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  • personal identity Archives - Unreal Blog
    SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives personal identity Philosophy Do You Have a Soul January 14 2016 manoj Most religions believe that we have a soul They don t quite define what it is but they are all quite sure that we have it A bit of reading in philosophy will lead us to the notion that the soul holds the key to our personal identity In other words if I put your soul in my body then you would find yourself trapped in my body My body would not be going around feeling that there is a strange something inside me So your soul is expected to be the key to your personal identity Continue reading personal identity personality religions soul Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role

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  • personality Archives - Unreal Blog
    Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives personality Philosophy Do You Have a Soul January 14 2016 manoj Most religions believe that we have a soul They don t quite define what it is but they are all quite sure that we have it A bit of reading in philosophy will lead us to the notion that the soul holds the key to our personal identity In other words if I put your soul in my body then you would find yourself trapped in my body My body would not be going around feeling that there is a strange something inside me So your soul is expected to be the key to your personal identity Continue reading personal identity personality religions soul Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role

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  • religions Archives - Unreal Blog
    Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives religions Philosophy Do You Have a Soul January 14 2016 manoj Most religions believe that we have a soul They don t quite define what it is but they are all quite sure that we have it A bit of reading in philosophy will lead us to the notion that the soul holds the key to our personal identity In other words if I put your soul in my body then you would find yourself trapped in my body My body would not be going around feeling that there is a strange something inside me So your soul is expected to be the key to your personal identity Continue reading personal identity personality religions soul Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role

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  • soul Archives - Unreal Blog
    If I were to somehow generate the neuronal firing patterns that create this sensation in you you would see these words even if they were not there This is easy to understand after all this is the main thesis of the movie Matrix So what you see is merely a construct in your brain it is Maya or part of the Matrix What is causing the sensory inputs is presumably Brahman So to me Advaita meant trusting only the realness of Brahman while rejecting Maya Now after reading a bit more I m not sure that was an accurate description at all Perhaps that is why Ranga criticized me long time ago In Western philosophy there is a different and more obvious kind of dualism It is the age old mind matter distinction What is mind made of Most of us think of mind those who think of it that is as a computer program running on our brain In other words mind is software brain is hardware They are two different kinds of things After all we pay separately for hardware Dell and software Microsoft Since we think of them as two ours is an inherently dualistic view Before the time of computers Descartes thought of this problem and said there was a mental substance and a physical substance So this view is called Cartesian Dualism By the way Cartesian coordinates in analytic geometry came from Descartes as well a fact that might enhance our respect for him It is a view that has vast ramifications in all branches of philosophy from metaphysics to theology It leads to the concepts of spirit and souls God afterlife reincarnation etc with their inescapable implications on morality There are philosophers who reject this notion of Cartesian dualism John Searle is one of them They embrace a view that mind is an emergent property of the brain An emergent property more fancily called an epiphenomenon is something that happens incidentally along with the main phenomenon but is neither the cause nor the effect of it An emergent property in physics that we are familiar with is temperature which is a measure of the average velocity of a bunch of molecules You cannot define temperature unless you have a statistically significant collection of molecules Searle uses the wetness of water as his example to illustrate emergence of properties You cannot have a wet water molecule or a dry one but when you put a lot of water molecules together you get wetness Similarly mind emerges from the physical substance of the brain through physical processes So all the properties that we ascribe to mind are to be explained away as physical interactions There is only one kind of substance which is physical So this monistic philosophy is called physicalism Physicalism is part of materialism not to be confused with its current meaning what we mean by a material girl for instance You know the trouble with philosophy is that there are so many isms

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - Unreal Blog
    that physics problem that floored me in JEE 83 and I m closing in Determined to figure out what in the world was going on in 2001 A Space Odyssey I bought the DVD in 2000 But whenever I tried watching it I always fell asleep within the first ten or twenty minutes I had no idea why all the critics were going goo goo gah gah over the movie With the advent of Google and Wikipedia you don t really have to understand and solve such conundrums You just have to look it up So I recently looked up what the heck it the movie meant To my dismay all I could find were those condescending write ups saying things like Well if you have to ask sorry you are too stupid to understand the move Go watch Die Hard It finally it dawned on me I just had to read the book These bozos who try to make you feel like an idiot saying you are not sophisticated enough to understand the movie they have all read the book trust me Once you read the book and then watch the movie you will understand what those apes were jumping around for 2001 A Space Odyssey the movie is a kind of video book if you will similar to an audiobook It is a straight forward retelling of the story Of course it is extremely well done but the movie not imaginative enough to stand and tell the story on its own So may be all these goo goo gah gah reviewers are just intellectual snobs Or by intellectual malakas as some of my old friends may call them Could of points of clarification Die Hard is a pretty good movie I will solve that JEE 83 problem if

