Feb 15 2018

Parmenides, Heraclitus, choosing sides; the achievements of antiquity, the question of Time; Kantian antinomies; the possibility of multiple ontologies, empirical verification; Hegel and truth in stages

Whether past, present, future exist; Time as decompleted present, dissipating; past not existing, future never arriving; skepticism and fundamental ontologies; the ‘there is’; iterative skepticism (systematic doubt) vs. skepticisms of antiquity; American pragmatism, the recourse to other criteria (utility, meaningfulness, etc.); sidestepping questions; the spectrum of the pre-socratics, classical skeptics, pragmatism; philosophy as pursuit of questions even to the point of impasse, horror

Ancient Greece as alien world; appropriating pre-Socratics, classical thinkers as natural philosophers; contemporary place of philosophy, neurotic disdain for philosophy; taking outmoded philosophical positions

Philosophy re-emerging due to UFO disclosure/contact, parapsychology research, the simulation argument: simulation vs. Copernican principle; the Unknown; fantasies in the present about what is known in the past; a body of knowledge as human constant; the cultural psychological function of a body of knowledge; removing fundamental anxiety about the Unknown; the Unknown as unbearable; faith in the rational and the joy in discovery; detective stories; the expectation that every mystery has a solution; ‘The Colorado Kid’ by Stephen King

Bodies of knowledge creating artificial closure; world geography and elimination of the unknown; knowledge in every direction; holes in our knowledge: dark matter, quantum theory, consciousness; knowledge being infinite in principle; the relational nature of knowledge

Death as the central unknown; contemporary culture and death; oldest evidence of culture centering around death; death at the origins of philosophy; Camus: suicide as philosophical problem a dodge; modern philosophy as dodge; human developmental model as analogy; personal mastery over environment, mastery through knowledge; origins of Western philosophy: Number and Logos

Candles in the dark; the infinite non-qualitative expanse; LSD in the forest; arbitrariness of the senses; nearness of the expanse; Heidegger’s clearing in the woods; the arbitrariness, contingency of limit-experiences; whether one ‘escapes’ reality; the royal road to Truth, groping in the dark

Pragmatism and theories of knowledge; Pragmatism and science, rejecting the Unknown by silencing questions; Western metaphysics as indirect willingness to confront the Unknown

Fundamental philosophical questions: justification of existence, something or nothing, why vs. what of being; treatment of these questions in antiquity; doing a history of the concept of consciousness; consciousness as catch-all term; life without a concept of consciousness; Alan Watts: reality isn’t physical, reality isn’t spiritual, a struck gong; Platonic forms; the assumption of continuity in the history of philosophy; the separateness of philosophers

The complexity of human beings; human beings as artificial intelligences; the complexity of communication; the cathedral vs. the anthill; a mystery confronting a mystery; pursuing the mystery without certain outcome; intrinsic falsehood of meta-solutions; drawing boundaries around the complexity; invisible aspects to human civilization; Wittgenstein and the ‘that the world is’; physicalist mysticism, evolution, modern scientific findings; chance and determinism coinciding; classical antiquity; the endless novelty of the world preceding any conceptuality; adopting radical new orientations to a given body of knowledge

Recorded February 15, 2018


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