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    Thread: Is zero a natural number?
Post: RE: Is zero a natural number?

(3 hours ago)brewer Wrote: Ouch, ouch, ouch, my late high school-early undergrad brain hurts. I expect a delivery of fentanyl and midazolam. Not propofol, no Jackson for me. Just for fun, does nega...
polymath257 Mathematics 28 204 1 hour ago
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(8 hours ago)emjay Wrote: The main paradox for me, and what really boggles my mind, is if phenomenal consciousness is basically a mirror (or emergent property or whatever) of let's call it 'neural c...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 3 hours ago
    Thread: Is zero a natural number?
Post: RE: Is zero a natural number?

(6 hours ago)brewer Wrote: If zero is not 'natural', where does than leave negative numbers? Yeah Poly, I'm looking to you to hurt my math brain again. The usual progression is something like this:...
polymath257 Mathematics 28 204 4 hours ago
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(9 hours ago)GrandizerII Wrote: So before I respond to this, I need to correct myself on one thing I said earlier: that zombies need not be metaphysically possible. This is not correct. The zombie ...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 9 hours ago
    Thread: Is zero a natural number?
Post: RE: Is zero a natural number?

Computer scientists and set theorists start counting at 0. Most other people start counting at 1. But, in set theory, 0 is a natural number and is identified with the empty set, just like 1 is identi...
polymath257 Mathematics 28 204 10 hours ago
    Thread: Who has the power
Post: RE: Who has the power

Usually, power is defined as the ability to get others to do what you want. So, if I want my wife to make breakfast, I offer to do the dishes after. That exchange makes her more likely to do what I w...
polymath257 Politics 15 152 11 hours ago
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(11 hours ago)GrandizerII Wrote: (Yesterday at 11:36 am)polymath257 Wrote: And I don't think it is logically possible in a way that leads to a hard problem. It is sort of like asking if it is lo...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 11 hours ago
    Thread: Trump is going to be reelected....
Post: RE: Trump is going to be reelected....

(January 17, 2022 at 9:30 pm)vulcanlogician Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 5:51 pm)Spongebob Wrote: I think there's already a good solution to the first two questions, ranked voting.  Some states are...
polymath257 Politics 222 2111 Yesterday at 11:49 am
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(Yesterday at 11:04 am)Spongebob Wrote: (Yesterday at 10:38 am)polymath257 Wrote: We have two hypotheses: 1. Ice cream trucks cause drownings. 2. Both ice cream trucks and drownings occur mostl...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 Yesterday at 11:36 am
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(Yesterday at 9:55 am)Angrboda Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 11:54 pm)vulcanlogician Wrote: @Angrboda I mean, you can't falsify a correlation. But from a correlation, you can develop a hypothesis:...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 Yesterday at 11:05 am
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(Yesterday at 12:10 am)GrandizerII Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 8:48 pm)polymath257 Wrote: Well, I disagree with Chalmers on a number of points. For example, i don't see philosophical zombies as be...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 Yesterday at 11:00 am
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(January 17, 2022 at 11:25 pm)Angrboda Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 11:11 pm)polymath257 Wrote: Well, what is the data that suggests that they do? How localized is the correlation? How good is the ...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 Yesterday at 10:38 am
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(January 17, 2022 at 9:45 pm)Angrboda Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 5:48 pm)polymath257 Wrote: I think this is a misunderstanding of how hings are explained in science. We cannot observe 'causes'. W...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 January 17, 2022 at 11:11 pm
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(January 17, 2022 at 8:32 pm)vulcanlogician Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 7:44 pm)HappySkeptic Wrote: I just don't see this as being a "hard problem".  Qualia are what the conscious mind experiences...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 January 17, 2022 at 9:02 pm
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(January 17, 2022 at 7:33 pm)GrandizerII Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 3:06 pm)polymath257 Wrote: And, once again, suppose that we manage to find the neural correlates to all of these experiences. W...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 January 17, 2022 at 8:48 pm
    Thread: Theocracy on the way
Post: RE: Theocracy on the way

(January 17, 2022 at 5:41 pm)Spongebob Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 1:36 am)Ravenshire Wrote: I'm just trying to figure out why it's still here. Is open, flagrant trolling no longer against the rul...
polymath257 Atheism 88 960 January 17, 2022 at 5:53 pm
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(January 17, 2022 at 3:46 pm)Angrboda Wrote: (January 17, 2022 at 3:06 pm)polymath257 Wrote: And, once again, suppose that we manage to find the neural correlates to all of these experiences. We c...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 January 17, 2022 at 5:48 pm
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(January 17, 2022 at 11:27 am)GrandizerII Wrote: Quote:Oh, I agree that there is a *soft* problem of consciousness: determining the neural correlates of experiences. But, I don't see a 'hard' proble...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 January 17, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    Thread: Ask a Mathematician
Post: RE: Ask a Mathematician

(January 17, 2022 at 12:05 am)viocjit Wrote: (January 11, 2022 at 11:34 am)polymath257 Wrote: Does the order of the numbers matter? For example, is the sequence 24-32-56 treated in a different way...
polymath257 Mathematics 35 403 January 17, 2022 at 11:21 am
    Thread: Christianity is heading for a full allegorization
Post: RE: Christianity is heading for a full allegorizat...

(January 17, 2022 at 1:07 am)GrandizerII Wrote: (January 16, 2022 at 10:17 pm)polymath257 Wrote: First, Kuhn's analysis of the Copernican revolution shows how little he knows about the evidence th...
polymath257 Christianity 152 1885 January 17, 2022 at 10:44 am