a properly functioning human being. Your values are determined by the kind of living organism you are. Since this is the case; then, your values and mine and theirs are the same. Our values are the same as every human who has ever lived, all human now living and all humans who will ever live. "qua man" means "in accordance with hu
  4. Xray is a lady? Missed that part. Thanks for the correction.
  5. That is his claim - Does not make much sense does it.
  6. The subject in the quote you provided is life - not man.
  7. We are in fact not ignorant (ha ha ha) at all. Our complexity, which enables our amazing technological advances, is also our achilles' heel. When physical circumstances become really bad, the complex organism of a mammal is much more vulnerable than the relatively simple organism of an insect, let alone a bacterium. For example, it has been demonstrated that insects are much more resistant to radioactive radiation than mammals. 65 million years ago something struck the earth, killing most of the "higher" animals, including the until then highly successful dinosaurs. No problem for the insects
  8. Natural Selection favors those characteristics which promote reproductive success. Intelligence has little to do with this. The ants, bees and cockroaches are much more effective reproducers than are humans. Long after humans are extinct, there will be ants, bees, wasps, termites and cockroaches. Ba'al Chatzaf What resource did you use to make this claim - ignorance?
  9. Not to mention their essential role in quantum mechanics, without which Uncle Jim wouldn't have had a computer to type on. They are useful when trying to explain reality. They do not, are not intended to, represent a real something.
  10. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_number#Applications Complex numbers which are a combination of real numbers and multiples of the imaginary unit are handy for representing phases of cyclic processes. They are very important in engineering, physics and signal processing. Ba'al Chatzaf So you don't actually know? When I talk about 1-horse I can actually demonstrate what it is I am talking about.
  11. I was asked to participate in a debate about capitalism with a couple of Marxist socialists. Holly crap!
  12. That depends on whether Kant knew what it was he was talking about. In other words: Did he have an actual sensual experience which translated into the conscious existence of a brain-image or was he hallucinating? Note: An imaginary number is just that - imaginary! So is an integer. Look the wide world over and never an integer shall you find. Just an aside. It turns out the field (division ring) of complex numbers is isomorphic to the set of 2x2 matrices: First row: a, -b second row: b, a all such matrices in which no both a and b are zero has a inverse matrix which corresponds to the recipr
  13. That depends on whether Kant knew what it was he was talking about. In other words: Did he have an actual sensual experience which translated into the conscious existence of a brain-image or was he hallucinating? Note: An imaginary number is just that - imaginary!
  14. In my view catagory contains that which concept explains the existence of.
  15. Xray, I want to get away from your repeated opinions about what is subjective or not, and get to agreeing on meanings. After the meanings are agreed upon will those opinions have any real intellectual value as ideas. Until then, they are merely repeated opinions. Since you agree that there is an objective referent, do you also hold that the causality involved in the referent's actions is objectively known? Michael Notice how evil can exist only in reference to the existence of good. Further that good can exist only in reference to the existence of life. In each case there must be (and is) a