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Author: Enilkrennad Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 3157  
Subject: Re: Is Life Meaningless? Date: 2/23/2001 5:24 PM
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Everything in the human experience indicates that nothing is KNOWABLE. Experience and experimentation show us that we never trully understand anything. The more we experiment and study the more we find out that we just don't know.

Correct me if i'm wrong. What i'm understanding from the above is that you have arrived at your POV by observing human limitations on knowledge. Because people often stand firmly planted on opposite sides of an issue, because one scientific discovery supercedes another and changes our "understanding" of the universe, and because people in general realize how much we all really do NOT know, you have come to the conclusion that we actually know NOTHING at all? Is that a fair statement of your POV?

I still don't see what happened to make you (not)believe as you do. All that means is that we still have a lot to learn. Knowing relatively little in the scope of the whole universe and knowing NOTHING at all are two very different things. Reaching one conclusion should not necessarily lead you to reach the other. What possible reason do you have for not believing that the computer screen you're reading this post on does not actually exist? It's really there and you are reading my thoughts as expressed in cyberspace, thus you know something.

Oh yes, I have a wife an kid and speaking as the entity playing the human game, I love them more than life itself. Is there any meaning to that? Not really.

I cannot comprehend such a view. Based on my understanding of your beliefs, i would have to believe that if they both died tomorrow in a fire, you would have no motivation to mourn their deaths. You say that "as the entity playing the human game, [you] love them more than life itself," but you also say it's meaningless. Thus their deaths would have to be meaningless as well, and how can you justify grief over that which has no meaning. Ultimately, they cannot have any true meaning to you.

Ever heard of DeCartes? "I think, therefore i am."
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