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by Jim Cross
Sat Dec 04, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Message from BK
Replies: 32
Views: 347

Re: Message from BK

Actually 12 steps doesn't work all that well. “Peer reviewed studies peg the success rate of AA somewhere between five and 10 percent,” writes Dodes. “About one of every 15 people who enter these programs is able to become and stay sober.” https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/03/the-surp...
by Jim Cross
Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Message from BK
Replies: 32
Views: 347

Re: Message from BK

I hope you see I am proceeding in good faith, despite all the reasons to assume the worst. I have seen enough here to know the phantom layer of abstract concepts moving in circular logic is no joke. It is the real deal. Addiciton is the best metaphor here (more than a metaphor, really) - when we ar...
by Jim Cross
Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Message from BK
Replies: 32
Views: 347

Re: Message from BK

Shu
Eugene actually took it upon himself to message Bernardo with a rant about a cult of Anthropology,
You meant "anthroposophy", right?

As far as the link goes, it would seem a strong disclaimer attached to link about the forum's independence would have been sufficient.
by Jim Cross
Fri Dec 03, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism
Replies: 49
Views: 423

Re: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism

Two Absolute Idealists were walking in the countryside when one fell down a hidden well. The one up top said, "Well, well, well! You get to experience the thing-in-itself. Can you describe it?" The one down below said, "It's phenomenally cold, dark and wet." The one up top said, ...
by Jim Cross
Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism
Replies: 49
Views: 423

Re: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism

In our daily lives, we routinely make all sorts of assumptions. We look both ways when we cross roads so we are not hit by oncoming traffic. We believe the car we saw coming towards that is momentarily hidden by a bush still exists even though we no longer perceive it. We believe other people are co...
by Jim Cross
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism
Replies: 49
Views: 423

Re: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism

Jim, do you realize that when you are responding to me, you already subscribed to a metaphysical belief that my mind (with its conscious experience) exists. But you have no way to prove or verify this experimentally, so it can only be a belief. An idealist and a materialist were walking together an...
by Jim Cross
Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism
Replies: 49
Views: 423

Re: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism

My metaphysical belief system is anti-metaphysics. Similar to "none of the above". Jim, do you realize that when you are responding to me, you already subscribed to a metaphysical belief that my mind (with its conscious experience) exists. But you have no way to prove or verify this exper...
by Jim Cross
Wed Dec 01, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism
Replies: 49
Views: 423

Re: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism

You write : "Correct." But everything you say after still argues that science can be useful for resolving metaphysical questions. All the "isms" are circular. There aren't some with greater problems than others. Science is irrelevant to all of them. They are belief systems. Yes,...
by Jim Cross
Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism
Replies: 49
Views: 423

Re: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism

There aren't some with greater problems than others. How do you justify such a statement? Do you agree that different metaphysics struggle with different problems? If so, what metric do you use to claim that these different problems in their totality (per metaphysic) are all of the same size? That'...
by Jim Cross
Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism
Replies: 49
Views: 423

Re: Entanglement etc. Materialism vs. Idealism

The argument is that science can't answer metaphysical questions. So what can? Nothing. There is no argument or fact that can support or refute a metaphysical position. That includes materialism, physicalism, idealism, panpsychism, dualism,, etc. Al of the isms are self-contained, circular belief s...