Hal
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What does *substantive* in the term 'substantive normative claim' mean?
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I found a paragraph in Parfit's On What Matters that gives a definition of "substantive normative claim": There is another way in which some people have come to accept subjective theories about ...

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Is the Turing test a legitimate test to compare Robots to Human?
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The Turing test is not a legitimate test to compare robots to humans because the Turing test ultimately begs the question. One's failure to distinguish one kind from another kind does not make the ...

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What kind of universe would there be with entirely different physical laws?
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That's a big question. I've asked tough questions that required 'soft' [read: speculative; non-quantitative] answers on physics.se, and I received helpful replies. That aside, I recently wondered ...

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Which signs indicate consciousness in other beings?
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The fast answer is, "the being's ability to recognize itself in a mirror." There are a handful of animals that can do this (Elephants, Dolphins, and some primates). The most common way to test ...

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How do you treat retailers without using them as a means?
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By Kant, you may treat people as means; however, you must not treat them only as means. In other words, you must also treat them as ends in themselves. Presumably, almost all retailers retail as a ...

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Can we measure the effort to create a mathematical theory in terms of energy?
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I suspect that we could. Although such a measure may not be especially informative or useful. Consider for example that some brains may use more or less energy than other brains use when completing ...

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Is human consciousness encoded in DNA in an infinitely regressive way?
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For what it's worth - you could probably quite easily store the schematics for the 100 most powerful super computers on one USB stick. Furthermore, its not the complexity of a thing that makes it ...

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Is the existence or not of extraterrestrial life a philosophical question?
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It's not of much interest. If we ever learn that they exist, it will not be philosophers who ascertain that fact. It will be astronomers, astrophysicists (who recently looked at 100,00 galaxies for ...

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Ought we respect the privacy of the deceased?
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Yes. (tl;dr at bottom) Generally philosophers regard privacy as instrumentally valuable: it enables us to do whatever we desire to do without fear of others' judgments of what we do. The dead can'...

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Is a couple living in symbiosis?
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Among humans? Or among mating organisms in general? Also, in what circumstances? Economically Suppose a couple who value what most people value, and who value those things about as much as most ...

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Are we necessarily born with innate knowledge?
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This is probably a question that would receive a better answer if it were asked through one of the science boards. That said, here's an answer to your question that I picked-up while helping my wife ...

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