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Your main worries can be explained away by the contemporary extreme materialism school of psychology called Eliminative materialism which rejects the existence of certain qualia or certain types of mental states that most people believe in, and thus avoids the usual reductive physicalism's disjunction problem which results in the indeterminacy of ...


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Logical modalities are usually expressed through relational semantics for modal logic developed by Saul Kripke and André Joyal in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In this semantics, formulas are assigned truth values relative to a possible world. A formula's truth value at one possible world can depend on the truth values of other formulas at other ...


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Science deals with empiric truths (truths that hold for our human experience), not final truths (universal truths, which are moreover the target of philosophy). In consequence, laws of physics are dependent on our experience, which is directly dependent on our human perception. If perception would be different, then, different rules --perhaps rules that ...


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Poincare used to describe the consistency of Non-Euclidean geometry in details assuming a universal physical law different than ours such that one's body shrinks as one walks into its edge due to its unique temperature distribution law of inverse square of radius (forgot the source though)... So at least Poincare had no trouble to assume there're contingent ...


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Newton was able to unify heavenly motion, with Earthly physics - it used to be thought they were just different places. Currently, the inside of a black hole does not obey our physics, because our theories don't work there - we don't have a quantum-gravity theory to account for small scales with high gravity. You have it backwards. We don't have a theory, ...


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Here is why that scenario is unlikely. First we take the case of what are called conservation laws. These are book-keeping rules which are used to keep tabs on what's entering in, exiting out, and accumulating inside a system under study. By analogy with money in your pocket, you can see that the units in which the book-keeping is done may vary from place to ...


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