reply to post by LesMisanthrope
There is something incredibly unproductive about what you're doing. Deconstructing language for the sake of "proving" that nothing language speaks of
actually exists is a tad bit ludicrous. "Logically", your linear thinking makes "sense". But the conclusion is so absurd, so contrary to experience,
that it has to be vetoed.
I think this comes to prove - at a thought experiment level - the limits of logical linear thinking. There is a "whole" that cannot be reconciled to
the parts which make it up. When I say "awareness", I am giving a name to something that objectively EXISTS. My language may be "arbitrary", in the
phonetic sounds used to describe the reality, but the reality itself, the concept of "awareness", exists. If I were to follow your train of thought,
the one you described above, awareness could be shown to be 'non-existent'; but that would fly in the face of a rudimentary experience.
Our sciences can describe parts of a system - it can call this "biology", "chemistry", "neuroscience", "quantum mechanics", but there is such a
disjunction between each of these fields that it would be impossible to reconcile them within a logically coherent "theory of everything". YET, we
acknowledge that the things described by each of these fields has scientific validity: they are dependable approximations of observable facts. So, our
sciences are ABLE to describe processes at work within a particular field. But extending that logic to "describe everything" is logically impossible,
constrained by waves-particles, classical-quantums, atomic processes-gravity. Theres such incredible complexity to the system that our itty bitty
finite minds can never hope to understand the whole. But we CAN come to understand a big and ever greater chunk of it.
This parenthesis was for the purpose of demonstrating the limits of logic in "trying to understand" the whole. Terms like awareness, cognition,
conceptualizing, are arbitrary creations; but they describe REAL things. To employ logic to it's "logical end" is worthless, because not even logic
can understand everything. Intuition fills the picture: intuition, leads us to the "promised land".
Sometimes, the best logic can do is limit itself to what we know from experience. If our conclusion does not correlate with experience, that the
"logic used" is a bad logic.
edit on 4-7-2013 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)