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Old 3rd October 2016, 12:54 PM   #241
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Originally Posted by The Sparrow View Post
What happens to the flashing neon sign that says
"cold"......."beer"........."cold beer"......."cold"......
Well, I know what would happen to the beer.
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Old 3rd October 2016, 01:00 PM   #242
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Originally Posted by The Sparrow View Post


What happens to the screen saver animation when you unplug the computer.

What happens to the breeze when you turn off a fan.

What happens to the flashing neon sign that says
"cold"......."beer"........."cold beer"......."cold"......
Mm. Beer...
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Originally Posted by The Sparrow View Post


What happens to the screen saver animation when you unplug the computer.

What happens to the breeze when you turn off a fan.

What happens to the flashing neon sign that says
"cold"......."beer"........."cold beer"......."cold"......
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Well, I know what would happen to the beer.
Originally Posted by jond View Post
Mm. Beer...

Now I have to go to the fridge, damn you!
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If you have two beers, isn't that having the same beer twice? From that, I can conclude that six packs are impossible, and each time you reach into the fridge, a beer just appears out of nothing. You see, a fridge is just a receiver for beer, so beer is immortal.

So there.
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Old 3rd October 2016, 01:38 PM   #245
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Originally Posted by Hokulele View Post
If you have two beers, isn't that having the same beer twice? From that, I can conclude that six packs are impossible, and each time you reach into the fridge, a beer just appears out of nothing. You see, a fridge is just a receiver for beer, so beer is immortal.

So there.
Are you saying there's a pool of beer? Where?

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Are you saying there's a pool of beer? Where?

Dave

No, no. It is a pool of potential beer.

Which is probably the most disappointing sentence I have ever typed.
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Originally Posted by Hokulele View Post
No, no. It is a pool of potential beer.

Which is probably the most disappointing sentence I have ever typed.
I'll say.
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The potential beer is the beer at the factory in the big vat (potential souls waiting for a body). the beer can is the body. So when the beer goes into the beer can, that's like being born. When you pee out the beer after, that's dying, the beer will be recycled (somehow) into another beer-soul just waiting for the can,
but.....
ITS THE SAME BEER!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by The Sparrow View Post
The potential beer is the beer at the factory in the big vat (potential souls waiting for a body). the beer can is the body. So when the beer goes into the beer can, that's like being born. When you pee out the beer after, that's dying, the beer will be recycled (somehow) into another beer-soul just waiting for the can,
but.....
ITS THE SAME BEER!!!!!!!
I assume you are referring to Budweiser, here....
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Originally Posted by MRC_Hans View Post
I assume you are referring to Budweiser, here....

Hans


Clearly not, he said "beer".
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- No problem. According to modern science, whatever this thing is, it never existed before, it will never exist again and didn't have to exist in the first place.
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Exactly like your physical brain.
Dave,
- In that respect, yes. There are, however, other respects.

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My claim is that such leads to the conclusion that there is no pool of potential selves, that I came from nowhere and that there is no limit on the number of selves possible.
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Did your brain come from nowhere?
- No. But my brain is not an emergent property.
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Dave,
- No problem. According to modern science, whatever this thing is, it never existed before, it will never exist again and didn't have to exist in the first place. My claim is that such leads to the conclusion that there is no pool of potential selves, that I came from nowhere and that there is no limit on the number of selves possible.
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It's not a thing, it's a process that results from a thing working. When the thing stops working, the process stops. What happens to the running when the car's engine blows a gasket?
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- The same thing that happens when you turn your radio off.
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- In that respect, yes. There are, however, other respects.
What respects would those be?

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- No. But my brain is not an emergent property.
Why would that make a difference?
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In that respect, yes. There are, however, other respects.
There aren't until you prove there are. That's the whole point of this exercise. You say you think you can prove immortality mathematically. You vest the power of immortality in an immortal soul. None of that exists until you prove it does. Got it? There is a parsimonious explanation for the self in science. That explanation fits all the available facts. You can't do any better.

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Remember all the time people spent trying to teach you what an emergent property is? Why have you suddenly forgotten? Do you have a problem retaining information?
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The same thing that happens when you turn your radio off.
Okay let's use that analogy. Audible programming is an emergent property of the combination of suitably organized radio waves and a functioning radio. What happens to the program if any part of that system ceases?
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In that respect, yes. There are, however, other respects.
What are these other aspects?

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Well, in a way it is, but we're talking about consciousness, not the brain that produces it.
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- The same thing that happens when you turn your radio off.
No, not the same. Are you suggesting running exists separately from the engine? Remember, you already agreed that the radio analogy for consciousness is totally flawed. Hint: Capgras.
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No, not the same. Are you suggesting running exists separately from the engine? Remember, you already agreed that the radio analogy for consciousness is totally flawed. Hint: Capgras.
Not to mention, several different radios can pick up the SAME signal and convert it to audio.
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Not to mention, several different radios can pick up the SAME signal and convert it to audio.
Indeed, which is why I listed audible programming as the emergent property of the combination of coherent radio waves and a working receiver. Neither the radio waves alone nor the radio alone results in audible programming. The waves and the apparatus work in concert and the result is an audible ... well, concert. That's the key concept of emergence -- it is a property of the whole that cannot be vested in any one component.

