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Monday, February 10, 2014

Thunder Dragons (13) 2-10-14

Today we discussed perception and deception. How to you know something exists as a "thing" or inanimate object? Is your view on matter that one of solidity and the touching or moving of an object with mass and weight or is your brain floating in a mass of space?

Ideas can be composed of feeling, pain, or other functions of the brain. Is some of it based on probability? One may think something maybe be composed of something specific, or a specific, taste, or even a specific texture, it may or may not turn out the way you perceived it. Therefore, probability comes into play with our perception of reality and matter. All of our senses are then up for a change in perception, our taste, vision, hearing, smelling, and feeling.


  1. I think its silly to question what we obviously see with our eyes as reality, of course any object we see is real. I understand that people may have hallucinations or dream of perceiving things that appear to be real but are just ideas in their mind.

    AP 57-65
    These pages talk about our country constitution and its contrast to The Federalist and the writers' philosophies. Walzer also critics many ideas of philosophy in these pages.
    DQ: what were the philosophies of our founding fathers of The Constitution, and also The Federalist Papers? do they conflict? Does the average American have a good understanding of these documents?
    FQ: Who wrote the "What It Mean to Be an American"? Answer: Michael Walzer
    Link: info on Walzer http://www.ias.edu/people/faculty-and-emeriti/walzer

  2. I believe that if you can use your 5 senses to find out if it is real. Things are objects, and objects are real. There is a reason we call life a reality, because life is real not imaginary.

    FQ: What was at the heart of Stocism? (The idea that we are responsible for what we feel and think.)

    DQ: What would the world be like if imagination was reality?

  3. It is good that we question reality, because without our questioning religion would not exist. All religion would be of false notion and solely based on what we "perceive". If that were the case then everything that we thought we saw would actually be there. Monsters in our closet, snake in the grass, dragon in the clouds, all of it. Imaginary friends would be real. If we believe something so much wouldn't our minds see it as real. Take colors for instance. Red and green may look the same or what we see as green would be red to someone who is colorblind or vice versa. So why shouldn't we question our senses? If something is to be reality according to our senses, then shouldn't for something to be reality, everyone and everything would have to perceive it as a "thing" at the same time?

    FQ: What did Emerson do that few of his admirers would think of him doing? He opened his wife's coffin and examined her body.
    DQ: Do you think that it is alright to "rationally reconstruct" American thinkers into skeletons made of their theses and arguments?
    Link/Quote: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

  4. When it comes to reality, I believe that what we see, feel, smell, or take in as reality is for the most part real. Nothing more. A book is a book. If i pick up, take a drink of water, and set it back down, so be it. It's a bottle that contains water.

    FQ: With whom was Seneca accused of having an affair with? (Emperor Gaius' sister)
    DQ: Do you call yourself 'philosophical' when it comes to events that happen outside of your control?
    Link: A link describing the importance of being optimistic.

  5. I think that if I think I'm pushing open a door, that is exactly what I am doing. Questioning reality to a certain extent is fine, but a lot of things in life simply are what they are.

    FQ: Why did Seneca think people became preoccupied by trivial work? (A: To avoid the truth about what they've failed to do)

    DQ: What is a fulfilled life?

    Link: http://www.iep.utm.edu/stoicmind/ Information on Stoicism

  6. Edward Davila3:23 PM CST

    Everything we can see, touch, feel, hear, and smell is known to us because of our senses. A simple chemical imbalance could make us sense things that would otherwise not be there. We can be deceived by the the very things that offer us truth.

    FQ: Who published Charles Sanders: A Life? ( Joseph Brent)

    DQ: Must one sacrifice his life to be a critical or philosophical hero?


  7. I think it's a great idea to question reality. If things aren't questioned they are more easily misunderstood. An example would be bigfoot, the lochness monster, or aliens. All have been seen. However, none of these sightings are truly acknowledged as real.

    DQ: Does someone have to sacrifice themself to become a philosophical hero, or can they do so without being a martyr?