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by seeds
Wed May 27, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: do people choose their religion?
Replies: 101
Views: 640

Re: do people choose their religion?

If most humans live and die with the religion that they are born with from their family or society that they didn't choose, how come God rewards/punishes us for something that we didn't even choose? I have a feeling that Abdulrahman Adel is probably a drive-by (one time) poster. Nevertheless, his q...
by seeds
Sun May 24, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

I doubt that there can exist a more “direct” experience of a “thought controlling entity” than that of the entity you perpetually encounter in that which is expressed in the Cartesian idiom “I think, therefore I am.” I have never encountered this entity - yes, the thought has arisen, but it wasn't ...
by seeds
Sun May 24, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

I don't have to convince myself of anything - the situation is actually perfectly obvious: Whatever one can directly experience - see, hear, smell, taste or touch - is actually real, whatever can only be thought of, but not actually experienced is at best a conceptual interpretation of experience o...
by seeds
Sat May 23, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

I understand Alex’s position on a controller as well as yours on the mind as arena. Respectfully I submit that there is a controller, the mind, which by my interpretation is an immaterial but functioning entity. Fair enough. And if you tell me that the “immaterial but functioning entity” to which y...
by seeds
Fri May 22, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Alex & Seeds, I agree with you both! Consider this: there is a controller called mind but it is not always necessary for thought to occur. That’s true, however, to me, a “mind” is simply the spatial “arena” (or the living ethereal “emulsion,” if you will) where the holographic-like, three-dimension...
by seeds
Fri May 22, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

I agree, thoughts are not limited to language, only conceptual thought is - there are other thoughts, e.g. the image of a basketball etc... What I find even more interesting is the realisation that there actually is no separate controlling entity that makes "you purposely “think” of the word “baske...
by seeds
Thu May 21, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

They (the mental images) simply appear out of nowhere first, to which I then employ the use of language to identify what I am looking at. The images are symbols for the real object. As such, these symbols are elements of language that have already been assigned to the real object to begin with. In ...
by seeds
Thu May 21, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Seeds, I think when you think "Basketball" you think of a set of concepts, of attributes of basketball that you have been taught by way of language. Belinda, yes, I can agree with that. When you purposely “think” of the word “basketball,” a virtual flood of associated (learned) information can come...
by seeds
Thu May 21, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?
Replies: 704
Views: 52999

Re: Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

_______ As it pertains to the topic of this thread, I kind of like what I once heard Terrence McKenna say in one of his recorded lectures: “Thought cannot go where the roads of language have not been built.” However, there does seem to be a loose exception to that rule. For instance, the endless par...
by seeds
Wed May 20, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: What is art?
Replies: 141
Views: 23578

Re: What is art?

_______ What is art? First of all, each human mind (or at least the “agent” therein) is not only in possession of infinite creative potential, but is also the owner and controller of an infinitely malleable substance that is capable of being formed into absolutely anything imaginable. Secondly, the ...
by seeds
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God and COVID-19
Replies: 277
Views: 18895

Re: God and COVID-19

It's hard for me to "make the best of it" when people are dying so horribly. I prefer to complain to the landlord... Have you ever complained to your earthly landlord (the USA) about how he uses your rent money (taxes) to purposely and consciously rain down horrifying means of death and destruction...
by seeds
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 219
Views: 6120

Re: Are all models wrong?

I’m just saying that the idea of “living in the now” is nothing new. Of course not - but this doesn't mean a lot of people have put it into action. And as long as they don't, I think it is worth repeating the message. Fair enough. If that was indeed “all” you were proposing, then that would be love...
by seeds
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 219
Views: 6120

Re: Are all models wrong?

_______ (Continued from prior post) In order to preserve your belief system, you have completely ignored one of the biggest problems in all of reality. As a hardcore nondualist (with your blinkers firmly in place), you have failed to offer any explanation whatsoever as to who or what it was that gra...
by seeds
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 219
Views: 6120

Re: Are all models wrong?

And secondly... Really? You’re not endorsing... (promoting, pushing, peddling, sanctioning, trying to sell) ...the concept of nondualism? I think your words suggest otherwise. What I am endorsing is to live, here, now - as it is directly experienced and not as it is thought to be. You kind of sound...
by seeds
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Are all models wrong?
Replies: 219
Views: 6120

Re: Are all models wrong?

“Unearthing” something implies digging. There are humans who have wasted their entire life on this planet digging for treasure in the wrong place, only to unearth fool’s gold. Do you really want me to answer that? It wasn’t a question. But you are certainly free to respond to, or ignore, anything y...