Thursday, February 19, 2009

Faith/metaphysics is dynamic and differs from person to person

[Husserl begins with an obvious thesis – “look at the things themselves!” – yet in executing this project he unsettles our assumptions about what it is to experience the world and objects, opening a vast domain that continues to challenge central assumptions in cognitive science, psychology, the social sciences, etc.
Teaching is as and the pedagogy of alienation from Larval Subjects by larvalsubjects 5:27 AM]
[Feb 18, 2009 In Praise of Materialism from Larval Subjects . by larvalsubjects
Having picked up Brassier’s dissertation once again, I find myself thoroughly delighted and exhilarated by the hymn he sings to modern science in contrast to reactionary correlationism and phenomenology. This remark by Husserl sums up the entire problem and underlines just why phenomenology is so reactionary: “The existence of Nature cannot be the condition for the existence of consciousness since Nature itself turns out to be a correlate of consciousness: Nature is only as being constituted in regular concatenations of consciousness" (Ideas I, 116). Such, in a nutshell is the entire problem with correlationism. Read pages 10 - 22 of Ray’s
dissertation ... and see if you don’t find yourself electrified.]
[Re: Larger Issues of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" Controversy
by koantum on Thu 12 Feb 2009 10:17 PM PST
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You either believe in metaphysical explanations or you do not. Do you actually believe that you can do without metaphysics? For instance, can you explain without metaphysics what you mean by "existential praxis"? The need for a metaphysics — if so you want to call it — is well explained by Sri Aurobindo in "Faith and Shakti" (a chapter of The Synthesis of Yoga). Faith/metaphysics is dynamic and differs from person to person.]
[Re: Larger Issues of "The Lives of Sri Aurobindo" Controversy
by Tony Clifton on Sat 14 Feb 2009 04:40 PM PST
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I am reluctant to quote from these aphorisms, because (not unlike some of Nietzsche's) - removed from the particular contextual inspiration in which they were jotted down- sometimes they just defy common sense. And I do agree that common sense is the last thing one should throw away when they begin yoga. At any rate we have strayed far from the topic from which this comment train was begun. And I dont think any yogi-scientist or priest of the physical types are going coming forward anytime soon to help us around this impasse;) Better to focus on the "larger issues" at stake here.]
[So let me make haste to come back quickly to the original question of “rationalistic approach bearing fruit” while expounding the spiritual experience. But then possibly we have kind of built faith in the rationalistic approach, simply because it has borne fruits elsewhere. There is no theory based on empirical facts that the methods applicable in the domain of physics could also be meaningfully rewarding in the mystical-occult-spiritual fields. Even in lesser sciences, like the biological, there are serious doubts. In fact rationalism taken to extremes has attracted critics.... There can be hardly any doubt that the scientific account of evolution has to be considerably changed or dropped altogether, says David Berlinski. That’s a scientist’s testimony. Re: A Question of Hagiography and Biography--Empirical Rationalism
by RY Deshpande on Thu 19 Feb 2009 08:33 PM IST
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Ontological impasse is as much an essential feature of our finitude as socio-political problems are intractable. An emergent/contingent stance therefore is the most prudent/pragmatic approach that shields us from self-delusion. [TNM]

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