Belief vs Knowledge - The Force

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12 May 2019 11:51 #338361 by ren
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Gisteron wrote:

ren wrote: ... the mind has great untapped power over our physiology.

No. The picture of fundamental principles that govern our world on resolutions remotely interesting to us is complete. All of the power that "the mind" (what ever that is supposed to be) can possibly have over our physiology (again, assuming that expression can actually mean something coherent in one way or another) is either well tapped and mapped or nowhere near "great".


In your opinion perhaps. Greatness is relative.

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12 May 2019 13:55 #338364 by Gisteron

ren wrote:

Gisteron wrote:

ren wrote: ... the mind has great untapped power over our physiology.

No. The picture of fundamental principles that govern our world on resolutions remotely interesting to us is complete. All of the power that "the mind" (what ever that is supposed to be) can possibly have over our physiology (again, assuming that expression can actually mean something coherent in one way or another) is either well tapped and mapped or nowhere near "great".


In your opinion perhaps. Greatness is relative.

My body's gravity has a stronger influence on your physiology than the untapped power of your mind does. Now I'm not sure whether there is any untapped mind power or whether there are forces at play weaker yet than it, and neither do you, so I'm positive neither of us can say that it is objectively the least great, but then neither of us did. I just wouldn't think "great" an apt description for something so weak as to be negligible if existent at all, but that is indeed only my opinion. Mayhaps in circles like these it is a controversial one to hold. So be it.

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30 May 2019 04:14 #339060 by Uzima Moto
Apologies for taking so long to get back. I actually wanted to see how this conversation would develope without my input. To see if a real discussion would take place.. while I didn't predict it to take the form it did. I'm pleased yet unsurprised by this kind of "first phase" of the discussion..

My subject may have been misleading, but I tried to be more clear in the post. Though it probably should have been obvious that it would develope into a discussion about belief vs knowledge. That wasn't my intent. That's not to say that I'm disappointed..

My main point was for that debate to be internal. Then for it's expression to be put into the discussion. That we would take account of our experiences and our interpretation of them and openly discuss what we may know or have theorized from our knowledge.. Knowledge being the main point. However, what is knowledge other than the correct interpretation of our experiences? In going through our daily lives. We constantly deduce people, hazards, situations, etc. Our minds are always analyzing the world around us. Filtering the steady automated input from our bodies. Studying our world so that we can know it in order to navigate through life. We know something when we can correctly identify and understand the pattern of it. Even more so when we can deconstruct, reconstruct, or predict it. When we can filter our beliefs from what is or what may be, due to the knowledge of our experiences. We can be truly open about what exactly this "Force" may be..

There are a few points I would add to the discussion to address some of what I read, however. Based on my experience. Since this is already long, I'll try to be brief..

First, from where I left off. Knowledge comes from studying our experiences or that of others. That is the basis of theory. The purest method of which is exemplified by the scientific method. To study a phenomena based on what you know about the elements involved. An apple falls. You know it has weight. What is the weight and is that making it fall or something else? You find a cannonball dud and drop it with the apple. Only to see them fall at the same rate. You had no real reason to believe that nothing other than weight affected their falling. You didn't have to prove it, who would argue. In fact, you could've set out to prove just that. Certain that that was the case. Only to have your beliefs change due to new information. Belief is very much a part of theorizing, and scientific theory by consequence. We cannot deny that there are few certainties in complex sciences. Just many theories based on measured, repeatable and demonstrative models. The theories themselves are taken as hard fact though they're not known to be such. Not to take any merit from them. They're the best models we have.. however, they don't really know whether the big bang was a ball of energy or God's fart, objectively speaking (you underestimate the power of God's fart) lol..

This is where belief and faith come in. Belief and Faith in and of themselves aren't exclusionary to evidence or knowledge. As has been demonstrated, belief is very much based on knowing of some sort. Whether that knowledge, or its interpretation, is correct is a separate issue. The evidence must be reviewed.. Even faith, as given in religious texts (mainly being a Christian theme) is said to be based on the "knowledge of the Truth" demonstrated by Yeshua "who was called Messiah" or some other Holy Man. Even by religious standards, faith is to be guided by knowledge. If a pastor speaks blind faith. He speaks it of his own accord. Most likely, for their own benefit.. Belief starts with our ability to conceptualize something in our minds. Knowledge is our ability to measure and quantify it..
The belief in flight was thought to be delusional at one time. Knowing that man couldn't fly. Now it's common knowledge and the old knowledge is worthless
..to simplify-
without knowledge, belief becomes "delusional".
without belief, knowledge will be "worthless"...
Ironically, those are "shadows" of certain kabbalistic concepts..

