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Forum: Religion 07-26-2010, 06:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,178
Posted By Russell1A
The concept of omnipotence has been superseded by...

The concept of omnipotence has been superseded by the concept of maximum power due to the logical contradictions inherent in omnipotence.

Howevwer in theory an entity can be omniscient without...
Forum: General Philosophy 06-02-2010, 07:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,421
Posted By Russell1A
There is a cost of going from the simple to the...

There is a cost of going from the simple to the complex, which might answer the point of getting more from less. More complex means a local decrease in entropy which can only occur by accepting a...
Forum: Religion 06-02-2010, 06:51 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 10,977
Posted By Russell1A
I can name a couple of figures who only appear in...

I can name a couple of figures who only appear in written form after generations of oral tradition, whose existence I doubt; namely King Arthur and Robin Hood. In difficult times people needed these...
Forum: Religion 05-04-2010, 06:51 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 10,977
Posted By Russell1A
To me evolution is as much a religion as ecology...

To me evolution is as much a religion as ecology as they both work under the same principle of environmental pressure.

Environmental pressues are created both by innanimate forces such as volcanos,...
Forum: Religion 12-16-2009, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By Russell1A
The purpose of religion is to distinguish one set...

The purpose of religion is to distinguish one set of people from the rest. This can be shown from tribal totems through to monotheistic religions. Hence the reliance on rituals and...
Forum: Religion 12-13-2009, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Posted By Russell1A
According to Hume there are two types of...

According to Hume there are two types of knowledge: Analytical truths and matter of facts.

Analytical truths are derived from logic and matters of fact are derived from perceptions including...
Forum: Religion 12-08-2009, 09:21 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,552
Posted By Russell1A
I am sure you will all agree with me that it is...

I am sure you will all agree with me that it is unjust to execute someone for dropping a piece of litter. The reason for this is that punishment is not commensurate with the misdemeanour.

Offering...
Forum: General Philosophy 12-07-2009, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By Russell1A
What about philosoophy? If that could be studied...

What about philosoophy?

If that could be studied there the above post would have some relevance.

Russell
Forum: Religion 12-06-2009, 01:47 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,552
Posted By Russell1A
Nothing substantial comes from Greece??? In the...

Nothing substantial comes from Greece???

In the third century BC Eratosthenes calculates the circumference of the Earth fairly accurately by comparing the shadow of the sun at Summer Solstice at...
Forum: Religion 11-14-2009, 02:21 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,552
Posted By Russell1A
The Statues on Easter Island had no name. Is it...

The Statues on Easter Island had no name. Is it because:

a) The sculptors had speech but no writting

b) The sculptors had neither speech nor writting.

Russell
Forum: General Philosophy 11-12-2009, 08:16 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,866
Posted By Russell1A
The first synthetic virus was made in 2002. This...

The first synthetic virus was made in 2002. This virus was viable and did not include a life force component. However the controversy remains whether a virus constitutes a living entity. No...
Forum: General Philosophy 11-10-2009, 06:27 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,866
Posted By Russell1A
Complexity can be considered structures of...

Complexity can be considered structures of greater components or parts. A simple photocell (or light sensitive cell) can not gather as much information as an eye, which is more complex as it has more...
Forum: General Philosophy 11-10-2009, 06:15 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,866
Posted By Russell1A
There are two main ways at looking at life. 1)...

There are two main ways at looking at life.

1) The monist approach in which:

Living Cell = matter + energy + complexity (structure) + information

2) The dualist approach in which:

Living Cell =...
Forum: General Philosophy 11-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,866
Posted By Russell1A
According to the Oxford Dictionary conscious...

According to the Oxford Dictionary conscious means being aware or awake. I imagine in this conversation we are using consciousness to mean awareness.

Energy and simple matter are not sufficient for...
Forum: General Philosophy 10-31-2009, 02:24 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,866
Posted By Russell1A
Where is the evidence that bacteria have...

Where is the evidence that bacteria have consciousness? Do bacterial spores have consciousness or are they only conscious in the vegetative state? If so are viruses also conscious? Are viruses also...
Forum: Religion 10-31-2009, 01:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 672
Posted By Russell1A
I take a similar psychological approach to the...

I take a similar psychological approach to the Greek concept of 'Shades'. The memory of the deceased in other's minds, survive the death of the individual. Like shades these memories only have a...
Forum: Religion 10-18-2009, 12:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,287
Posted By Russell1A
Better to sacrifice 100 bulls than one man one...

Better to sacrifice 100 bulls than one man one the alter of fanaticsim.

Russell
Forum: Religion 10-15-2009, 07:17 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 10,977
Posted By Russell1A
How scientific are theories and can...

How scientific are theories and can scientificness be quantified. These are the questions I attempted to answer in my article "Evaluating Scientific Theories" published by Philosophy Now magazine...
Forum: Religion 10-14-2009, 05:46 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 10,977
Posted By Russell1A
Evolution in prokaryotes is an interesting topic,...

Evolution in prokaryotes is an interesting topic, which more work needs to be done. Most reproduction is via binary fission so variation via meiosis does not take place. So much for the necessity of...
Forum: Religion 10-01-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 696
Posted By Russell1A
Ben then you are closer to Darwinian evolution...

Ben then you are closer to Darwinian evolution than you stated in your earlier post. I feel you might feel disdain for Darwin's claim that nature is red in tooth and claw but that is his metaphor for...
Forum: Religion 10-01-2009, 07:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 696
Posted By Russell1A
How to evolve without competition that is a...

How to evolve without competition that is a difficult one. Evolution is about changing in the face of environmental pressures. Those with the appropriate adaptions fair better and produce more...
Forum: Religion 09-24-2009, 07:13 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,552
Posted By Russell1A
Come to that the whole of science is questionable...

Come to that the whole of science is questionable as it is derived from natural philosophy. Even Newton described himself as a natural philosopher. If natural philosophy is nothing science can not be...
Forum: Religion 09-24-2009, 07:08 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,552
Posted By Russell1A
No such thing as nature? Does that mean that I am...

No such thing as nature? Does that mean that I am able to sell salmon fish fingers as cod in Engalnd as the only English law it contravenes is the 1990 Food Act, Section 14 which states that food...
Forum: Religion 09-24-2009, 06:51 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,552
Posted By Russell1A
Poor Watson and Crick - finding the formula and...

Poor Watson and Crick - finding the formula and structure of a non-existant chemical. Some consolation - at least their Nobel prize for this work was existant

Russell
Forum: Religion 09-23-2009, 07:04 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,552
Posted By Russell1A
As I said before evolution by means of natural...

As I said before evolution by means of natural selection is not part of the theory of everything (TOE) as it only accounts for species formation and extinction. TOE is a theory in physics which hopes...
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