Re: Modern Physical theory as a basis for Ethical and Existential Nihilism

2004-01-29 Thread Eric Hawthorne
Stathis Papaioannou wrote: Take these two statements: (a) Dulce et decorum est/ Pro patria mori (Wilfred Owen) (b) He died in the trenches during WW I from chlorine gas poisoning The former conveys feelings, values, wishes, while the latter conveys facts. The former is not true or false in the

Re: Modern Physical theory as a basis for Ethical and Existential Nihilism

2004-01-29 Thread Bruno Marchal
At 14:54 29/01/04 +1100, Stathis Papaioannou wrote: (a) Dulce et decorum est/ Pro patria mori (Wilfred Owen) (b) He died in the trenches during WW I from chlorine gas poisoning The former conveys feelings, values, wishes, while the latter conveys facts. The former is not true or false in the same

Re: Subjective measure? How does that work?

2004-01-29 Thread Hal Finney
Wei Dai writes: Maybe a different example will make my point clearer. We could be living in base reality or a simulation. You can choose a measure in which the observer-moments like us living in base reality have a greater measure, or one in which the observer-moments living in simulations

Re: Modern Physical theory as a basis for Ethical and Existential Nihilism

2004-01-29 Thread Stathis Papaioannou
fact vs. value; formal vs. informal; precise vs. vague; objective vs. subjective; third person vs. first person; computation vs. thought; brain vs. mind; David Chalmer's easy problem vs. hard problem of consciousness: To me, this dichotomy remains the biggest mystery in science and philosophy. I