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  1. Realism, does Plato's Forms exist?

    Sorry about this, but if Plato is known for his allegory of the cave, and his allegory of the divided line, how could anyone take them to be nothing but idle thought experiments? You only have to look up the word 'allegory'. To make it painfully clear, he used allegories because that was the...
  2. Realism, does Plato's Forms exist?

    Interesting question. Do you know anyone that have explored it? Perhaps there are phenomenological (experiential) similarities? Two observations that might or might not be correct. The archetypes, if they are found deep within the unconscious, seems at first to have no being outside our psyches...
  3. Realism, does Plato's Forms exist?

    (I’m obviously not an expert, so take my view with a grain of salt.) Probably worth mentioning again that Platos theory of forms has to do with beauty, truth, and justice (Platos trinity), and also love (a moral universe if you will), but not all that much, I think, with physical objects like...
  4. Like the world is ending

    Sorry, but I really like this:) But also let us not forget the good feelings even if they are somewhat outnumbered in the course of events!:)
  5. Like the world is ending

    /Edit: I'll let the following stand, but the use of the term made more sense when rereading in context of the OP, though it's still misleading to call this an age of reason. And reason is only with great difficulty, if at all, compatible with post-modernism (is it not?), which is probably...
  6. Like the world is ending

    I like your thought experiment. Can you answer why striving to be good and to do good would be so much more important, and I admit that it is near impossible to imagine, if we live 10,000 years instead of a hundred? This reminds me of another thought experiment, I don't remember in what...
  7. Like the world is ending

    And yet another one answered: «It’s like we read that our body is the grave of our souls. Five years, five grains of sand. On we march, and if we only see past image after image of everyday, we can see our selves leaving, pieces at a time, traces of skin, beauty, hope, dream and love behind...
  8. Personal Morality vs Social Morality

    Morality, in one sense, as I see it now, is the set of rules written into us (partly by birth, partly by upbringing and social context) that governs our behaviour. In another sense, it is the science of how we should act in the world, as individuals and as a society. I think individual...
  9. Omg, elementary school

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Good to see that it's possible for other introverted types to manage with children. I'm excited, and I'll keep your advice of giving them two lose/lose propositions in mind :) Still somewhat anxious, of course, but it's like I'm going to the dentist. I don't...
  10. Omg, elementary school

    So tomorrow I'm going to be a teachers assistant in class 1c. 25 kids or so:eek: Not sure how I ended up in this situation all of a sudden, and I have never done anything remotely similar in the past, but I'm excited and pretty dang nervous. I don't think I know kids. I haven't been around them...
  11. What is suffering?

    But if according to your account pain is whenever some event interferes with a system in such a way as to prevent it from reaching equilibrium, then your definition of suffering is way too inclusive (edit: it could be interesting to take that definition as a loose intuition and apply it to...
  12. What is suffering?

    OP: I'm not sure, but I think functionalists like to explain suffering by identifying it with pain and say that it's some kind of detector that makes us avoid the things that hurt us. If suffering is something like that, then it seems like we have to say that any intelligent system with a...
  13. The Random Thoughts Thread

    I didn't imagine, at least after childhood, that there was anything like being outside language. Sure, some things are unexplainable. Perhaps most things are. But they are unexplainable in language. As one enters deeper into the inferno - in the comedy, in life - sense is gradually dissolving...
  14. Hi! I haven't posted her for some time. When life becomes, as I hope it will, more peaceful, I...

    Hi! I haven't posted her for some time. When life becomes, as I hope it will, more peaceful, I want to get back to post here more frequently. Glad that you recognise me, and that you are still around. I'm not sure how forum life is going, but I do hope that there is still some excitement to...
  15. What songs are you listening to? /Redux/

    woot and you are listening to burzum. Wtf is this trip. Here is my childhood favorite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GCtIezVX9M I'm listening to some industry club. Yeah, sue me, but I don't care what the culture critics say. I'm drunk and it makes me feel good...
  16. What kind of IQ do you have?

