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Help Me, Captain Philosophy! [Aug. 16th, 2006|04:51 pm]
I took a relatively interesting philosophy quiz (here) that characterizes me as a metaphysical Realist, an epistemological Subjectivist, and an ethical Utilitarian.

The corresponding viewpoints aren't a horrible match -- they're better than the subcategories listed under the polar opposite "Reductionist/Absolutist/Relativist" type, but still, there were a bunch of questions where none of the answers really fit what I believe. There are lots of these questions to which my answer is really mu -- either the question is ill-posed, or there's not enough context to give a proper answer.

So, not that I actually expect anybody on my flist can answer the question, but: Can you help me find a label for my philosophical outlook?

In a nutshell, here's what I think. There are two kinds of thing in the world: physical things, and informational things. A rock is physical; a 30-60-90 triangle is informational. Your mind is software (informational) that runs on the hardware of your body (physical). Part of your mind is a model of the objective physical universe; this model is imperfect, being fed by your imperfect perceptions of the universe, but there's an isomorphism between model and reality.

Here's the part that seems to be unconventional: I've come to believe that statements about physical things are qualitatively different than statements about informational things. In particular, boolean truth is applicable only to purely informational propositions. Statement about physical things evaluate to what I'll call "floating-point truth".

So what is that? Property dualism? Fuzzy-logic Aristotelianism? Any ideas?

[User Picture]From: boat_of_car
2006-08-17 02:53 pm (UTC)


Congratulatins, you've been selected to be the new guru of a new branch of boatarianism ! We'll call it Tectonicism (tek-tahn-ih-sis-em), people who follow it will be tecolics (teh-caw-liks) (or prestecarians).

tectonicism is the third branch of the Boatarian tree- the first two being of course, orthodox Boatoxy and Avian Boatarianism.

But seriously- The thing I find most interesting is that you seem to have taken elements from parts of your own experience that probably most people wouldn't bother to translate (transliterate) into a belief structure. Yes, duality, aristoteliansim (?)...and of course, pure Beemer. right bloody on, i say.

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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-08-17 04:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Bee-tarianism

Well, y'know, I've been working on my belief structures for a long time now. It's an ongoing project. =)
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