Understanding Understanding: Two modes of mind

The human mind, I am convinced, operates in terms of sameness and difference*. From this conviction I have recently come to label two modes of thinking - ways which the mind 'makes sense' of the world: Apophatic Thinking (AT) The mind begins from the notion that everything is the same, and makes sense of the…

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On the Ethics of Silence

"The Tao that can be named is not the Eternal Tao" "He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know." I speak now, because I do not know. I'm wondering aloud. The Taoist philosophy outlines various principles which seem to intermingle and relate intimately to one another. An attitude of humility, for…

‘Self’ emerges via the asynchrony between ‘internal’ and ‘external’ events

(first posted on Philosophy Forums: http://forums.philosophyforums.com/threads/self-emerges-via-the-asynchrony-between-internal-and-external-events-70543.html) Ok, so I was musing on the brain and perception this afternoon. I thought "Surely the brain doesn't compare each photo-receptor to see if any are different to each other - it must apprehend the contour as a whole - or does the comparison happen so fast that we…