Ray Butterworth
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Is mathematics truth? As in the sense of that which is manifest or possible in reality?
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Mathematics itself isn't truth, but all its results can be said to be true. Everything in mathematics begins with a set of assumptions and definitions. All proofs are pure deductive reasoning based ...

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Are there any non-scientific non-religious cosmology theories proposed in recent times?
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Consider the Elephantidae Testudinata Theory of creation: About 15 billion years ago, after eternally climbing an infinitely deep stack of turtles, an elephant eventually reached the top. The ...

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How does abduction differ from inductive reasoning?
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I don't see "pattern" or "prediction" in any of the answers so far, and only one instance of "explain". Unlike deduction, which is always at least as correct as the given ...

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Is it ethical to research potentially harmful topics?
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The truth shouldn't hurt anyone. Or if it does, it would be a "good" hurt, one that they learn and benefit from. What does hurt is sensational misinterpretation or misrepresentation of the truth. To ...

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Can anything be declared as fact?
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René Descartes said "Je pense, donc je suis.", meaning that the fact that he was able to think and wonder about such things was proof that he exists. It's difficult to disagree with that ...

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What is the purpose of logical division for classification?
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Beware of conflating individual attributes themselves with objects that can have those attributes. For instance, "happy" and "angry" are two different emotions. Their individual definitions might be ...

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Should we forgive?
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Isn't this question off-topic here? Religion and to some degree philosophy, may promote forgiveness. If you consider religions, such as biblical Christianity, the message might be to forgive, but ...

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Morality, Animal Cruelty, and Non-Vegetarianism
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Many people tend to conflate all human/animal interactions into a single idea, and that makes it easy to see other people (or even oneself) as being inconsistent or wrong. It helps to separate the ...

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Is there such thing as the present?
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Take a tall drinking glass, fill it 1/4 full with clear water and another 1/4 of yellowish oil, and let it separate and settle for a few minutes. You'll have no trouble saying which part is water and ...

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Why is Math not Logic?
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What does "logic has no notion of order" mean? "No notion of chronological order" is a specific instance of this, and still doesn't make sense. Logic itself has no notion of anything. Order is ...

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What is the significance of The Stranger's lack of grief over his mother's death in Albert Camus' book?
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What is the significance of The Stranger's lack of grief over his mother's death …? L’Étranger is one book that definitely needs to be read in the original language. It loses so much in translation, ...

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Is there a 5'th position on conscious experience interacting with the physical world?
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Ignore "consciousness" etc. Mathematically you have a relationship between two sets, where for each set, this statement is either true or false: Every element maps to exactly one element in the ...

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In mathematics , can't we say that the intuition of the original author of a true conjecture is the proof of it just indescribable on paper- pen
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Until someone either proves or disproves it, a mathematical conjecture is often named after the person that first proposed it. E.g. Goldbach's conjecture - Wikipedia is still unproven. "Shouldn't we ...

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Help understanding deductive arguments
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I take it your "not quite understand" refers to the method of proving something false by starting with a statement of that something along with some known truths and deducing a false conclusion. A ...

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What is the justification for the claim that observing something that is both a raven and black increases the likelihood that all ravens are black?
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What is the justification for the claim that observing something that is neither a raven nor black increases the likelihood that all ravens are black? This isn't a formal answer, but it might help ...

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Is this ad hominem or in general acceptable behavior during an argument?
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All three statements have problems: The first is almost tautological. Common sense is what the common man would, without other influences, observe and conclude, which is exactly how socially ...

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When do opinions become objective?
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Subjective facts are allowed to contradict each other and still be considered correct. Consider: John: Durians are disgusting! Amir: Durians are delicious! Each person believes their own ...

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Why does mathematics work in the physical sciences?
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"Why does mathematics work in the physical sciences?" I don't know if this is what the OP was looking for, but I think the existing answers are missing an important interpretation of this question. ...

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What does it mean for something to be "evil"?
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"Is evil a perception or is it something that is objective? To me, "evil" is definitely not the opposite of "good", which is simply "bad". "Evil" is something larger and more complicated. "Good" ...

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