February 12th, 2019 5:25 PM
RULES OF DISCOURSE
1 – ASK IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, AND BE RESPECTFUL
(“How can you restate that as an intellectually honest question?”)
2 – DON”T DEMAND OR GSRRM US INTO EDUCATING YOU.
(“We only respond to intellectually honest questions asked in good faith”.)
3 – YOU WILL NEED TO READ A LOT. SORRY. READ DON’T ASK.
(“We cannot repeat long chains of logic for everyone. You must do the work on your own. If you can ask a specific question we will answer it providing it only takes a few minutes.”)
4 – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS IN OUR OVERVIEW
(“It’s a lot of material, and a lot of reading, and it’s pretty much all there. P is like any other system of ‘calculation’ and it takes time to learn.”)
5 – IF IT’S TOO HARD WE GIVE CLASSES (THAT COST)
(“If the reading is too much for you, then you will have to consider the classes. Classes reduce our cost of teaching you by batching you together, and let us ensure that you understand the material.)
6 – IF YOU THINK WE ARE WRONG, YOU WILL 100% EITHER BE IMMORAL OR INCOMPATIBLE, MISUNDERSTAND, OR BE WRONG. “P IS TIGHT.”
(“The only criticisms of P that we know of are (a) that it is a purely via-negativa system of thought and as such, it is up to you to supply ideology (power), philosophy (strategy and choice of good), religion(conformity), and Government (means of constructing the commons”.), (b) that some of you are still silly enough to believe any option other than revolt is possible, or that revolt won’t be successful – albeit costly.)
7 – HISTORY IS HISTORY BUT DEPENDENCY IS A CONTINGENCY
Just because one thing follows another, or shares properties with another, does not mean that they share the causality you advocate. As in all things, other than the trivial, the chain of evidence, including knowledge, means, motive, and opportunity are necessary. We are rapidly approaching that period where the general trend of history as we exited the ice age is both rapid, continuous, and obvious, with the paleolithic, bronze, and abrahamic dark ages the only significant impediments to continuous expansion of human understanding.
8 – REASON IS REASON AND REASON ALONE
Philosophy serves as a bridge between the Religious and the Scientific. Unfortunately, the way philosophy is taught and practiced, and the way logic is taught and practiced, the professors, teachers, practitioners, and students are seemingly unaware that it evolved from textual interpretation and NOT from scientific observation, and that the logics are not closed, and no non-reductive argument is closed, without appeal to the empirical, operational, voluntary, reciprocal, and complete. In other words, most philosophy is sophistry and merely another step up from astrology, numerology, scriptural interpretation, legal pilpul and justification, and pseudoscience. In other words, if you cannot argue BOTH with logic AND with cases, then you are probably lying.
9 – FAITH IS FAITH, AND ONLY FAITH, IT IS NOT TESTIMONY AND IT CANNOT BE
One does not debate with faith. If you debate from a position of faith you are violating the law of testimony. You can call upon faith for wisdom that has survived generations of testing. You can call upon faith to limit yourself and what you will tolerate from others. You cannot however engage in testimony, argument, debate, or discourse using any PREMISE dependent upon faith. So faith is a PREFERENCE and for some it is a GOOD but it is not a TRUTH and to claim so is to lie.
WE BAN FOR
1 – Wasting our time by GSRRM, Intellectual dishonesty, disrespect of the person, badgering, meming, non-argument We give only one or two warnings. We do not need to be popular with people who waste time, rely on GSRRM, are intellectually dishonest, badger, meme, and engage in non-argument.
We are the only answer you have.
It’s just going to take you a while to understand that.