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Philosophical work that focuses on "pattern" and "change"?
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I would think that Whitehead would be what you want. From Wikipedia... Beginning in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Whitehead gradually turned his attention from mathematics to philosophy of science, ...

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Can a statement about the past be a 'fact'?
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All true statements about the past are facts. Actually statements are either true or false but strictly speaking are not themselves 'facts'. There are lots of facts that have never been stated and ...

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Why did the chicken cross the road?
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I don't understand why Aristotle's final cause has become controversial in modern science. Science has no place for teleological 'explanations'. Science is in the business of finding causal ...

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Can "Gettier problems" be solved by changing Justified, True Belief without introducing a fourth condition?
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Gettier examples tug at the notion of justified. They need to allow for a notion of justification where the assertion at issue is in fact wrong. If justification can lead to incorrect beliefs are we ...

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What is put on what (the mayo or the eggs) and why?
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It depends on how you did it. If you had eggs on your plate and then dumped usage of some mayo on top of them then it's "you put mayo on your eggs". If you had some mayo on your plate and dropped the ...

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A question regarding the similarity of relations from Russell's Introduction to Mathematical Philsophy
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the objective counterparts would form a world having the same structure as the phenomenal world This is just saying that if you make a true statement "about the world" it is necessarily given more or ...

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How did quantum mechanics shape the scientific method?
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Quantum mechanics freed physics /science from ontology. Science relates one set of observations to subsequent observations. It does not need to, and in fact can't, base this on 'things' that 'exist'. ...

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What epistemic principle allows us to be certain that highly improbable events will never occur in real life?
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I think that there are two types of certainty being conflated here. One is mathematical , being certain when the probability of an occurrence is zero percent. The other is a psychological state when ...

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Do forces really exist?
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Why didn't you just ask "Do forces exist?" Asking if they "really exist" obscures the question. What kind of distinction is there between something "existing" and "really existing"? Existence is ...

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What is the difference between a formal fallacy and an informal fallacy?
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The whole idea of informal logic is flawed. A conclusion in an informal argument does not logically follow from the premises, by definition. If you believe the argument anyway, it's because you are, ...

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Trying to identify a stance (or a range of them) respecting humans as part of a wider system, while denying them any special intrinsic significance
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I think that you should take an objective scientific view. 1 The world is what it is, and is therefore in some sense 'good': it cannot help being straightforwardly 'honest'. Avalanches, mushrooms, ...

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Is free will compatible with determinism? (Ramsey theorem)
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Your question falls apart with "you are free to choose whatever color you want,". This is basically an assumption of free will. You go on to point out all coloring schemes are constrained by ...

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The Immortal Jellyfish
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This is only a question of what we mean by "the same". All "objects" are continuously changing and are not exactly the same instant to instant. They not only change internally but also by interaction ...

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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?
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Physics does not "describe reality". "Reality" is a metaphysical concept and is forever beyond experimental results. Physics gives relationships between observable situations. It relates one set of ...

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Is 1+1=2 true by definition ?
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When I was growing up I learned that in some situations the word "one" was to be used. Say the number of dots between the parentheses (.). After a while I encountered situations like (. .) and would ...

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How to deal with the absurd life?
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It all depends on what you mean by 'meaningless'. Start with what you mean by 'meaning'. We say words have meanings because of their associations in conventional usage. I doubt that you mean this kind ...

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How is existence in presentism reconciled with relativity of simultaneity?
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Most fundamentally and in specific response to your request.. But alas, special relativity does away with the concept of absolute simultaneity, and as a result it renders physically meaningless the ...

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Schrödinger's cat being "both dead and alive"
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There is no way to detect a particle in two locations at once, that's the whole idea. Saying that it is in two places at once is not an empirically meaningful statement. Neither is saying that the cat ...

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What is a modern particle in philosophical terms?
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The modern concept of "particle" is that it has no properties except when "measured". The quantum fields that are used to calculate observational/experimental results cannot be thought of as "existing ...

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What does it mean for something to exist?
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We say that something exists based on our ability to interact with it, experience it's effects etc. Unicorns are said to not exist (on earth) because we haven't found any and we have looked around ...

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How is existence in presentism reconciled with relativity of simultaneity?
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I believe that there is only one sensible answer to the first part of the question, i.e. 1) In what sense can we ask if the moon exists, if it is 1 light second away? To answer this question you ...

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What philosophies does Wigner's "Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics" threaten?
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Mathematics is just the description of patterns. Nature must possess patterns,regularities, if there is to be anything worth calling existence. The concept of randomness, chaos etc requires patterned ...

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Theories in science that make claims that are not empirical in nature
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Science does not need to postulate existence of anything. Science is the job of making predictions, going from one set of observations to another. Anything in between is just math or conceptual ...

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Can cruelty and suffering be justified if it might lead to social transformation?
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This question and responses illustrate how easy it is to get sidetracked from the abstract moral question by the empirical difficulties involved in getting information in very complicated social ...

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What basis do we have for certainty in current scientific theories?
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Why all this discussion? Like Feynman said we cannot be absolutely certain of anything.... You might be a brain in a vat and you want certainty?

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What is the name for this "endless definition" problem?
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It's called a failure to recognize ostensive definitions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostensive_definition

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Could a philosophical zombie conclude "cogito ergo sum"?
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They could say the words, but could never believe them because they have no beliefs. They could act like they believe the words but no actual belief. They could act like they have reached such a ...

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