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Conference: Interstellar variations 1

CFA: Interstellar variations 1

Online conference on Zoom Friday, May 6, 2022,15.00-17.00 CET. Abstracts should be sent to causal.objects@gmail.com with deadline Sunday, February 27.

Please prepare a max 1000 words abstract (PDF) based on Plan B and the paper Blocking the Vagueness Block – A New Restricted Answer to the Special Composition Question, as described below.

The conference may be extended time wise depending on the number of accepted abstracts. Information regarding acceptance should be expected before Mars 17. Please be advised that accepted abstracts are planned to be compiled into an online PDF booklet published on the organizer’s website karlpu.org.

The conference is free of charge but all participants must preregister via email to causal.objects@gmail.com. More information will be sent to registered participants in due course (exact dates, timetable et cetera).

Interstellar variations: Plan B

Michael Cain’s character Professor John Brand in the movie Interstellar has a Plan A for the survival of mankind. If that doesn’t work he has a backup Plan B. Plan A is the wanted one whereas Plan B saves some astronauts and a lot of fertilized eggs.

Today we have a scientific culture that functions as our Plan A. That culture states that everything in one way or the other is physical. A recent shift in our language is the move from “my thoughts are in my mind” to “my thoughts are in my brain”. If we have thoughts and everything in the end is physical it is natural to think that one’s thoughts are in one’s brain.

In preparation for the defense of my master thesis (Gamper 2019) I played with an application of it and found that it provided an ontologically neutral view of the scientific object. I had introduced the concept of causal objects and it applied for any kind of object (with a causal background). In my preparation I saw that separate ontological fields could be joined by something I called interfaces (2017). Accordingly, everything in the end may be physical – or not. I thought this eventuality was very interesting.

Plan B is to investigate this possibility and see where it may lead. One thing is established, though, and that is that the mind can be a substance of its own. Provided that there can be interfaces between ontological domains.

Variation 1

Descartes’ extended objects are not just extended. They are, just like all other ordinary objects, also continuous objects. Take a football for instance. It rolls over the football field when you kick it. It rolls and is itself as it rolls. Just like people going about doing their things being themselves as they go about. Any causes affecting such a continuous object affect the continuous object. It is like the famous example with billiards balls. The balls go there and there after the break – as continuous objects.

When we look at quantum sized objects we have the same basic understanding of them. They move about as continuous objects and are extended. The dualistic view of the mind, however, is that the mind is something totally different. For one thing, it has no physical extension. And, of course, this disqualifies it from the list of possible objects.

When we move with plan A, therefore, we think that all things are continuous and that they belong to a specific set of dimensions, the physical dimensions. In a variation of this theme we must change something. We have three things to look at: the dimensionality, the continuity, and the extension of the object.

We can start with the extension of the object. Physical objects have extension. They have physical extension. If we in this variation assume non-physical objects to be without extension we are back in the Princess Elisabeth-Descartes dilemma. So let us say that all objects have extension. Given this, that all objects have extension, we can add the assumption that all objects are in some set of dimensions. They have some sort of dimensionality.

Now we have continuity left to consider. Without attacking footballs or creatures moving about let us just take a deep breath and pause with continuity for a while.

In my preparation to defend my master thesis I saw that separate ontological fields could be joined by interfaces – provided that all objects were causal objects. Essentially this is the variation since causal objects are discrete objects.

/Johan Gamper

References

Gamper, J. Blocking the Vagueness Block – A New Restricted Answer to the Special Composition Question. Philosophia 47, 425–428 (2019). Full text via ResearchGate.

Gamper, J. On a Loophole in Causal Closure. Philosophia 45, 631–636 (2017). Open access.

Conference organizer

Johan Gamper

The independent institute of applied metaphysics Subrosa KB

Postal address: Subrosa KB, Albatrossvägen 104, 13666, Vendelsö, Sweden

Visiting address: Kungsgatan 8, Stockholm, Sweden

Website: karlpu.org

All questions should be sent to johan.gamper@karlpu.org.

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On a Loophole in Causal Closure | SpringerLink

Standard definitions of causal closure focus on where the causes in question are. In this paper, the focus is changed to where they are not. Causal closure
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New forum for group discussions

Friends,

I am now forming the Dnמ group.

D stands for dimensionality and refers to the event that things are in some dimensions.

n indicates the number of dimensions things are in.

The “מ” indicates that the number of dimensions things are in may vary.

We believe that physical things belong to sets of dimensions including both mathematical dimensions and non-mathematical physical dimensions. We believe that some physical dimensions may be empty for some physical things. We believe that some things are not physical. Non-physical mathematical things, for instance, are not physical. As for ourselves, we are allowed to believe that we, as subjects, belong to sets of dimensions including mathematical, physical, and non-mathematical non-physical dimensions of the mental.

We also believe that the set of all ontological domains is well-ordered. We believe that every second ontological domain is homogeneous and that the others are heterogeneous.

We believe that monism is obsolete, in the heterogeneity of the smallest element of the well-ordered set of all ontological domains, and that the non-material subject is dependent upon material objects.

Join via Signal to +46732396364.

Regards,

Johan Gamper

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Johan is now on WeChat

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Scientific Ontology | SpringerLink

The modal properties of the principle of the causal closure of the physical have traditionally been said to prevent anything outside the physical world fro
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The Kind ‘Object’ | SpringerLink

On the recently suggested loophole view of causal closure, nothing in a universe has its cause coming from another universe. It is allowed, though, that so
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Full text on ResearchGate.

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Wigner on consciousness and physics

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00708653

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Biological Energy and the Experiencing Subject | SpringerLink

As physical things have mathematical properties we in this paper let mental things have biological properties. The work is based on recent metaphysical fin
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Blocking the Vagueness Block – A New Restricted Answer to the Special Composition Question | SpringerLink

The vagueness objection seems to block any moderate answer to the Special Composition Question leaving us with the two extreme alternatives that there eith
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