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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

NeoNote — Mostly

Science as it is taught relies heavily on IS and IS NOT and IF, THEN. There is nothing wrong with these ideas until you assume that they are universal. I prefer MOSTLY to IS and IS NOT. It means I watch for the exceptions where neither IS nor IS NOT applies. It means our understanding is limited by our perception and assumptions at the moment.

When Robert Goddard first took his work to the public, he was ridiculed. "Everyone" knew that Newton's work said that rockets couldn't work in a vacuum. Of course, Newton's work didn't say anything of the kind, but that didn't change what everyone knew. They didn't allow for the exception that opened the possibilities.

MOSTLY works. It just means that looking for the occasional exception. It means not closing your mind to the possibilities. It means that there are things that we don't understand. And that means there is reason to reach beyond what we know.

That's why I objected to absolute truth.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.


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NeoNote — Religion & morality

There is nothing that prevents people from following religious law. But there is nothing that demands others follow those same religious laws.

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Change

There is nothing permanent except change.
— Heraclitus
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Difficult problems

One of the most difficult problems of our age is that leaders, and perhaps academics as well, cannot readily admit that things are out of control and that we do not know what to do. We have too much information, limited cognitive abilities to think in systemic terms and an unwillingness to appear to be in control and to have solutions for our problems. We are afraid that if we admit to our confusion, we will make our followers and students anxious and disillusioned. We know we must learn how to learn, but we are afraid to admit it.
— Donald Michael Kraig
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Eat and drink

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
— Socrates
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Not even the same subject

In my experience, Western and Eastern philosophy are not in conflict. They aren't even the same SUBJECT.

Western philosophy is about the mechanics of how one ought act in the universe and assumes that people already have an understanding of who they are and what they want. Western philosophy concerns itself with the subject of knowledge, of "What?" and "How?"

Eastern philosophy is about studying meaning, self, and all the things that are subjective to the individual. Eastern philosophy is the study of "Why?" and "Who?"

They are different questions, and these discussions are largely agnostic to one another.
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Philosphy foundation

“The foundation of Western philosophy is probably rooted in psychedelics”

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❝Nothing is more active than thought…❞

Nothing is more active than thought, for it travels over the universe, and nothing is stronger than necessity for all must submit to it.
— Thales of Miletus
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❝Nothing exists except atoms and empty space…❞

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is just opinion.
— Democritus
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NeoNote — Nature and the World are not cruel.

The problem with making morality a part of religion is that some priests forget that they are measured by the lives around them. They think that their calling places them beyond "man's law.
— NeoWayland
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“Freud, Jung, Luke Skywalker, and the Psychology of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #40”

“In which Mike Rugnetta teaches you about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and how a lot of their work was influenced by myth and mythology. While Freud and Jung aren't quite as revered as they once were, they were undoubtedly a huge influence on the practice of psychology and psychiatry, and these two fellas were undoubtedly influenced by foundational stories. Today, we'll learn about Oedipus, the collective unconscious, archetypes, Star Wars, and more!”

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NeoNote — Good and evil

Long story short, without monotheism, the meaning of good and evil aren't so clear cut. It tends to be more in the nature of "this HELPS my tribe/city/nation" and "this HURTS my tribe/city/nation." It becomes relative and based on cost/benefit. It depends more on individual judgement and less on an Official List of "THOU SHALT NOTS."

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Six new pages

I've been busy on the site, it's just not been obvious.

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Philosi-bear

Bearistotle

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Nothing supernatural exists.

Nothing supernatural exists.
— J.H.
probably inspired by a Star Trek film
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NeoNote — “Not all …”

I will not stop saying "not all …" when I think it applies.

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Acquiring knowledge

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
— Denis Diderot
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❝Things are always more complicated than you think.❞

Things are always more complicated than you think.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Beware of jargon.❞

Beware of jargon.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Don't essentialize.❞

Don't essentialize.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Focus on the primary text…❞

Focus on the primary text, not secondary literature.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Respect texts about texts.❞

Respect texts about texts.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Be broadminded about what counts as “philosophy.”❞

Be broadminded about what counts as “philosophy”.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Take religion seriously.❞

Take religion seriously.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Take metaphors seriously.❞

Take metaphors seriously.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Think about the audience.❞

Think about the audience.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Think critically.❞

Think critically.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Silence is not louder than words.❞

Silence is not louder than words.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Learn the terminology.❞

Learn the terminology.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Read the whole text.❞

Read the whole text.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Ask yourself why they care.❞

Ask yourself why they care.
— Peter Adamson
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NeoNotes — Judaism

Pardon, but Judaism wasn't the original monotheism. Akhenaton introduced Atenism in Egypt, which may have influenced the development of Semitic polytheism into monotheistic Judaism.
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❝Learn some dates.❞

Learn some dates.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Take "minor" figures seriously.❞

Take "minor" figures seriously.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Respect the context.❞

Respect the context.
— Peter Adamson
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❝ Suspect the text .❞

Suspect the text.
— Peter Adamson
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❝Respect the text.❞

Respect the text.
— Peter Adamson
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❝4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved❞

Do you want to have better relationships? Well, you should definitely take some advice from… the Stoics.

I know, it sounds weird. Most people think of the Stoics as being emotionless — not exactly good examples for how to handle relationships.

But that’s a myth. The ancient Stoics were big on virtue, self-control and reducing negative emotions. And those are pretty good things if you’re trying to be more likable.

And their methods are backed by science. Stoicism was one of the inspirations for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is currently the dominant method for helping people overcome psychological issues.

     — Eric Barker, Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Loved

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Independently

It's possible for the same idea to appear independently more than once.
— Peter Adamson
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I don't know

And that raises the first philosophical question. What exactly is that something beyond?

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Yesterday's news…

doesn't touch tomorrow's promise

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Future

In Which NeoWayland combines Geekary and Technopaganism to Peer Dimly at Humanity's Potiential

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Skeins

I want to choose my own

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Forget the red pill, go for the green drink

Summing up my thoughts on the Matirix films after a long email conversation

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Quarter Moons and Semi-Truths

When someone starts talking about THE truth, it's to exclude the thoughts and ideas they find uncomfortable.

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Flipping through the quote file

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C1982366546/E20081001145525

My handy dandy Palm provides a couple of thinkums for the day

I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand. In the doing is the learning.
     — ancient Chinese proverb
It is not necessary to know. It is only necessary to try.
     — Babylon 5
That's it for now. After all, philosophy doesn't put OJ and tortillas in the fridge.

Posted: Wed - October 1, 2008 at 02:55 PM

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This week's thinkum

This is a page from the third version of Technopagan Yearnings. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.neowayland.com/C1982366546/E20060324050200

Do you live your faith or does your faith live you?

I've been thinking about that a lot this week.

Posted: Thu - March 23, 2006 at 05:02 PM

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After the Solstice

A Divine nudge or two to straighten up my act

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Religion and popular culture

Conversation with Juliaki

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The Word is Not the Thing

Sometimes we forget that language isn't reality

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