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by Trevor Salyzyn
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 33
Views: 1023

Re: Contradiction and the Absolute

I don't understand why true opposites cannot exist. Would you elaborate? All knowledge is either empirical or absolute. The only knowledge that can show true opposition is absolute. Empirical knowledge, by its very nature, does not have a logical opposite. If you think that the only knowledge that ...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Contradiction and the Absolute
Replies: 33
Views: 1023

Contradiction and the Absolute

Enlightenment is the realization that no metaphysical beliefs are ever certain. It is best expressed in terms of the tetralemma. For any truth statement x, there are four distinct truth values: x, not-x, not x and -x, and neither x nor -x. We usually use the concept of selfhood to explain why this l...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Hinduism and Psychology
Replies: 6
Views: 1327

Re: Hinduism and Psychology

The goal of psychiatry seems to be to show people how to be contented and productive, and I see nothing in your chakra-based view that would contradict that goal. That's a criticism by the way! The chakra-based view is not necessarily a damnation of mental illness. Anti-psychiatry failed, and even ...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Hinduism and Psychology
Replies: 6
Views: 1327

Re: Hinduism and Psychology

Russel Parr, I like the model that starts at insanity and then ascends to enlightenment. I plan to discuss this with my aunt (a PhD in psychiatric nursing) to see how well my model stands up to the medical mythos. Both of us have been involved with psychiatry for long enough to know that there are p...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Hinduism and Psychology
Replies: 6
Views: 1327

Hinduism and Psychology

Everyone has some experience with the astral plane, whether or not they are aware that such is what it is when experiencing it. It is tied to dreams and drugs, and is our capacity for an ecstatic trance. Astral projection is our first encounter with the weird, a plane separate from the raw material ...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Death of Philosophy
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

Re: Death of Philosophy

Why does over/misuse of a word make it nonsensical to someone who has a fixed definition of it? Words are social; as I said, they work like a game. If you don't even bother to approximate the definitions of others, you have forfeited sense. If everyone calls a knife a spoon, except one person who c...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Death of Philosophy
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

Re: Death of Philosophy

The moment you cannot see goal of purpose of something, without exception there's a losing of connection and meaning, a static situation, a mind "in rest", perhaps even paralysed, giving birth to the view. I notice that you don't refer to truth in your entire post. Is truth, to you, no longer a par...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Death of Philosophy
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

Re: Death of Philosophy

Everyone needs to sleep sometimes, but that you came here with that indicates to me that you were ready to hear the alarm clock. I listened to a 19-hour audiobook of the history of philosophy (in light of epistemology), and the end left me here. The narrator attempted his own hand at a solution, bu...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Death of Philosophy
Replies: 13
Views: 2478

Death of Philosophy

Everyone plays language games. These are the rules by which we communicate. A football player broadcasts his language game in his performance on the field. A professor entrusts his language to his students. But the most challenging language game is the Truth. Speaking of Truth in natural languages c...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Was Gautama Buddha Enlightened?
Replies: 7
Views: 1534

Re: Was Gautama Buddha Enlightened?

jupiviv wrote:However, the path *to* enlightenment has a definite end which Gautam and others have described in different ways.
How would you describe the end?
by Trevor Salyzyn
Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Was Gautama Buddha Enlightened?
Replies: 7
Views: 1534

Re: Was Gautama Buddha Enlightened?

Why does the path need to be some actual recipe? Logically the path cannot be worldly in the sense of another method to accomplish some end game because it seems that still would mean it's causally connected to the world in terms of experiences, conditions, goals or phenomena and that would counter...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Was Gautama Buddha Enlightened?
Replies: 7
Views: 1534

Was Gautama Buddha Enlightened?

Basically, he proclaimed four truths: life is suffering (symptoms), there is a cause of the suffering (truth of causality), there is a way to stop suffering (cure), and there is a path that ends all suffering (treatment plan). The path is known as "the Noble Eightfold Path", and most of Buddhism is ...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.
Replies: 33
Views: 5897

Re: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.

