Ep. 35: Existence. I discuss the instance of creation inspired by an excellent question on the SucipeDomine forum. To the heathens, give it up. We have the Word of Eternal Life. You are lost in a nest a contradictions and a life without meaning.
I discuss 2 books that talk about communist, masonic, and CIA infiltration into the Church.
Suppose I point to a far off tree and ask you what color it is. You tell me the top part is green and the bottom part is brown. I give you a telescope and ask you to tell me again. You report that it is an apple tree, so the top part is red and green, and the trunk is brown.
Note that the photons at the frequency corresponding to your rendition of “red” indeed were reaching your eye, however you lacked the resolution to see them. All you saw was green.
This is akin to “white”. There is no such physical manifestation of “white”, i.e. no frequency of photons that corresponds to your rendition of “white”. Instead your eyes lack the resolution to break apart the photons (a prism is needed), and so the cones in your eye send out a code for white when they are unable to sort out the full spectrum of photons. White, being a qualia, does not physically exist, but what is more there is no physical manifestation that corresponds or participates in “white”.
All that there is is a neural bit pattern. Neuron 5 is open, neuron 6 is closed, neuron 7 is open and neuron 8 is open. Note that this code is immaterial. You can probably find this code pattern in a million instances at one time over all the neural connections in your brain. So a code is not material, it is instead immaterial information.
So what is white? It is an immaterial qualia conveyed as immaterial information via an immaterial code.
This is a fatal problem for the heathens and “evolution of the gaps” will not solve it for them.
A discussion on the so-called “Problem of Evil”.
Do we have Free Will? Yes, but we must define it.
You having Free Will means you are not compelled to make choices, you can change your mind, and you can try again. The fact that you can “try again” is a proof you have Free Will.
However there are 2 constraints on this:
- You are ordered to the good. That is your Final Cause. You can do you best to ignore it, and of course you can violate that order, which we call sinning, but you can not eliminate it, except in hell. You are ordered to the good.
- You exist. This is the kernel of your soul. I Exist. Again you can try to ignore it, to escape it, but you can not alter this. You exist.
Consider “White”. It is a qualia like other “colors”, and shares the same essence. It materially does not exist. It is immaterial.
However White differs from other qualia in an important way. White does not even have a message transfer component, which IS material, i.e. photons at call it 350 THz transmits the information “Red” (though this is just a guess, as my “Red” might be your “Green”).
However White does not have this. We “see” white when a full spectrum of photons strikes our cones. The cones do not have the resolution to separate out the various photons, and so the impulse of all of the frequencies sent through the optic nerve is perceived as “White”. However in the material world there is NO frequency that corresponds to “White”. Think about it until you get it. Not only is White qua White immaterial, there is nothing in the material world that corresponds to transmitting “White”.
The proof is easy. Shine red light at a whiteboard, and you will see a red board. Another proof is the prism, which reveals the “White” is a mirage, in fact there is a full spectrum of frequencies present.
The significance of this is in the existence theorem. Note there is no existence theorem for qualia. However you could START an existence theorem for most qualia, however you eventually reach a dead end. So an existence theorem for “Red” would START with observing that 350 THz photons corresponds with Red. You can’t even START an existence theorem with “White”.
The immaterial world exists, and that is a fatal error for atheism.
Ep. 30: Armageddon A discussion on the Book of the Apocalypse.
Consider the bat, which uses echo location (sonar) to locate prey. The existence of echo location raises a question with two possible answers. How does the bat interact with the sonar information it receives:
- It is purely mechanical, similar to an onboard targeting controller on a torpedo equipped with sonar.
- It “senses” the prey, as a qualia. A sense we can never know about, i.e. how it feels. Similar to the fact you can never show me “blue” as you sense it.
This question is unsolvable, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to answer. Pondering this will give you insight into the immaterial world, which exists. The existence of the immaterial world is a fatal flaw for atheists.
Around 1990 Ford introduced the Explorer. What was it? It was a station wagon that was wrapped in a masculine veneer that allowed women to buy it. Why does a station wagon need to be masculinized in order to allow women to buy it? Listen to the podcast.
One more thing, I left out something comical I’ve noticed about women. Minor, but part of the ideal is to be “interested in travel”. That’s been going around.
A philosophical discussion on the source of the hatred on the left.