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      Dear members of the complex processes research group, The next meeting of the complex processes on the theme of history will feature: SPEAKER: Dr Michael Dix TITLE: Fake history of philosophy: a case study TIME: 12.30pm, Wednesday, 19th September VENUE: ATC205 Abstract: The ontology of Heraclitus, the first western philosopher of process, has been much misinterpreted for two and a half millennia. A consideration of how such misunderstanding arose and persisted reveals a tradition of “Whiggish” history in philosophy—a history biased toward
    3. That clarifies things for me - thanks Matt. And for me it does speak to the idea that explaining things as "pure chance" is as religious[1] a thought as explaining it in terms of a divine intelligence or otherwise purposive power. Which isn't to say it's wrong, but just equally indeterminate. Others (I have Schelling in mind here) would say that we need to depart from the domain of science altogether in order to explain the "how," which is the tenor of even his earlier "idealist" philosophy and certainly the explicit theme of his thinking from 1809 onward, where art/the aesthetic takes
    4. Thanks Gord, In relation to probability, lets consider the vase scenario - let us say that there is a small probability that a vase might occur naturally. Then let us consider that we actually find one- ok, so maybe it happened naturally, and perhaps it was bound to happen - so can we explain how it happened? We should be able to. Otherwise there may be other explanations (eg. it came on meteor or was send by a previous rocket (i.e maybe it wasn't a natural accident). The trouble with our knowledge of the theory of life is that we can say it might happen naturally with a small probabi
    5. @Matt, many thanks for posting this thread. I'll somewhat naively jump in here (perhaps somewhat naively, having unfortunately missed the talk): Does complexity dictate probability? Does this not assume that we can on some level measure what we call "chance"? I see the logic of your critique of this theory, but this also makes me think of what I remember as one of Zeno's Paradoxes (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). The version I can recollect is: proceeding in a straight line from point A to point B, each step of the movement sees its distance reduced by half.
    6. Hi Arran and Others, Thanks for raising and discussing the mystery of the laws of physics at the creation of the universe in the seminar yesterday and the relationship to theories such as String theory. But I think the creation of life, and also the emergence of human life are equally great mysteries that are glossed over with similar scientific stories. Arran talked about there being trillions of stars that have existed for billions of years. The presence of such large numbers – which boggle the mind – are not sufficient in
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      My 2 May talk on Schelling's Naturphilosophie. Please note: this is a draft copy only. Please do not cite this document without permission.
    8. Hello @CPRG, Welcome to the CPRG forums! This is where most of the talking and discussion goes on. A few tips: Click Follow in interesting topics/threads to be kept up to date on replies and new posts. To quote a post in your reply simply click Quote. If you want to quote a specific passage from a post, simply hold down your mouse button and select the text you want to quote - a "Quote this" button will appear. Click it to insert your chosen text into your reply. You can drag and drop images into posts and replies - they will appear at the present cursor locati
    9. Dear members of the complex processes research group, The next meeting of the group on the theme of saving the environment from neoliberalism will feature: SPEAKER: Cristina Neesham, Swinburne Business School TOPIC: Adam Smith and the Modern Business School TIME: 12.30pm, Wednesday, 23rd May VENUE: AGSE301 Abstract: This presentation focuses on how business schools have adopted and applied the economic and moral-philosophical ideas of Adam Smith, and on the implications of these distortions for business education today. Using examples of

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