I have been told by some people that they use the practice of science or logic to go through life. In this blog post I will explore this situation and intend to show that not only is it not practical, but it is virtually impossible too. In addition if one could manage it in his … More Can We Be Scientists or Logicians in Everyday Life?
It depends on who you ask. To the fundamentalist religion defines what is true, and science can only be true if it aligns with religious truth (or at least does not contradict it). To the atheist religion is false, and science is the best way to discover the truth. Then, there are the mixed types, … More Are Religion and Science Compatible?
My first blog post on weirdness in the natural world focused on quantum physics (What Is All The Weirdness About?). This post will focus on the weirdness I see in the biological world. The way I see it, there is plenty of weirdness in this realm of the world. This should not seem so strange … More Is There More Weirdness About?
In this blog post I will explore what realism entails, whether or not it is a valid claim in any domain. At the moment I have in mind four types of realism: Platonic, mathematical, scientific, and artistic. Platonic realism concerns where Plato’s forms or ideas resided. The forms were considered the true reality, where those … More Is Realism Real?
The topic of this blog post is reductionism. Although I could currently lose some weight reducing, I am going to write about philosophical reductionism. One of the questions I will try to determine is could I be reduced to atomic and subatomic particles and the four fundamental forces of universe? Another is how to deal … More Could I Use a Little Reducing?
So, what weirdness am I talking about? Wee-ah-ooo—quantum weirdness. For anybody who knows just a little bit about quantum physics they should feel there is some strangeness going on down there in the quantum world. This world is the realm of the atom and below (particles and sub-particles). [Disclaimer: what I have to say in … More What Is All The Weirdness About?
The answer to what? Deism is given as an answer to how the universe was created. Of course, this supposes that the universe needed to be created, or more properly needed a cause. I claim that the universe need not have been created, or that the universe need not have had a cause. In addition, if the deist … More Why Deism Is Not the Answer?
This piece is part logical and part fantasy. The logical part covers existence proofs for Santa Claus. The fantasy part explores how Santa Claus might do some of the things he is said to do. I will say right from the start that I believe in Santa Claus (sometimes I will refer to him as … More Does Santa Claus Exist?
This is my brain. I ask this question because I often find that people seem to be afraid to be operated by a deterministic brain. Most people act as if their brain does not really belong to them. I just can’t understand this attitude. After all, most people have no complaints about their heart or … More Why Are People Afraid of Their Brain?
Baxter type this the other day: “CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC . . . CCCCCCCCCVC” Well, not exactly computing, but it was incredibly cute. This blog isn’t really about whether or not Baxter, or any cat, uses a computer, but whether he, or any cat or any animal, including humans think. So, the question really is can animals think?vvgggg … More Does Baxter Compute?