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by Matt Gregory
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Why study philosophy?

Matt Gregory: Yeah, I hate discussing politics because I always end up in a discussion where the other person has a strong opinion about something and they've read all about it, whereas I generally don't, so they can present so-called facts that I know are completely stupid, but I nevertheless can'...
by Matt Gregory
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved
Replies: 1
Views: 222

A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/06/how-consciousness-evolved/485558/?utm_source=atlfb I didn't actually read the whole thing because they started talking about all this eye shit, but this sentence I thought was interesting: The theory suggests that consciousness arises as a solution...
by Matt Gregory
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Why study philosophy?

What I meant by "alone" is that you are the *only* credible judge of your own thoughts. Others will help, but that help has to be *reproduced* within yourself in order to be truly helpful, just like I did with Kevin's advice. Socrates singled himself out as a midwife, but *all* things are midwives ...
by Matt Gregory
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Why study philosophy?

Is anyone here good at explaining why we should care about philosophy to someone who knows nothing at all about it? No idea about enlightenment, metaphysics, ultimate reality, or anything like that? Start by discussing something that they are interested in. Don't get too heavy too quickly. I think ...
by Matt Gregory
Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Why study philosophy?

Is anyone here good at explaining why we should care about philosophy to someone who knows nothing at all about it? No idea about enlightenment, metaphysics, ultimate reality, or anything like that? So you are asking to be explained why you should explain your self to people who cannot explain them...
by Matt Gregory
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Why study philosophy?

I wouldn't expect someone to drop everything and dive into an intense study of philosophy based on one conversation, but surely great interests begin with small ones. And I don't think wisdom is solitary. If that were true, why would any wise teachers exist at all? Yes, great interests begin with s...
by Matt Gregory
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Why study philosophy?

Is anyone here good at explaining why we should care about philosophy to someone who knows nothing at all about it? No idea about enlightenment, metaphysics, ultimate reality, or anything like that? Unless someone already is interested in something, you can't explain to them why they should care ab...
by Matt Gregory
Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Re: Why study philosophy?

Hey Eric, It's not possible to tell someone something until they are ready to hear it. Well everyone's ready to hear something , surely, even if it's not all that profound. And I'm not even talking about random strangers, I'm talking about friends that I know pretty well. I suppose it's not much dif...
by Matt Gregory
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Why study philosophy?
Replies: 21
Views: 707

Why study philosophy?

Is anyone here good at explaining why we should care about philosophy to someone who knows nothing at all about it? No idea about enlightenment, metaphysics, ultimate reality, or anything like that? I'm terrible at this kind of thing. I end up in a lot of conversations where I'm trying to explain al...
by Matt Gregory
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Statement about Solway and Trump
Replies: 744
Views: 18026

Re: Statement about Solway and Trump

Jupiviv: So tell me, when you say you are in total agreement with David etc., does that mean you think that Trump and Putin are evil geniuses who want to take over the world? Matt: Yeah, I think that's pretty inescapable. Power is a rush and an addiction and Trump definitely has it and shows no sig...
by Matt Gregory
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Statement about Solway and Trump
Replies: 744
Views: 18026

Re: Statement about Solway and Trump

I've never seen Kevin care so much about appealing to the public. Now I'm sure I've entered the Twilight Zone. That's because it's pretty invisible and you need special decoder glasses to see such care. All I see, and it's in the first post, was David and Dan caring about their "reputation" because...
by Matt Gregory
Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Statement about Solway and Trump
Replies: 744
Views: 18026

Re: Statement about Solway and Trump

I've never seen Kevin care so much about appealing to the public. Now I'm sure I've entered the Twilight Zone. You and me both, brother. If I was into conspiracy theories, I would think that aliens have been abducting people and sending back reprogrammed clones in their place. That seems to be the ...
by Matt Gregory
Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Statement about Solway and Trump
Replies: 744
Views: 18026

Re: Statement about Solway and Trump

Hey Jupiviv, Hi Matt. I actually remember you! So tell me, when you say you are in total agreement with David etc., does that mean you think that Trump and Putin are evil geniuses who want to take over the world? Yeah, I think that's pretty inescapable. Power is a rush and an addiction and Trump def...
by Matt Gregory
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Statement about Solway and Trump
Replies: 744
Views: 18026