The subtlety of things like this, and other things, cannot be underestimated. Subtlety in politics, nature, or story telling. Whatever.. Increase in subtlety is not a decrease in power. It might actually be the contrary. As some Quantum Physicists would argue. This is also observed in Law. Legislation has no power, other than people's willingness to obey and enforce it. This is the basis of social order and civilization as a whole. The subject of "coup"s and revolutions. Without that idea of agreement, legislation is null and void and its order ceases to have affect. From such a quiet thing, whole civilizations have risen and collapsed.. The love of Rome faded in the people's minds long before the city fell.. the love of Power grew to eclipse all. Including the welfare of the Empire. That is when she fell, from within. Ideas are powerful, we cannot forget that. Especially, my fellow Americans..

The mind is powerful. Definitely moreso than we once thought. Our body responds to our minds. Even though it somewhat has a mind of its own. Our thoughts determine our habits. Not arbitrarily, but because they determine our actions. If you always think you'll be late. You will be. Mainly because you will not think in ways to overcome your tardiness. Your body then begins to follow suit. You feel more lethargic, lacking energy. Always having to rush at the last minute. Mastering our thoughts goes a long way to mastering our bodies. There's physiological evidence that your body responds to the way you think. It has evolved a series of complex systems to correctly respond to every thought of you consciousness..
See a bear? "Does it see me? Am I far enough? Are there cubs?" These and other thoughts flood the conscious mind from the subconscious reservoir. Whether or not you let fear or worry overcome your mind. Your body will respond in kind. If you're mind is seized by fear your body may lock up, or become uncoordinated. If you can focus your mind. The body will respond differently to your urgency, if there is any at all.. works the same with love..

Our thoughts are shaped by what we observe and our understanding of that observation. Just as our body's reactive chemistry is shaped by how we think. However, our ability to observe is relative to the objects ability to be observed by the methods we use. If it weren't for other methods of detection. We would assume only visible light existed as only our eyes detect. As we know now, space is far from empty. These things are observable by things of like nature. We use material methods to study material phenomena. Consciousness is immaterial, therefore we have psychology. Which is even less concrete than material theories and subject to wide spectrums. However, consciousness itself cannot be measured by material instruments. Only its material affect on our bodies. When we love, our bodies produce the proper hormonal response. However, what one man loves may be another's scourge. What is it behind these thoughts? Beyond the material synapses in our brain. That subtle power that commands the whole body of a person and their thoughts.. some say it's a real power that can be studied and harnessed. Though you couldn't do so with a material method. No matter how scientific. In my experience, the study of so called "supernatural" phenomena requires out of the box methodology. Yet still has the same requirements of repeatable results and predictability.. I have experience in manipulating digital waves using my thoughts as energy itself. Not by thinking hard, but intuitively. Feeling the world around me. Using my understanding of my environment to guide my senses. The results were affirmations for what I had already believed to be possible. Based on past experience with the subject material..

Our experience of this world is objectively subjective. So is our view of reality. We may be certain of things until we look from a different "point of view" lol. We should always look to challenge our beliefs and knowledge before we seek to remove the fallacy from another's. The "beam from your own eye" thing. We may be wrong in our own assessments or wrong understanding the assessments of others. Even if we thought we had good reason to those assessments. We cannot honestly discuss them and resolve the conflicts of different perspectives unless we understand that our own reality is subjective of our experience as well and look to understand our own reasoning and that of others..
If you had never seen nor heard of an elephant. How would you react to an armored one trumpeting and charging at you?..

I hope I was able to get my points across. Since we've seemed to haved hash out belief, knowledge, and theory. Uniting them through evidence. Share what experiences have lead you to believe that there's a fundamental rule or "Force" that governs reality? That would be phase 2.. I'm open to rebuttals to my points though lol

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30 May 2019 05:58 - 30 May 2019 06:05 #339063 by TheDude
I concur with the Kalama Sutta :

"“Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them.”"

