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by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 33
Views: 1026

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: 33
Views: 1026

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: 117

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: 33
Views: 1026

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: 117

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: 117

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: 1076

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: 2464

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: 19553

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: 423

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: 36539

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: 2464

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: 1076

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: 36539

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: 36539

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: 36539

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: 309

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: 36539

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...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Trumpism
Replies: 192
Views: 10639

Re: Trumpism

The short term goal would be the end of the Democratic party. It needs to crack open. As for the Republicans, I think as a party it already fractionated and rotted since Tea Party times. Since Palin. It's only going to be worse for them when Trump is done. Could it be that both political parties ar...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Impermanence and meaning
Replies: 51
Views: 2240

Re: Impermanence and meaning

I reject wholeheartedly the idea of settling for some sort of contrasting/unifying blending of the two. It's go all the way to 100% sanity/perfection is my motto, and if so be it, die still trying! You are dying trying! The best description of the idea yet. And you are free to embrace it of course,...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 28
Views: 1076

Re: Why study philosophy?

So you are asking to be explained why you should explain your self to people who cannot explain themselves? Are you being snarky or something? I'm asking just what I said. No. Perhaps you are not aware what you are asking here? You were literally asking how or why you should explain your self to pe...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 28
Views: 1076

Re: Why study philosophy?

Is anyone here good at explaining why we should care about philosophy to someone who knows nothing at all about it? No idea about enlightenment, metaphysics, ultimate reality, or anything like that? So you are asking to be explained why you should explain your self to people who cannot explain them...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Impermanence and meaning
Replies: 51
Views: 2240

Re: Impermanence and meaning

Diebert: But it's not a failure at all! The idea of having two distinct roots or principles remains troubling and dividing. It was you who used the concept of ' a principle' when addressing ignorance, as if it exists in relation to other principles. If it were the only one, you would have said the ...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Impermanence and meaning
Replies: 51
Views: 2240

Re: Impermanence and meaning

You lean towards it because you lean to truth: arising of form is only possible through a fundamental attachment to its rise, some (subconscious) will or desire for it if you will, with in its wake a root ignorance stemming out the nature of this attachment. This is then the root cause of all suffe...
by Diebert van Rhijn
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Worldly Matters
Topic: Global Warming
Replies: 182
Views: 36539

Re: Global Warming

As for addressing those disastrous, fires throughout the west coast of the US, it should indeed be taken more seriously. After reading a bit more about about this, I get the impression that not just the drought is to blame but also, to some degree, the federal forest policies, which created at place...