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Post 40

Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 6:52pmSanction this postReply
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Okay, Franc, let's just start again. I think we've maybe misunderstood one another (this tends to happen really frequently, I think.)

1. Can you "know" something without having "learned" it? I don't think so. I may be able to breathe (for example), but that is an autonomic -- involuntary reflex-action. I do not "know" how to breathe. Autonomic functions don't count as knowledge. "information" maybe -- but then again, 'information' only has meaning within the context of a reasoning mind which USES -- APPLIES -- such information.
A bunch of computer discs without the relevant technology to use them, don't count as "information". Nor does a fully-functioning computer displaying this message. It BECOMES informational when you view it. Prior to (and seperate from) the action of a reasoning mind UNDERSTANDING what it written here, the marks on your screen are nothing more than scrawls.

I just draw a firm line between knowledge and instinct, and if you don't draw such a firm distinction, then you run into the problem I cited in the earlier post: IF there is some way to know things -- WITHOUT having to LEARN them (say, by 'instinct' counting as knowledge, for example), then where DO we draw the line, and what role (if any) does Reason play?

As I said before, the mere fact that a housecat is 'instinctively' afraid of water does NOT imply that the cat "knows" anything about water, neccesarily (any more than children's 'instinctive" fear of the dark means that they "know" about big scary monsters.)

If it's an "unscientific" idea that knowledge depends on (and derives from) experience, then okay, I'm a friggin' witch doctor. Pass the mojo bag, and I'll do some conjuring!
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Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 7:48pmSanction this postReply
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"Okay, Franc, let's just start again. I think we've maybe misunderstood one another (this tends to happen really frequently, I think.)"

Yes, that's true. So it goes. Hey, we can deal with it (^____^)


"1. Can you "know" something without having "learned" it? I don't think so. I may be able to breathe (for example), but that is an autonomic -- involuntary reflex-action. I do not "know" how to breathe."

That's true.


"Autonomic functions don't count as knowledge. "information" maybe -- but then again, 'information' only has meaning within the context of a reasoning mind which USES -- APPLIES -- such information."

Information only has meaning in the context of a human mind to see it. But that's true of all concepts. A reasoning mind is not necessary for that information to take an active part in the world. The DNA and proteins that construct a human being do not need active reasoning to do their human-assigned meaning.


"A bunch of computer discs without the relevant technology to use them, don't count as "information". Nor does a fully-functioning computer displaying this message. It BECOMES informational when you view it."

'View it' in what way ? When I understand its identity ? In that case I agree.


"IF there is some way to know things -- WITHOUT having to LEARN them (say, by 'instinct' counting as knowledge, for example), then where DO we draw the line, and what role (if any) does Reason play?"

Instincts are pretty limited. Without the active search for knowledge, we would be limited to the range that nature could furnish - pre-scientific monkey tribalism.


"If it's an "unscientific" idea that knowledge depends on (and derives from) experience, then okay, I'm a friggin' witch doctor. Pass the mojo bag, and I'll do some conjuring!"

Booga booga.

I can't wait to see what you'll think of my article "I Hate John Galt !". It will probably be the place where we'll finish airing all our disagreements once and for all. Until then, we can keep working these problems out. (^______^)



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Monday, January 19, 2004 - 6:05pmSanction this postReply
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Ah well, I don't even think we HAD a disagreement here (this is so weird when this happens!)
We start out like we're disagreeing, and then it turns out to be some form of semantic confusion, or something.

"Pre-scientific monkey tribalism". I like that. It pretty much sums up most colleges, yknow.
(hahaha!)



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Monday, January 19, 2004 - 6:40pmSanction this postReply
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""Pre-scientific monkey tribalism". I like that. It pretty much sums up most colleges, yknow."

What, are you implying that colleges professors and students act like monkeys ?! Why, that's preposterous !

Wait, I'm not a college student anymore. I agree with you. (^______^)



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Monday, January 19, 2004 - 7:04pmSanction this postReply
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Nah, college professors and students aren't like monkeys -- monkeys usually actually KNOW things!



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Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 5:30amSanction this postReply
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But Franc and Henry, you did not answer me about the hot poker. Why do you ignore my points on this? Okay, so I'm only sixteen, but don't I deserve an answer? Is it because perhaps you are the same person? Yes, I have met both of you on other boards, and don't think the similarities are not obvious to everyone here. How long can you keep the charade up? Oh, and Franc, don't think for a minute I am ever going to forgive you for what you did to me that night.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 9:03amSanction this postReply
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"don't I deserve an answer?"

Yes, you do. I checked your previous posts but can't find a question addressed to me. I recommend you ask it more clearly.


"Is it because perhaps you are the same person?"

I am Francois Tremblay. My coordinates are widely available, and my IP can be checked by whoever owns this site. I don't know who Henry Emrich is, but he's not me.


"Franc, don't think for a minute I am ever going to forgive you for what you did to me that night."

Whatever did I do to you ?



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Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 11:00amSanction this postReply
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Quote: "I donít agree with Francois Tremblay that if you jab a man with a hot poker he will experience many of the same sensations such as heat, pressure and reaction by screaming."

Since the poker is hot, he will sense the heat of it, no matter where it pokes him, even his heel. The degree to which you feel it might change, but you definitely feel the heat, since your skin has receptors which can sense it.

Since when you jab him, the end of the poker puts pressure on his skin, and we can sense this, he would feel pressure applied. It's like you punch a guy in the face. He feels the pressure of the blow.

As for reaction by screaming, that depends on how hard you poke him. You still react to pain, unless it was so soft that no pain was caused.

I think you are splitting hairs and being pedantic, and I feel you have a dishonest motive. I read this in how cocky and slanderous you were. By honest, and back up what you are saying, or keep quiet.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2004 - 11:03amSanction this postReply
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My post above is addressed to Jermaine.



Post 49

Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 8:33pmSanction this postReply
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The other bloody board was shut off by our nanny moderator.

To continue:

Good points Tommy,

To Vertigo:

Who said anything about it being Americanized? The term lit or lighted, may be used, as explained, and this is an English definition. For instance, go to the very english BBC page, at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3149404.stm
and search for the term lighted.

"For about 10 seconds, the evening on Saturday got lighted up. I panicked and took my kids inside the house."

Then try the English site about Positron Emission Tomography Scanning, at: http://www.ebme.co.uk/arts/pet.htm

of concern are lighted up in a three-dimensional image for physicians to review.

I wonder, could these very english journalists and scientists be wrong?
(^____________^)



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