You called me “Dono da Verdade”, brazilian portuguese expression for someone who can’t accept anyone else to be right. Well, i am. You are, too. “Truth” is a simplistic word for personal perspective, so being a person entails having your own truth.
That i’m straightforward about it is not a problem. Your blindness to your own biases is no virtue either — and it might cause problems.
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A long time ago, a bunch of fellas like Kant and his fans came up with this thing called Aufklärung or Enlightenment which meant that human reason would finally make us humans mature or free or, you know, take us to rainbow-land where the trees sing and everyone is happy. This same endeavour appears in contemporary colours everywhere, in the likes of Eliezer Yudkowsky.
Now on the other side of the intellectual ocean people like Foucault went nuts over the whole thing, claiming it was a sort of dictatorial attempt at nullifying subjectivity. Since mostly i sit firmly in this side of the fence, being a silly fanboy of Derrida, i usually sound very derisive of the first bunch, but as of now i’d like to try and make amends.
Reason got conflated with a very specific (and somewhat misguided) shade of science, that was indeed a little hasty. But maybe instead of this “reason” we could just have lucidity. Read More »
Sometimes it seems that to abandon a given idea is like to abandon your very being. One of the ideas most commonly taken this way is Truth — and this is why some people still want truth in some form even if they agree to all the arguments against truth itself. This is why a commenter some time ago quipped me that “giving up truth is giving up”. But exactly that we are so reluctant to give up a given idea shows that it is a blind spot, something we can’t really analyse, something we (somewhat literally) can’t take in a distanced perspective.
To illustrate this thought, i’ve chosen to use the idea that the human being is the top of all creation, that humans are better than anything else anywhere. And i am choosing this idea exactly because i think it is very completely bogus, so much so that i believe it will be hard to find someone who still believes in this. If i’m wrong, and you are really positive Human-Being is the Ultimate, rest assured the exact same point could be made with any idea you previously held very dearly but ended up discovering it was simply bogus. Read More »
OH NOES! I had promised myself not to go into that again. But i seem to have been incepted with a way to put the issue that is SO cool.
So, again, about the non-existence of truth. The heaviest evidence in the case is that believing in truth makes you silly. And after a long long argument my conclusion will be that “the truth content of any idea is impossible to determine, and being impossible to solve makes truth a solved problem”. »