A working brain is composed of cells of different types. The properties of thought and consciousness are not exhibited by the individual cells; they emerge from the entire assembly working together.
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- The same thing that happens when you turn your radio off.
That's a terrible analogy. The analogy that's used with brains and radios is that the radio or brain tunes into and picks up a signal/consciousness (or soul or whatever).

To say that the same thing happens to the running of an engine when it blows a gasket as happens when a radio is switched off, would mean that "running" is some thing that is independent of an engine that it picks up or tunes into and that continues to exist when the engine breaks down or is destroyed.

Do you really believe that the same thing happens to the running of an engine when it breaks down or is switched off as happens to a radio signal when a radio is switched off?
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That's a terrible analogy.
Good grief, yes, I have to agree. Especially since Jabba has already tried to use the oft-employed dualist analogy to which you allude: that the soul is like radio waves and the body or brain is like a radio, and that it takes the two together to make music.

In that analogy there's no proof "radio waves" (i.e., the soul) exists. Second, radio waves can be detected by instruments other than radios, and in a manner that doesn't produce music. Dualists can present no other evidence for the operation of the alleged soul than through its purported interaction with the body. Jabba has frankly told us science can't possibly detect the soul, for ... reasons.

That's where the dualist claim runs afoul of parsimony. In order to have the property they want -- immortality -- they have to invent a phenomenon that magically has the property of immortality yet has no other observable properties that aren't connected with causes science already knows produces the other purported effects of the soul: the sense of self. That is, we can already explain the sense of self by means of causes for which there is already evidence, and we can strongly correlate the observations to the presence or absence of those causes alone. Since we don't need there to be a soul to explain observations, it's not a component of the model.

I frequently see non-scientists struggle with parsimony. It's an important requirement of a scientific model to include no more than what is required to explain the observations, because to do otherwise purports causality for which there is no evidence and which would lead to incorrect predictions. Non-scientists, and especially the fringe, translate this into a belief that science cannot allow extraneous causes for some particular effect, and they argue this is irrational.

A parsimonious model is sufficient. That is, if the goal is to explain some phenomenon such as the sense of self, a parsimonious model contains all the causes that are necessary to explain the entire phenomenon. If a newcomer argues that a new cause should be added to the mix, then he has to show the existing model is insufficient without it. He has to show phenomena that the model doesn't explain. Then, in a following step, he has to show that his purported cause explains the missing phenomena, and therefore that the model is sufficient only if it includes his proffered cause.

Without that exercise it's useless for a fringe claimant to beg skeptics to stipulate arguendo that a soul exists. So what if it does? The goal is to show that it exists and that it explains some phenomena. You can't do that to an already-sufficient model.

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To say that the same thing happens to the running of an engine when it blows a gasket as happens when a radio is switched off, would mean that "running" is some thing that is independent of an engine...
Indeed, as is common to so many of Jabba's arguments, he wants to equivocate -- in this case, over what it means to be a property of something. He struggles ever so hard to make it seem as if the self must necessarily be an external item.
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I frequently see non-scientists struggle with parsimony. It's an important requirement of a scientific model to include no more than what is required to explain the observations, because to do otherwise purports causality for which there is no evidence and which would lead to incorrect predictions.
That's because humans struggle with causality itself, due to an important psychological function they have which goes against causality: superstition.
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Jabba has frankly told us science can't possibly detect the soul, for ... reasons.

The reason for that was that he wanted to make it unfalsifiable. Which is another problem with his approach.

ETA: OK, maybe he didn't want to make it unfalsifiable. But he certainly did so.
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The reason for that was that he wanted to make it unfalsifiable. Which is another problem with his approach.

ETA: OK, maybe he didn't want to make it unfalsifiable. But he certainly did so.
Indeed, many fringe claimants fall back to a position where, unable to prove their claims, they assert their critics similarly cannot dispute or disprove them. They search for an elusive position in which they say the evidence can only prove them right, never prove them wrong. And yes, to this end Jabba has said science doesn't have the power to study the soul. He has also said you need a particular mode of thinking in order to understand the nature of the soul -- a mode of thinking he just happens to excel at and which his critics lack (according to him).

If all this sounds like a litany of excuses for why he can present no evidence of a soul, that's because it is.
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He actually, at one point, defined the soul as having no characteristics of its own, all the characteristics of the living individual's personality being produced by the body. Where's William of Ockham when you need him?
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He actually, at one point, defined the soul as having no characteristics of its own, all the characteristics of the living individual's personality being produced by the body. Where's William of Ockham when you need him?
If he's not around any more, I suspect aliens took him to a parallel dimension.
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Where's William of Ockham when you need him?
Spinning in his grave so fast that he's generating enough electricity to power Blackpool Illuminations.
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He actually, at one point, defined the soul as having no characteristics of its own...
No doubt to deny science a means of testing for their presence or absence. If you can't study it, you can't say it doesn't exist. And that leaves Jabba with the thin shred of hope to which he's been clinging lo these four years and counting.

