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    What does modern physics say about uncaused effects

    What's the evidence for an infinite chain of cause-and-effect preceding the BB? Just because one side of question appears dogmatic, it doesn't mean the other isn't.
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    Hard Determinism

    That observation is not a proof of determinism
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    Is time just an illusion?

    I didn't use the term "backdrop". The concept of motion is complex. It analyses in being in different places at different times. That seems to require time to exist in some way. If the concept cannot be analysed into simpler concepts, that helps. That doesn't justify claimig that any...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    I think it does. Probably How? That is not what I am saying. I have been saying that the "speed" questions are not very philosophically important. Assumptions may be objective. That's not how Naive Realism is defined. You claim to know what it is not, in various ways. "It just...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    change is the same thing being in different states at different times.
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    Is time just an illusion?

    What happened before that?
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    Is time just an illusion?

    It is precisely because they are understood differently that we do need to establish their meanings. Something like that. http://www.geocities.com/peterdjones/tim_aspects.html#mctaggart It conflicts with the "block universe" interpretation of relativity. Since we reject assumptions that...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    And motion isn't..? Even in our own subjective consciousness? If our logic is no guide to metaphysics, then we have to give up on metaphysics entirely. Not that you have sworn off. "It is only impossible to consciously imagine time without without also imagining time. It doesn't mean...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    It is changing. It is hard to say that it is going anywhere,. Static? We can accept that change (or becoming, or, as you call, it motion) is basic without adopting dualism. OK. But that is an escape-hatch from you claim that we cannot tell what is really real. I don't have a...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    When was it invented?
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    Is time just an illusion?

    "Man made concept" does not contrast with anything else. But if all concepts are man-made, you have no grounds for asserting that motion is primary. (not even the grounds that physical models work that way). You simply don't have valid argument to the effect that all models are "equally...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    Why not same the phenomenon of time, as opposed to the word, did exist? change makes no sense without time, irrespective of any speeds or rates.
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    Is time just an illusion?

    We don't have any access to ontology except models that work.
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    Is time just an illusion?

    They are not any kind of concept. The question is: what information does "man made" convey?
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    Limit of time

    Madmark. You are assuming that a quantum of energy is used by each quantum sae transition. In fact, state transisitions can both absorb and realease eneergy, and energy is a conserved quantity. Therefore there is no inference from a finite availability of energy to a finite number of state...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    No, they are completely different. # passing reference or indirect mention wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn # In rhetoric, an allusion is the implicit referencing of a related object or circumstance, which has occurred or existed in an external context. An allusion is understandable only...
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    Is time just an illusion?

    And before that, it didn't exist....? :uhh:
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    Is time just an illusion?

    What do you call nonsensical constructs, like pink elephants, then?
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    Is time just an illusion?

    Some work a lot better than others.
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    Is time just an illusion?

    It is in fact more useful to assume time is fundamental. That is why physics works that way.
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    Is time just an illusion?

    It is what (I presume) man-made concrpts are contrasted with. Of course, if they are not contrasted with anything, talk about them is vacuous.
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    Is time just an illusion?

    What the BLEEP :yuck: :yuck::yuck::yuck::yuck:
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    Is time just an illusion?

    The subjective sense of time is a datum, too.
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    Is time just an illusion?

    It is if you make a distinction between essential and accidental properties. If is is the same molecules,yes, what is this "fingerprint"?
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    Is time just an illusion?

    So motion is an unsemantical object. How did that happen? What is an unsemantical concept anyway? You usually claim that all concepts are semantical.
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    Does randomness exist?

    That claim needs justification
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    IQ & the UniverseSeriously

    "Is some ones universe different because of their perception of it?" If "someone's universe" means "someone's perception of the universe", yes. If "someone's universe" means "THE universe"...no.
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    Proving absolute morals exist

    Moral and natural laws. An investgation of natural laws, and, in parallel, a defence of ethical objectivism.The objectivity, to at least some extent, of sciene will be assumed; the sceptic may differ, but there is no convincing some people). At first glance, morality looks as though it should...
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    Free Choice

    If I point a gun at your head and order you to hand over your wallet, you, as a living thing, are responding to an external stimulus. But that no-one would say you are making a free choice. It seems your definition is flawed.
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