Cahoot, Isn't the desire to modify natural law (sin) itself a part of natural law? Nothing that exists is outside of natural law; hence, sin is nothing. Beneath which and contradiction aside, without an "ought", there's no particular reason to sin or not to sin. What you are describing is not good v...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.
Replies: 33
Views: 5897

Re: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.

Cahoot, How does one find non-relative definitions of sin? I assume that if you want morality to be absolute, and you can't base it on facts without running into the is-ought problem, you are forced to create morality from thin air. You may as well be arguing about aesthetics: which set of morality ...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.
Replies: 33
Views: 5897

Re: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.

I’ve known people who have the view: hate the sin and not the sinner. This suggests that good and evil somehow exist independent of “you.” This turns opinions into facts, and I am not sure I am willing to make that mistake. Morality tells us what we should do; facts describe what is. The simple fac...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.
Replies: 33
Views: 5897

Re: Help deciding what, if anything, to do with my life.

What good is is entirely dependent on who you are. I doubt any amount of reading will change what you already ultimately perceive as good. But revealing biases is still progress. In that vein, here's a quiz that might show you what you value.
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Enlightened! Really?
Replies: 107
Views: 19854

Re: Enlightened! Really?

Kunyab, It seems as if enlightenment is not a objective thing but a matter of opinion. Enlightenment is where opinion finally crashes against the reef of fact, the closest point to objective truth that a subjective being can get. The old "A=A". After that is an Infinite abyss. One can also say that ...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Core Dysfunction and what it does
Replies: 230
Views: 11282

Re: Core Dysfunction and what it does

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tautology_(logic)

Not all tautologies are A=A, though, so this still isn't the name.
by Trevor Salyzyn
Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Core Dysfunction and what it does
Replies: 230
Views: 11282

Re: Core Dysfunction and what it does

Alex Jacob, Have you located in your studies or in your observation of people a, say, 'negative use' of these doctrines? I see in Buddhist doctrine the potential for misuse: I recall a "meditation club" at university which involved a bunch of people sitting around a room trying not to do anything. I...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Wise Quotes Collection
Replies: 474
Views: 45904

Re: Wise Quotes Collection

I remember field trips to other forums. I got banned from Dawkins' official atheist circle-jerk.
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: What's the Point of Religion?
Replies: 592
Views: 52575

Re: What's the Point of Religion?

Alex Jacob, Effectively there is no man alive for whom his 'religion' is not his very interpretive structure, or lens if you wish, of his existing in this plane of reality. I say that every person has one. So, someone who transcends his local religion is merely (necessarily) creating a new one? Espe...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Core Dysfunction and what it does
Replies: 230
Views: 11282

Re: Core Dysfunction and what it does

I personally think we should all be willing to allow 'to the man' argumentation but that we need always to keep it under control. The 'hominem' for me is essentially the psychological, and I cannot dismiss that. It is part and parcel of who we are, or how we operate. Essentially, ad hominem is a pr...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Wise Quotes Collection
Replies: 474
Views: 45904

Re: Wise Quotes Collection

SeekerOfWisdom wrote:As far as I can tell philosophy (including any related to enlightenment) hasn't been spoken about in years.
Can you see any solutions to this?
by Trevor Salyzyn
Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: What's the Point of Religion?
Replies: 592
Views: 52575

What's the Point of Religion?

If an alien came to our planet looking for redeeming qualities of our societies, would religion be one? Is a religious society further advanced than a pre-religious one? Does religion have a point? If so, is that point still relevant? If we lost all religion, would humankind suffer? Is a post-religi...
by Trevor Salyzyn
Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: War Against Eccentricity
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

War Against Eccentricity

The best way I can describe the mental health institution is that it is waging an all-out war on eccentricity. Don't psychiatrists have something better to do with their time?