Saturday, August 08, 2009
AUGUST 9 2009 - THE MORAL INSTINCT (PART 2)
HERMENEUTICS (Hat-tip : 'Moderne' - CIF)
INTERVIEW WITH MARC "MORAL MINDS" HAUSER :
http://bhascience.blogspot.com/2008/04/ ... enter.html
MORAL POLITICS & EMPATHY
http://armybarmyremix.blogspot.com/2008 ... of-it.html
A COMMON HUMANITY - A SHARED CULTURE - DIFFERENCE IS ONLY SKIN-DEEP
http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/t ... an-culture
THE WAR ON CHOMSKY'S PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
http://prosario-2000.blogspot.com/2008/ ... gs-on.html
"THE FUTURE OF MORALS - THRASYMACHUS" BY CEM JOAD
1925 Reprint 2008 ?
THE MEGA INSTINCT - A 'RAINBOW' THEORY OF REALITY - A CHANCE TO SHINE THROUGH THE RAIN ?
Although clearly biased, what I find personally very exciting about 'The Mega Instinct' (& other like it such as the Language & Moral Instinct) is that, through such Theories, it might be possible to describe the complex mysteries of inner & outer Reality, as easily as describing the complex mysteries of the human eye & the Rainbow.
To my mind, Reality (like Consciousness) cannot be EXPLAINED by our young fallible human mind - it's simply not possible yet - but it can be DESCRIBED & ILLUSTRATED by it...especially by the use of theories, metaphors, conjectures etc.
The Mega Instinct - A Theory of Reality - Why not ?
A 'Rainbow' Theory of Reality ?
HOW MORALITY EVOLVED
http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/aol/search?q ... Type=sb_uk
-LANGUAGE & POLITICAL "SALESPEAK"
"MEGA THEORY" : THE MORAL INSTINCT & REALITY - HYPOTHESIS 1
BY RICHARD W. SYMONDS
(BASED ON CEM JOAD'S "IMMANENCE-TRANSCENDENCE" THEORY OF REALITY)(CHOMSKY'S "TRANSFORMATIVE-GENERATIVE" THEORY OF LANGUAGE)(PINKER'S "LANGUAGE INSTINCT")(TARSKI'S "CORRESPONDENCE THEORY OF TRUTH")(AND SYMONDS "MEGA MOTIVATION" THEORY OF VALUES)
.1 The Theory states that for any language to have meaning, it must correspond to reality.
.2 "Any language" includes the Language of the Mind, which includes
(a) Human Science, Linguistics & Psycho-Biology - Music & The Arts (Body + Mind)
(b) Physical Science, Linguistics & Biology - Mathematics & Logic (Body + Mind)
(c) Morals & Linguistics - Values, Philosophy & Religion (Mind + Spirit)
.3 "Reality" includes :
(a) The Inner Universe (The World Inside Ourselves)(Immanent Reality)(eg Psychology)
(b) The Outer Universe (The World Outside Ourselves)(Transcendent Reality)(eg Physics)
(c) The Universe of Values (The World of Values)("MEGA - The Moral Instinct")(Immanent & Transcendent Reality)(eg Beauty, Freedom, Happiness, Life, Love, Peace, Truth)
.4 Consider Beethoven's Ninth Symphony - one of the best examples of a language (music) in the mind of a great artist :
"It is a collection of musical sounds, notes and phrases which" the language of (physical) science "analyses into vibrations in the atmosphere.
Such analysis does not, however, give a complete account of it; for it is also a series of notes and phrases arranged in a particular pattern.
This pattern prescribes the order in which the notes are arranged, and the intervals between them.
.5 "The pattern is imposed by the mind of the composer", Beethoven.
"The sounds as arranged in the pattern are at once the expression, and the embodiment, of the musical idea which the composer conceives.
.6 "Many would say that the sounds as arranged in the pattern constitute a unity or whole.
In using such an expression they would, I think, wish to imply, first, that the whole is more than the arithmetical sum total of the different sounds; secondly, that the sounds, when heard in the context of the whole are, precisely because of their relation to the whole and to one another, different from what they would have been, if they were taken out of their context and heard in isolation.
.7 "It is because of the immanence of the musical idea that the sounds are arranged as they are, and sound as they do.
If it were not immanent, the arrangement would not occur and the sounds would sound differently.
Nevertheless, most people would agree, the immanent idea is not exhausted, or used up by, any one embodiment of it in a particular set of sounds.
For a musical idea is more than any particular rendering of it, more, indeed, than any number of renderings of it.
.8 "It would still exist in the composer's mind, even if the music which embodied it were never written down.
This could be put by saying that it transcends the renderings of it."
.9 Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has so much meaning for us, because it corresponds both to immanent and transcendent reality.
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