Simon Paynton

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  • #30253

    Simon Paynton
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    Looking at @popebeanie‘s posted explanation from Quora, I think Wittgenstein was talking crap in this case, because he doesn’t acknowledge that everything has multiple causes, which Buddha knew millennia before.

    #30237

    Simon Paynton
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    So why didn’t Wittgenstein just say that in the first place?  Why invoke causality as a special case?

    #30213

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    I doubt if the people who built New York gave much of a shit about Ishtar.

    #30190

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    I really don’t know.  Click the link to see the public announcement.

    #30184

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    what do we know about causality which makes it a fact and not just a belief?

    How do we distinguish causality from chance or coincidence?  How do we know that something has been caused by something else?

    Everything is caused by multiple factors, we know this much.  So, anything has to have multiple causes.

    I think ultimately, a scientific description of reality leads us to say that X is a cause of Y.  We know that action X has consequence Y, as a type, so when X and Y happen together, we assume with a good level of confidence that X is a cause of Y.

    #30177

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    #30136

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    Maybe he couldn’t work out how X causes Y, so he said there is no such thing.

    #30131

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    Is what you mean, “what is causality?”  If B is a consequence of A, then A helps to cause B.

    #30127

    Simon Paynton
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    If A helps to cause B, then the causality is a fact.

    #30124

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    It’s just a way of looking at two events. Sort of like an opinion.

    The two events are linked because one event is a cause (one of many causes) of the other.

    A single cause, I would presume, is necessary (but not sufficient, since everything has multiple causes) for a result that forms in reality.  Reality could not be any other way than the way it is, given the events that preceded it, depending of course how chaotic reality is.

    #30120

    Simon Paynton
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    A cause is an event, and an effect is a consequence of that event.  Everything has multiple causes.

    One event leads to another.  A cause precedes an effect.  A cause and effect form a sequence of events.

    #30119

    Simon Paynton
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    We evolved as a highly social animal.

    It is evolved behavior.

    Never mind God, this is behaviour that humans value – thriving, cooperatively.

    #30113

    Simon Paynton
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    I think there is a certain logic to the Christian position that I have heard several times, that God manifests in the behaviour of the human element within a situation of adverse circumstances.  In other words, if Christians say that God is there when people come together to help one another, it makes a kind of sense.

    #30107

    Simon Paynton
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    OK, but (speaking as an atheist), Christians sometimes talk about God being in the times when people need help, and help is willingly given.  I know that logically that’s somewhat nonsensical, because God is supposed to be everywhere, but people could think about it as something God finds desirable.

    #30105

    Simon Paynton
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    Bernardo Kastrup defines consciousness like this:

    phenomenal consciousness—i.e. our ability to subjectively experience the world and ourselves

    Our experience of the world comes to us through our sensory inputs.  These provide us with information about our environment.  Seems like an evolved function to me.

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