Scientific knowledge can only be held when there is some means of verification of the facts, whether empirical or logical. However, scientific knowledge is unrelated to value-statements, issues of interpersonal/normative ethics, etc., in which case the standard outlined above in this post may serve as an alternative means of verification. It is important to note that knowledge is a subset of belief and whatever it is we "know" may also be described as a justified belief. The actual absolute truth-value of any given statement, arguably, cannot be known -- so I favor justified belief as the preferable terminology.
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30 May 2019 14:10 - 30 May 2019 14:12 #339068 by J. K. Barger
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30 May 2019 14:20 #339069 by Kyrin Wyldstar

TheDude wrote: It is important to note that knowledge is a subset of belief and whatever it is we "know" may also be described as a justified belief.


No this is wrong. Knowledge is not a subset of belief. Knowledge is a subset of truth. You can still have a belief and have it justified and yet still be wrong about that belief.

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30 May 2019 14:30 #339070 by ren
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Gisteron wrote:

ren wrote:

Gisteron wrote:

ren wrote: ... the mind has great untapped power over our physiology.

No. The picture of fundamental principles that govern our world on resolutions remotely interesting to us is complete. All of the power that "the mind" (what ever that is supposed to be) can possibly have over our physiology (again, assuming that expression can actually mean something coherent in one way or another) is either well tapped and mapped or nowhere near "great".


In your opinion perhaps. Greatness is relative.

My body's gravity has a stronger influence on your physiology than the untapped power of your mind does. Now I'm not sure whether there is any untapped mind power or whether there are forces at play weaker yet than it, and neither do you, so I'm positive neither of us can say that it is objectively the least great, but then neither of us did. I just wouldn't think "great" an apt description for something so weak as to be negligible if existent at all, but that is indeed only my opinion. Mayhaps in circles like these it is a controversial one to hold. So be it.


The once untapped power of my mind has proven to have far greater influence on my physiology than your body's gravity ever could. As for the currently untapped power of my mind, it is still not known so ranges from absolutely nothing to all the power in the universe.

I thought logical fallacies weren't your thing.

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30 May 2019 16:46 #339077 by _Vergere_

Uzima Moto wrote: Tell me what you know, not what you believe


I know that the Force is real. I feel it, coursing through my body at will. I feel the things around me through it.

I know that questions are more useful than answers.

I know that there is no dark side of the Force, only the darkness in our own hearts.

I know that pain or its avoidance is the universal motivation behind everything we do.

I know that all answers fall short of the truth.


Listen well: Everything I tell you is a lie. Every question I ask is a trick.
You will find no truth in me.

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30 May 2019 17:28 #339080 by Uzima Moto

_Vergere_ wrote:

Uzima Moto wrote: Tell me what you know, not what you believe


I know that the Force is real. I feel it, coursing through my body at will. I feel the things around me through it.

I know that questions are more useful than answers.

I know that there is no dark side of the Force, only the darkness in our own hearts.

I know that pain or its avoidance is the universal motivation behind everything we do.

I know that all answers fall short of the truth.


What experiences in your life taught you these things and how?

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By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.
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30 May 2019 19:48 #339085 by Gisteron

ren wrote: The once untapped power of my mind has proven to have far greater influence on my physiology than your body's gravity ever could. As for the currently untapped power of my mind, it is still not known so ranges from absolutely nothing to all the power in the universe.

Okay, so... If we assume my weights to be on the order of some 101 to 102kg, the distance between us no greater than the earth's diameter at about 107m, then the gravitational energy of your body in my field should be something like -10-14 or -10-15J or thereabouts. That sounds like a lot of zeros after the decimal point before there is anything of note. Ludicrous one might say, too weak to detect. Well, actually, no. The strong nuclear force is on the order of 10-19 to 10-18J and we have tapped it for good and for ill. And that force is called strong for a reason, mind you, we are well aware of ones weaker much than it. In fact, gravity is substantially weaker, all things considered. And it's not like we can just barely detect things like that either. No, we can measure them with several orders of precision, and the deviation between measurement and simulation are below measurement uncertainty.
Now, point taken, I do not know just what untapped power of the mind you are speaking of. I was assuming some kind of power that we actually didn't have knowledge or mastery of yet. Maybe my assumption was flawed. If that's not what you meant, then by all means, I stand corrected. However, if you are going to argue that there are "great" forces at play outside of our view, then I'll beg to differ. The room left to forces entirely yet unseen is so narrow as to render them effectively irrelevant. While generally "irrelevant" may sound like a value judgement, I can entirely omit the label and stick to the numbers alone, and quantify their relevancy objectively instead, if you prefer. I figured this is not how most people speak and wanted to avoid that awkwardness, but since you insist, here we are.


I thought logical fallacies weren't your thing.

What fallacy have I committed in your opinion?

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