Dark Matter Apparently is Midichlorians

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27 Dec 2015 01:50 #216372 by Entropist
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Gisteron wrote: Would you kindly then also cite those posts, please? Because I don't seem to be finding anything about shame or about fear or about logic and reason, but maybe I'm overlooking something...


Gisteron wrote: I think that the aspiration to put your religious beliefs in factual or in scientific terms when they are clearly and by design not rooted in fact is, if anything, a disservice to that faith.

Instead I suggest we leave the Force undefined, leave it unfalsifiable and leave that word useless for only outside of critical discourse is where it can hope to survive.



would this also mean, “don't destroy our current beliefs by shining light for knowledge”?

any assertion needs reasoning, otherwise it's unjustified opinion. the need to distinguish illusion from reality needs prudence to build justification on with logic and reason, otherwise it's clear prejudice.

Gisteron wrote: There is no defining the Force in a way that everybody were to agree. We've all been there, we've all tried that.

The only effects defining the Force would have is dividing the community into the few who share that definition and the majority that doesn't, as well as make the sharing ones look frankly stupid for thinking they found an answer to which they do not even know a question.

To leave it undefined is not to reject knowing anything about it. Rather, it is letting go of the childish quest for a definition of something that does not actually affect anything outside of discussions about itself.

All knowledge about the Force comes down to knowledge about something we already have a perfectly functional word for. There is no such thing as knowledge of the Force.



again, “keep the matter in the dark” is demonstrated here, why fear? ego, is why

so why use ego and emotional fear as hostage shield to defend a discussion point? choose to take ourselves less seriously and the matter seriously as a commitment to the virtue courage. otherwise taking ourselves so seriously and the matter less seriously demonstrates commitment to fear.



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27 Dec 2015 01:58 #216374 by Entropist
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Zenchi wrote: The problem is that every time you try to define the force someone else is going to get butt hurt about it. So long as you experience it who cares what everyone else thinks. People can define and label and Tao it till there blue in the face. To anyone who wishes to experience it, go find a night club where there are a lot of youth dancing, sit back and drink it up...


so how can you know for certain?

and then if everyone has different experiences of what the Force is, obviously the definition of the Force is inconsistent and not universal as the Force. the disparity in accuracy disproves the reasoning of the reasoner, not disproving the Force, but the understanding.

this includes the same experience felt by many but unable to prove or explain with logic and reason is a failure to understand, not a failure of the Force

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27 Dec 2015 02:02 - 27 Dec 2015 02:19 #216375 by Entropist
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Almeida wrote: Trying to define what's infinite is limiting it. As Campbell says, when give "god" a name, you are already defining it, since the word god brings with it several pre-concepts and ideas.



the need to understand the matter is imperative to the means to apply the matter.

unless we don't need mastery of the matter because nothing is claimed or merit taken from the matter, then anyone is free to, right?


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27 Dec 2015 02:06 #216377 by Adder
For me at least the Force is everything, so defining it only ever represents a viewpoint, and why no-one will ever agree :lol:

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27 Dec 2015 02:59 #216383 by Proteus
The Force is the very essence of universal unity (as is known to be a community-wide agreement), and thus, anything said about it would need to reflect this nature. That said, anything that one attempts to "know" is anything that one must be separated from in order to know it - and one cannot separate themselves from the Force. This is the very understanding for which Lao Tsu informs us in the first verse of the Tao Te Ching. Some may think this is just a mystical cryptic mumbo jumbo, but given deep enough contemplation, you'll realize why the text has survived for as long as it has because it has an amount of logic within it that is immensely difficult to grasp because it is more simple than we are used to ever perceiving in terms of that logic.

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27 Dec 2015 09:34 #216420 by Gisteron

Entropist wrote:

Gisteron wrote: I think that the aspiration to put your religious beliefs in factual or in scientific terms when they are clearly and by design not rooted in fact is, if anything, a disservice to that faith.

Instead I suggest we leave the Force undefined, leave it unfalsifiable and leave that word useless for only outside of critical discourse is where it can hope to survive.



would this also mean, “don't destroy our current beliefs by shining light for knowledge”?

