"I have no doubt that a similar drug could often produce a similar experience.
But even in our "non-drug" world there are people with very similar accounts of aliens and abductions (not to mention just about…"
"Perhaps. I just know my epistemological standard very well. Experience is one thing, being able to verify experience intersubjectively (consensus reality?) is something else. It also needs to be filterable through logical consistency for me. If, for…"
"Don't get me wrong, I do agree the bio-chemistry and configuration of our brains produce the output we experience. I just tend to think the need for better and better data (data more consistent with reality) was an evolutionary advantage and…"
"I'm not a drug sort of guy. That being said, in my youth (late teens and early twenties) I was much less of a critical thinker that I am today. Though I didn't (at that time) believe in god (I did prior), I believed in a whole bunch of…"
"Time is another gigantic topic in itself and yes, I am familiar. And we have gone off on way too many tangents of the original subject. That being said, this will be a brief summary (compared to what it could be which is a book worth of info) of my…"
"I can say the same thing of objects. Considering that everything we consider an "object' is a compilation of other objects, properties, relations, and behaviors, to suggest that any one of these doesn't exist pretty much knocks the…"
"Bouyancy also explains the properties needed for "the upward pressure due to displaced water balances the downward force of gravity". Otherwise we can say that "The rock floats because the upward pressure due to displaced water…"
"Then objects are ideas that recognize and model approximate ways the factual content of the world. You simply can't have it both ways. Considering you can't even describe an object without describing it's properties, it's…"
"Feathers are objects, the properties of those feathers (their softness, pattern, weight, consistency, etc) are what make them "feathers" and also what allow a swan to "fly". Without those properties a swan wouldn't be able…"
"The properties of a the animal are real and in my book precede the definition and word "swan" or "swanness" as well. Why can't you see that the swan you are referring to IS it's properties? It's properties…"
"Courage is too ambiguous of a word and way too subjective. It's like saying "chocolate tastes good", when for another it may taste bad. I'm certainly not saying that everything we subjectively perceive for an object is a…"
"Not win, but feel it was "productive". That me, the person I'm debating, or some other person (e.g. a reader) is getting something out of it (or will). To me philosophy isn't about winning or losing, it's about…"
"LOL...90% of the debates I have online end up being deadends. The productive 10% make it somehow worth it for me. Also, the process of debating in itself is one I use to get the brain going and perhaps think new thoughts (even if debates can get…"
"I'm impressed that you are bothering to try to follow it. We've gone off way too many tangents for it to be of any use.I'm just not the type that can let things go when I think another person is making some really big mistakes. Saying…"
"Properties aren't "imagined", they are "real". It's the reason particles end up at the bottom of a hill due to the properties of a ball (roundness), hill (angle), and gravity (space-time curvature). Without these…"