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey Archives - Unreal Blog
    Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives 2001 A Space Odyssey Books Humor 2001 A Space Odyssey January 11 2016 manoj 2001 A Space Odyssey is one of the iconic movies that figures in all the must see and best movies lists I watched it in 1981 because a friend of mine recommended it It turned that this friend was pulling a fast one on me and I was the only person in the whole movie theater So I sat alone at the center of the hall to enjoy the movie I could barely follow spoken English then especially when spoken with a non Indian accent Or I should say when spoken without an Indian accent The lack of English didn t matter in the beginning part of the movie of course But then I got progressively and completely baffled by the dancing colors and stuff Continue reading 2001 A Space Odyssey Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer

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  • I Think Therefore I am - Unreal Blog
    The argument goes like this our senses may deceive us A good home theater system for instance would fool us into believing that there are commandos firing machine guns behind us Avatar in 3D might convince us that we were on an alien planet And how do we really know that we are not in the Matrix So let s go through the philosophical exercise of doubting everything Let s say that this computer screen you are looking at is not really there it s just some neuronal firings in your brain like when you are dreaming that you are in front of your computer screen reading this article or more likely not reading this article In fact let s say there is no brain to begin with Just a disembodied sensation that results in your perception of a computer screen How far can you take this doubting business We can write off everything material made of substance because no substance has an existence other than as its properties in our perception So our body including the brain could be an artefact of our perception In fact it really is only a cognitive construct like everything else we sense But mental things like thoughts and indeed doubts cannot be doubted because they exist in and of themselves So doubts cannot be doubted I mean they cannot be reduced to something simpler whose existence can be faked The same goes for mind as well And if the mind exists the person exists Ergo if you think you exist I guess this complicated argument is not much better than the simpler rebuttal If you ask me whether you exist I only need to rebut by asking Who is asking the question Perhaps the complex argument sounded better in French In fact calling

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  • Dualism - Unreal Blog
    age old mind matter distinction What is mind made of Most of us think of mind those who think of it that is as a computer program running on our brain In other words mind is software brain is hardware They are two different kinds of things After all we pay separately for hardware Dell and software Microsoft Since we think of them as two ours is an inherently dualistic view Before the time of computers Descartes thought of this problem and said there was a mental substance and a physical substance So this view is called Cartesian Dualism By the way Cartesian coordinates in analytic geometry came from Descartes as well a fact that might enhance our respect for him It is a view that has vast ramifications in all branches of philosophy from metaphysics to theology It leads to the concepts of spirit and souls God afterlife reincarnation etc with their inescapable implications on morality There are philosophers who reject this notion of Cartesian dualism John Searle is one of them They embrace a view that mind is an emergent property of the brain An emergent property more fancily called an epiphenomenon is something that happens incidentally along with the main phenomenon but is neither the cause nor the effect of it An emergent property in physics that we are familiar with is temperature which is a measure of the average velocity of a bunch of molecules You cannot define temperature unless you have a statistically significant collection of molecules Searle uses the wetness of water as his example to illustrate emergence of properties You cannot have a wet water molecule or a dry one but when you put a lot of water molecules together you get wetness Similarly mind emerges from the physical substance of the brain through physical processes So all the properties that we ascribe to mind are to be explained away as physical interactions There is only one kind of substance which is physical So this monistic philosophy is called physicalism Physicalism is part of materialism not to be confused with its current meaning what we mean by a material girl for instance You know the trouble with philosophy is that there are so many isms that you lose track of what is going on in this wild jungle of jargonism If I coined the word unrealism to go with my blog and promoted it as a branch of philosophy or better yet a Singaporean school of thought I m sure I can make it stick Or perhaps it is already an accepted domain All kidding aside the view that everything on the mental side of life such as consciousness thoughts ideals etc is a manifestation of physical interactions I m restating the definition of physicalism here as you can see enjoys certain currency among contemporary philosophers Both Kagan and Searle readily accept this view for example But this view is in conflict with what the ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates Plato and Aristotle

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