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Reason, Actions, Nature

These are some notes which I wrote down in the last few months. I was thinking of writing a book, so I wrote in order to make the topic of my book a bit more clear. This is the only use of this text – to make it clear for myself what I am supposed to write about in my book. The only result of writing everything found here, which I would acknowledge, is that the title of my book should be ‘Reason, Language and Actions’. Nothing else should be taken seriously, nothing is worth mentioning etc. I did not proofread the text for grammar mistakes. If you want to take a look at it, you’re on your own.

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Your brain wants you to be smart

Maybe I should keep a journal of my talks with Răzvan (my older son, 7 y.o.). This Friday, after taking him from school, he told me: “I have learned that the brain is the most important organ in our bodies. It controls all the other organs and it controls you as well.”. He went on with “the brain does this” and “the brain does that” and “the brain knows that… ” and “the brain wants you to… “.

All my attempts to convince him that it was wrong to talk about a brain as if it was a person living in one’s head have failed. Trying to show him that this would be a conceptual mistake just did not work. And then I’ve told him that the problem with this way of talking was that one could always avoid responsibility for what one did – relegating it to the brain (“I did nothing wrong, my brain did.”).

This made sense to him. He said: “So maybe the teacher was wrong.” – “See”, I replied, “you don’t say that her brain was wrong”. He laughed. Problem solved. I think there is a philosophical moral to this.

Three Drawings

I’ve done the first one in an attempt to clarify my view of philosophy as a conceptual proposal:

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The second expresses my thoughts about the dual nature of actions:

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In the third case I was trying to think of the different ways in which we understand the idea if necessity:

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They are related.

O lectura

Dupa vreo doi ani si jumatate, timp in care aproape am uitat de site-ul respectiv, am redescoperit din intamplare asta. Nu fac altceva decat sa citesc traducerea romaneasca a Conferintei despre etica a lui Wittgenstein, folosind si slide-uri. Ceea ce ma interesa era sa vad cum ar putea functiona un sistem de a realiza prezentari online.

Un citat

Socrate: Prin urmare, actiunile se desfasoara si ele potrivit propriei lor naturi si nu potrivit cu parerea noastra. […]
Hermogenes: Mie asa mi se pare.

[…]

Socrate: Dar vorbirea nu este si ea o forma de actiune?
Hermogenes: Da.

[…]

Socrate: Nu este, asadar, si faptul de a numi o actiune anumita, de vreme ce si faptul de a vorbi era o actiune anumita in legatura cu lucrurile?
Hermogenes: Da.
Socrate: Iar actiunile nu ni s-au aratat oare noua ca nefiind in raport cu noi, ci avand o anumita natura care le e proprie?
Hermogenes: Asa este.

[…]

Socrate: […] Prin urmare numele este si el un instrument.
Hermogenes: De buna seama.

(Platon, Cratylos, 387a-388a)