Re: Statement about Solway and Trump

I am pretty much in total agreement with David, Eric and Dan on this thread (and possibly others...sorry I haven't read the whole entire thread, I'm late to the party). The rest of you are making some good points, but I think having a president whose only values are getting more rich and more famous...
by Matt Gregory
Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Statement about Solway and Trump
Replies: 744
Views: 18026

Re: Statement about Solway and Trump

I've never seen Kevin care so much about appealing to the public. Now I'm sure I've entered the Twilight Zone.
by Matt Gregory
Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Larkin Debate (was: Hello genius forum)
Replies: 13
Views: 3176

Re: Hello genius forum

Right on.
by Matt Gregory
Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Larkin Debate (was: Hello genius forum)
Replies: 13
Views: 3176

Larkin Debate (was: Hello genius forum)

Here I am again. I'm looking for philosophical stimulation. I want to get back into thinking again, but it's hard. I don't know anyone who's interested in philosophy. Also, I have a full-time job now, so it's very hard to find time to think. It's quite a huge disadvantage. It's like trying to run wi...
by Matt Gregory
Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Can Logic
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Can Logic

Well someone figured it out. They must have known a lot about how cans are sealed so they could figure out how to rub it off.
by Matt Gregory
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Consciousness vs. the Infinite
Replies: 33
Views: 3688

Re: Consciousness vs. the Infinite

Why? Are you saying this because the concept of becoming is at odds with anything that's eternal (eternal things can't become or unbecome)? Yeah, it's another word for "constant", which is just the concept opposite of any notion of becoming. The great duh underlying the much abused start of the Tao...
by Matt Gregory
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Enlightenment / Despair
Replies: 15
Views: 1657

Re: Enlightenment / Despair

Yeah, I can totally relate. I've come to appreciate it, though (maybe I've developed an unhealthy addiction to it?) I feel like it motivates me. I honestly think it's a symptom of advancing towards something new, away from the familiar. When the change happens on such a fundamental level that philos...
by Matt Gregory
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Consciousness vs. the Infinite
Replies: 33
Views: 3688

Re: Consciousness vs. the Infinite

I reckon the loophole is the abstraction we call causality; change and transformation. That is what allows us to understand what we perceive as an exterior, objective world as infinite potential rather than as if we were watching reality as something outside an unchanging self. Yeah, it does seems ...
by Matt Gregory
Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Consciousness vs. the Infinite
Replies: 33
Views: 3688

Re: Consciousness vs. the Infinite

Hi Matt, Hey Diebert! Logically and as such dualistic and taoist: any infinite you are becoming aware of is not the eternal infinite. Why? Are you saying this because the concept of becoming is at odds with anything that's eternal (eternal things can't become or unbecome)? Ultimately and as such no...
by Matt Gregory
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Consciousness vs. the Infinite
Replies: 33
Views: 3688

Re: Consciousness vs. the Infinite

jupiviv wrote:There is no infinite apart from finite things. There cannot be an awareness of the infinite that is not identical with any instance of awareness, or non-awareness for that matter.
But that would mean enlightenment is the same as ignorance.
by Matt Gregory
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Wise Quotes Collection
Replies: 474
Views: 45172

Re: Wise Quotes Collection

I didn't read this whole thread, so forgive me if I'm redundant, but...
SeekerOfWisdom wrote:"whoso delights in suffering, will not be freed from suffering"
-Buddha The Word
"Know, too, that there is nothing more common than to do evil for the pleasure of doing it" - Prosper Merimee
by Matt Gregory
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:01 am
Forum: GENIUS FORUM
Topic: Consciousness vs. the Infinite
Replies: 33
Views: 3688

Consciousness vs. the Infinite

The "purpose" (I don't like these anthropomorphic words in this context, but it's just easier) of consciousness is to create distinctions in reality. In other words, it somehow takes the infinite nature of reality and, focusing on a finite piece of it, takes in information about that little piece. S...