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Oh the Irony...

Fkkize
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5/31/2016 12:01:52 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
So I was reading James' lectures on pragmatism today. In the beginning he contrasts traits of what he calls "The Tender-Minded" and "The Tough-Minded".

The Tender-Minded

Rationalistic (going by principles)
Intellectuallistic
Idealistic
Optimistic
Religious
Free Willist
Monistic
Dogmatical

The Tough-Minded
Empiricist (going by facts)
Sensationalistic
Materialistic
Pessimistic
Irreligious
Fatalistic
Pluralistic
Sceptical

He uses Intellectualistic/ Sensationalistic and Monistic/Pluralistic in an uncommon sense. The first is basically equivalent to rationalism/empiricism, the second is about a kind of Platonic/Nominalistic divide (starting from wholes and universals vs. starting from the parts).

He writes "Each of you probably knows some well-marked example of each type, and you know what each type thinks of the example on the other side of the line. They have a low opinion of each other."

Notice anything? He basically described the sterotypes of modern day theists and atheists, but he wrote this in 1906, 110 years ago!
I find it almost hilarious how people have changed so little in all these years.
: At 7/2/2016 3:05:07 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
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tejretics
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5/31/2016 1:19:49 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
How is that "ironic?"
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Fkkize
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5/31/2016 1:24:42 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/31/2016 1:19:49 PM, tejretics wrote:
How is that "ironic?"

There is a, in my eyes, huge divergence between how I expected things to be and how they really are. That is called situational irony I believe.
: At 7/2/2016 3:05:07 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
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: space contradicts logic
1harderthanyouthink
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5/31/2016 7:06:01 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
And people are supposed to fall into one of the two categories?
"It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here,
And I'm much obliged to you for making it clear - that I'm not here."

-Syd Barrett

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Fkkize
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5/31/2016 9:46:12 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/31/2016 7:06:01 PM, 1harderthanyouthink wrote:
And people are supposed to fall into one of the two categories?

Of course not, but it is as James says, "[e]ach of you probably knows some well-marked example of each type".
: At 7/2/2016 3:05:07 PM, Rational_Thinker9119 wrote:
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6/1/2016 1:19:59 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 5/31/2016 7:06:01 PM, 1harderthanyouthink wrote:
And people are supposed to fall into one of the two categories?

There's only two kinds of people in the world, those who think there are only two kinds of people in the world, and those who don't.
"It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive." " C. W. Leadbeater