lan B.

Location:

London

Member since:

July 9, 2013

What exists?

Good question! SENSORY PHENOMENOLOGY, for certain! I find mathematical platonism radically unconvincing, and so I do not believe that FORMAL DEFINITIONS could possibly "exist" independently of the human intellectual imagination. I think that the over-riding lesson of epsitemology should be taken that we cannot conclusively know anything FOR CERTAIN because caveats are always logically admissable in objection to any ontological "affirmation" whatsoever. However, I personally -- contra Quine -- harbour a REFLECTIVE preference to (my own brand of) physicalism, and wrote a paper around 10 years ago advancing my supporting thesis.

What separates you from other conscious beings?

Physical distance. (Sorry, Peter!)

Introduction

Hi I'm Ian Buxton. Let's dispense with the bureaucracy!

What lan B. is saying about this Meetup Group

OK on the whole. Peter is a kind host and the attendees on this occasion -- particularly Elena and Gary -- were satisfyingly and attentively alert to and engaged with the often-demandingly subtle nuances of the debate.


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