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Everything posted by SpookyKitty

  1. It all depends. Each time I did marijuana was different. Not every effect listed below occurs on every use. (Also as a disclaimer, I almost always drank quite a bit of alcohol before use, so that might also have an effect). Just pick a random combination of at least three of the following: 1) Rapid heart rate. One time, so rapid, that I thought my heart would explode. 2) Severe anxiety. (This starts after about five minutes and goes away after like the first 20 minutes) 3) Intense euphoria. (This can get annoying after a while) 4) A loss of awareness of time. One time at a party I had to use the bathroom. For me it felt like 3 minutes. My friend later told me I'd been in there for 3 hours! 5) A loss of short-term memory. 6) Inability to focus on anything. Your thoughts just wonder like crazy. 7) A sensation of constantly falling or dizziness. 8) Impaired motor control. General clumbsiness and inability to walk. 9) Loss of consciousness (very short blackouts). As far as I can tell, it isn't even a little addictive. Cigarettes on the other hand... I told myself I'd try just one, and now I've been a smoker for 4 years.
  2. It definitely has more to do with the phrasing. More specifically, it has a lot to do with popularizes of science not actually understanding QM, but, more seriously, physicists themselves didn't have a very good grasp of QM in its early days. So a lot of the old misconceptions have survived to the present day, even though quantum theory has moved on. With regard to states, nothing can ever be in two states at once. If a particle is in a superposition of two states A and B, then it is not correct to say that it is in both state A and in state B. Superposition really just means sum. So, for example, northeast is a superposition of the directions north and east (under vector addition). If you are traveling northeast, you are not traveling both due north and due east., obviously. Unfortunately, the probabilistic nature of quantum observables is inescapable.
  3. That's an interesting argument, but it is flawed. The statements: 1) "Humans (its easier to talk about humans rather than men to avoid confusion) exist," and 2) "Humanity exists" do not have the exact same meaning, (even though I agree with you that the method of proving each is the same). Formally, I believe the distinction is as follows: 1) There exists at least one x which is an instance of Humanity. 2) There exists at least one x which is Humanity. I believe that your (and I think Rand's) mistake is that you are literally identifying Humanity with its instances. That's nonsensical because you are treating a noun and a predicate as though they were identical. The reason you are making this error is because you are failing to differentiate between a relation of identity and a relation of definition. I think it is correct (and I think you would agree) to say that 3) An abstraction x exists if and only if there exists at least one particular y such that y is an instance of x. This statement is a definition of the existence of abstractions. Thus, there is a material equivalence between 1) and 2) but no logical equivalence. It is important to make this distinction. Another way of explaining this error is like this. First, if two things A and B are identical, then the existence of one necessarily entails the existence of the other. However, one cannot flip this statement and say that because the existence of A necessarily implies the existence of B and vice versa, that therefore A is B. An obvious counterexample here is that the existence of the number 1 necessarily entails the existence of the number 2, and vice versa, but that does not mean that 1 is 2. I think you are jumping to conclusions. Saying that man is an abstraction no more implies that he is only an abstraction than saying that John is tall implies that John is characterized only by tallness.
  4. Huh, I was thinking you were asking the second question and changed my response. Because, I mean, uhh, I concluded what I did because that is the logical conclusion?
  5. So, again, it is correct to say that Man exists and that Man is an abstraction?
  6. That is completely irrelevant. The concept Man still refers to all humans regardless of whether or not this or that person has realized it or not. But "things" is itself an abstraction. How can things exist if the totality of all those things doesn't?
  7. Indeed. And that can only be if it is an abstraction?
  8. Exactly. So it is correct to say then, that Man exists?
  9. On what conceivable rational epistemological basis could you possibly be justified in saying that an abstraction is something that it is not? PS: I'm pretty sure I don't have any such mystical power, and you don't either.
  10. Whoa whoa whoa whoa. You are "interpreting" an abstraction as a concrete? How did you do that? Do you have magical transmutation powers that can turn a thing from one metaphysical type to another? Because you are now saying that Man, an abstraction, is something that it is not, namely a concrete.
  11. Yes it is a simple question! It doesn't get any simpler! The context is absolutely clear. In fact, I've made it clearer by pointing out that I wasn't asking about mental pictures and suchlike. Does Man exist? Does justice exist? Does art exist? Does existence exist? How are these not simple questions?
  12. Wait, so it's accurate to say "Man does not exist."? I didn't say anything about mental pictures nor man "as an abstraction". It's a simple question. Does Man exist? Yes or no.
  13. Do you also believe that leaving your door unlocked is an invitation to your house?
  14. Wow, this is so fucking dumb, I can't believe you're not trolling. You do realize that victims of sexual abuse and rape are often traumatized and can go into shock even while having consensual sex let alone going through another rape? You seriously need to pull your head out of your ass if you think any part of Chris' behavior is ok. Imagine if you told me that I'm not allowed to take your car, but that later you leave your car keys in front of me on the table. Should I interpret this as your consent to take and keep your car? I guess now I know why California passed those ridiculously restrictive new rape laws. It's because of creepers like you.
  15. This is a red-herring. Whether or not reality is stable has nothing to do with whether or not the senses accurately report the facts. Yes it does. It plainly does. I cannot for the life of me even begin to comprehend why or how someone could possibly think otherwise.
  16. But that's completely trivial and can in no way justify higher level knowledge. Sufficiently.
  17. The claim that the senses are self-evident is that "In every case where it appears that x, it is the case that x". The logical negation of this is that "There is at least one case where it appears that x, but it is not the case that x". That does not mean that the senses can never be trusted, just that there is at least one case where they can't be trusted.
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