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Re: On the Origins of Morality: Supernatural, Biological, ...

Re: On the Origins of Morality: Supernatural, Biological, ...

It is not that ‘the world does not exist,’ but that at the most basic logical level it is quite impossible to disentangle the world from the practical knowledge activities that we use in constituting and studying it.”

If I understand you aright here, Jacob, I would say that this partly reflects my own view but I feel that I have not been quite exactly understood. The universe is everything that is real. So our thoughts are also real and the meanings we attach to things are also real. They are a part of the real universe, there is no dichotomy. The cat is still able to distinguish between night and day and between mouse and grass and he might not use the same language as us but if there were only cats and no humans then the universe would exist just the same because the cat had done that act of organisation. But such an act requires a retina, a lens, tongue, teeth and a brain amongst other things, which are themselves physical things, so the language is written in the physical medium of the very things that the language is describing or organising. Look up the universe as a self-configuring, self-processing language in a search engine and I am sure you will find a better explanation than mine.

On the Origins of Morality: Supernatural, Biological, and Relational Possibilities By: Jacob (99 replies) 21 March, 2009 - 03:10