A repost from 2010- because the thoughts of video games reminded me of it
I had a day here to try to write a blog posting, and I thought I would try to write something concerning the nature of knowledge and the derivation of “Truth” by “People of Faith” as opposed to “People of Facts” (epistemology 101 really), and I keep running up against the problem of the lack of a shared agreement on the nature of “Reality”
Do we live in a Humesian (Subjective) reality where all that exists is defined by our senses? Are we really blind men confronting an elephant? Or is there a REAL (Objective) world out there in the sense of Platonic Ideals? The POV makes a big difference in “How” you know, “What” you know. It makes a tremendous difference in what beliefs you will fight for, or allow yourself to be ruled by. ( As someone once remarked, “What is this “Truth” “Stuff” anyway?”)
Wars are continually being fought over the nature of reality. Argue yourself hoarse, there is no grounding in “Fact” for any Point Of View, other than My own. And, equally true( should I decide to recognize your existence as other than a figment of my imagination or a lesser being of no consequence) Your own. Call them MYPOV and YPOV.
Oddly enough, it isn’t necessary for the two POVs to agree at any point, for us to be able to deal reasonably with each other. We simply have to deal with each other with awareness that no matter how insane an idea sounds, the other person believes it for a reason. People don’t set out to be “Evil”. People by and large obey whatever they use for a conscience- it is their nature to do so.
I would like to start a dialogue on the nature of “Truth” and how one believes- ( and make no mistake, those of you who claim that you “Take Nothing On Faith” are simply fooling yourself- you take your existence on faith, there is no other form of existence.
So theorem to prove: Everyone must believe in something- As a “Quantum of Being” what is your “I AM”?
I believe I’ll have another drink.
I once horrified my 6 year old god daughter ( back in the ‘80’s) as she was playing Mario Brothers on her families game box. I simply remarked that she was creating a lot of work for me, with all the dead Marios she was piling up inside the TV. Someone has to go in there and clean them out before they start to stink.
She looked at me with Horror in her eyes, her mouth fell open, and she started wailing.
Over my incarnations I’ve seen this turn from a pretty good “World of Warcarft” into a mediocre “Sims” That’s what happens when you start letting “Conscientious Objectors” into Valhalla. (Who knew people would take this stuff so seriously?)
My next post will be “People of Faith, People of Facts”
There are only two types of people in the world, those who divide people, and those who don’t.
I’ve been attempting to write something like this since 1981
In 1981, within a period of a few months, I read “Godel, Escher, Bach” by Douglas Hofstadter, “Wholeness and the Implicate Order” by David Bohm, took courses in Psycholinguistics at The University of Cincinnati, was introduced to “Star Trek” on the UC computer system, acquired a Timex –Sinclair 1000 computer of my own, and made the acquaintance of and began work with one of the early pioneers of robot behavior/artificial intelligence.
As background for understanding this essay, I could suggest reading the Hofstadter and Bohm books, as well as becoming at least noddingly familiar with The Jung/Myers Briggs notions of personality types. While you’re at it, Temple Grandin’s “Thinking in Pictures” is tremendously helpful in understanding the thought process of “People of Faith”. Learn to program a computer, preferably in machine code. Also, God has given us Google.(Godless tool of One-Worlders that it may be) and yahoo, bing, or dogpile-
Wikipedia is a good place to start with its article on “Visual Thinking”
Meet you back here in a week or so.
( I will try to keep up if anyone wishes to discuss the nature of reality as a preliminary)