Re: The Triumph of Reason over Sophistry

From: Party of Citizens (
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 15:21:52 MDT

On Sat, 21 Jul 2001, J. R. Molloy wrote:

> From: "Technotranscendence" <>
> > Daniel Ust
> > See me singlehandedly defeat pancritical rationalism at:
> >
> Part of the reason I've classified philosophy as useless has to do with the
> way pancritical rationalism makes it obsolete and irrelevant. It doesn't
> matter that "doctors" of philosophy have made philosophy ineffectual (not many
> suffer from that particular disease anyway). Essentially, PCR goes beyond the
> love of sophistry (aka, philosophy), to engage an attitude of discovery based
> on critical observation and the connection of reason to empirical everyday
> life.

Ahhh grasshopper, you now have to USE the discoveries which the tools of
critical observation, reason and empiricism have given you. How should you
use them? Does your philosophy of criticism, observation and empiricism
tell you? Or do you need another kind of instrument? And is there a limit
to how much you can discover using your philosophy? Or can you become
(Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology)

 IOW, it embraces the scientific method, which allows thinkers to
> supercede pure reason by opening their eyes to the infinite reality beyond
> word games, to know existence directly, and to communicate that knowledge in
> terms that evolve as science evolves, which means learning from experience.
> "By replacing justificationism with fallibilism, and by encouraging the
> practice of opening to, welcoming, and respecting criticism, pancritical
> rationalism maximizes the pursuit of truth, accelerating the death of
> poorly-supported views and ineffective practices. It immunizes against
> dogmatization, fostering critical thought and an anti-fideistic culture and so
> opens every area of thought and practice to unlimited, perpetual improvement.
> Its critical procedures are precisely those embodied in science and, we hope,
> in practicing scientists."
> Stay hungry,
> --J. R.
> Useless hypotheses, etc.:
> consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
> analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, CYC, and ELIZA
> Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
> but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
> (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
> We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
> regressive force now operating in society.

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