# Commonalities of intelligence in the cosmos

1. Dec 14, 2006

### Loren Booda

What do you believe to be the most shared philosophy of intelligent civilizations throughout the universe?

2. Dec 16, 2006

### Doctordick

That the universe can be explained! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Have fun -- Dick

3. Dec 16, 2006

Before explanation must come some"thing" to explain, before a "thing", existence itself, thus the "most shared commonality" from whence all philosophy in this universe must derive is the fundamental axiom: existence exists.

4. Dec 16, 2006

### Loren Booda

Isn't a common intelligent philosophy more than such circular reasoning as "existence exists"?

5. Dec 16, 2006

### MeJennifer

That their own existence is something special and even sacred instead of being an out control form of self replicating pests who disturb the serenity of planets.

6. Dec 16, 2006

### Doctordick

Instead of being? Isn't it considerably more rational (after all Loren did constrain the question to "intelligent civilizations") to acept the fact that even an "intelegent civilization" could be (and most probably will be) an out of control form of self replicating pest? I see no evidence that Human beings (our only reference here) are not out of control self replicating pests. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Have fun -- Dick

7. Dec 16, 2006

### DaveC426913

Well, if you don't like "existence exists", then how about "Je pense, donc je suis." (Descartes was French, not Latin.)

8. Dec 17, 2006

### Loren Booda

How about Rene Magritte when drawing a pipe - "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe")?

9. Dec 17, 2006

Say Dick, is not your theory of "explanation" that you discussed many times on this forum based on a fundamental axiom that "existence exists" ? That is, is not existence prior to explanation ? If not, can you explain why not ?
Second, gene replication, if it is anything, clearly is "controlled"--but do you talk about a difference between "control" and "regulation" vis-a-vis cybernetic theory ?

10. Dec 17, 2006

If not these words, from whence does your philosophy derive ? "Existence exists" is nothing more than a statement where its negation is a contradiction, and clearly a "common intelligent philosophy" would never hold a contradiction to be true.

11. Dec 17, 2006

### Loren Booda

This is a Cretan truism for rocks to rationality. There are an infinite number of statements for whom ". . . negation is a contradiction, and clearly a 'common intelligent philosophy' would never hold a contradiction to be true." Of what fundamental significance are these to intelligence?

How about the philosophy "seek out other intelligence"?

12. Dec 18, 2006

### sd01g

Perhaps: What is reality? and what is its origin?

13. Dec 18, 2006

### Doctordick

Subtleties of exact thought!

Could you explain what you mean by "exists"?

And, by the way, that's not a "theory of explanation", it's my definition of "an explanation"! Definitions and theories are very different things.
Not without the concept of "an explanation"! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Now if I had the concept, "an explanation" to work with, "existence" could be "something which might be explained!"
Oh, and could you explain what is controlling it?

You should understand that, baring other interpretations, an explanation is, in essence, a theory! Just because you have an explanation for something, it doesn't follow that you are correct.

Have fun -- Dick

14. Dec 19, 2006

In words, does your "definition of explanation" = that which enables one to infer the properties of some complex system from the properties of its parts together with the laws of their interaction.

15. Dec 19, 2006

Could you please explain what you mean by "explain"

16. Dec 19, 2006

I do not see how this process is a "philosophy"--a goal perhaps--but a philosophy ? Perhaps I do not understand how you define "philosophy" as relates to your OP.

17. Dec 19, 2006

### Loren Booda

From Wikipedia:

18. Dec 22, 2006

OK, but now I have a problem, for if philosophy is concerned with the "scientific method", and "faith", what use "science" and "religion" ? I view the three as distinct, as shown here:
$$[ science <-----philosophy-----> religion]$$ ​
with philosophy linking science to religion--in a way similar to how the gluon links matter and antimatter quarks in the pion. Your comments (pro-con) are appreciated.

19. Dec 22, 2006

### PIT2

20. Dec 22, 2006