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Is There A Method Behind My Madness?

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on September 20, 2002 14:06:39 UTC

Of course there is. Anyone who doubts this is probably unfamiliar with me, or too dumb to see it.

I'm not so concerned with proving Harv's lack of intelligence as I am with proving Harv's imagination overrides his intelligence. My main reason for this is the frustration I've had trying to discuss Ontology-vs-Epistemology with Harv. Specifically, it is my view that separating our knowledge of reality into two philosophical "halves" is illogical; it is, in my view, a problem deeply rooted in the anthropic principle.

Some folks' biases run much deeper than their abilities to logically examine these biases. And it often seems any attempt to show this type of person their "flawed thinking" results in repetetive arguments built within this very inability to step away from these biases. As futile as it frequently seems, I'm convinced I can "get through" in the case of Harv.

The challenge asked, "Can you arrange them (the six toothpicks) to form four (4) identical equilateral triangles?" The challenge does not say, "Can you arrange the toothpicks, plus imaginary things, to form four (4) identical equilateral triangles?"

The "triangles" at the bottoms of Harvey's pyramids are imaginary products of a natural, holistic bias. In imaginary terms, this puzzle can resolve with as many triangles as one can imagine, by definition. But these are not non-imaginary solutions.

And so, not only did Harvey not solve the puzzle, he has shown -- again -- his tendency to elevate the products of his imagination to a level where they override "reality" outside of his imagination.

In order to refute my position Harv must now show that, either
1) the bottom "triangles" of his "solution" are not any more imaginary than the toothpicks
2) my current analysis of his imagined bottom triangles is "imaginary."


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