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And how many legs does he have?
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And how many legs does he have?

That depends on whether you multiply him unnecessarily.
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I've said it before but understanding something as a process and not a "thing" is not that hard.

When you blow a candle out you don't have a crisis of faith over where the fire "went."

When you park your car you don't have a crisis of faith over where the "driving" went.

When I'm playing a game of Fallout and turn off my Xbox I don't have a crisis of faith over where the game went.
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I've said it before but understanding something as a process and not a "thing" is not that hard.

When you blow a candle out you don't have a crisis of faith over where the fire "went."

When you park your car you don't have a crisis of faith over where the "driving" went.

When I'm playing a game of Fallout and turn off my Xbox I don't have a crisis of faith over where the game went.
You would if you presupposed that these processes exist independently of the things that produce them.

Then you might be motivated to prove that their independent existence is statistically likely, somehow.
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I've said it before but understanding something as a process and not a "thing" is not that hard.

When you blow a candle out you don't have a crisis of faith over where the fire "went."

When you park your car you don't have a crisis of faith over where the "driving" went.

When I'm playing a game of Fallout and turn off my Xbox I don't have a crisis of faith over where the game went.
Where does the wave go after it hits the shore, that's what I want to know. It might have travelled for days and hundreds of miles, still the same wave even though its shape and the molecules of water that constitute it are constantly changing, then it hits the shore and poof it's gone.

Still at least the wave got to exist. Just think of all those potential waves that never will.
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Where does the wave go after it hits the shore, that's what I want to know. It might have travelled for days and hundreds of miles, still the same wave even though its shape and the molecules of water that constitute it are constantly changing, then it hits the shore and poof it's gone.

Still at least the wave got to exist. Just think of all those potential waves that never will.
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Old 5th October 2016, 07:11 AM   #276
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Dave,
- There is something (perhaps an illusion) that we call the self. Whatever it is, that's what I'm talking about.
- And, OK. There is no pool of selves at all -- yet, these selves I'm talking about keep popping up. There must be no limitation on how many selves there could be.
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And the scientific hypothesis is that this self is activity of a living physical brain.
Some people postulate that the self is the brain in its entirety. Some postulate that it is localized to one part of the brain, the fronto-parietal cortex. It could be decades or centuries before we really understand it. But there is nothing suggesting that anything except the physical brain is involved.
They keep popping up in exactly the same way that physical brains keep popping up. Is there a pool of brains?
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- No problem. According to modern science, whatever this thing is, it never existed before, it will never exist again and didn't have to exist in the first place. [That's what counts.]
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Exactly like your physical brain.
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Dave,
- In that respect, yes. There are, however, other respects.
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What respects would those be?
Dave,
- For one thing, while the brain is made up of emergent properties, the brain is not an emergent property in itself (like Mt Rainier is not). But then, the self is.
- For another thing, the brain was not created out of nowhere -- the self was.
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Old 5th October 2016, 07:12 AM   #277
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Originally Posted by Jabba View Post
Dave,
- For one thing, while the brain is made up of emergent properties, the brain is not an emergent property in itself (like Mt Rainier is not). But then, the self is.
Why would that make a difference?

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- For another thing, the brain was not created out of nowhere -- the self was.
But the self wasn't created out of nowhere. A brain produced it. Everything about the self is determined by the brain.
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Old 5th October 2016, 07:28 AM   #278
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Dave,
- For one thing, while the brain is made up of emergent properties, the brain is not an emergent property in itself (like Mt Rainier is not).
That doesn't make sense. Of course it is.

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- For another thing, the brain was not created out of nowhere -- the self was.
Is "running" created out of nowhere?
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Originally Posted by Jabba View Post
Dave,
- For one thing, while the brain is made up of emergent properties, the brain is not an emergent property in itself (like Mt Rainier is not). But then, the self is.
- For another thing, the brain was not created out of nowhere -- the self was.

The self was created out of the brain, not out of nowhere. Where on earth did you get the idea it comes from nowhere?

Tornadoes are an emergent property of certain weather conditions. Does that mean they come out of nowhere?
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Originally Posted by Jabba View Post
Dave,
- For one thing, while the brain is made up of emergent properties, the brain is not an emergent property in itself (like Mt Rainier is not). But then, the self is.
- For another thing, the brain was not created out of nowhere -- the self was.
This is preposterous. The brain is not made up of emergent properties. It is made up of water and organic chemicals that had their origins in some stellar furnace billions of years ago. The self was not created out of nowhere. It is an emergent property of a brain.
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