On Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:42:53 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote:
> On 9/3/2013 12:32 PM, Dennis Ochei wrote:
> > Telmo and Brent,
> > The Humean quote sums it up nicely. You can think of a human as a
> collection of desires
> > and a reasoning process that arbitrates between and attempts to realize
> them. In the
> > process of reasoning, one might bring about new desires, but reasoning
> is always
> > employed by desires one currently has.
> > Just couple days ago I was trying futilely to logically deduce what it
> is that I should
> > want to do, I realized that "logic is the servant of desire," (im not
> quite as eloquent
> > as hume, it seems...) and to find a logically justified want is futile.
> Desire is
> > inherently illogical.
> I'd say "extralogical". That doesn't mean though that your desires aren't
> caused (by
> evolution, by metabolism,...). Many of them may even be predictable -
> that's how
> advertising agencies make a living.
*Your* desires can be included in your experience by evolution, etc,
provided that desire in general exists as a possibility in the universe. No
amount of statistical reproduction of inanimate objects or unconscious
machines could cause a desire to appear out of nowhere though. Could it?
Why would it?
> > Turns out Hume beat me to this insight by quite a bit, but I suppose he
> had a head start, =p
> > It seems that if we were completely logical, we would simply cease to
> Dostoevsky beat you to that one, "If everything on Earth were rational,
> nothing would
> happen." But he had a head start too. :-)
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