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February 20, 2012

It’s not that I’m saying that there is no such thing as objective truth, I just mean that you cannot know the truth because all sensory input is subjective. Maybe if you, like, removed all your nerves or something so you didn’t know anything at all you could achieve enlightenment. What? No I don’t want to try it, do you? You’re sure? I’m sure it would be fun. No? Pity. Maybe the other way then, if you could see the entire color spectrum, hear all wavelengths, you know. Probably not though since there’s like a million different kinds of possible sensory input. What if we killed your body but kept you’re brain in a jar or something like that, nah I don’t think that would work either because you would still have needs and wants and stuff. What about total selflessness, like if you were a saint or something. I dunno, nobody’s perfect.

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  1. March 4, 2012 12:52 am

    On a tangent. There is a wickedly satisfying Roald Dahl story about a wife who keeps her husband’s brain (or is it just his eyes) alive, in some sort of a cryogenic solution just so he can watch and fume at her having the mother of all decadent times. So, according to Dahl, killing someone and putting their brain in (the equivalent of) a jar just did not bring objectivity to the fore. The husband’s eyes were enraged at the sight of his wife having a ball, and it shrivelled up when she blew smoke rings at it… so the sensorial input ruled the roost, alas …

    Back from the tangent, I really wrote to say: good to see you, Fool on the Hill. It has been a while. I hope everything is fine on the hill you are on, and the view is great. Bueno notte.

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