On passion vs reason,
Romans 7:15
New International Version (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I 
hate I do.

[Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net]
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen

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From: Bruno Marchal 
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Time: 2012-12-01, 15:56:19
Subject: Re: "Reason is, and ever ought to be, the slave of passion."

On 30 Nov 2012, at 19:23, meekerdb wrote:

On 11/30/2012 1:07 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote: 
Hume uses that argument
as a basis for his dictum:

"Reason is, and ever ought to be, the slave of passion."

Meaning that one should not kill just because it is logical, etc. 

I agree. The heart knows, reason can. But this leads to some problem. In fact 
we can argue that the conflict between heart and reason is with us since the 
start, and is unavoidable for ever, even in heaven, even for ideally sound 

But Hume was pointing out that there is no conflict between passion and reason. 
 Reason can only reach decisions based on values, and it is passion that 
assigns values.  The conflict is between different passions: work and leisure, 
security and adventure,...  Reason gets blamed because it brings the bad news 
that you can't have it all.

I agree, but there is still, I think, a more basic opposition between reason 
and passion, which is that reason can't justify a part of passion, and so 
reason can question some passion, and passion, most of the time hate this state 
of affairs. Reason and passion can have different reason, and different 
passion, somehow. In AUDA, or even already in UDA, it is the fact that the 
third person view can be in conflict with the first person view, making harder 
sacrifice for the collectivity, and similar "apoptosis", for example. It is the 
"conflict" between Bp & p, and Bp alone: it does lead to conflicting and 
irreducible (except with comp, at the meta-level, for ideal machine) internal 
views on reality. It is almost the conflict, present in the John Clark post 
(for example) between the truth (after duplication) that you are in M and that 
you are in W, and the truth that you are in only one city, or the difference 
between subjective 1p, and objective 3p.  We need both, and we can't avoid them 
in any way (except perhaps dying, IF that is possible).



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