Nick_A wrote: ↑Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:31 pm
Note your "feel" and the basis of that is psychological and manifesting from the existential crisis.
I do have intuitive thoughts that jumped suddenly out from nowhere and I experience that very often, that is one reason how I had raised so many threads.
Whatever the source of thoughts, they must be filtered via critical thinking and the all encompassing philosophy-proper to arrive at justified and sound conclusions.
Nick-A: "..the meaning and purpose of our universe and me within it"
What you missed out is "the universe within yourself" and the purpose and meanings within your own brain and mind which is psychological. I had advocated exploration to 'know thyself' but you seem to have ignored it which I think is the more foolish thing.
I have the impression that you believe the human search to experience its source which transcends earthly life is a defect. It would be better if we just lived by critical thinking serving pragmatic concerns. Is this right?
Nope and wrong.
I believe in general [not you personally] all humans must understand the principles, basis and mechanics of their action, especially their quest to experience its source and whatever.
When people do not understand the principles, basis and mechanics of their actions in this case, then such terrible events of evil and violence happened and will continue to happen;
in addition of other loads of evil and violent acts.
You misunderstand noesis. We all get temporary insights but noesis is something else. It opens the path to universal truths.
Note I was a pantheist for a long time and still continue to meditate [proper] thus has various experiences of altered states of consciousness, so called non-duality, oneness, cosmic consciousness and various. I acknowledge such experiences but I do NOT take them as something special.
There is no such thing as absolute universal truths but only relative truths conditioned upon the human conditions. There is no way you can prove the existence of absolute universal truths that can exists by themselves which are absolute independent of the human conditions
Note the dichotomy of Philosophical Realism versus Philosophical Anti-Realism.
Think on this for a moment. Your philosophy seems to deny opening to a quality of thought which transcends critical reason necessary for seekers of truth. Einstein understood the quality of thought and emotion which transcends the limitations of critical thinking. Was he wrong?
"Many people think that the progress of the human race is based on experiences of an empirical, critical nature, but I say that true knowledge is to be had only through a philosophy of deduction. For it is intuition that improves the world, not just following the trodden path of thought. Intuition makes us look at unrelated facts and then think about them until they can all be brought under one law. To look for related facts means holding onto what one has instead of searching for new facts. Intuition is the father of new knowledge, while empiricism is nothing but an accumulation of old knowledge. Intuition, not intellect, is the ‘open sesame’ of yourself." -- Albert Einstein, in Einstein and the Poet – In Search of the Cosmic Man by William Hermanns (Branden Press, 1983, p. 16.), conversation March 4, 1930
Note Einstein's intuition is still within the human conditions. Thus any thoughts from human intuition are conditioned by humans and they do not appear from nowhere.
Whatever positives from Einstein intuitions they had be justified to be true before acceptance by the scientific community.
In other quotes, Einstein claimed to be a pantheist like Spinoza who do not believe in a personal God. Einstein did not make a scientific claim for this idea of his.
I was once a pantheist and now I realized the God of the pantheist [same but of different degrees] as with other theism is an illusion to soothe an inherent existential crisis within the psyche. The activeness of the existential crisis within a pantheist is very much milder in degree in contrast to the theists with the Abrahamic theists having the highest degree to the extent some will kill others who they perceived [falsely] as a threat to their religious security.
God is an Impossibility.
Theism in whatever forms and degrees is grounded in the psychology of the existential crisis.
Once we understand the principles, basis and mechanics of theism within psychology, then it is possible to mitigate the terrible evil and violent acts from SOME theists who are evil prone and inspired directly by the texts of some religions.
You think you have universal truths but that is PRIMARILY only for your selfish quests to soothe your personal existential crisis. What good has come out of it for humanity in general in contrast against, for example, the positives from empirical Science?
My views are not focus only in the pragmatic but what is to be pragmatic is guided by impossible ideals, e.g. perpetual peace for the World, perfect health, etc. to drive continuous improvements.