[ExI] [Extropolis] simplified epistemology

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon May 10 17:00:03 UTC 2021

The problem with direct experience is that it can be
misinterpreted, especially overgeneralized.  Marry one woman, get taken for
an expensive ride, and forever after hate women.  This is what brains do:
try to develop 'laws' based on personal experience to be used in other
cases which might not be similar.  bill w

On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 11:53 AM John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 12:33 PM William Flynn Wallace <
> foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I think of direct experience and common sense as being part of
>> empiricism.
> I think common sense is either the product of induction (X has always
> occurred in the past therefore X will always continue into the future) or
> is the product of the way genes happen to hardwired our brains (perhaps
> that's why most people feel the concepts of up-and-down are a fundamental
> part of reality, even a great physicist probably couldn't help feeling that
> emotion if he's standing close to the edge of a cliff). Common sense can
> be wrong and often is, but direct experience never can be. If direct
> experience tells us something we need neither induction nor deduction nor
> empiricism to know it is true.
> John K Clark
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