    30% Interpersonal 35%Visual 25%Verbal 10%Mathematical
  17. I'll be sure to do so:)

    I'll be sure to do so:)
  18. Lyra's Obituary

    I remember when I first joined here there was a lot of controversy surrounding XIII. As I started to read some of his writings, I was immediately drawn to it. It opened to me whole new ways of thinking and possibilities of being. It was through him that I first discovered the idea of life as...
  19. The Random Thoughts Thread

    I'm looking for someone to obey. This cannot be anyone, but if you are wise and have a vision I can consent to and derive meaning from, I would be happy to serve you! Sincerely, and on behalf of the common people Kantor1003
  20. I've been wanting to say this to you earlier: When I lurk these forums I always pay particular...

    I've been wanting to say this to you earlier: When I lurk these forums I always pay particular attention to your posts. I think this forum benefits greatly from having you around. That's all, have a good day:)
  21. I replied in your thread. Among others, the post contains a question to you.

    I replied in your thread. Among others, the post contains a question to you.
  22. Hello, just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your reply, and that I did so in...

    Hello, just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your reply, and that I did so in particular because I can relate to so many of your own struggles and conflicts. I have tried responding to you and Adaire a few times, but, in short, I have been pretty shaken up the last few days, and...
  23. The Random Thoughts Thread

    Not too long ago I had a mystical experience that I have had trouble understanding and explaining. I want to give it a go now by asking you to imagine a story that takes place in a universe where most things are destined to unfold in a particular way. The protagonist is destined to emerge as the...
  24. We all stand together in this (flowery content)

    Lol, I think I might be on occasion (today and yesterday might be such occasions!), but I wouldn't trade those states for anything. It makes me write, think of new ideas, and be happy. Sure, I can probably write a lot of hard to make out nonsense in inspired moments, but if you paint, or write...
  25. We all stand together in this (flowery content)

    I relate with that. For my mind to be a pattern/order seeking/creating thing, it is surprisingly chaotic, and the more I experience, the harder it is to navigate and separate all the different thoughts/ideas, particularly in expressing it in real time in a way meaningful for myself and others...
  26. We all stand together in this (flowery content)

    In great contrast to a post I just read from banned member Void, but may easily have been written by someone else on this board, I just came to think about the importance of feeling appreciated. I have for the most part, and in some sense still live with, the belief that I am self-sufficient...
  27. defense mechanisms test

    Regression: 50 Displacement: 10 Denial: 30 Repression: 70 Intellectualization: 30 Reaction formation: 40 Projection: 10 Compensation: 40
  28. Social scenario cases

    Hello, I have some questions to you all concerning everyday social situations. Small issues in and of themselves, but that, if handled inappropriately, can add up to people having unfavourable opinions of you. As can be read in the Galateo, silence where it would be proper, or customary to...
  29. Why are we so damn articulate?

    I am, for one, not all that articulate. In conversation I often find myself struggling to find the appropriate words, and I often feel quite inadequate in capturing my thoughts in real time. I think this has to do with the, in general, fast pacing and the spontaneity of conversation, and in it...
  30. How would you justify telling me that I should not torture and kill the next person I see?

    I often try to defeat views of moral relativism in myself and others, and I'm happy to try again. Bear with me, I'm partly riffing. There can be intersubjective (collective) agreement that something is wrong. It´s true, value isn´t then anchored in something outside the human sphere as a...
  31. Anyone interested in consciousness must read David chalmers

    Thanks for sharing. It wasn`t that long ago since I had the pleasure of seeing him in person, though I didn`t know a lot about him at the time. I haven`t read this before, but I was somewhat acquainted with parts of it through other sources. It certainly deserves a second and a third reading...
  32. I'll respond

    Interesting. I remember myself sometime ago. I could engage in a philosophical discourse - that is, the practice of bringing something into light, an unveiling - without it effecting me in any major way.. but these days, if I'm with true seekers, and the nature of existence is explored, it can...
  33. Insanity "Commune"

    http://virtualstylist.blogspot.no/2011/05/goddess-zodiac-pasowee-goddess-of.html I might have some thoughts on this later. It gave me a similar feeling to what I got when I first encountered Dabrowski.
  34. Τυφῶν - Heaven's Hatred

