Zane Scheepers
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Is color intrinsic to light?
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The word color has 3 different definitions, depending on context. When speaking about the color of an object, we're referring to a property of the object. Which wavelengths of light it absorbs or ...

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Is there a term for the position "no determinism but no free will"?
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You are making a very common philosophical mistake. You're confusing determinism with fatalism. Fatalism claims that the universe is predetermined and this includes human behaviour. Determinism makes ...

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Consiousness and existence
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I would have to say no. The way I see it, the purpose of consciousness is to resolve conflicting desires. Without input from reality, such conflict wouldn't arise.

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Can we see actual light (electromagnetic radiation)?
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Some light is detectable, but no light is visible. Visible is a term used to describe the conscious perception of visual representations within our brains visual cortex. Trees, people, words on a page,...

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Is there a term for the position "no determinism but no free will"?
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Soft determinism. The universe is not deterministic, but human behaviour is. Quantum fluctuations are not predetermined in any way, so there is no fixed future. But human behaviour is completely ...

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What is the nature of our reality?
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Neurology seems to indicate that our (subjective) reality is phenomenal in nature. Whereas objective reality is nouminal in nature. http://www.cycleback.com/eyephysiology.html

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If existence cannot be proven
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Existence can't be proven objectively, but the simple process of questioning existence, proves existence. If you did not exist, you could not ask the question, "Do I exist?", therefore you know you ...

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Logic and reason is circular reasoning..?
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Let's use a current dilemma I'm facing. Is visible light, visible? Replace (God) with (visible light) and (The bible) with (insert a dictionary of your choice), and it's the exact same situation. ...

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Is it a logical flaw to blame someone for an event if they were simply its causal factor?
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Blame and accountable are two different things. I can blame the destruction caused by a tornado on the tornado, but I can't hold the tornado accountable. The key is intention. Likewise, if a person ...

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Another Schopenhauer "Fourfold Root" question
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It's not actually a mental process, it's physiological. Each cone is linked to the visual cortex via it's own optic nerve. A cone on the bottom of your retina is linked to a spot on the top of the ...

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Is something creating itself nonsense?
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Simply put, no. There is no physical law which prevents us from going back or forward in time. We just don't know how, yet. Simply stating that we can't is an opinion. A very popular opinion, but an ...

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Are moral theories arbitrary?
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Moral values are learnt and unique to each individual therefore they can never be objective but a person's moral values can be determined objectively if we know all the factors which result in moral ...

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Why do some people lie?
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Every habit we have is learnt. During our early developmental years we learn by copying adult behaviour. This is before we learn what is right and wrong. These behaviour patterns reside in our ...

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Why do people mix up physical indeterminism as related to free will?
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The idea is that if everything in the universe can be determined precisely then it's unlikely free will exists but if even the universe has different possibilities then we probably have free will too. ...

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How can something non-physical exist?
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A rainbow exists. Although the sensation is the result of physical matter, colors do not exist outside of our perceptions. A hole exists. Although a hole is a concept describing the absence of ...

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Is this a legitimate solution to the brain in a vat problem?
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You are thinking of some mechanism that plays video images from outside the eyes and this is incorrect. The brain in the jar has no eyes. The information is fed into the optic nerve as electrical ...

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Is there a logical fallacy for confusing a word's definition with its connotation
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You need to think of language as a living entity. Words are merely tools we use to describe something to another person and it evolves with time. As long as both parties speak the same language, in ...

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Is color actually intrinsic to the object?
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In the mid 1800's Sir Isaac Newton penned that the relationship between wavelength and color is arbitrary. There is nothing intrinsically blue about light with a short wavelength. This has been ...

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