Aug 31, 2015

Monday Morning Quote (Gonick)

It's interesting how convenience dictates what we believe.

Aug 24, 2015

Monday Morning Quote

Doubt is "an uneasy and dissatisfied state" - pushing us to inquire, but preventing us from acting. Inquiry must start with a real and living doubt; from propositions that are not under doubt; and ends after doubt ends.

Charles Peirce

Aug 10, 2015

Monday Morning Quotes (Wittgenstein)

"But it is clear that “A believes that p”, “A thinks p”, “A says p”,
are of the form “ ‘p’ says p”: and here we have no co-ordination
of a fact and an object, but a co-ordination of facts by means of
a co-ordination of their objects."


Thus Wittgenstein concludes that the soul doesn't exist.

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Aug 3, 2015

Monday Morning Quote (Forster)

"Beware of first- hand ideas!" exclaimed one of the most advanced of them. "First-hand ideas do not really exist. They are but the physical impressions produced by live and fear, and on this gross foundation who could erect a philosophy? Let your ideas be second-hand, and if possible tenth-hand, for then they will be far removed from that disturbing element - direct observation. Do not learn anything about this subject of mine - the French Revolution. Learn instead what I think that Enicharmon thought Urizen thought Gutch thought Ho-Yung thought Chi-Bo-Sing thought LafcadioHearn thought Carlyle thought Mirabeau said about the French Revolution. Through the medium of these ten great minds, the blood that was shed at Paris and the windows that were broken at Versailles will be clarified to an idea which you may employ most profitably in your daily lives.

A first-hand system of knowledge would be completely incompatible with the one I (or you) hold. The system that is most acceptable is the system that is held by the most people (the one that has gone through this "tenth-hand" experiential. )