    The thoughts on poetry expressed in the second above mine immediately came to mind when I heard Heidegger in quoting Goethe. It might be, though this is highly speculative, be motivated by a similar understanding. (If anyone were to know which of Goethe's writings the quoted passage comes from...
  35. The Personality Defect Test

    Ok. I got robot. 57% Rational, 0% Extraverted, 14% Brutal (probably the beggar question), and 0% Arrogant.
  36. The Personality Defect Test

    A question. I'm unsure whether the following, considering my view, is properly to be answered with a 'true' or a 'false'; 'Rationality is more important to me than emotions or feelings.' In brief my view is that the fundamental value in living - indeed all values - is derived, not from reason...
  37. Is it possible to fully understand your self?

    Ok. The objective reality is the reality which is apart from our prone-to-err perception (which include understanding) of it. We can have beliefs about this reality, about the 'what is out there', some of which will be true, and some of which will be false. Let's assume that understanding is a...
  38. Is it possible to fully understand your self?

    I'm sorry for quoting myself, but the justification is that I just recently posted in the depression club something that has to do with exactly the same subject. Your question has been on my mind A LOT. It's the question which has hunted me, with varying frequency, for the last 3 years or so...
  39. Moral Guidelines & Cultural Canons

    I'm surprised, seeing that it is a philosophy course, that none of the principles were argued for (I guess it probably wasn't expected, but again, it's a philosophy course. How can there be philosophy, in any modern sense at least, without argument?). Also, in the conclusion it is claimed that...
  40. Thread split from drunken club: Schizotypy and thin boundaries

    Re: The drunken club I'm surprised, apart from Grayman, Puffy and I are the sanest people around! Jenny claims to have her feet on the ground, but that's only because she's so lost in her own fantasy world that she mistakes it for the real thing. Her 'distinctions' are distinctions, not of...
  41. Thread split from drunken club: Schizotypy and thin boundaries

    Re: The drunken club Great find! Yet another psyche-model. I'm not sure how healthy they are for those with 'thin boundaries':P Would you say you have thin boundaries? My guess would be yes judging from some of your recent posts (I think in one of 'not's threads) that describe some of what...
  42. Thread split from drunken club: Schizotypy and thin boundaries

    Re: The drunken club Oh, and I recently discovered this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizotypy
  43. Thread split from drunken club: Schizotypy and thin boundaries

    Re: The drunken club I know many forms of mental illness are characterized by such emotional swings. You relating it with periods of mania (defined as mental illness marked by periods of great excitement, euphoria, delusions, and overactivity), might be accurate in my circumstance as well...
  44. Thread split from drunken club: Schizotypy and thin boundaries

    Technically, I'm not drunk (only a few beers), but I'm pretty drunk on my emotions. In a mostly positive way I may add. Have any of you experienced a sudden shift, say, in your middle twenties from being, over all, non-emotive to start experiencing frequent bursts of intensity of emotion? (it...
  45. Minecraft Server v2

    I joined the previous minecraft intp world hosted by, I believe, Vegard Pompey. I enjoyed spending some time in our little intp world. There weren't many of us, but we checked in quite regularly. This was quite some years ago. I think I would be interested in joining this new one. I like that...
  46. Phenotype: What is your eye color?

    Blue iris, with a hint of grey perhaps.
  47. Are you fat?

    1.93-94ísh and about 65kg, though I might have lost a bit more weight (haven't been eating all that much for the last couple of months). So, ectomorph of, I guess, an unhealthy kind (considering my height, I should probably weigh something closer to 90kg). Putting on weight, however, is near...
  48. Anything is possible

    Is it? You don't sound all that certain, redbaron. I wouldn't be either. What causes thinking? Is it happiness, satisfaction, or, in general, things working out as they are supposed to? Or is it, rather, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, loneliness, and things not working out as they are supposed...
  49. Anything is possible

    Can 2+2 ever be 5? Can you become the queen of England? Can what is be what is not? Can you create a squared circle? You see, some things are impossible by definition. But I like your optimism:) Instead of anything is possible, perhaps you rather mean many-a-thing is possible? And you...
  50. Chess on Chess.com

    Hadoblado: Challenge accepted:) Coolydudey: added
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