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Question posted on June 19, 2014; 3 responses
Hi Philosophers, I have a burning question that is troubling me relating the religion versus science debate. I hope I articulate it well enough. Here goes. Mathematically, physicists are close to proving that a multiverse exists. Assuming they do prove this, and...
Physics, Religion Show

Question posted on February 13, 2014; 2 responses
The big bang theory says that time began with the big bang. Is that correct? Then does that mean that those who describe the big bang theory as an idea that something comes from nothing are incorrect? If time began...
Existence, Physics Show

Question posted on February 13, 2014; 1 response
In a book by John Honner dealing with Niels Bohr's philosophy of physics, he finishes a sentence with "once the framework of complementarity is substituted for that of continuity and univocity." I can't find a definition of 'univocity' in...
Physics Show

Question posted on August 1, 2013; 1 response
Are dimensions exceeding 3 actually comceivable or are they purely intellectual constructs? Is this even debated in philosophy?...
Mathematics, Physics Show

Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
On a Philosophy Bites podcast I heard Daniel Dennett mention the following thought experiment, which he attributed to Galileo. Suppose that heavier objects fall faster than light ones. Take two objects, A and B, where A is lighter than B....
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Question posted on June 7, 2013; 1 response
I'm not sure if this is a question for philosophers or for physicists, but I'll ask it here anyway. Do you think it is possible that there are other universes? I mean "other universe" in a very physical sense: any...
Physics Show

Question posted on April 25, 2013; 2 responses
Is length an intrinsic property or is it something which is only relative to other lengths? Is an inch an inch? Or is it simply a relation between other (length) phenomena?...
Physics Show

Question posted on April 25, 2013; 1 response
In theory of relativity all relations are derived based on one observer in a moving frame relative to another frame. How statistically relevant it is to make conclusions based on just one observer? Who told it is valid?...
Physics Show

Question posted on April 25, 2013; 1 response
Are equations like F=MA or e=mc squared metaphysical statements about energy and force or are they empirical observations about regularly occurring correlations?...
Physics Show

Question posted on November 8, 2012; 1 response
What is the philosopher's response to the anthropic principle? (which, if I recall correctly, states that the universe "had to" evolve in a certain manner, otherwise we would not be here to ask these questions about it!) Is it dismissed...
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Question posted on October 25, 2012; 1 response
Is Kant's project of reconciling freedom with an apparently deterministic nature still relevant given how Quantum mechanics does not (as I understand it) see nature as a deterministic totality?...
Philosophers, Physics Show

Question posted on October 11, 2012; 1 response
Help me know if I have the Big bang theory down correctly. It consists of the following ideas. 1. The big bang theory is usually or often seen as a naturalistic hypothesis where only physical reality is truly real. 2. The...
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Question posted on September 6, 2012; 1 response
Take the case of a box sitting on a table. In an introductory physics course, we'd say that there are two forces acting on the box: the force of gravity, pulling it down; and a normal force of precisely equal...
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Question posted on June 21, 2012; 1 response
Cartesian dualism relies upon two substances, body and mind, which are totally distinguished by their properties. While the characteristic nature of body is Extendedness, the mind is known with its capability of thinking. So, Cartesian Dualism is founded on these two...
Mind, Physics Show

Question posted on April 12, 2012; 3 responses
Do the developments in quantum mechanics (i.e. the best we can do on a very micro level is give probability distributions), really have anything to say about free will? It might mean that determinism isn't true (although there could be...
Freedom, Physics Show

Question posted on February 2, 2012; 1 response
Is 20C twice as hot as 10C? Now, I know that the phenomenon (heat) described by 20C is by no means twice as intense as is that described by 10C. Yet 20 is also undoubtedly twice the size of 10,...
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Question posted on November 23, 2011; 1 response
I consider myself a (metaphysical) materialist or, to use the synonymous term that is more fashionable nowadays, physicalist, and I'm familiar with the academic literature on contemporary materialism/physicalism. But in no paper or book did I find really satisfying, fully...
Physics, Science Show

Question posted on September 1, 2011; 1 response
Could there (is it conceivable/possible) be an alternate reality/universe (a rich complex universe) which was such that mathematics could not provide any (or say very little) description of it?...
Mathematics, Physics Show

Question posted on June 25, 2011; 1 response
Most of our modern conceptions of math defined in terms of a universe in which there are only three dimensions. In some advanced math classes, I have learned to generalize my math skills to any number of variables- which means...
Mathematics, Physics Show

Question posted on May 4, 2011; 1 response
Henry Stapp (a physicist at Berkeley) in his book The Mindful Universe states: "Let there be no doubt about this point. The original form of quantum theory is subjective, in the sense that it is forthrightly about relationships among conscious human...
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