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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    Thanks for the feedback, blaise, this a good conversation. For me, when we start talking about some of these altered states, fringe experiences, and esoteric ideas, we're really pushing language deep into the land of metaphor. So I can appreciate the spirit of what you're saying, and I don't...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover

    It sounds like an interesting premise to me. Echoes of UFO people talking about the changing nature of UFO phenomenon over time. Reminds me of the old, kind of folk-psychology saying about how you can never truly know your spouse. According to this saying, you can be married for fifty years and...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    Thanks, Vortex. More excellent food for thought. I've always been hazy on the dialectic and on dialectical materialism. I will have to do some reading on that.Same with Paul Feyerabend. All that said, I do like the idea that it's possible for people to think and act in contradictory ways. For...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    Hi all, If anybody has any ideas for a direction to take this thread, please feel free to jump in here. I have another approach to exploring some of these questions in mind, but I need to do some reading on that first. I have been listening to Gary Lachman's newest book, Lost Knowledge of the...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    I was thinking more about this point, and I think I will modify my earlier idea about materialism being aligned with classical logic and "not-materialism" being aligned with paraconsistent logic. I would say instead that: 1. Most (or all) materialists are committed to classical logic as the...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    Thanks for the responses, Vortex. You have given much food for thought. I'm wondering if you have any thoughts about people contradicting themselves in other ways, like saying there is such a thing as a round square. Or, another one that I think is interesting is how, when in the process of...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    Thanks for bringing up materialism, it got me thinking that materialism would be aligned with classical logic and "not-materialism" would be aligned with paraconsistent logic, at least loosely. From the perspective of someone committed to classical logic (aka materialists), the claims of...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    This is well said. The only thing that I get hung up on, is why isn't their a way for classical logic to accurately describe its own edge or limits and can classical logic, or some other form of logic, be used to shed light on the nature of feelings, emotions, mystical experience, etc. Western...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    Thanks again, David. I appreciate all of your replies. In terms of my ability to go into more detail on PL as it applies to computer science, I'm not going to be able to push further into that territory. I don't have the training or experience to speak to that beyond what's in the examples...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    I found some examples of contradictions from the SEP article on paraconsistent logic. 1. Bohr’s theory of the atom. According to Bohr's theory, an electron orbits the nucleus of the atom without radiating energy. However, according to Maxwell’s equations, which formed an integral part of the...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    I think you hit the nail on the head where you're drilling down to what they mean by "contradiction." Obviously, contradiction has a specific meaning in formal logic, but I still need to figure out if it really maps over to contradictory human beliefs, expressions, actions, etc. For now, it...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    Hi David, I agree with you about fuzzy logic. It doesn't have a lot of power at the end of the day. I found a quick article about mathematical fuzzy logic (MFL in the article) and paraconsistent logic: Source: https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6deb/e7251b8414446fcc2916f972b2fa33965154.pdf The...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    Thanks for the reply, David. I think we're on the same page with Aristotelian logic. It is a poor way to describe some aspects of knowledge and experience. I believe that Graham Priest, the most visible champion of paraconsistent logic, seems to consider that paraconsistent logic can help...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    In classical logic, also known as Aristotelian logic, which is the default logic most of us probably use when we are being logical about things, the law of non-contradiction (LNC) is of the utmost importance. Among other things, the LNC means that if you’re reasoning about something, and you...
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    Paraconsistent Logic and Its Potential for Usefulness

    EDIT: It occurs to me that I should have started with my conclusions first, to help provide some context about why some of this dry "philosophy of logic" is important to me. Let me say that before I understood a little bit about paraconsistent logic, I was mostly of the mindset that any part of...
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