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originally posted by: Astrocyte
In short, magic is not proof of anything
The beauty of evolution - and of cause-effect thinking - is that it is so obviously superior - epistemologically (i.e. in terms of "what is known and how it comes to be known") that it really does afford people like me, Umberto Eco and pretty much anyone sufficiently educated to look upon the "mystic" types as a primitive breed which holds back humanity because they
How many of you still believe in demons, gods and fairies? If you, for instance, are one of those people who "descend" into their own "unconscious" to interface with "spirits" of an "unknown nature",
that it really does afford people like me, Umberto Eco and pretty much anyone sufficiently educated to look upon the "mystic" types as a primitive breed which holds back humanity....
I think every professor and writer is in some way an exhibitionist because his or her normal activity is a theatrical one. When you give a lesson the situation is the same as writing a book. You have to capture the attention, the complicity of your audience. Umberto Eco
I often find myself asking myself rhetorically, "why do you post here?" Its a question motivated by insecurity, of course, since I am well aware that my viewpoint on things clashes with the religiosity of the people who post here. Nevertheless, It doesn't take long before I discover what it is. It's two things:
1) I've developed a connection with this site. With it's colors - its name - and its users.
2) I think I can help people here, because I feel, however "narcissistic" it may seem to others, like I got the sort of thinking needed to help people stuck in nihilism.
Nature - other animals, indeed, "otherness", is our source of happiness. Evolution is evolving towards greater complexity, and indeed, KNOWING that you are a function of a much larger, inherently de-centered, singular cosmic process, which grows through biosemiotics means via cause-effect energetic dynamics - always, somehow, "knowing" as a function of reducing entropy (or ignorance), you are on the right path, heading in the same way as people like myself, who, not wanting to destroy reality, the natural world, or the self, do not and will not permit themselves to indulge in incoherent fantasies about being somehow "above and beyond" the suffering that motivates us to see the world more truly - not with rose-colored glasses, but as reality is, and most of all, at least for the time being (and in reference to our collective traumatic past) learning to bear that truth knowing that it will grow easier with time