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by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 67
Views: 1913

Re: Contradiction and the Absolute

They get new dirt, new moneys, and they escape the parasites that have undoubtedly began to thrive over time (why cats typically move about) and they have the added entertaining bonus of building a new house. To be clear, the concept of "crop rotation" which I referred to does not mean doing exactl...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 67
Views: 1913

Re: Contradiction and the Absolute

if the vexation which is removed by realizing that questions, god, and myself are all one, then I'd be vexed with boredom. How can I derive enjoyment from playing a game when I already know how the game ends? So either I'm vexed with questions or I'm vexed with answers and the only way to remove th...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 67
Views: 1913

Re: Contradiction and the Absolute

If the vexation is gone then you're vexed with loss of vexation and that begs the question of the point to all of this. If it's gone, it would be gone, right? Otherwise one ends up trying to prove that one didn't wake up to yet another dream Why bother dreaming if the goal of the dreaming is to rea...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: That which is causelessly here
Replies: 16
Views: 536

Re: That which is causelessly here

Everything does its thing and there is no goal in mind and that is the essence of fun. Matthew 18:3 Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. So many claims on the essence, goal or nature of "fun" but rarely a good d...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: That which is causelessly here
Replies: 16
Views: 536

Re: That which is causelessly here

So, I think the solution may be to define randomness as determined by either an infinite number of variables or a dark-number of variables such that prediction with certainty is absolutely impossible from within this universe, which accomplishes the same goal as the strict definition of randomness....
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: That which is causelessly here
Replies: 16
Views: 536

Re: That which is causelessly here

Are you sure randomness is a determining force? Well, my use of the word "force" is certainly highly debatable but the word "determining", not as much. Probability and randomness are still descriptions of various processes which would have causes. The idea of randomness becomes more of a phenomenol...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: That which is causelessly here
Replies: 16
Views: 536

Re: That which is causelessly here

In the end there is not much difference between invoking a mysterious observation of randomness, hidden variables or "one deterministic process" -- at least philosophically. It ends up as some determining force as of yet not to be determined by any human mind, scientist or measurement. During these ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 67
Views: 1913

Re: Contradiction and the Absolute

Why is this requirement different from claiming there are only two options, like that something exists or it does not? If you want to assert that 3 is true, then you have to provide rationale for the possible truth of 1 and 2. Claiming 3 is not the same as claiming "I don't know". My point was that...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 67
Views: 1913

Re: Contradiction and the Absolute

If you want to say you don't know, then say you don't know, but to claim the simultaneous existence and nonexistence as a possibility requires some sort of proof or rationale above and beyond just merely stating that you don't know. Why is this requirement different from claiming there are only two...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: How do we embrace ruin?
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: How do we embrace ruin?

To me, philosophy is fun, but one day it will get old and I'll move to something else. More realistically, you will just get old and all meaning, wisdom and lightness just moves on elsewhere. A different perspective then: it's not you as consumer, it's about how you are being consumed and digested....
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 67
Views: 1913

Re: Contradiction and the Absolute

1) x exists 2) x does not exist 3) Neither 1 nor 2 are true. 4) Both 1 and 2 are true. 3 and 4 are both contradictory. Only 1 or 2 can be true. Either x exists, or it doesn't. It can't both exist and not exist at the same time. Neither can it not exist and not not exist at the same time. It's not t...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: How do we embrace ruin?
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: How do we embrace ruin?

How does one consciously tread this path? I had my first realization of self-awareness when I was three years old. I was standing in shorts and sneakers and fanning a small charcoal brazier, when the thought came into my mind, “Wow, there is a me! And I am here.” Now, clearly, I had no thought befo...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: How do we embrace ruin?
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: How do we embrace ruin?

Great topic! The ego dilemma: the bloody struggle with its final realization of non-existence, a truth that cannot just be conceptualized ("thinged") in thought or feeling alike, without invoking the very thing it questions. Some mistake this for the clever act of denial or simply ignoring it -- as ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 28
Views: 1403

Re: Why study philosophy?

Keats was no philosopher but a Romantic poet of course. Basically believing "what imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth". To me that would say the sensitive soul had no stomach for anything philosophical. I'm not sure... intelligence implies sensitivity. True just as philosophy implies a stron...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Navigating Perpetual Existence
Replies: 43
Views: 2802

Re: Navigating Perpetual Existence

Yes, I've learned the hard way that entering into discussion entailing terms like "perception, awareness, consciousness" is an exercise in futility since each person has their own image of what every word means and their subjective meanings are so obscure that one can squirm out of conceding an oth...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Statement about Solway and Trump
Replies: 756
Views: 20415

Re: Statement about Solway and Trump

I don't know when David wrote these comments, but I may as well respond to them now: He wrote them in a reply to me on page 2. That was before you were properly notified of this discussion about you. A better question is still why he wrote this or started this thread. Looking back, it's still a mys...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Value-based love for what was
Replies: 23
Views: 590

Re: Value-based love for what was

A soccer ball was all that was required for Tom's Hank's character to keep his conceptual 'self'' alive. (...) simply thinking and speaking names does the job. It would be interesting to examine the notion "other" a bit further. Do we really just speak names or instill "otherness" and "being" on th...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 182
Views: 37632

Re: Global Warming

Came upon the interesting view of Mike Hulme and it's hard to find a more qualified "mainstream" person to speak on the topic. And yet he still got attacked for speaking out against the use of exaggerated language in the description of climate change risks. It's a reasonable voice while firmly embed...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Navigating Perpetual Existence
Replies: 43
Views: 2802

Re: Navigating Perpetual Existence

I find many disagreements stem from semantic inconsistencies. Yes. And that observation points to the possibility that a lot of our selves might be wrapped up in the "fabric" of semantics. And for sure as beings we are raised in a culture of the symbolic and linguistic. And social passions (emotion...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 28
Views: 1403

Re: Why study philosophy?

"A philosophy is only a philosophy if life has illustrated it". Forgot who said that, but you can google it. The poet Keats you mean? " Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it" or "Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses". Keats was no...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 182
Views: 37632

Re: Global Warming

President Trump recently banned the use of the terms "science-based" and "evidence based" by the Centers for Disease Control This was showed to be about a decrease of those terms in the budget request for 2019 where for example "evidence-based" for the 2018 request already went reportedly from 125 ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 182
Views: 37632

Re: Global Warming

How's it going Diebert! Nice to see you're still keeping the lights on as it were. The big head office has no intention of shutting down while a tiny regional Hindu office still could make a mega profit this year! The science is probably sound, it's the "so what do we do?" part where the problem li...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 182
Views: 37632

Re: Global Warming

Things do change, and significantly, outside of human influence. This does not negate the fact that humans have had, are having, and can continue to have an impact. You, Deebs, seem to be supporting the unconscious flow of nature, while I am supporting the conscious planning and wise intentional ac...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Re: A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

Thanks, I like the article overall, its breath and scope. Just to grab one bit: A frog has a pretty good simulation of itself. It's almost a bit of Zen, if you'd broaden the scope a bit, unfocus your eyes and drop some acid (j/k). The theory suggests that consciousness arises as a solution to one of...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 182
Views: 37632

Re: Global Warming

how many weird events have to take place this year before just about everybody, including most Americans, start believing that this is real, and that since we caused it, we should do something to try to help fix it? Yes, changing climate is real, it would be even without human contributions. Like p...