Posts under ‘Ontology’

The self-driving car

The rise of the machines continues. Right now we have a self-driving car in the works that is apparently safe enough to be street legal. It scans the world around it using 64 lasers to produce a constant topographical map through which it navigates using GPS and road data. People get nervous when this happens….

Internal and external reality

Humans are proud of our big brains. This is what sets us apart from the animals and makes us special. At least, that’s what we think is true. Opportunity cost however comes with all advantages. Thus every strength is also a weakness because in order to have that strength, something else was displaced. In the…

You cannot educate the fool

At the risk of being repetitive, exploration in finer detail of a crucial concept may reveal its central role in understanding realist thinking. For today, let us tackle this simple idea: education does not make a fool wise; it only makes foolishness appear wiser. Thus to educate everyone is to educate fools and to promote…

Satan hides in our own eyes

Wherever I wander, there is always Satan, lurking in doorways and the shadows of obese people. I am told by people who have degrees than I have toes that he is everywhere, in varied forms. Global warming. Inequality. Racism. Terrorism. Intolerance. The 1%. Haters. No matter how far I wander, he is there. In a…

Rationalism is the death of realism

Conservatism is like a mountain peak rising above the clouds. The light glints on it and we realize, surrounded by the ruins of the delusions of our fellow citizens, that conservatism gives us an option to certain failure. But we do not yet understand it. As a non-ideological viewpoint, Conservatism needs a different form of…

Science defeats liberalism

“If a fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise,” wrote William Blake in his Proverbs of Hell. This proverb is widely misinterpreted as meaning that we can make a wise man out of a fool. That is not so; what it means is that a fool who tries new versions of the…

The true nature of evil

For everything that exists on this earth, there are two versions: the thing as it is, and the human mental image of it. The thing as it is may not exist by itself, meaning that the thing as it is in fact is not a thing, but a coming-together of different forces. But the human…

Dualism vs. Monism in a Nihilist Context

Could you enlighten me as to why you prefer monism to dualism? This world may be a simulation. We may be figments of the imagination of a daydreaming god. We may be pure mathematics, or data in some cosmic computer. Or we could be physical beings, or some combination of the above. However, if this…

As simple as that

The most basic of all questions, underlying everything we know or think we know, is really a simple one: What is real, and what is not? Everybody has an answer to this, though few may be consciously aware of it: Reality is that which we act upon. Our actions are real, because every time we…

A solution that works every time

Life is filled with challenges. Sometimes they match situations we recognize; then, we do what worked before. Sometimes they are unknown, or our first assumptions failed. At that point, the temptation is to move forward instead of upward by choosing a totally different direction. If what we were doing didn’t work perfectly, abandon it and…

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