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Does this argument support the simulation hypothesis?

https://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmaker_analogy Does this argument support the simulation hypothesis? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulation_hypothesis Induction and argument by analogy is ...
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Is it reasonable to use induction to justify belief in the existence of other minds? [duplicate]

Is it reasonable to use an argument by analogy (induction) to justify belief in the existence of other minds? The principle of the uniformity of nature is used in the argument by analogy. https://...
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A thought process: understanding infinite density (black hole) from a temporal stance using a hypothetical Ouroboros [closed]

The two main focus questions: Could a snake theoretically devour itself whole? Does a black whole actually have infinite density and zero volume? Everything below is just extra explanatory steps on ...
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How similar do things have to be in order to run an argument from analogy?

This came up from a discussion about the design argument. Suppose you roll a dice and it lands on 6 10 times. Now, this could be explained by cheating. If we live in a deterministic universe, it could ...
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Is the argument by analogy logically consistent?

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#ArguAnal I'm a bit confused by the criticism here. That is, this argument has no problems with logical sequence and if the premises are correct, then ...
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Fallacies and biases of analogical reasoning

When we observe a dog wounded in a traffic accident, for instance, we infer that the dog must be in pain, based on the analogy between humans and dogs and what we know about humans. The structure of ...
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conceptualizing metaphor and analogy with abstraction

Are two concepts metaphor/analogy equivalent to generalization/abstraction. If yes how? Give me some examples
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Can the product of creativity always be classified as analogy?

Without concepts there can be no thought, and without analogies there can be no concepts. —Hofstadter and Sander Part of the creative process of a sculpter is to visualize a shape within a stone and ...
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Does anyone distinguish linguistic univocity/analogy from metaphysical univocity/analogy?

Classical Theists (and other Realists) inherit Plato's Theory of Forms, and posit the existence of Forms such as Goodness, Truth, Beauty, Justice, and so on. Non-Christian Realists might say these ...
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Would a physical near-equivalent to continental nuclear war have roughly the same moral status as an actual such war?

Qualifications. Barring the future advent of antimatter, black-hole, or similar weaponry, nuclear weapons are the standard-bearer for destruction in our world. Their comparison with chemical ...
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What makes the Hitler analogy weak?

The Hitler/Nazi comparison is one of the most common analogies in informal debates and political arenas. Quick and dirty, a user seeks to put an opponent on the defensive by associating them with evil....
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Why can't numbers be 'used up'?

I was speaking with a young student who has been learning about addition and subtraction (essentially functions, but he doesn't know that yet) with the idea of a 'number machine' and he could not ...
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is there a theory of social 'vaccination' against destructive ideologies?

One can notice certain similarities between domains of biology, in which live organisms cope with viruses sociology, where societies cope with destructive ideologies Drawing an analogy, we can ...
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What is Aristotle's view of plant generation?

In Book 1 of On the Generation of Animals, Aristotle gives his view of plant generation. In Book 1.1, Aristotle writes: But all those creatures which do not move, as the testacea and animals that ...
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The role of fiction and analogy in Kant’s epistemology

It seems undeniable that we can create new fictions by analogy and combination, which are merely inspired by what we take the basic structure of reality. For example, we do not (directly) experience a ...
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What are metaphorical sayings similar to “As Above So Below”? How can I find them? [closed]

I am looking for some metaphorical sayings which contain idealist(in contrast to materialism) background like "As Above So Below", and how to find them. Any help is appreciated. Explanation of this ...
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What are all attributes of God and what is the manner of knowing them according to Aquinas?

What are all of the divine attributes, and in which way is each of them predicted of God (univocal, equivocal or analogical way; if in an analogical way, what kind of analogy)? An answer should be ...
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What's the Life Philosophy / Approach analogous to IT DevOps "Blue / Green" Deployments? [closed]

In modern IT, there's the DevOps concept of "Blue / Green Deployments". Here are some links: https://docs.cloudfoundry.org/devguide/deploy-apps/blue-green.html https://martinfowler.com/bliki/...
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Do those who deny a univocal understanding of "God is good" conflate sense and connotation?

