Archive for July, 2015

3. The shroud of Perception

I am reading a book about 50 basics of philosophy. I wouldn’t be me if I wouldn’t try and think further on the things I’m learning, and I intend to use this platform to do so. These posts will be easily recognizable as they are numbered and categorized under ‘Abstract Thought’, so you can ignore them accordingly.

Within the chapter ‘problems with knowledge’, the author of the book goes to explain the same problem with skepticism from a different angle. He brings up several comparisons philosophers like John Locke and René Descartes thought up, and then goes to explain why most of them are largely irrelevant because they aren’t perfect analogues. In their attempt to make a thought experiment easier to understand, they all made the same mistake of oversimplifying, making their argument easy to shoot from the sky.

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Of Contact and the Lack Thereof

Fair notice: This post is about my sex/love life. There’s a good chance you don’t want to actually read it.

I used to be an introvert, and very shy person. I would blame those traits for the fact that I had a difficult time finding a meaningful relationship. I still am, but I got to accept it as part of myself and no longer let it define me. It helps to overcome its effects and allows me to grow as a person. What isn’t happening though, is it becoming easier to find a lover.

I’ve shared a bed with 8 different people in my 30 years. That isn’t very much by the standards that I perceive from others, but still more than you would expect.
3 of them were actual relationships that lasted longer than a week.
3 of them (not necessarily the same ones) were Belgian. All others were foreigners, most did not speak Dutch. I find this curious, and it makes me wonder why.

Before going further, I’d like to point out that every single one of them were amazing people in their own way. I enjoyed their company in every facet and I hope none of what will follow will make it seem like I have anything but my deepest respect for them- as I do for most people, give or take. (more…)


Games

My chest bone was starting to ache, but I couldn’t move without being spotted. A greenie on the stronghold on the opposite side of the street was pretty sure he noticed something, just barely not sure enough to call for alarm. He gave up eventually as I stared at him through the binoculars, trying to keep my breathing from changing my profile too much, silhouetted against the evening sky.

“Too many,” I mumbled as I traded my binoculars for my silenced mp5.

Gypsy didn’t respond, but instead took a shot at a lonely soldier walking the west street. Instant kill. I grinned at him. “You are an arteest with that thing. I’m gonna have to call you Da Vinti from now on.”

Gypsy laughed, nearly giving us away. “We make a good team,” he agreed, lining up for another shot. He missed this time, as the greenie sprinted along the fortress wall. He couldn’t try a second time now that his mates had a clear line of sight on him, and we watched as the low-ranking officer jumped into the driving seat of an APC further down the road and radioed for people to jump in.

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2. Plato’s Cave

I am reading a book about 50 basics of philosophy. I wouldn’t be me if I wouldn’t try and think further on the things I’m learning, and I intend to use this platform to do so. These posts will be easily recognizable as they are numbered and categorized under ‘Abstract Thought’, so you can ignore them accordingly.

Plato’s cave is an idea thought up by none other than Plato himself, in an attempt to visualize how our visions and thoughts relate to the outside world.

He compares our intellectual selves to prisoners, chained in a cave with their head held in place, so that they can only see shadows on the cave wall in front of them. Naturally they will assume that this is reality and all there is to it, seeing shadows dance on the surface.

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