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posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 09:21 AM
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originally posted by: redchad
What is the best Moral system?

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posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 09:23 AM
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originally posted by: RAY1990

originally posted by: Aristotelian1



I'm a philosopher and am willing to answer any questions you have a about life in a philosophical sense. I don't know everything obviously but this should be fun.


What's the nature of reality.
Subjective idealism. www.britannica.com...



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 09:31 AM
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originally posted by: hubrisinxs
a reply to: Aristotelian1

Not sure if you are still answering or not because as of now lots of questions seem left unanswered, but here goes...

Are actions guided by some form of will/self/mind, even if it is just our own will self-manifesting as our outward desires to perform some action, or is the universe purely a mechanical device devoid of any true morality? and why?

Based on your response to LesMis, I have an inkling of how you might respond.


Our actions are governed by a will. We do have free will. The seemingly mechanistic and deterministic nature of the physical universe sometimes leads philosophers to believe that ethics isn't really real because we don't have a choice in what we do. They are assuming however that we are part of the physical universe and therefore part of that deterministic process. We aren't; they are making a category mistake. We are life entities(or souls) who absolutely have free will and therefore absolutely can follow an ethical system. When we do bad things, in the grandest scheme of things it was out of ignorance.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 10:00 AM
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originally posted by: Aristotelian1

originally posted by: RAY1990

originally posted by: Aristotelian1



I'm a philosopher and am willing to answer any questions you have a about life in a philosophical sense. I don't know everything obviously but this should be fun.


What's the nature of reality.
Subjective idealism. www.britannica.com...


Hmmm, plenty exists outside of our heads.

I'm not on about how we perceive reality I'm on about what is the actual nature of everything in existence, the point of it all.

Personally I'd say the nature of reality is order, the creator the destruction.

I have another for you.

What is the difference between life and non-life, everything decays, dies and consumes to exist, one cannot simply make something from nothing. So what's the big difference?



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 10:22 AM
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originally posted by: RAY1990

originally posted by: Aristotelian1

originally posted by: RAY1990

originally posted by: Aristotelian1



I'm a philosopher and am willing to answer any questions you have a about life in a philosophical sense. I don't know everything obviously but this should be fun.


What's the nature of reality.
Subjective idealism. www.britannica.com...


Hmmm, plenty exists outside of our heads.

I'm not on about how we perceive reality I'm on about what is the actual nature of everything in existence, the point of it all.

Personally I'd say the nature of reality is order, the creator the destruction.

I have another for you.

What is the difference between life and non-life, everything decays, dies and consumes to exist, one cannot simply make something from nothing. So what's the big difference?
Life is a game. I answered this on page one. Vitalism is the answer to your second question. www.merriam-webster.com...



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 10:23 AM
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originally posted by: DarkvsLight29
OP what are you a philosopher of?

All philosophical categories.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 10:23 AM
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originally posted by: RAY1990
What is the difference between life and non-life, everything decays, dies and consumes to exist, one cannot simply make something from nothing. So what's the big difference?

There is no difference between life and non life. And there is no difference between something and nothing.
Right now this is what there is - there is nothing else. However words arise as this which speak of other.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 10:32 AM
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originally posted by: RAY1990
I'm not on about how we perceive reality I'm on about what is the actual nature of everything in existence, the point of it all.

Without you as the perceiving presence could anything appear?


Personally I'd say the nature of reality is order, the creator the destruction.

Destruction and creation happen now - at the same time - yet nothing is ever created - as it appears it disappears.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 10:45 AM
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Life is a game. I answered this on page one. Vitalism is the answer to your second question. www.merriam-webster.com...


Everything life itself can create can be recreated in a lab, the physical aspect anyway and as for animation, we've made robots that can think, act and do. We are also ever closer to AI.

I agree life is a game but a game no different than what everything else is playing.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 11:01 AM
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There is no difference between life and non life. And there is no difference between something and nothing.
Right now this is what there is - there is nothing else. However words arise as this which speak of other.


I agree, a rock may not be sentient but it can change just like a living entity and is a product of it's environment just like life. Nothing doesn't exist we always perceive something if we look hard enough.



Without you as the perceiving presence could anything appear?


That's a good question, one science plays with. I don't think anything can appear though I don't think science can answer what can... Yet.




Destruction and creation happen now - at the same time - yet nothing is ever created - as it appears it disappears.


That's actually what I was alluding to, though we have an extremely small perceptive field in terms of the cosmos our calculations suggest everything is recycled. The math wouldn't work at all if new material was constantly being willed or created into existence. I guess everything is in a state of evolution, eventually everything will lose it's ability to be. Simply put the lego will eventually lose it's teeth.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 12:10 PM
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a reply to: Aristotelian1

Are you a degreed doctor of studied philosophy... or an "armchair" philosopher?
If you're just the latter... so are most of us here.

So... Credentials please, if you have any. Thanks...

MS



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 12:18 PM
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originally posted by: Aristotelian1


I'm a philosopher and am willing to answer any questions you have a about life in a philosophical sense. I don't know everything obviously but this should be fun.


What happens if Pinocchio says, 'My nose is about to grow?'.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 12:21 PM
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originally posted by: RAY1990
Nothing doesn't exist we always perceive something if we look hard enough.

Nothing is appearing to exist - nothing manifests as what appears to be happening now - eternally.



I guess everything is in a state of evolution, eventually everything will lose it's ability to be.

There are no things really - there is just this that is actually happening - it is being nothing in particular.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 02:41 PM
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Is this the thread where you impress everyone with how much you know about nothing?



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 02:55 PM
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There are no things really - there is just this that is actually happening - it is being nothing in particular.


Well everything we perceive is technically an image of the past, even light takes time to travel or energy transmitted through any other medium. We keep measuring things though, lots of things.

I can't help but think when we measure something and see what was and predict what will be we can deduce that something is.

Maybe I'm looking at this all wrong and something can be whatever?



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 03:21 PM
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a reply to: Aristotelian1

I thought that you would say that, being that you feel the "soul" is a real philosophical category. So now for my new question: how do you know humans are not part of the physical universe, outside your personal belief in a soul, how can you prove to others that such a soul exist? and how can you be certain that you are not the one who is making the categorical mistake? Also, given that we do have some free will, where did this ethical system come from and why should an entity with free will be forced to follow such a code or system? is morality also beyond physical existence? Do you really think sociopaths do what is wrong out of ignorance of what is right?

I have heard these kinds of arguments before from C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, have you read our heard of this work?

Anyway, glad there are others who like good philosophical conversations. It is a stimulating workout for the mind and perhaps the soul.




posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 03:22 PM
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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus

originally posted by: Aristotelian1


I'm a philosopher and am willing to answer any questions you have a about life in a philosophical sense. I don't know everything obviously but this should be fun.


What happens if Pinocchio says, 'My nose is about to grow?'.
I asked that one to a philosophy professor once. He said "Pinocchio does not exist" and walked away.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 03:24 PM
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originally posted by: Aristotelian1
He said "Pinocchio does not exist" and walked away.


Pretty crappy philosophy professor who says something does not exist.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 04:19 PM
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a reply to: AugustusMasonicus

Not really... He was bang on the money.

Pinocchio doesn't exist in a way that you could ask him a question.

I thought that was obvious. I guess not.



posted on Aug, 22 2016 @ 04:20 PM
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originally posted by: DigitalResonance
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Pinocchio doesn't exist in a way that you could ask him a question.

I thought that was obvious. I guess not.


He exists as an existential construct.



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