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At Last, Someone Who Understands Language?

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Posted by Aurino Souza on May 1, 2003 12:56:09 UTC

" Assume language is an attempt to classify a more or less shared approximate universe in which there are not always clear distinctions between groups of similar individuals "

Are you saying the universe is ambiguous?

I happen to think so. From my perspective, we can only share a good deal of our perceptions because we have made explicit agreements with each other on how to perceive the world. (I mean 'agreements' in a loose sense; it's more like we have evolved to perceive the world in a certain arbitrary way)

If my assessment is correct, then two consequences seem to follow necessarily. First, the agreement is only possible because some of our ideas are absolute truths; logic would be one of them. Second, if we perceive the world the way we do as a result of an arbitrary choice in our evolutionary past, then there must be several other ways of perceiving the world.

What I like about the above is that the first consequence implies that much of science is absolutely true, while the second implies any form of religion can be true to a person who understands it.

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