Accessory to being a bear (0archimedes) wrote in phil240,
Accessory to being a bear
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Self-deception

According to our own criteria, we humans are essentially very stupid. We are cursed with a multitude of debilitating instincts, defense mechanisms, and evolutionary traits that serve to deceive our rational thought and cloud the analytical mind. An example: have you ever made a wish -on say the candles of a birthday cake- and then not told anyone of the wish for fear that it would not come true if you told? You (hopefully) know better, but you find that a tiny part of you believes it anyway. There are countless other non-scientific hiccups that are inherent in our thought processes. This irrational exuberance of the mind manifests itself in numerous everyday beliefs: fate, superstitions, religion.
We automatically look for the fantastical to explain the apparent. Only by looking past these mental deceptions will we be able to achieve the full, albeit limited, potential of our rational thought.
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Of course, it wouldn't come true if you told. Or maybe it would. Depends on how you view it.

No, I'm not broadcasting relativisim, except perhaps in the Sartian sense. Knowing an objective truth gives us nothing. Objective truth it a seductress, but gives you, in the end, nothing.

What really matters is the objective truth in context to yourself. Or, in the words of Kierkegaard:

...What I really lack is to be clear in my mind what I am to do, not what I am to know, except insofar as a certain understanding must precede every action. The thing to do is understand myself, to see what God really wishes me to do, the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, and to find the idea for which I can live and die. What would be the use of discovering so-called objective truth, of working through all the systems of philosophy and of being able, if required to review them all and show up the inconsistencies within each theory of the state and ocbbine all the details into a single whole, and so construct a world in which I did not live, but only held up to the view of others..."

I don't know about you, but if you've read anything about quantum mechanics, that sounds pretty magical if you ask me :) I don't know much about the scientific process, but it seems like they imagine different scenarios that fit the data. Oh well, that's all I have to say about that :)
I'm not all that into quantum mechanics either. In my opinion they have misinterpreted the meaning behind their inconclusive data. Still I really don't know enough to make an dialogue of it.