The world against me rages, its fury I disdain;
Though bitter war it wages, its work is all in vain.
My heart from care is free, no trouble troubles me.
Misfortune now is play, and night is bright as day.

--Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Auf, Auf, Mein Herz, mit Freuden), Paul Gerhardt

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Just to make sure I still remember how to do this....

Obviously, I do not have time to do this blog.  Good intentions indeed.

That said, I came across something I had written a while back that I think is kind of fun.

Getting PERSONal: MyAssumptions. YourAssumptions?
  • We exist! (or: “I exist. You exist” [kind of like "I'm OK. You're OK"])    
  • We share a world out there. 
  • Despite all the messiness, there is some order out there to be discovered (particularly in the minds of other persons).
  •  It makes sense (is worthwhile) to try to learn about this world  
  • Our "epistemological equipment" (senses and reason) also "makes sense", so we can rely on it to learn about the world out there.  
  • Our experiences of reality are analogous to other healthy persons (i.e. those who have received appropriate socialization - love).
  • People are universally endowed with at least some shared concepts: e.g. “thirsty”, “clouds”, “tears”, “sad”, “food”, “mother”, “father”, etc.