Illusive Mind

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

If logic is not immutable...


A reply written by me made about my hypothesis that the laws of human logic are not fixed, universal and 'immutable.'

If logic is not immutable, how can we know that logic is wrong?

We won’t know what’s wrong. At least not with any certainty. That is the point of the brain in the vat problem. You don’t come to a belief about either proposition with any certainty, you are left with uncertainty, something propositional logic has a real problem with.

Does this mean you jump off a bridge or dismiss tautologies because they are not certain? No, just as scientific knowledge is uncertain but still functional so too can all areas of human thought be seen as a cloud of light amongst the darkness of possibility.

If logic is not a universal truth and law unto itself, the walls of cognition do not come crashing down. We can admit that the axioms of mathematics may be expressions of human cognition that are vastly different from possible alien constructions which we cannot comprehend, but within the system we have constructed they are fundamental. Exploring the nature of that relationship is far more intriguing than postulating our discovery of the mysterious transcendent mechanics of the whole universe.

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Blogger bradford said...

The truth is a myth, like the Phoenix, rising from the ashes of the last one.

1/11/2006 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Kayelene Murphy said...

I propose that all logic is relative to the schemas embedded in the individuals cognition.

2/01/2006 06:29:00 AM  
Blogger Illusive Mind said...

But isn't 'P or not P ' a logical constant, regardless of the individual's cognitive schema?

2/03/2006 06:32:00 PM  

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