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Alan Watts on Vagueness

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6/9/2013 11:58:08 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I just stumbled upon this particular lesson of his. I think it's crucial for understanding what he has to say as a whole. And it's a great reflection of my own perspective in life.
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6/10/2013 12:06:07 AM
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Alan Watts is my favourite philosopher. I'll post a comment with a little more substance after the video.
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6/10/2013 8:40:13 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/9/2013 11:58:08 PM, FREEDO wrote:
I just stumbled upon this particular lesson of his. I think it's crucial for understanding what he has to say as a whole. And it's a great reflection of my own perspective in life.



Interesting. :)

As well as what he is talking about, there are some things I'd talk about it.

He mentions the turtle, it highlights as well as what he is saying about being too precise, the Problem of Infinity and Infinitesimal. People are always arguing over these things, they sort of don't make sense in the natural-world. They obviously have their uses, though.

He mentions having to leave things undefined, makes me think of quantum phenomena.

He talks about defining words, the circle, or never arriving. We do need a post, from which to attach these meanings, maybe the words themselves, can't explain themselves. They are the shadows, where as what they represent, is 3D reality. We have to connect them back to the reality, we can't use them to fully describe each other, we can only derive most of them from each other. We need a sort of axiom, which supports itself.

He talks about being too precise, which is interesting. Thinks don't just have meaning intrinsically of themselves, but in relation to the things around it, in the order it's in. Things may not be able to be clear cut, they may "fuzz" into each other. I do like to be precise, but I see what he's saying.
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6/10/2013 9:10:34 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/10/2013 12:10:19 AM, FREEDO wrote:


Awww, that's beautiful.
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6/10/2013 10:57:13 AM
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At 6/10/2013 12:06:07 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
Alan Watts is my favourite philosopher.

Really?
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6/10/2013 2:15:27 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/10/2013 10:57:13 AM, Noumena wrote:
At 6/10/2013 12:06:07 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
Alan Watts is my favourite philosopher.

Really?

Mine, as well.
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6/10/2013 2:18:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
To put this in different words, in a way I've been repeatedly saying on the forums for awhile:

Dogmatic thought gets in the way of practical life and realistic understanding.
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6/10/2013 2:18:24 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I remember back when I was laughed at for saying Alan Watts is one of the best philosophers.
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6/10/2013 2:20:43 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/10/2013 10:57:13 AM, Noumena wrote:
At 6/10/2013 12:06:07 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
Alan Watts is my favourite philosopher.

Really?

You got a problem with that, bub?
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