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    Ways of Not Knowing

    I have been interested in "process theology" ever since reading about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Bohm, Hegel, etc. My default understanding of process theology/process philosophy has been to think of the big questions in terms of verbs as opposed to thinking of things in terms of nouns. I have...
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    Ways of Not Knowing

    I have been reading David Chapman at meaningness.com. Chapman is an acquired taste, and I don't fully understand him. He is trying to come to terms with meaning, specifically, he is trying to find a middle-ground between eternalism and nihilism. In Skeptiko terms, eternalism would equate to...
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    Hallucination

    I had a chance to brush up slightly more in-depth with his ideas. I guess he's proposing some kind of network of consciousness agents that basically use space/time and the physical universe as a venue for interacting with each other? Not sure if I have that right .... I'd be interested to hear...
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    Hallucination

    I like Hoffman's metaphor about our sensory experience being like icons on a computer screen. The linked article goes over my head quite a bit. I watched one of his videos years ago; may be time for me to revisit his ideas.
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    Hallucination

    If courtship behavior (that serves to demonstrate genetic fitness or let others know they're interested in mating) developed in our prehistoric ancestors before self awareness came online, then I think this would be less of an issue. Courtship behavior among contemporary humans would just be a...
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    Hallucination

    I didn't mean to start a conversation about the interior life of my cat, but I think it may have some relevance to the question at hand, so let's do it. ;) This is a conversation I have from time to time with my significant other. My perspective is that the cat may have some interior life like...
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    Hallucination

    I think the question of meaning has some bearing on this interesting question. For example, I tend to think that my cat doesn't have a strong sense of meaning. If that's true, then from the cat's perspective, it doesn't matter if what she's seeing is real or a hallucination. If the cat doesn't...
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    Robert Forte, The Softer Side of CIA Psychedelic Mind Control |407|

    I enjoyed this show and didn't have any trouble following it. I find shows like this that are more based on stories and narratives have a certain kind of energy or power that is different than shows that are more focused on theory or analysis. There's a time and place for theory and analysis...
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    Ways of Not Knowing

    "I think it has something to do with consciousness." I hear this refrain when folks are talking about UFOs, NDEs, paranormal, psi, etc. I think it's a common idea but a difficult one to "follow up" on. I've been thinking about my day-to-day inner life as aesthetic experience. Specifically...
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    Ways of Not Knowing

    Thanks, ES. I appreciate your clarity here! I will have to mull this over. If I'm honest with myself, I think my deepest desire that pulls me to this forum, etc, is the desire to "solve the riddle of our (my?) existence". As I mentioned, I don't think it's really possible to do so, but if I...
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    Ways of Not Knowing

    I have been considering my experience as aesthetic experience. Whether I'm at a dinner party joking around with friends or whether I'm reading forum posts, I'm having an aesthetic experience. Generally, I've been feeling like the aesthetic experience of "doing" philosophy can be a bit of red...
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    Ways of Not Knowing

    I was watching the original version of Solaris (spoilers ahead). If you haven't seen it, a psychologist named Kris gets sent out to a space station called Solaris to investigate some odd events that have happened. When he arrives, he finds that the planet around which the space station orbits...
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    Ways of Not Knowing

    For me, the "witness part" they talk about in meditation, the part of the self that does the observing, could be looking at thoughts and feelings the way we look at a work of art or a play or a movie. That's what I am trying to say about thoughts and feelings being aesthetic experiences. I'm...
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    Mathematics ends in contradiction an integer=a non-integer

    I think I see what you mean about the circularity of investigating "being". I wonder if there is then any way to investigate "being" that doesn't fall prey to the same problem? If not, is being then an unsolvable paradox?
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    Mathematics ends in contradiction an integer=a non-integer

    Hi M, I most appreciate this part of the linked paper: "Thus We can now just treat all views/ philosophies esthetically that is for their logical and argumentative beauty rather than for any fortuitous scientific or truth value just like one treats poetry painting music for their esthetic...
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    Prolegomenon to the study of the similarities in mystical theology and science

    Hi M, Thanks for posting the links and for the excerpts. It's clear that you've done a lot of thorough work in exploring the ideas of many of the most profound philosophers and scientists. I saw on your profile that you mention that you like poetry. I'm curious about how your studies of...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover |402|

    Thanks, Alex. I thought Moody said that Aristotle was an obsessional atheist on Skeptiko #174. I went back and looked at the transcript and what he actually says is that Aristotle had an obsessional personality. I've been doing some reading on Aristotle lately and most commentators agree that he...
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    Ways of Not Knowing

    I keep thinking of going to an art museum and looking at some amazing painting. There are many different ways folks may respond to a powerful work of art. Some may get close and look at the individual brush strokes. Some may look briefly and spend more time reading the placard on the wall that...
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    Dr. Chris White Optimistic About Science Spirituality Crossover |402|

    I would add classical Aristotelian logic as a powerful spell as well. Classical logic works very well, indeed, and it's very powerful in most realms of human life. Classical logic is even very important in how we are trained in humanities education. When you write a term paper in English lit...
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    Kevin Day, Navy UFO Contact After-Effects |403|

    Thank you for this post, Michael. I appreciate hearing more of your story. I'm sorry for the trauma you've had to endure. I appreciate the conclusions you draw toward the end of the post, it means a lot to me to be gifted with your story and your insights.
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