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  1. Here goes ... I believe knowledge is an ongoing process and that process is currently being limited by the assumption that traditional categories, vague as they may be, somehow exhaust the possibilities. It is time, I think, to creatively challenge tradition and stop asking traditional questions. For example: What are the necessary and sufficient conditions that would constrain me to regard mind and matter as mutually exclusive categories? Insert any of the traditional categories into this question and see what you can generate ... and no, I'm not asking for a literature review.
  2. There is "one" earth we know and it revolves around a sun we know as "one" sun in a universe of millions of suns in millions of galaxies. Of course that means we know all, how could it be otherwise?
  3. What is the difference between a so-called question philosophy and the death of person you care for?
  4. When a person reports extreme pain, where is the compassion if you do not listen?
  5. When an individual reports extreme psychological pain they mean what they say. One of my best friends said that, just before committing suicide. He sent that message just hours before the fact. He said people "don't get it".
  6. Do you take action before he fact, or after the fact?
  7. When a person reports that they are feeling "pain", they are making a general statement. They could be more specific and use this list of synonyms: Synonyms for pain noun physical suffering achestar agonystar burnstar crampstar discomfortstar feverstar illnessstar injurystar irritationstar miserystar sicknessstar sorenessstar spasmstar strainstar tendernessstar tormentstar troublestar twingestar woundstar afflictionstar catchstar convulsionstar crickstar distressstar gripestar hurtstar lacerationstar maladystar pangstar paroxysmstar prickstar smartingstar stingstar stitchstar throbsta
  8. The question that provides a clue to an answer to your question is "what do you value? You use the word "purpose" and that word is clustered with a number of words that imply value. In that sense you are spiritual. Psychological theories exist in abundance surrounding the relationship of "spirit" and "purpose".
  9. What am I saying when I declare "I believe"? Well, that can get a bit complicated. What begins with two words ends up linking to assumptions I make when I utter the statement and then to assumptions you make when you interpret those same two words. If my assumptions do not match your assumptions, then difficulties often arise. If dialogue continues rather than terminates, then an important goal has been reached. Perhaps both parties gain from the exchange and that is even better. An example: I will say that I believe that there is a God (yes, I do). I have not said anything about the n
  10. Are there limits to what we as humans, in this time and place, are able to envision? Are we arrogant to assume we can transcend our own limitations? Is that., as Darwin said, "our greatest sin"?
  11. C. G. Jung was very clear on this point. Extraverts will follow popular trends and exhibit shallow thinking. Introverts are the opposite. Jung was critical of the Western emphasis on extraversion as it leaves no home for introverts. Standard Western marketing appeals to extraverts. The failure is in not providing a home for introverts which is a skill only introverts could possibly handle.
  12. The appeal of Facebook depends a lot on marketing and the willingness of people to follow said marketing. About a year ago I attended a lecture at a Tibetan center near here and the point of the lecture was "well, if you want to be a sheep it won't get you very far ... certainly not far into Buddhism, as such." It seemed like he was being too simplistic at the time but now I get it. Oh yes.
  13. A good question, I think? What are the possibilities? To justify there own thoughts and feelings? To aspire to thoughts and feelings beyond where they are now? To justify where their "culture" has been? To aspire to where they would see their "culture" progress? The individual rooted in the past. The individual rooted in the future. The society rooted in the past. The society rooted in the future. The individual who sees past and future. The society that sees past and future.
  14. And then, an image is only an abstraction from an 'original'. It is most difficult, to say the least, to work from an abstraction and find the 'original'.
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