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by Nick_A
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: American election.
Replies: 1202
Views: 33380

Re: American election.

When is it time to move on? If your sister was just mugged and raped when is it time to forget about it and move on? Go out with your friends, have a few beers and move on. Does it really matter if she was abused and crippled? No, the important thing is to forget about it and move on to avoid rockin...
by Nick_A
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is there an Ultimate Reality?
Replies: 73
Views: 2332

Re: Is there an Ultimate Reality?

V A Note "is" is not a predicate, "is" is merely a copula that joined the 'subject' to the 'predicate'. For example when we say, This thing is a dog, the "is" is not significant to reality but 'what is a dog' is. 'What is a dog' then must be verified and justified with a specific FSK, in this case t...
by Nick_A
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is there an Ultimate Reality?
Replies: 73
Views: 2332

Re: Is there an Ultimate Reality?

V A NOW is now, how can it be prior, i.e. the past? You made the presumption there is a soul [that survive physical death] without proving it is real. What is real is the empirical self i.e. the "I that think" and "I that Act". There is no "I AM" as the independent soul that survives after physical ...
by Nick_A
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Is there an Ultimate Reality?
Replies: 73
Views: 2332

Re: Is there an Ultimate Reality?

Reality is all-there-is. All-there-is is represented by real phenomena which can be verified and justified empirically and philosophically within a human-based framework and system of reality [FSR] or knowledge [ FSK ]. Whatever phenomena that is not known yet [if claimed to be possibly real] must ...
by Nick_A
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Progressive vs Platonic Education.
Replies: 49
Views: 1802

Re: Progressive vs Platonic Education.

Nick wrote What kind of education teaches what we are, our lives in Plato's cave, and what is necessary for freedom for those who are drawn to the experience of truth rather than inevitable destruction? Socratic education based on the impossibility of certainty. Humility is our only guard against a...
by Nick_A
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Progressive vs Platonic Education.
Replies: 49
Views: 1802

Re: Progressive vs Platonic Education.

Belinda, there are many fine people in the cave. They can show sympathy and feel empathy. Yet they are in the cave. The first step in freedom from the cave is realizing you are in it and not just filled with opinions. The Ship of Fools allegory is from book V1 of Plato's Republic. Notice that the cr...
by Nick_A
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Progressive vs Platonic Education.
Replies: 49
Views: 1802

Re: Progressive vs Platonic Education.

"even if we can't prevent the forces of tyranny from prevailing, we can at least "understand the force by which we are crushed." Simone Weil Is life in Plato's cave the future for humanity? Do our current concepts of education lead to freedom or perpetual cave life? Simone Weil lamented that educat...
by Nick_A
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Progressive vs Platonic Education.
Replies: 49
Views: 1802

Re: Progressive vs Platonic Education.

Belinda Do you recommend a method for me to find the best possible purpose for myself? Terrapin Station In my view, the goal of education should be to foster success, authenticity, and fulfillment in life For those with A goal for their lives, they must decide if their aim in life is for maximum ple...
by Nick_A
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Progressive vs Platonic Education.
Replies: 49
Views: 1802

Re: Progressive vs Platonic Education.

Nick wrote: Socrates did say: "I know nothing." It is cruel to say it if there isn't a path to experience the verticality of objective knowledge. Certainly is it cruel. Welcome to this vale of tears! It is only cruel if there is no way out from the prison of Plato's cave. Progressive education teac...
by Nick_A
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: the ultimate conservatism
Replies: 43
Views: 2147

Re: the ultimate conservatism

John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to...
by Nick_A
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: the ultimate conservatism
Replies: 43
Views: 2147

Re: the ultimate conservatism

When Paul was a Pharisee he was a mechanical animal, a creature of reaction habitually reacting to the external world. He experienced the higher conscious parts of the his essence through his experience with the Christ. In short, he woke up to the reality of the human condition and the struggle bet...
by Nick_A
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: the ultimate conservatism
Replies: 43
Views: 2147

Re: the ultimate conservatism

They don't, actually. Paul was a Jewish Christian. Most people do not want to keep the Jewish Law. So there's no tension at all for them: they can do what they want, in their thinking. A Jewish Christian is a label. Not at all. It's a descriptor of what he actually was. When he was a Pharisee, he h...
by Nick_A
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: the ultimate conservatism
Replies: 43
Views: 2147

Re: the ultimate conservatism

The same contradictions exist in the world that exist within Paul. They don't, actually. Paul was a Jewish Christian. Most people do not want to keep the Jewish Law. So there's no tension at all for them: they can do what they want, in their thinking. A Jewish Christian is a label. But the bottom l...
by Nick_A
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: the ultimate conservatism
Replies: 43
Views: 2147

Re: the ultimate conservatism

Paul described the human condition in Romans 7. I think maybe you mean Romans 1. Romans 1 speaks about all humankind. Romans 7 deals with the tension between the old and new natures, and between Law and grace, which can only be the experience of somebody who knows God already. My higher nature is a...
by Nick_A
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Progressive vs Platonic Education.
Replies: 49
Views: 1802

Re: Progressive vs Platonic Education.

Progressive education has the goal of adjusting to the relativity of the shadows. That is true enough. This is a relative world we live in like it or not. Who are you,who is any man, to believe he knows absolute reality? To believe you know absolute reality is vain beyond any other sort or vanity. ...