06-14-01, 02:04 PM
I just came across a discussion at the Frontier Physics Forum (http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2975) on teleportation. The question was raised, imagine we have a teleporter, can we teleport a conscious being?
I am wondering what the ideas are as to what is the source of our consciousness?
Here is a poll
06-15-01, 03:51 PM
Personally, I question it all. Are we a figment of our own imaginations? Maybe a figment of someone elses. Maybe we are nothing more then a computer program. Or worse yet, a true conciousness part of some sort of expirement. Or an AI inside of a programmed world. Don't believe what THEY tell you. To discover the truth you must be paranoid of everything at all times. This in fact is the only true truth!
06-16-01, 04:25 AM
Papa_Smirf, Do I hear Descartes sneaking up on me again? :)
I agree: through doubting the truth may be percieved. But the question how to know the truth is worth a thread of its own.
There is this difficult question...is the following valid?
I can doubt anything. Maybe nothing exists at all, but the fact that there is something that can doubt.
Does the fact that the sentence is self-referential prove its own existence?
Personally I think it does. But I believe, to the strickt rules of logic it does not.
06-16-01, 12:44 PM
through doubting the truth may be perceived. But the question how to know the truth is worth a thread of its own. You can never know the truth because it can always be a mere lie. That's the beauty of paranoia. The key is to believe that what you're seeing now is the best truth as of now. In that way, you can keep a healthy grip on reality while having a twist of phsychoticism in you (creativity :D ). And as for the following:
I can doubt anything. Maybe nothing exists at all, but the fact that there is something that can doubt. I don't think that it proves itself anymore then this sentence I'm writing now. It's simply a half truth like all things. The question is, if it isn't the truth, then who's in control of the deception?
06-17-01, 03:03 PM
The key is to believe that what you're seeing now is the best truth as of now.
Maybe I misunderstand you, but I do get the feeling that for a scepticist, you put an awful lot of trust in your senses.;)