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  1. A Brief Sketch of My Philosophy of Philosophy

    By the way, having said what I said, I do think you're most likely correct that philosophy is in a horrendous state and that its division into sub-disciplines is highly related to this. I took some philosophy at university and I found that the lectures and the articles were rather horrendous. I...
  2. Difference between INTJ and INTP?

    Can you please expand on this? What's the relation between Ni and "should"?
  3. Difference between INTJ and INTP?

    I'll just add a bit to this: Both Ni and Si can be focused on both the past and the future. The difference between them is patterns versus details. So since we know the details of the past, but for the most part only have a general idea of the future, Si gets associated with the past, and Ni...
  4. What songs are you listening to? /III/

  5. A Brief Sketch of My Philosophy of Philosophy

    I think that if we can agree on something like, "what are the universal laws behind what one ought to do?" then it's worth pursuing that question, without needing to know what the full foundation of philosophy is (if I'm understanding you correctly) - i.e. we do not need to know the full extent...
  6. A Brief Sketch of My Philosophy of Philosophy

    As I see it, the division of philosophy into sub-disciplines is at least partly warranted. I believe that there are a certain set of fundamental ideals, such as the True, the Good, the Beautiful, and others. Philosophy at its core would outline what these ideals are and what sort of questions...
  7. The Random Thoughts Thread

    I'm getting advice on important spiritual matters but not following it. I don't know what I've lost out on so far but I have something on the to-do list now that I have to do when I feel that the time is right for it, but I fear I'll neglect it like I do so many other things. I don't know if...
  8. Morality in a Material Universe

    I provided you with valuable input. I guess it's your right to dismiss it.
  9. Morality in a Material Universe

    Err... I possibly get what you mean, and the answer is that just because there is an absolute truth, it's still the case that any attempt to grasp that truth is going to be shaded by our own biases and incomplete knowledge. Subjectivity is almost inevitable, but I don't get this view that we...
  10. Mergings and psychosis

    I think I mentioned it before, but I don't know if what I experience actually even is psychosis, so I might be going about this all wrong. What I do know is: I have some kind of episodes that are distinct from ordinary life These episodes have been diagnosed as psychotic I generally like these...
  11. Difference between INTJ and INTP?

    Don't worry about labels for the types, or descriptions, or those sort of thing. Learn the functions. INTP = Ti Ne Si Fe Te Ni Se Fi INTJ = Ni Te Fi Se Ne Ti Fe Si Everyone have all 8 functions but they go in a different order for each type. The 5th-8th functions are unconscious. The order...
  12. Morality in a Material Universe

    I don't know of specific laws, although I'll give it some thought, but where I am coming from is: Morality basically says that when confronted with a choice, there are ways that are more good or less good when compared with each other of dealing with that choice. So my idea of what is moral is...
  13. Morality in a Material Universe

    I didn't say "truth is based on morality", I don't even really know what that would mean. But I am saying that there are moral truths. If morality is based on truth, then how exactly is it relative, unless truth is relative? Actually, whether or not you agree with morality, it does apply to...
  14. Mergings and psychosis

    A lot of content streams to the mind via the unconscious during an altered state such as psychosis, As such, it is not something under voluntary control, If it were, I would be psychotic right now, although I can activate it to some degree. There needs to be something that the mind is...
  15. Morality in a Material Universe

    How? If morality is relative, then surely truth is relative. To be consistent you would have to accept both forms of relativism. Right? edit: maybe I'm missing something, but this idea of "moral relativism" sounds ridiculous to me
  16. Morality in a Material Universe

    The point I made was actually good though. So it seemed to acknowledge the point even if grudgingly.
  17. I am a wizard

    and then what are you gonna do what are you gonna do then, huh are you gonna cast a spell? do it. cast a spell. I dare you.
  18. Morality in a Material Universe

    I don't know if that's an insult or a compliment but I'm gonna assume it's one of those in between sort of things.
  19. Pod'Lair

    Yeah. The terminology and all. The arguments in favour of it sound pretty solid but there's all kinds of rationalising going on. Synomnia. The zh sound of Xai/Xyy versus the z sound of Zai/Zyy to correspond to the soft versus hard nature of Feeling versus Thinking. It gives all kinds of red...
  20. I am a wizard

    It's good to keep your virginity.
  21. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Maybe so, but the physics textbook is far from useless in that case. It is perhaps necessary. I think the egoist claim does actually say something, like there would be situations where you are confronted with 2 choices, and a particular interpretation of the egoist philosophy could say that...
  22. Morality in a Material Universe

