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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 18:55
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Posted By Veri
I would buy "indirectly influenced" if what...

I would buy "indirectly influenced" if what natural selection gave us was biased or limited in some relevant way. For example, in poetry, rhyme schemes cover relatively short groups of lines before...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 17:05
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Posted By Veri
I think it's questionable to call that natural...

I think it's questionable to call that natural selection acting indirectly. If I, for example, give someone a computer, and they use it to write an app, their writing the app wouldn't normally be...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 16:21
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Posted By Veri
Back to art and evolution; some agreement with bollywood

I agree with bollywood there. I think it is more likely that art has a human value not explained by evolution.

And I don't think any "magic or mystical woo" need be involved.

But your reply may...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 15:26
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Posted By Veri
Unfortunately, it doesn't give me enough of a...

Unfortunately, it doesn't give me enough of a clue. There are too many different views someone might have for that to tell me enough about which view is yours.

Do you think mass exists? So far, I...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 14:40
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Posted By Veri
I don't know about redness, but you don't have to...

I don't know about redness, but you don't have to be an idealist to think the apple continues to be red when no one's looking at it. I think most people would agree that a red apple continues to be...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 14:37
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Posted By Veri
I know identity theories are out of favour these...

I know identity theories are out of favour these days -- is functionalism still in? -- but "just straightforward gibberish" seems a bit strong; and I think functionalism can be seen as what seems to...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 14:20
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Posted By Veri
That's what I thought too and, for now, I still...

That's what I thought too and, for now, I still think it. I think it's more likely that archiver misunderstood your post (I did the first two times I read it) than that archiver's earlier posts were...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 14:17
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Posted By Veri
Bear in mind that I'm not saying qualia are...

Bear in mind that I'm not saying qualia are identical with brain states; I was just considering it as a possibility and saying something about what would be the case if it were true.

On the identity...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 13:47
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Posted By Veri
I agree, and I think the idea that EBNS is...

I agree, and I think the idea that EBNS is responsible for art is an example.

It's not even clear that EBNS is responsible for language, rather than just for brains with sufficient general...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 13:41
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Posted By Veri
Breaking the quoting and how not to

I think the software can be blamed up to a point. The WYSIYG editor for forum posts can make it very tricky to get the quote boundaries right or to fix them once they've gone wrong.

I therefore...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 13:31
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Posted By Veri
Do you think warmth exists? How about mass? If...

Do you think warmth exists? How about mass?

If I show you a red apple, why is that not showing you some red?

If I say mass exists, and you reply "show me some mass", I'd have to show you...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 13:07
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Posted By Veri
That's it. You said that if qualia were...

That's it. You said that if qualia were identical to brain states "they just a word for a something in the brain or perhaps a set of conditions in the brain", and I said that that sort of thing goes...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 03:45
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Posted By Veri
Do you think there are genes for artistic...

Do you think there are genes for artistic behaviour rather than it being leaned and invented?



So how much of creating poems (for example) is down to genetics? Are we hard-wired for sonnets by our...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 02:41
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Posted By Veri
Magenta is one of the primary pigments, however. ...

Magenta is one of the primary pigments, however. That seems real enough. Why not?
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 02:38
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Posted By Veri
I can't be sure I've quite untangled your...

I can't be sure I've quite untangled your discussion with bollywood about whether science / natural selection can explain the complex brain, but I think Bolly's vew may just be that we don't have the...
Forum: Music Yesterday, 01:23
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Views: 327
Posted By Veri
Brilliant song.

Brilliant song.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 00:31
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Posted By Veri
But if qualia are identical to brain states, then...

But if qualia are identical to brain states, then talk of the brain states is talk about qualia just as much as talk of qualia is talk of the brain states. (Identity is symmetric.)
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 00:26
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Posted By Veri
So if I held up a red apple, you would say it's...

So if I held up a red apple, you would say it's not red?

I would say it's red, and I would not mean the light reflected from it is red (though I think that's a reasonable thing to say), or that the...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 00:17
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Views: 67,513
Posted By Veri
But the argument wouldn't be that it was...

But the argument wouldn't be that it was justifiable to shoot because he was afraid. It would be that the believed an attack had begun or was immanent, that he needed to use force, and so on -- ie,...
Forum: General Discussion 16-04-2014, 19:09
Replies: 13,627
Views: 420,938
Posted By Veri
I know the prosecutor tried to make it seem OP...

I know the prosecutor tried to make it seem OP had changed his defence, but has it actually been changed? Has OP or Roux said "yes, the defence has changed"?

I any case, if we take the components...
Forum: General Discussion 16-04-2014, 18:37
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Posted By Veri
No, because the grounds for acquitting would not...

No, because the grounds for acquitting would not be merely that he claimed he thought it was an intruder.

As I understand how S African law views it, based on things such as this...
Forum: General Discussion 16-04-2014, 17:20
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Views: 23,430
Posted By Veri
What is the explanation for the brain that you...

What is the explanation for the brain that you think has been provided already?

It looks like you may think the explanation is just "natural selection" (or "evolution by natural selection"). But...
Forum: General Discussion 16-04-2014, 17:10
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Views: 23,430
Posted By Veri
What do you mean by "exists"? Do colours exist,...

What do you mean by "exists"?

Do colours exist, for example, and in what sense of "exist" if so?

And what if qualia are identical to brain states? Then if the brain states exist, qualia do as...
Forum: Music 16-04-2014, 16:44
Replies: 127
Views: 5,717
Posted By Veri
Wait a minute. I don't think I was tearing into...

Wait a minute. I don't think I was tearing into your opinion -- I should have made that clearer -- and I agree that it took a long time until Young and Beautiful. I also agree that the SNL...
Forum: General Discussion 16-04-2014, 01:31
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Views: 23,430
Posted By Veri
That's a good question. There is at least one...

That's a good question.

There is at least one argument from consciousness for the existence of God. Book: Consciousness and the Existence of God: A Theistic Argument...
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