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  1. yoginimama
    09-16-2016 12:11 PM
  2. yoginimama
    09-16-2016 09:43 AM
    I agree.
  3. yoginimama
    09-16-2016 09:30 AM
    Oh, I so agree.
  4. yoginimama
    09-16-2016 09:15 AM
    yoginimama commented on Calvinism
    Nice post
  5. Monte314
    09-09-2016 08:08 AM
    I think people here recognize that removing potential knowledge sources a priori is manifestly biased. It is reasonable to assign levels of credence to sources (e.g., based upon experience), but even this must be done cautiously.
  6. Monte314
    09-09-2016 07:11 AM
    Monte314 commented on Materialism or Idealism: What is "REAL"?
    I agree with this post completely.
  7. PunkinA
    09-07-2016 01:22 PM
    Hadot offered me a new lease on philosophy. I now view the practice as a way to live as opposed to a subject to know. One uses philosophy to master himself, as opposed to mastering philosophy.

    I also found an appreciation for Socrates. Maybe it's because I kind of copycat Socrates's know nothing attitude that I try to discount him, but Hadot made me enjoy Socrates's punk/gadfly nature.

    I think through Hadot I was able to envision more of Socrates the man as opposed to Socrates the character who Plato used to push Plato's agenda.
  8. PunkinA
    09-07-2016 12:08 PM
    I really wish I could read more. It takes me a long time to read a book I like.

    Between work and school I probably read 200-300 pages a day, but when I settle down with a good book it can take a week to get through 100 pages. For example it took me weeks to get through the Hadot book you recommended.
  9. PunkinA
    09-06-2016 06:36 AM
    Honestly, I don't find Nihilism attractive. I wish I had conviction and belief. I wish I could agree that some claim is ever justified. An objective and privileged perspective from which we could judge right and wrong, true and false, would be very convenient.

    I explain the world in terms of Nihilism, Skepticism, and Pragmatism because that is the most honest way in which I can describe my beliefs. In no way do I believe it makes me happier.

    I do bang the drum loudly and frequently though. I push the Nihilist agenda because I see so many other people (not pointing at you here by the way) who so eagerly claim a "I know this is right" position and then marginalize fellow humans. I hate watching others get judged when judgments are not really justified. I also hate watching people live into models, even scientific models, under the false premise that their beliefs are logically sound.

    I'm very comfortable around people who willingly take risks tentatively. I get nervous around people who blunder into knowingness naively.

    I wish every day that God would ride down in a chariot from heaven and lay out for us humans in a clear and transparent narrative how things really are. I wish there was an obvious path to knowledge. Short of that, I reluctantly accept a position of Nihilism.

    I find, in salvage, that I still have optimism, in spite of perpetual doubt.
  10. PunkinA
    09-01-2016 07:42 PM
    PunkinA commented on What is the meaning of this title?
    It's not so bad.
  11. Monte314
    09-01-2016 05:25 PM
    Nope. You'll have to tell us about it...
  12. PillowSofa
    09-01-2016 10:22 AM
    Yes, I do think it's impossible to have beliefs to some extent. At best we may keep 'loose' beliefs for day to day function. That's what Punkin A (who I think identifies himself as a skeptic) would probably consider as pragmatism. So fallibilism and skepticism looks quite similar to me. I guess, one different can be skpeticism in itself merely denies knowledge and doesn't tell us what to do with the lack of knowledge and fallibilism...tells us to keep on going even if we don't find absolute knowledge just do what we can do following rigorous knowledge, changing beliefs depending on evidence and all that. But I don't think skepticism (unless it's some extremist skeptic) denies or rejects such a thing. So in that sense fallibilism and moderated-skepticism appears compatible...or fallibilism almost seems like an extended version of skepticism. Then again, I am speaking from a very basic knowledge of epistemology.
  13. PillowSofa
    09-01-2016 10:06 AM
    PillowSofa commented on Materialism or Idealism: What is "REAL"?
    An ideal skeptic should be skeptical towards even the superiority of skepticism....wouldn't they?
  14. yoginimama
    08-31-2016 01:26 PM
    yoginimama commented on Calvinism
    great post
  15. Monte314
    08-31-2016 12:16 PM
    Monte314 commented on What is the meaning of this title?
  16. Imperator
    08-31-2016 06:18 AM
    You can have impartialiality, even if you can't ever be totally unbiased. I have no dog in the theological fight, so how I interpret isn't influenced by that. It might be influenced by other things, but they also might be irrelevant to the topic at hand. Likewise, I didn't learn any sort of process of apologetics, or get a degree in preaching. In fact, my training is in how to avoid jumping to conclusions, and how to avoid forcing the evidence to fit my presuppositions.

    Who's likely to have the most dispassionate, impartial reading of the text in Paul's letters? Theologians? Historians? Classical Philologists? The religious? The irreligious?

    You read that thread, everyone has claimed each other's views are "unbiblical". Who gets to make that determination?
  17. Imperator
    08-31-2016 05:56 AM
    Which is exactly why it's wrong. It's forcing the text to conform to preset ideas.
  18. Imperator
    08-31-2016 05:40 AM
    And look at that, I was right. He justifies it by making "prophesy" mundane. Every category you listed is what people do every day.
  19. themuzicman
    08-31-2016 05:18 AM
    themuzicman commented on Calvinism
    That's a pretty good explanation.
  20. Imperator
    08-30-2016 02:52 PM
    Actually raises exactly the point I was making: What defines prophesy? Isaiah said Cyrus would rebuild Jerusalem and he did it. Jesus said he would rise from the dead and he did it. I said I would eat tacos and I did it. What makes the first two "prophesies" and the last one not? And if it's not prophesy, and not "knowledge", then what is it? What's the difference between "prediction" and "prophesy". My guess is TMM will have some answers, but we'll be back to the special pleading fallacy.

    Of course, now that I predicted he'd respond with nonsense, he might not, just to spite the conversation.

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