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Posted by Don Jarvis on April 30, 2003 21:59:28 UTC

I believe it is an error to recognize only pragmatic meaning.
I believe assuming one's self to be strange is a pernicious form of arrogance.
I believe a third grader can be forgiven for thinking the letter, a, might be a pronoun and not recognizing the subtle need for a metalanguage of undefined words when establishing a lexicon, but an adult can be expected to be more astute in selecting important events of a life.
I believe the lexical meaning of words can be obtained from a dictionary and from interaction with the environment, and the pragmatic meaning is an idiosyncratic work in progress.
I believe "how do we know what words mean?" is a trivial question.
I believe the subconscious is not available and its nature and its creations are not knowable, and not understandable.
I recognize that the universe could be an illusion but I believe it is there and my senses present me with a usable approximation of it which my perceptions interpret largely to my ongoing satisfaction.
I believe thinking on a conscious level is the only level that can be called thinking.
I believe subconscious thinking has no meaning.
I believe understanding the universe or reality requires both words (for a global understanding)and numbers (for an approximate description of a brief phenomenological interval).

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