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by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 92
Views: 1363

Re: Secular Spirituality

Marjoram-Blues wrote:
I think there is a suggestion of playing the devil's advocate.
A useful tool to enable further clarification of thought for the sake of debate.
I agree that devil's advocate is a useful tool.
by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Atla wrote: Nondual thinking: we realize that conceptual divisions are imaginary. "Things" are not-two, not-one. Dualistic thinking: we don't realize that conceptual divisions are imaginary. "Things" really are things, in themselves. "We"? Concepts of differentiated entities are socially mediated. T...
by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Am I talking to a wall?
Don't be so bloody rude
by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 92
Views: 1363

Re: Secular Spirituality

I agree with Conde Lucanor that New Age gives the word 'spirituality' a banal connotation. I mean, we all love hippies, but we don't much like po-faced but silly arguments.

However there is more substance to ideas of spirituality than many New Agers express.
by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Atla wrote:
Yes, I see these two as the two major categories of human thinking. By and large I haven't heard of a third one yet. Maybe there are, correct me if I'm wrong.
Please name those two major categories according to your preferred nomenclature , or mine, or someone else's.
Why so coy?
by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Scapegoats for Secular Progressives
Replies: 109
Views: 1948

Re: Scapegoats for Secular Progressives

Greta, there is study of a sort of religious unity. It's the theory of the Axial age by Karl Jaspers. The study is historically not theologically based.
by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Scapegoats for Secular Progressives
Replies: 109
Views: 1948

Re: Scapegoats for Secular Progressives

Nick_A quoted and commented: Of course it had been stupid of me to express it in quite that way, but nevertheless the point was worth pondering: does there exist in man a natural attraction to truth and to the struggle for truth that is stronger than the natural attraction to pleasure? The history o...
by Belinda
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Atla wrote:
And there is only one body of (scientific) knowledge, with two ways to think about it.
Only two?
by Belinda
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Atla wrote: Your understanding of philosophy is quite incomplete. There indeed exists a completely different way of looking at the world, which is distinct from idealism/monism/dual aspect monism etc. even though this is probably in your lexicon. You are trapped in a box, stop criticizing me for it...
by Belinda
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Atla wrote: Your understanding of philosophy is quite incomplete. There indeed exists a completely different way of looking at the world, which is distinct from idealism/monism/dual aspect monism etc. even though this is probably in your lexicon. You are trapped in a box, stop criticizing me for it....
by Belinda
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 92
Views: 1363

Re: Secular Spirituality

Greta, regarding your post above. Could you extend your thesis to include the arts/ sciences split? Or not? I ask because scientists and mathematicians rhapsodise (nice word Greta) about those specialisms. You yourself are spiritual about several issues that are the province of science. Is the dicho...
by Belinda
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Londoner wrote: But the different theories of existence would have different notions of what 'substance' means, and 'existence' for that matter! But that was not the case for the two great Continental rationalists Descartes and Spinoza. They shared the same idea of what ontic substance means. Howeve...
by Belinda
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 92
Views: 1363

Re: Secular Spirituality

Greta wrote: A nice bit of grounded advice from a guru here: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=vM ... on&f=false I read it Greta. Meditation: It puzzles me how it might be possible to lose one's sense of self preservation i.e. one's ego, and retain one's life. True, the moment is fleeting and nev...
by Belinda
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"
Replies: 349
Views: 12446

Re: Leibniz's mill and the "Hard problem of consciousness"

Londoner wrote: Oh No! Now I find myself on Atla's side! Am I wrong that ever since Descartes at least, 'substance' is the standard frame and lexicon for academic ontology? I have never heard of any philosopher who talks about ontology, theories of existence, without implying substance. Plato, who m...
by Belinda
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Scapegoats for Secular Progressives
Replies: 109
Views: 1948

Re: Scapegoats for Secular Progressives

Nick wrote of Simone Weil: She was a young pacifist but learned by experience it was a dead end. You are probably right about this. However rejecting pacifism and embracing violence doesn't involve violence for the sake of self expression. There is always need for self- discipline in line with a tho...