How to understand the World around You.

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  • [ – ] CaptainSwitzerland reply Very interesting comment on this video on YouTube, I thought I'd share it with you guys here. iamsaztak says: It's nice to hear people like you are out there! Very good povs, but I do have one thing to point out! You should DEFINITELY look into the descartes stuff more. Solipsism might seem nutty, but the point isn't to believe you ARE alone. It's to recognize what the limitations of your knowledge really are. And the truth is that solipsism could be 100% accurate and you can't know whether or not it is. It's impossible, because to verify sentience in another being, you have to actually be in their mind experiencing what they experience. But you could never actually know if it was them or if it was you. Not unless you're a god of some kind and there's some sort of spiritual way to verify that. But we can't know about it in our daily life, so it's irrelevant lol When you think about what you DON'T know, you can better recognize what you DO know. And you can put THOSE things as a Prem...moreise. And if you 100% know it, than you can use logic to find other things you "know". A true premise with a valid argument leads to a sound conclusion. So what do you know? That you exist, I think therefore I am. There must be SOME part of you that 100% exists. Your body and your thoughts could be manipulated by a computer, but there's at least 'something' that is 'experiencing' those things. You start with that, and you can use the Truth to help frame your belief system. To be moral, just use NAP. And bingo, a nice, rational, moral foundation for a complex belief system that can adapt easily, helps you recognize lies and biases so you live more peacefully, while also encouraging you to expand your understanding and acceptance of The Truth. It's like religion and science merged together. I've been doing this for several years now, and I've only recently started making some immense progress regarding my 'real-world' view, working out things like politics and stuff. I first started using it to help me overcome my anxiety, and it's been really helping me work through the bullshit. I still have a lot of work to do, but I actually really enjoy it. It's like a game now, 'how can I prove myself wrong?'
    • CaptainSwitzerland parent reply My reply: Hey, thanks for that very thoughtful comment I'll do my best to give you a decent reply. I'm relatively familiar with Solipsism. I think that Descartes' thinking is a very important tool within philosophy to help with assessing the nature of truth, and what we can consider to be true "knowledge" within the world around us. It certainly sounds you're more read up on this than me though. I think the point I was trying to make in the video was, when looking around you for information to build an image of the world and working how to judge that information against different sources, solipsism could be a tad distracting if you're main focus is to find the truth of things rather than peruse what I would call the nature of knowing truth itself. You make some very valid points though, if it sounded as if I were dismissing Descartes off-hand then I might have been using my words a little in-elegantly. Just for the specific jigsaw model I was describing, an understanding of solipsis...morem wouldn't be essential for the layman. There's something that borders on the philosophical which I've been slowly working on for my masters degree this year. I don't know if there's a name for it out there, perhaps the "rumsfeldian model" or something similar. Essentially the known knowns, known unknowns, unknown unknowns and unknown knowns. I was considering making a video about that at some point - I imagine I could fit "I think therefore I am" into the very core of the "known knowns" category. Cheers for sharing your thoughts though, it's not everyday I get something as engaging as this to read.
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