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Hopes and Dreams

19th Apr 2014, 1:28 AM
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Giberion 19th Apr 2014, 1:28 AM edit delete
Giberion
Now available in super easy to read edition! Actually, there were just much fewer words so I automatically made the text bigger. I mean, just compare this to The Sonneteers or something. The difference is noticeable.
Sivolock 19th Apr 2014, 7:59 PM edit delete
Sivolock
Yup. I can't grow facial hair. Doesn't work. I can get a really thin stubble going, enough to make my chin look like it has some specks of dirt on it. I think it runs in the family.

I've been reading Wittgenstein's "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" recently. It's very interesting. He starts off with these vague, opaque statements, and the first time you read through it its incredibly confusing. Then you start to see the edges of his argument: that our language is defined through logical rules, and the world as we know it can only be described through language. If you don't believe me, try to describe that chair you're sitting on without language (interpretive dance is a type of language). Yeah, I thought so too. So Wittgenstein says that any kind of thought we have is bound within those kind of rules, and ultimately we have to assume this logic as it is impossible to justify without using logic itself, since that is what we use to determine whether a statement is true or false. So then at the end, you are right back where you started. Wittgenstein affirms his non-sense statements are in fact non-sense; that is the core of his whole argument. Philosophy isn't about bringing out "new" truths, but clarifying the ideas we already have.

It's pretty weird, but it reminds me why I enjoy philosophy. There is something beautiful, elegant, about knowing about knowing, about taking a step back to cognize about our cognition. And that meta-thought is something I find really powerful. It's one of the few things in life I find really meaningful.

Sorry about the monologueing, I've been thinking about Wittgenstein all week. Its been building up pressure like a shaken soda bottle, ready to be set loose upon the world.

If you made it this far, thanks for hearing me out. Also, we now have a Couch Philosophy Facebook page, which you can find here: (https://www.facebook.com/couchphilosophy). Feel free to follow us there as well. Hope to see you again next week!
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Stever 19th Apr 2014, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
Stever
Haha! Great strip. If I don't shave for a day I've got a beard, but of course I don't want one ;D