  23. Chiastic structure of function order

    I don't think this paragraph is accurate. Regardless, treat any shakier claims as me speculating out loud.
  24. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Maybe, but once we've derived the laws through observation, or perhaps even introspection if that's how they came about, or some other means, then we're able to use these laws to create things such as technology that represent a physical process that has not before been present in nature. We are...
  25. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Saying "less ethical" means "worse" is pretty much just a tautology, it doesn't really say anything. I see no problem with oughts. Are laws of physics petrified physics, and it's the actual physical processes that count? Because laws of physics are still useful.
  26. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Wouldn't it be closer to say of hedonism that "people should get what they want"? Or in other words "do what makes you happy" [with "happy" being interpreted to mean experiences that are subjectively and absolutely deemed better than other alternative experiences] You've probably mentioned it...
  27. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    @The Grey Man what do you think of hedonism, i.e. the philosophy which shares the "pleasure vs suffering" aspect of utilitarianism but applies it to only the self, rather than to everyone?
  28. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Also: - Jesus was a carpenter - Carpenters use tools - therefore it is not wrong to use tools So where are you coming from?
  29. Chiastic structure of function order

    So here's what I can gather from MBTI: There is a commonly used function order which is chiastic, in the form of: A B B' A' A'' B'' B''' A''' And further more, when you identify this chiastic process in some set of works produced by a person, when you line up the corresponding components, you...
  30. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Tools - like typology and the notion of conscious/unconscious?
  31. Chiastic structure of function order

    What this means is that people are characteristically chiastic in nature. In anything - not literally anything, there are a great deal of exceptions - a person does, you are likely to see a chiastic structure manifest. That's why function order is how it is. It also suggests that my previous...
  32. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    I'm a bit confused by the following: originally you were criticising utilitarianism because it didn't acknowledge the subjective component of nature, treating it as object-without-subject, But now the problem is that utilitarianism treats objects as subjects, when to the frame of reference used...
  33. Morality in a Material Universe

    Well, that's just like, your opinion, man.
  34. Metaphysics

    Does consciousness impact the physical world? Does goodness, or truth, impact the physical world, or qualia? You could say "yes, conscious beings impact the physical world" however you could surely imagine that these beings could impact the physical world even if they were not conscious, put...
  35. Pod'Lair

    Well, I mean, all types have Ne in some form or another. I posit that all people have all 8 functions consciously to some degree because I don't believe in the "one person = one type" view. But I am interested to know why you think I'm pinned to the Si. I'll respond to your other part in the...
  36. Metaphysics

    @Cognisant I don't think a priori is the same as 100% certain is it? The Grey Man explains the a priori earlier in the thread with the cup metaphor.
  37. Metaphysics

    I think any time that a proposition is put forwards in words, there is doubt over it. Like say I say "something exists". That sounds like the most certain thing I could say, but by the time it is put in words, there arises the question of "wait, what if I have misinterpreted the phrase? What if...
  38. Metaphysics

    My interpretations of what he said was "uncertain in theory, certain in practice". In theory there may be all kinds of alternate explanations that could explain his belief that he had 2 hands, so he could speak of a kind of uncertainty, but in practice, where it comes to making a decision based...
  39. Morality in a Material Universe

    You make it sound like something being moral depends solely on whether someone has decided that thing is good according to their morals, based on what they value. But if someone decided something was true, and decided to judge truth based on what they decided was true, would that mean their...
  40. Hybrids and Humans

    wtf no?
  41. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    Is consciousness metaphysical because it is the pre-condition for physicality to exist in the first place thus making it transcendent of the physical? edit: and like, if a tree falls in the forest...
  42. Chiastic structure of function order

    I had wondered before about the structure of function order. It seems to make intuitive sense, but why? And just now I came across this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiastic_structure The structure of the function order is clearly chiastic. The first four functions have the structure of A B...
  43. Pod'Lair

    Having said all that, I don't see why Pod'lair, at least the Mojo Reading component, to say nothing of the rest, isn't basically correct. Sure I can say "there's more to it than that", but that would just suggest that some things need to be revised. The basic theory, and the accumulated data...
  44. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    I can compare myself at different points in time, attributing certain values to different experiences, perhaps summing everything up as a calculus, keeping in mind that the difference in significance between one moment and the next can be highly vast. However, the moment I am currently in has a...
  45. 4 types based on data imposed on 5 dimenions of the OCEAN psychometric

    There's a thread for this already https://intpforum.com/threads/any-thoughts-on-that-northwestern-university-study-of-4-personality-types.27458/
  46. Realism, does Plato's Forms exist?

    Do Platonic forms resemble Jungian archetypes? Are they each manifestations of the same basic idea?
  47. onesteptwostep on Contemporary Wart-healing Pseudo-religion

    I have a pervasive habit of addiction or addiction-like pursuance of pleasure seeking, and having this is such a core focus is likely detracting from my pursuance of the higher things in life, the spiritual. I don't know if this is what you were getting at with the lotus, but does it fit? So...
  48. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    If we're all the same I, then isn't it best to act for the needs of the many, because these are all instances of the one? I mean, even Utilitarianism allows you to act for your own needs, so long as your benefits outweigh the harm you cause. And if the other is the same as the I, isn't it best...
  49. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    I know I brought it up, but I don't think I really understand the parable of the lost sheep. So here's what "The needs of the many are in fact weightless." sounds like to me: Ok, so no-one other than yourself matters, because only you can feel what you feel. So don't worry about others...
  50. The needs of the many do not outweigh the needs of the few

    It defines goodness as a subjective state, and supposes the existence of a multitude of subjects of comparative importance, each existing for some length of time. Is that the same?
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