@write4uactive 3 hours, 43 minutes ago
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After HS traveled the oceans for two years as merchant marine, then emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, where I worked for a record distributor. Joined a musical group as bass player and played in clubs and some concerts. Emigrated to US and traveled for 7 years on the road, playing in Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, Los Angeles, Chicago and many smaller towns throughout the US. Got married and became bid supervisor for a large industrial coatings co. After 7 years, moved to the NW and became grant/proposal writer for several Indian Tribes, obtaining funding for native economic development projects including a fish hatchery and hotel/casino complex. Then worked for 7 years as bookkeeper for a large non-profit social services company, during which I acquired associate degrees in accounting and architectural drafting. Am now retired and working on expanding my understanding of life and the universe. "To the symphony of life, no one has the score" Found a perfect informal home forum in CFI. I view myself as a metaphysical naturalist and humanist.
Write4U replied to the topic How much do you actually have to know for the CFI checkride in the forum General Discussion 3 hours, 43 minutes ago
Emmet, I doubt there are many pilots posting on CFI (Center For Inquiry). I have 20 minutes flight time myself, just to get the “feel” of piloting a small plane.
In view of the inherent dangers of flying, I would suggest to learn everything inside out, not to pass a test, but it might save your life someday.
When a self-proclaimed ‘extremely stable genius’ … isn’t
Opinion: Donald Trump did a little bragging about his brain Thursday. On such matters I defer to the late physicist Stephen Hawking, who said, ‘People who boast about their IQ are…
Write4U replied to the topic Petty petty little trump – decimating school nutrition standards in the forum Politics and Social Issues 4 hours, 9 minutes ago
thatoneguy said: What a pile of bullshit. It’s the parent’s job to feed their kids. Not fucking complicated at all.
Or else….what? Do you even realize what you are saying?
Let the kids starve, while they are trying to learn so that they can get a job and provide food for their kids? I hope you do know that poor nutrition is detrimental to lea…[Read more]
Write4U replied to the topic looking for help — humanist source for Alan Moore quote? in the forum Humanism 4 hours, 32 minutes ago
LorenzoBryce said: “is the meat of this an obvious paraphrase or lifting from some humanist source?”
IMO, this was the author’s use of an important term in civilized societies. He used it of course in context of the definition of “integrity”
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence…
Who’re you gonna call?…..Ghostbusters!
I think I’ve got Sree pegged, he is a nihilist.
Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. It is often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no…
Who’re you gonna call?…..Ghostbusters!
Write4U replied to the topic Please Help Me Continue to Examine Why I Believe Jesus Rose Bodily from the Dead in the forum Religion and Secularism 7 hours, 37 minutes ago
I admire and respect your serious and well reasoned inquiry.
But your inquiry presupposes that we do not have any answers to these questions and that we are starting from scratch.
But that happened probably some 100,000 years ago, when the first curious mind looked up into heavens and asked a question. Since then most of that intitial…[Read more]
Joseph said: Emergence Theory = consciousness based
Consiousness theory = Emergence based.
Cosciousness is an emergent phenomenon, it begins with a quasi intelligent mathematical functions of universal potentials. Consciousness is an emergent quality of evolving self-referential mathematical functional…[Read more]
The need for the Higgs Boson
According to our current understanding, all particles were massless just after the Big Bang.
As the Universe cooled and the temperature fell below a critical value, an invisible field called the ‘Higgs field’ was formed; this field prevails throughout the cosmos. Particles such as the W and Z acquire mass through the…
Something struck me when you agreed that the Higgs field might have something to do with Dark Matter.
If we extend this hypothesis to all dynamic quantum fields, we may actually have sufficient kinetic virtual mass being generated by the dynamic movement of energetic quanta.
A photon at rest is practically massless. It acquires its mass…[Read more]
Joseph said: That’s what “emergent” implies.
No, emergent “implies” that something can appear that may be observable. But something can emerge even when there is no observer. Nature itself can be the observer.
And that is what the term “observation” means in SR.
Physicists use the term “observer” as shorthand for a specific refer…
Xain said: And for Write, the left/right brained stuff is a myth: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/right-brainleft-brain-right-2017082512222
When did I make a case or even a mention of left/right brain stuff? This is a fabrication of your imagination. I showed a video which draws some conclusion about cognitive abilities. I leave their…[Read more]
Joseph said: The flight/path of a particle/wave is known before starting.
AFAIK, that is not correct. The flight path of a particle/wave is a probability function. The double slit experiment clearly demonstrates that we do not know the precise flight path of each particle. Wave interference scatters individual particles into distinctly separate…[Read more]
I’d like to address permission and restriction a little further.
These terms are usually associated with conscious intelligent decision making, but I see abstract permissions and restrictions associated with mathematical functions.
This is why I consider the mathematics of the universe as unconscious quasi-intelligent mathematically permittive…[Read more]
Bob said; Write4U, I really have a hard time getting into your definition/description of time. Here I present the sources of my difficulty.
Time, the emergent measurement of indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and probable future regarded as a whole.
Both duration and chronological mean having to do with…
I visualize spacetime as a set of quantum fields, with dynamical fractal properties.
CDT (causal dynamical triangulation ) describes how spacetime itself “unfolds”.
Causal dynamical triangulation (abbreviated as CDT) theorized by Renate Loll, Jan Ambjørn and Jerzy Jurkiewicz, and popularized by Fotini Markopoulou and Lee Smolin, is an approa…
If one has a little bitty brain are they just little bit alive? Like being a little bit pregnant.
Xain said: Write, that video is absolute nonsense. What clinched it was the whole left/right brain bit.
Ok, explain the nonsense and the problem with the whole left/right brain bit.
p.s. how did you do?……. 🙂
Sree: However, life, as this wondrous existence that is manifesting as me, is something else. I don’t believe it comes from the brain. Like a skeptical scientist, I reject this conclusion and want to investigate this mystery further.
Who has proposed that life comes from the brain? You are the one proposing that life originated from a sup…[Read more]
Sree: By the way, eternity is not a scientific word. Like Anil Seth, there is still a lot of religion in you.
You don’t get to cite science, you reject science. And you have given absolutely no proof of Anil Seth being in any way religious as it pertains to consciousness. In fact his assertion that after death there is nothing at all is c…[Read more]
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