Several theologians following Aquinas have said that when we say things like "God is good" that this must mean something different to when we call other things good; this is called analogical use of ...
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What undergraduate-level books focus on analogical arguments?

I want books that dive deeper into nothing but analogies. I went to the library and riffled the books in the Bibliography of SEP's Analogy and Analogical Reasoning, but none were introductions at an ...
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Is visualization : space :: simulation : time?

I'm trying to find the right word to complete this analogy. visualization : space :: w : time? The closest I could get is "simulation," but is this a good answer?
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Are analogies logical arguments?

I have heard several analogies that attempt to give people a better understanding of the Christian trinity. Some compare it to H2O and how water can be solid, liquid, or gas. However, this is a form ...
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Weaknesses? 'teaching evolution to a class with believers in biblical inerrancy' vs. 'flunking a student as he's a fundamentalist Christian'

Source: Richard A. Posner, How Judges Think (2008), p. 227 Bottom Footnote 35.   35. Brief for Amicus Curiae the American Association of University Professors, 2005 U.S. S. Ct. briefs LEXIS 641, ...
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Strengths? 'Assisting recruitment by an employer that refuses to hire openly gay students is akin to failing a student merely for being gay.'

Source: Richard A. Posner, How Judges Think (2008), p. 227 Bottom Footnote 35.   35. Brief for Amicus Curiae the American Association of University Professors, 2005 U.S. S. Ct. briefs LEXIS 641, ...
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Is this Argument from analogy valid?

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day, and his way of arguing struck me as rather weird. He would constantly say things like: Well that's just like this other thing (which I already ...
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Is this an inductive or a deductive argument?

Two flowers of the same cultivar were planted in adjacent plots . The first was fertilized with Miracle-Gro and it flourished (2); The second was not and it din't(3) . Therefore , Miracle-Gro ...
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I search an example of an ad hominem argument, which is not simultaneously an argument from analogy

Incidentally I found an old copy from a book, with this claim: “Hence most ad hominem criticisms are really forms of the argument from analogy” (Douglas Walton, Ad Hominem Arguments, Tuscaloosa, The ...
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Are analogies between ethics and mathematics philosophically coherent?

Analogies between ethics and mathematics are pretty common – probably because of their shared a priori nature. Philosophical laymen use them, like “Scott Alexander” (no, you don't need to know him), ...
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What are the similarities and differences in the ways Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas define the "Analogy of Being"?

As is well known to us all, "Analogy of Being" is a very important term created by the Scholasticism of St. Thomas Aquinas. While this term cannot be found in Aristotle's original work, the similar ...
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"Jim and the Indians" and killing someone to harvest organs, is it equivalent?

Imagine these two thoughts experiments The first one, slightly modified from "Jim and the Indians" by Bernard Williams: You come upon twenty people taken hostage by an armed group. The groups's ...
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Is this proposition analytic or synthetic?

Consider the following statement: Cats have four legs This is an analytic statement, since its truth can be established by looking at the subject and predicate; one does not need to look further ...
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A post in the desert - a metaphor used in a false-analogy argument in support of conservative institutions. Details please

A metaphor is sometimes used by those who philosophise in favour of conservative institutions such as monarchy or English public schools. It is a picture of something like a post standing in the ...
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why analogies work?

I am a philosophy noob. I have been reading about analogies and how they form the core of cognition. Consider this analogy: Putting a resistor reduces the flow of electrons in a wire. Putting a ...
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Are analogical middle terms sufficient for a valid demonstration?

William A. Wallace, O.P., in “Thomism and the Quantum Enigma,” The Thomist 61 (1997): 455–468, claims that analogical middle terms are sufficient for a valid demonstration and that this is a ...
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Does the analogy "dog is to proximal environment as human is to Reality" portend anything for a maximum theoretical level of intelligence?

As today has been a day for analogies: dog : proximal environment :: human : Reality A dog's ontology is presumably quite limited. A human's ontology is apparently maximal. While our average ...
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