notes on Chomsky's "Nature..."

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notes on Chomsky's "Nature..."

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03 Jul 2017, 16:10 #1

Ref. ... 10.pdf"The Mysteries of Nature How Deeply Hidden?" [or "See Spot Run"]
[Here I found the useful distillation of Chomsky's vagaries* after reading the whole thing]We might think of the natural sciences
as a kind of chance convergence between
our cognitive capacities and what is more
or less true of the natural world. There is
no reason to believe that humans can
solve every problem they pose or even
that they can formulate the right
questions; they may simply lack the
conceptual tools, just as rats cannot
deal with a prime-number maze. - page 15 of the PDF / page 17 of the photocopied text
The part where you skip to the end of the book :Chomsky's article is a good example of the essential liabilityof philosophy, which is that it is an autopsy of thought.
[everything else is gravy]*vagaries - plural unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance:the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene.2.a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.
biographical notes :John Locke 29 August 1632 - 28 October 1704Isaac Newton 25 December 1642 - 20 March 1726César Chesneau Dumarsais 17 July 1676 - 11 June 1756David Hume 7 May 1711 - August 25, 1776Joseph Priestley 24 March 1733 – 6 February 1804Bertrand Russell May 18, 1872 - February 2, 1970Arthur Eddington December 28, 1882 - November 22, 1944Linus Pauling February 28, 1901 - August 19, 1994
subject notes :mathematicschemistryphysicslanguageepistemologyphilosophyhistorysociologyanthropologyethics
similar arguments :either/or - such as "Is mathematics a discovery or an invention?"My general rule is to be especially wary of hard dichotomies inwhich a choice between two apparent opposites is implied asnecessary. For example, in terms of intellectual honesty,
mathematics MAY be both a discovery and an invention as wellas neither a discovery nor an invention as well as somethingelse again which cannot be shoe horned into boxes wish arerecognizably discovery or invention.Ref.øren Kierkegaard 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855 Wittgenstein 26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951 North Whitehead 15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947 :One famous story illustrating the level of difficulty of Whitehead's philosophy
centers around the delivery of Whitehead's Gifford lectures in 1927–28 – following
Arthur Eddington's lectures of the year previous – which Whitehead would later
publish as Process and Reality:
    Eddington was a marvelous popular lecturer who had enthralled an audience
of 600 for his entire course. The same audience turned up to Whitehead's first
lecture but it was completely unintelligible, not merely to the world at large
but to the elect. My father remarked to me afterwards that if he had not known
Whitehead well he would have suspected that it was an imposter making it up as
he went along ... The audience at subsequent lectures was only about half a
dozen in all
successful popularizers of metaphysical confusion :Alan Watts January 6, 1915 - November 16, 1973R.D.Laing 7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989
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03 Jul 2017, 22:49 #2

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