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by commonsense
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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My contention is that if the absence of one thing can be imagined, then so can the absence of two, and if two then three and so on until the absence of everything that can be imagined, can be imagined. But what if there's nothing there to start with? If there isn't even one thing there how can you ...
by commonsense
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
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Never mind black holes. If something exists, the absence of something exists. Nothingness suggests an emptiness or the negation of something. I see. You interpret the word “nothingness” to mean "an emptiness or the negation of something ." I am using the word to mean the absence of everyt...
by commonsense
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
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d63 wrote:Nothing could make an intellectual more useless (i.e. a dick or asshole (than taking themselves too seriously.....

When I am feeling blue I start breathing again
by commonsense
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
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Stanley Fish: "...I now believe that interpretation is the source of texts, facts, authors, and intentions. Or to put it another way, the entities that were once seen as competing for the right to constrain interpretation (text, reader, author) are now all seen to be the ‘products’ of interpre...
by commonsense
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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People, dogs, and black holes are not nothingness. Never mind black holes. If something exists, the absence of something exists. Nothingness suggests an emptiness or the negation of something. I've read that Aristotle may have subscribed to a similar notion of nothingness (however, I am not well-in...
by commonsense
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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I think a word game and a bona fide concept are not mutually exclusive. As one can see, you and I, without acrimony, are taking turns in a word game. And yet there exists a concept of a black hole, a uniquely difficult concept to imagine, but a concept nonetheless. Please pardon my ignorance above ...
by commonsense
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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Walker wrote:I cannot help you to imagine nothingness because there is nothing to imagine.

People, dogs, and black holes are not nothingness.

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Nothing could be more unlike my point of view ; )
by commonsense
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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Nothingness is a word game because nothingness cannot be imagined. There is no real opposite to everything outside of the word game. I think a word game and a bona fide concept are not mutually exclusive. As one can see, you and I, without acrimony, are taking turns in a word game. And yet there ex...
by commonsense
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

Re: Postcards:

Nothingness is a word game because nothingness cannot be imagined. There is no real opposite to everything outside of the word game. I think a word game and a bona fide concept are not mutually exclusive. As one can see, you and I, without acrimony, are taking turns in a word game. And yet there ex...
by commonsense
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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Do you know of any way that I could obtain a copy of Fish's book on the cheap?
by commonsense
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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I promise to attack Fish from time to time at least to provide you some diversion from resting on what you already knew prior to Fish.
by commonsense
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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I watched an episode of The Carbonara Effect on television. It gave pause to wonder how we can tell whether we are having an experience or witnessing an illusion. How could we be certain that telekinesis is not based on an absolute? Is the absolute in this case the revelation that not all experience...
by commonsense
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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To both,

I realize I have some catching up to do (e.g., Continental approach, Lacanism), but do not give up on me. I am finding this discourse to be fascinating. It would pain me terribly if either of you were to drop out.
by commonsense
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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Is it the belief that an object changes through time that further defeats the dualistic idea of nothingness? After all, even if it were to be an observable experience of an absolute, nothingness would not change.
by commonsense
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 283
Views: 18482

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As for the tenet that an object, when observed at different points of time, is the same object: how do you square this against the idea that time is merely a construct of the mind?

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