Point, Set, Match: Craig Weinberg!

On 8/25/2012 1:44 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Friday, August 24, 2012 3:50:32 PM UTC-4, John K Clark wrote:

    On Fri, Aug 24, 2012  Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com> wrote:

        > I did it for many reasons

        And a cuckoo clock operates the way it does for many reasons.

None of them are the reasons of a clock. If you must manufacture reasons, then they can only be the reasons of human clockmakers and human consumers of clocks. It could be said that there are reasons from the molecular layer as well - of tension, density, and mass. There are no cuckoo clock reasons though.

        > some of them my own.

        In other words you have not divulged to others some of the
    reasons you acted as you did, and no doubt some of the reasons you
    don't know yourself.  No matter, they're still reasons.

No, privacy is not the difference. My motives are not only the motives of cells or species, they are specific to me as well. The cuckoo clock can't do that. It can't intentionally try something new and justify it with a reason later.

Anything that can be imagined as occuring before something else can be called a reason - a butterfly wing flapping can be a reason for a typhoon. There are countless reasons which can influence me, but I can choose in many cases to what extent I identify with that influence, or I can defy all of the influences with a creative approach which is not random nor predetermined by any particular reason outside of my own.

        > Your argument is that grey must be either black or white.

No, grey is a state of being every bit as logical as black or white, and because it is logical we know that everything is either grey or not grey.

And free will is every bit as logical as grey. We know that everything is either voluntary or involuntary. I wouldn't say that, but you would have to agree to that if you are to remain consistent in your position.

> It's interesting that you bring up Lewis Carroll (as you have before) as an insult, when actually the Alice books are brilliant explorations on consciousness and sense-making.

And he was a brilliant satirist on how illogical many of our most strongly held beliefs are. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson would laugh at your ideas.

And Richard Phillips Feynman would laugh at your lack of ideas. What does your opinion of my ideas have to do with anything? If you can't refute them, just concede. Why claim the dead as your allies against me?

>>> Are your opinions on free will robotic or random? In either case, would there be any point in anyone else paying attention to them

>> Point? It sounds like you're asking for a reason, well such a reason either exists or it does not.

> What do your assumptions about my motives have to do with anything?

        That's a stupid question; if you had motives, regardless of
    what they are, then your actions are deterministic.

That's a stupid answer. My question was very specific: "Are your opinions on free will robotic or random?" You are trying to create a diversion to cover up that your approach fails the test of its own limited criteria. If your opinions are robotic or random, then they don't matter and they aren't opinions. This has nothing to do with me or my motives.

> What is useful about saying that something 'either exists or it does not'?

        That's an even stupider question, true statements always have

An even stupider non-answer. Just because a statement is true doesn't mean it is a useful statement. Even if it were true, you are still admitting that your edicts of binary mutual exclusivity are no more relevant than saying anything at all.

        > Everything exists in some sense. Nothing exists in every sense.

        And with that you abandon any pretense that you want to figure
    out how the world works and make it clear that what you really
    want to do is convince yourself  that what you already want to
    believe is in fact true.  And its going to work too because if you
    take the above as a working axiom in your system of beliefs then
    you can prove or disprove anything you want, you can even prove
    and disprove the same thing at the same time.

Not at all. I am asserting positively that this is actually the nature of the world. All forms of proof are relative to the context in which they are proved.

> According to your views, you don't have any views, and neither do any possible readers of your views.

        That is ridiculous.

I agree, nevertheless it is the inescapable reductio ad absurdum of your stated worldview.

        > All of it is either robotic or random.

What does that have to do with the price of eggs? What does that have to do with not having views??

Because if your views are robotic or random then they are not views, they are noise.

Since you mention the price of eggs, lets go with that. The market for eggs is not automatic, nor is it random. Despite attempts to beat financial markets using technical analysis alone, such attempts repeatedly fail because no formula can account for all real world possibilities. There might be a new egg substitute invented, which no model can assign a probability for. It isn't random, nor is it determined by any historical reason except in hindsight.

> I am saying that if you are right, then there is no point whatsoever for you to ever speak again.

        In this context a "point" is a reason, a cause, and If I
    choose to speak again I will do so because I have a point to make,
    that is to say I will do so for a reason; OR perhaps you're right
    and I will speak again but have no point at all, in other words I
    will do so for no reason, I will do so at random.

Why would you speak at all? How can you 'make a point'? To whom? Other random robotic minds? What would the difference be?

> You are trying to wriggle out of it by subjecting anything I say to the same black and white reductionism

        Everything is not black or white, BUT everything IS black or
    not black OR white or not white; most things are not black and not
    white, and nothing, absolutely nothing is not black and not not

That's false. Grey is not black in one sense but not not black in another.

Look at this picture:

Can you tell me at what point grey becomes independent of black? If I cut off the bottom five rows of pixels, does that mean there is now no black?

When you look at images like this: http://cdn.techi.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/The-Same-Shades-of-Grey.jpg

you should be able to understand that visual sense is not an expression of objective absolutes, but rather a relativistic continuum of juxtaposition and meta-juxtaposition. This is what I am saying is happening on every level of consciousness and the cosmos: Realism derived from multiple channels of sense interpretation. Everything is true, false, neither true nor false, and both true and false in some sense.


      John K Clark




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