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by AlexW
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

barbarianhorde wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:06 am
so consciousness is self-caused?
No, it's un-caused - meaning: it doesn't do anything to cause itself (or anything else) - there is no causation "in" consciousness
by AlexW
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

The things that mind experiences and causes, however, cannot be one thing as your thought belongs only to you until you share it with me. A thought does not belong to a "you" or a "me" - its much rather the case that "you" and "me" are thoughts. An experience doesn't belong to anyone either - thus ...
by AlexW
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

Thought is a part of A and B. Thought is an interpretation of a part of mind/consciousness, a concept or idea that says "this is state A" or "this is state B". It requires limits, separation to work its "magic". Without thought no "state" could be recognised/interpreted at all. There would be no ex...
by AlexW
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

By mind, I mean the essence of any being/thing with the ability to experience and cause. Sounds a lot like what I would call consciousness (even it doesn't "do" anything as you seem to propose), but if you prefer to call it "mind".. ok.. I have an argument for the existence of mind: Consider a chan...
by AlexW
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

I experience thoughts. Agree (but, if you actually look you will find that: the one that thinks he/she experiences thought is also just a thought - in truth, the experiencer can not be found) My mind. So thought experiences thought? Or is what you call mind more than just a collection of thoughts? ...
by AlexW
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

bahman wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:27 pm
No, the mind is fundamental. Consciousness is a property of mind.
Can you observe thought or are you always lost in it?
If you can observe thought, then what is it that observes?
by AlexW
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

AlexW, what's the difference between mind and consciousness? They constantly co-exist. How do you separate the two? To me, "mind" is just a concept referring to the "collective" of thought - there really is no such thing as a mind, just one thought, then another etc etc. Thoughts arise in conscious...
by AlexW
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: proposition (1)
Replies: 100
Views: 1493

Re: proposition (1)

All our deeds, emotions, thoughts, creeds – and whatever else we are trying to relate ourselves with – are expression of Consciousness which exercises its possibilities in order to realise itself. I don't think consciousness has a goal or a plan - as I see it, it's not doing anything, but it simply...
by AlexW
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: You cannot stop thinking
Replies: 20
Views: 424

Re: You cannot stop thinking

Sit in a chair in a still, quiet room, for one hour. Just sit there and don't move and don't think. You will find it impossible to remain thought free for more than ten seconds. This is the equivalent of driving a car with no brakes. The only time there is PEACE (OF MIND) is when you CRASH each nig...
by AlexW
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ultimate Reality
Replies: 99
Views: 2189

Re: Ultimate Reality

every conscious perception I have is the conscious experience of matter. There is nothing else to perceive. Well... if "all is matter" then you could as well say "all is consciousness" or "all is gobbledygook". "Matter" becomes a meaningless word if there is nothing but it (not that this is so wron...
by AlexW
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 60
Views: 1872

Re: Does absolute truth exist?

I would say that absolute truth does exist but it will remain for ever unknown to us As we just do not have the capacity to understand anything in such profound terms For something to be "absolute" it would have to have no opposite - it would have to be all encompassing, infinite and eternal. It wo...
by AlexW
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ultimate Reality
Replies: 99
Views: 2189

Re: Ultimate Reality

Reality must have some attributes even if they cannot be defined because it is all that exists Now what the actual nature of it is is another matter entirely but it has to exist in some form Well, yes, agree, "something" exists... But aren't all attributes only a conceptual interpretation of this e...
by AlexW
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ultimate Reality
Replies: 99
Views: 2189

Re: Ultimate Reality

Thoughts are only regarded as non material because of the subjective interpretation of what constitutes material Agree But this is true not only for thought, it is true for everything (material / non-material included) - its always only "subjective interpretation" In reality there is no such distin...
by AlexW
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Ultimate Reality
Replies: 99
Views: 2189

Re: Ultimate Reality

It is obvious that material existence is not all that exists, but everything else that exists (the non-material) only exists as the product of the human mind How do you know this is not also true for "material existence"? Have you ever directly experienced matter? Or is there simply, what we call t...
by AlexW
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Do what you will
Replies: 14
Views: 522

Re: Do what you will

No, it's not a misnomer - ''Self-awareness'' is knowledge KNOWN Knowledge and knowing are one and the same. When it’s raining there is rain, when there is rain it’s raining... Two aspects of one. Knowledge is, knowing is, but there is no knowledge known - the rain is not doing the raining - there i...