The understanding of human beings is vastly taken to be powerful, a source of power, the thing that makes us as a species “Kings over the Earth”. We are not kings. And to understand does not mean you can do anything. It just means that, if you could, you would be more likely to know you could.
Understanding is just a kind of familiarity. It just means you are used to something. You’ve done it times enough that you can reasonably expect to be able to cope with most of the outcomes.
There are some times, though, where different people, with different life histories, can compare their familiarity in matters where their experiences had little in common to one another. How exactly does this work? Read More »
What is important to you?
Reality, or life, or the world, that which you experience by whatever name you chose to give, reality is mostly uniform. But there are some spots where you can find leverage. Like a door: you can squish it at many places and nothing will happen, but if you squish at the door handle it opens. We use to call “important” the handles in our life
The (misguided) comparisons between brain and computer usually begin by stating that the brain is massively parallel, working into multiple threads of thought at the same time.
But it just isn’t.
The brain is not a massively parallel processor. It does not process more than one symbol-chain at the same time. The brain deals with only one thing at a time, and it can’t even vary this one thing: the brain is always dealing with the person’s immediate circumstance. Read More »
A simpler (but misleading) version of yesterday’s argument says that realists assume (without supporting evidence) that the world is knowable.
In fact, the whole issue of knowability is only relevant while you stick to the idea of truth in spite of the evidence to the contrary.
Not only that, the very idea of truth is a negative reaction: it doesn’t come from finding something “truly true”, but from discovering mistakes in beliefs previously considered reliable (and afterwards trying to remedy the situation by arguing the mistake can’t be that important after all…). Read More »