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  1. Louie, I'm thinking about the interaction between the conscious mind and the automatic functions of the subconscious. I'm thinking about the subconscious as an integrating mechanism. I was specifically thinking of how propositions help maintain focus and attention, but I didn't want responses to be restricted to only that. Psychology matters to the extent that they are using epistemologically proper methods. Cognitive psychology has a bit to say about "concept learning", i.e. gaining the knowledge of how to apply a particular concept correctly, e.g. knowing what it is to be a triangle
  2. Cognitively, propositions apply concepts to particular problems. What is the psycho-epistemological function of propositions? They seem to help "document" the nature of the mental connections one needs to make and maintain. They seem to help ensure attention and manage the crow. I'm wondering what else they do. And I'm wondering what fundamental function explains the most benefits. Any psychology majors out there?
  3. Some people use "uncontrolled observation" to refer to how researchers examine responses of people without properly recording behavior. In THAT context, "empirical evidence" could include the product of guessing based on superficial similarities (non-essentials). Now obviously that woozy kind of thinking should NOT be grouped together with precisely valid conceptual identification. So I have to wonder whether "empirical evidence" is a package deal. I would want a tree of conceptual identifications. I would want to know how to move, step by step, from perceptible changes to their a
  4. I wonder whether anyone here in the forum has gathered material for producing a better definition of "quality" than what I've seen elsewhere: The ordinary dictionary definition of "quality" is a distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something. Latin scholastics translated Aristotle's "poion" as "quality" but Joe Sachs translates poion as "of-this-kind" and emphasizes that poion should NOT be thought of as synonymous with "quality". Anything along these lines would be helpful.
  5. I haven't thought much about "quality". I wonder whether anyone here in the forum has gathered material for producing a better definition of "quality" than what I've seen elsewhere: The ordinary dictionary definition of "quality" is a distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something. Latin scholastics translated Aristotle's "poion" as "quality". Joe Sachs translates poion as "of-this-kind" and emphasizes that poion should NOT be thought of as synonymous with "quality".
  6. She answered that it is possible for an entity to be composed of constituents which are themselves also entities. That does NOT say whether there are imperceptible entities. And seconds later, she said that an entity is that which you perceive and which can exist by itself. As for her remarks on ultimate constituents, I think you should look over these: Pg. 291: Pg. 293: In the face of that, what do you now think she's saying below? pg. 264:
  7. http://www.nature.com/news/quantum-gas-goes-below-absolute-zero-1.12146 This sort of thing is why we shouldn't try to apply an equation outside of its conceptual context. (Kelvin scale was established in part by the Ideal Gas Law, which was formulated on the basis of knowledge of matter under MUCH warmer conditions) Whatever CCD unites what's "above" and "below" the theoretical "Absolute Zero", we need to form concepts appropriate to THAT sub-range of temperatures. I would like to see more people trying to figure out what happens near the theoretical "Absolute Zero".
  8. Bricks are perceptible. They are NOT imperceptible. What you quoted says nothing about whether "entity" can be imperceptible.
  9. At NO point in those quotes did Rand say that there are imperceptible entities. And again, on page 246, Rand stated explicitly that an entity is what you can perceive. We have every philosophical right I told you several things about electrons that are NOT true of tables. You CANNOT apply everything you know of tables to "electrons". Rand advocated showing how "electron" acts in such a manner on atoms which act in such a way on molecules and so on ultimately resulting in perceptible entities -- which is EXACTLY what I advocate. I never said that an e
  10. Rand said: This is what I mean by having to "traverse a suspension bridge of knowledge" every time you try to interpret an observation.
  11. I said that I was using "entity" to mean what Rand meant. If you try to use "entity" to mean something else, you're going to have to tell me what you're talking about.
  12. Rand explicitly stated that an entity is perceptible.
  13. If one side of the quantitative "threshold" cannot be explained by what is currently known, must there be some sort of activity responsible, regardless of whether or not there are subtler constituents than those observed? What does it take to conclude that some activity unites both sides?
  14. Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology 2nd edition pg. 264: Rand is absolutely right to ground concepts of entities in what is perceptible within the context in which this quote appears. All other concepts are traceable to concepts of perceptible entities so she MUST advocate this definition here. Historically, many false scientific theories have resulted from people trying to treat imperceptible constituents of matter as if they had the same properties as perceptible entities. I have no desire for anyone to repeat such a blunder. Furthermore, we know of things that are t
  15. I do NOT dispute that every valid concept is reducible to perceptual-concretes. I do NOT dispute that all concepts rest ultimately on a concept of entity. I'll re-cap before going forward: Every time you try to interpret an observation, you have to traverse a suspension bridge of knowledge until you reach the concept of the effect you're trying to learn about. Man is NOT immune to error at any level of abstraction. It takes time to validate a link. The longer the suspension bridge, the more links you have to validate. Man can only hold so much in his mind a
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