HFCS: Change is often imperceptible until there's a step-change. And then bam. Other times, it's imperceptible throughout until whatever it is that's changed no longer exists.
With all due respect (because you seem to be involved), one who makes this claim may not be paying very close attention to what's transpiring in front of them. Even with one's eyes closed, one can see non-stop change afoot in everything.
The claim (from others you've pointed to) is a sure sign of a reduction, a model, a simplification of how things are. What does not change? (What does not change is "no thing.")
The no-thing that does not change remains a total conundrum so long as we are looking at any thing, object, or phenomenon "out there."
We are often warned that introspection is a faulty method of inquiry, open to woo and mistakes and illusions, but note this change is ALWAYS about "things" that are better studied by way of instruments and math models.
Changeless, unborn phenomenon are not victim of this charge for obvious reasons, but those trying to discover same generally want some form of thing or object to prove "there is such a thing," when we've said all along there is NO THING.
The rub is that all of our common sense is geared to answer the "what is this" by referencing some thing or force we can measure or detect from an imagined 3rd person perspective, Nagel's view from nowhere.
Even direct criticism in the form of - You only think there is something called subjectivity or experience, betrays out rational minds yin to consider "real" only what we can get hold of through sense data.
"Forms of scholarship that deny evidence, that deny truth, that deny the importance of facts, even when performed in the name of good, are dangerous, not only to science and to ethics but to democracy."
HFCS (channeling someone): "Forms of scholarship that deny evidence, that deny truth, that deny the importance of facts, even when performed in the name of good, are dangerous, not only to science and to ethics but to democracy."
Right. Let's cut open dialogue from the underpinning of democracy.
It's a privilege to live in this special time and to have the opportunities it affords to learn via books, internet, youtube and all (that at least some of us have). If anything inspires me to want to live to 200 years or longer as long as I'm in good health, it's this privilege and opportunity - esp as seen and contemplated against the backdrop of our histories (ancient, medieval, evolutionary) which were so remarkably different.
I just got the book, Galileo's Middle Finger (2015), by Alice Dreger - it was very cool, I thought, that her dedication reads...
FOR KEPLER, who saved his mother.
This reminded me of where I first learned about this. So long ago now. From Carl Sagan's Cosmos series in which, in part, he describes the life and times and difficulties of Kepler.
I thought a refresh re this vignette would be cool and found this on youtube...
Under the couple's recent blog entries, comments poured in from fellow-travellers and others simply inspired by the pair's dedication to studying humanity, and their conviction that, while "badness existsÖ by and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this."
"Asked why they had quit their office jobs and set off on a biking journey around the world, the young American couple offered a simple explanation: They had grown tired of the meetings and teleconferences, of the time sheets and password changes."
"So many self-righteous comments along the lines of ĎWell, they should have been more careful about their choice of vacation destinations.í
People have different levels of risk tolerance, okay? This adventurous young couple took a gamble and, sadly, lost. Bad things happen sometimes.
As a woman, Iíve travelled in Europe, S. America, Asia and Egypt. Alone. Yes, I knew there was some element of risk. Iíve been followed by strange men at night. I was robbed at gunpoint in my hotel. Iíve fallen very ill and had to rely on strangers to take care of me. But when I finally do leave this life, Iíll go out with the satisfaction of knowing that Iíve seen much more of this fascinating planet than I would have if I had played it safe.
Blessed be the risk-takers."
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