Philosophy of Mind

Is the mind the same as the body? What is consciousness? Can machines have it?

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Re: Philosophy of Mind

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surreptitious57 wrote: Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:19 pm
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Of course you would like others to understand and agree
Understand yes but not agree

No one has a monopoly on wisdom so accepting you are sometimes wrong is how one develops
For you grow not only intellectually but psychologically too by accepting your own limitations
And so this is the reason why I try not to hold onto positions any more than I actually have to
Yes, of course. What I was referring to is the pleasant surprise of finding others of like minds who have discovered the same principles one holds so have the same essential views of life and reality. It does happen.
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Of course you would like others to understand and agree

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Understand yes but not agree

No one has a monopoly on wisdom so accepting you are sometimes wrong is how one develops
For you grow not only intellectually but psychologically too by accepting your own limitations
And so this is the reason why I try not to hold onto positions any more than I actually have to
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No one has a monopoly on wisdom but some are clearly more right that others, which means it's correspondingly harder for them to find a way they're wrong, or to develop their ideas in that dialectic context. Beware the cult of open-mindedness. When you find truth, it's insanity to keep questioning it. The purpose of all knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is actionable certainty. We need to be certain Enough to accept an idea, then build upon it to higher understanding, not continually question it's validity or inherently acquiesce to it's insufficiency. The best world view is build, as far as possible, on logical certainty. Uncertainty is the starting point, and we should strive to get as far away from it as possible. That is the entire project of science, btw.
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