Oh sure, I agree with that totally. I'm a bit of a budding epistemologist myself, so I know the different modes of knowing we adopt- and how more often than not the concern of the human psyche is not to know the certain, but to know the "more plausible". I think insistence on certainty is pretty much a bygone view in modern philosophy, still unfortunately held by some scientists who seem naive about the philosophical underpinnings of science. This is why I'm such a big proponent of Philosophy of Science studies.
I think when you and I say "proof", we mean different things. You have in mind mathematical or certain proof or something in that vicinity. But for me proof (=evidence) is broader- anything that makes a proposition more plausible than its contrary i.e. e is evidence for hypothesis h over ~h if P(h|e)>1/2, where P(h)+P(~h)=1. I know this equivocation between proof and evidence may not be common in modern talk, but this is what I find semantically helpful. You don't have to agree with it or anything!
So when you say "X isn't limited by proof", what that essentially boils down in my terminology is "X is entailed by proof all right, just not the mathematical type". This is totally uncontroversial to my mind, and I wouldn't have any problem embracing such an epistemology.
I guess the next logical concern of mine would be to understand the purported evidences for "ether".
Thanks for liking my posts! I needed an excuse to talk to you, because I wanted to know better about your religious views.
I see you mentioned somewhere that you're a FSN fan, I've read both FSN and Tsukihime with the mirror moon patches. Arcueid route on Tsukihime is one of the few written works that genuinely made me cry, it's so touching...
What other things by Nasu have you read/played/seen? I've pretty much gone off the deep end, I read Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero, Tsukihime, Kagetsu Tohya (possibly my favorite), and I'm waiting for Fate/Hollow Ataraxia and Mahoyo to be translated. I also played Fate/Extra for PSP.
Thanks for the detailed explanation! If I'm not wrong, your explanation seems to boil down to this: New Age seems to be similar to other worldviews (e.g. naturalism) in that it is the quest for truth and concerns about implementing the results of that truth, with certain presumptions in place (not to say those presumptions are unwarranted or anything). If the outlines of the New Age movement's objectives are as diverse as you state- this would always be a more or less heterolithic worldview, incorporating many ideas in its body while keeping some basic assumptions in place.
One thing I didn't get is how you said that New Age isn't limited by proof. Could you explain that part a bit?
It's interesting to know you're a new-age philosopher! I've been looking into some aspects of the New Age movement, more specifically NDEs and Past life Recall. While I don't agree with many conclusions of the movement (I don't think the movement is monolithic, though), I think they've done the world a service by opening up the lid on the plausibility of non-physical events. I'm not a dogmatic anti-materialist, but I think these are important issues that needs to be brought on the discussion table.
There is still a long way before these get acknowledged by the philosophy/science academia, though, which is steeped in naturalism.
I don't know much about the movement, so you'd have to forgive any mistakes I've made above!
Well, for me a personal rebellion is enough. The choice to walk my own way, heedless of the social norm. I make choices that I know are right, whether they're right for somebody else or not. It's not about anarchy, it's about walking the path you choose. And for me, that path is my own.
Technology and I have a bit of a strange relationship. . . I'm really back and forth about it, to be honest. I don't think I could live in an automated world, or even steampunk, for that matter.
Hah, dreaming is the only thing that keeps us sane. Dream on, I say. But don't forget to strive towards the picture in your head. If it stays an illusion then it loses it's meaning.
Naw, it's girl I knew my Freshman year of high school. I came really close to dating her, and I asked her out to my battalion's military ball and she went with me against her boyfriend's wishes. She was a really nice and caring girl who had the sense to sit me down gently when I told her that I loved her.
It never really was strictly about looks with her, though. She was vastly intelligent and read me like a book. She had the sense not to abuse my submissiveness to her, either.