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An Argument Against Reality - Why You Can’t Trust Your Senses

 A very sharp, concise exploration and explanation as to why the human senses are, at best, fallible and, at worst, complete illusions. Growing up, I was the type that only believed in what my five senses told me. That all went away after reading Kant for the first time, which is right around my first hit of acid.

 Still, it feeds into my general skepticism about paranormal phenomenon. No, someone telling me they saw a ghost or a UFO doesn’t cut the mustard. I talked to Hank Williams once while tripping. Since we’ve not evolved to move at the speed of the average automobile, our minds “fill in” some of the things our vision can’t completely digest while we’re moving down the road. Think of that the next time you’re driving while texting on a familiar stretch of road.

 Reality is not only stranger than we think it is, it’s stranger than we can ever perceive it to be. Like the young lady in the video, this often gives people existential crises when they try to wrap their heads around it. If they got any sense, anyway. I’m often amazed at how shallow some people’s thinking is when confronted with concepts like this.

 Or, hell, maybe I’m just neurotic and so is she. I don’t know. Anyhow, interesting video and something to think about. Also, Up And Atom is a very good channel with lots of neat stuff, usually more hard science. However, that’s what philosophy is form calming yourself down after the fact of being blows your mind.

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We do not consider the falsity of a judgment as itself an objection to a judgment; this is perhaps where our new language will sound most foreign. The question is how far the judgment promotes and preserves life, how well it preserves, and perhaps even cultivates, the type.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 4

The fact that propositions were first considered in connection with logic, and the moralistic preference for true propositions, have obscured the role of propositions in the actual world. Logicians only discuss the judgment of propositions. Indeed some philosophers fail to distinguish propositions from judgments; and most logicians consider propositions as merely appendages to judgments. The result is that false propositions have fared badly, thrown into the dust-heap, neglected. But in the real world it is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true. The importance of truth is, that it adds to interest.

Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, Part III, Chapter IV, Section II

… esthetics and logic seem, at first blush, to belong to different universes. It is only very recently that I have become persuaded that that seeming is illusory, and that, on the contrary, logic needs the help of esthetics. …

… Using {kalos}, the question of esthetics is, What is the one quality that is, in its immediate presence, {kalos}? Upon this question ethics must depend, just as logic must depend upon ethics. Esthetics, therefore, although I have terribly neglected it, appears to be possibly the first indispensable propedeutic to logic…

C.S. Peirce, CP 2.197-2.198

In the “Analytic of the Beautiful” in the Third Critique, Kant steps back from the legitimizing and universalizing projects of the first two Critiques, in order to problematize universalization and legitimation themselves. Beauty cannot be judged according to concepts; it is a matter neither of empirical fact, nor of moral obligation. This is why there is no science of the beautiful. For Kant, aesthetics has no foundation, and it offers us no guarantees. Rather, it throws all norms and values into question, or into crisis. Even if Kant himself ultimately shrinks from the more radical implications of his theories, a certain critical aestheticism still haunts his texts, and especially the Third Critique.

Steven Shaviro, Without Criteria

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