To believe a proposition is to judge it as true. Such a judgement requires however knowledge of the proposition and its peripherals. In the case of the Force, there is neither a clear proposition nor any peripherals, so there is not actually anything to be believed. When I called the attempt to chain it to scientific terms a disservice to the faith, I meant that it is a disservice to the community and the peace we occasionally find within. If you happen to actually have faith about the Force - or anything else for that matter - I'm all in favour of shattering it mercilessly, if logic and reason demand so; that is not the issue. My point is, with the current state of TOTJO there is no way to define the Force and everything attempts to do so ever accomplish is - as I go on to explain in the next passage you quote - needless conflict with no prospect of resolution because nobody ever has any facts to back up anything they assert about the Force that is really not about anything else.

any assertion needs reasoning, otherwise it's unjustified opinion. the need to distinguish illusion from reality needs prudence to build justification on with logic and reason, otherwise it's clear prejudice.

I think you and I might just be getting along in the long run. :)

Gisteron wrote: There is no defining the Force in a way that everybody were to agree. We've all been there, we've all tried that.

The only effects defining the Force would have is dividing the community into the few who share that definition and the majority that doesn't, as well as make the sharing ones look frankly stupid for thinking they found an answer to which they do not even know a question.

To leave it undefined is not to reject knowing anything about it. Rather, it is letting go of the childish quest for a definition of something that does not actually affect anything outside of discussions about itself.

All knowledge about the Force comes down to knowledge about something we already have a perfectly functional word for. There is no such thing as knowledge of the Force.



again, “keep the matter in the dark” is demonstrated here, why fear? ego, is why

That's not it at all. As stated above, the purpose here is not to protect a precious superstition. Nothinig about the Force matters to anything outside of discussions about it, because it's not actually an identifiable real thing. The best anybody could do is what was done here: Just rename dark matter into the Force and then talk about that. Wait another week and somebody will call brainwaves "the Force"; wait another month and it is going to be the Higgs particle, and a week after that perhaps love and friendship. Yes, I do find that stupid and I'd rather we call things that have perfectly functional names by those names rather than the baggage-ridden Force label. Said label would then remain however undefined and outside of reason because there is nothing to be reasoned about. We don't even know there is a "there" there. Some carry on day in day out proposing answers, yet none of them do even know the question to begin with.

so why use ego and emotional fear as hostage shield to defend a discussion point? choose to take ourselves less seriously and the matter seriously as a commitment to the virtue courage. otherwise taking ourselves so seriously and the matter less seriously demonstrates commitment to fear.

The Force to me is what it was to Campbell: Not so much a real thing as a means to express an aspect of the human condition or perhaps a moral lesson and likely both. To twist the achievements of science such as to make the Force look like an actual thing is in my opinion not just looking less serious but also missing the point. As a science major I also take umbrage with that tactic of hijacking scientific terms to peddle woo, I just happen to find it more tactful to argue that doing so is against the interests of Jedi themselves than to argue that it is offensive to my sensibilities as a scientist. It is then not about fear or courage or defending anything, not to me anyway.

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27 Dec 2015 12:05 #216434 by Entropist
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I have a diplomatic and just means to address the discussion of the Force Jedi code, or anything people are afraid to offend the mental constructs people hold onto so tightly because there's no other mental construct to be their vehicle

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27 Dec 2015 12:08 #216435 by Entropist
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Proteus wrote: The Force is the very essence of universal unity (as is known to be a community-wide agreement), and thus, anything said about it would need to reflect this nature. That said, anything that one attempts to "know" is anything that one must be separated from in order to know it - and one cannot separate themselves from the Force.



there's so many ways to experiment within the validity of that sentence of Dao De Jing by Lao Zi. it's the same way gravity is studied since it's the Force

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27 Dec 2015 13:14 #216439 by Entropist
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Gisteron wrote: To believe a proposition is to judge it as true. Such a judgement requires however knowledge of the proposition and its peripherals. In the case of the Force, there is neither a clear proposition nor any peripherals, so there is not actually anything to be believed.



and the same applies to the proposition believing there's no clear understanding because one bases on their belief to say there's none, right?

When I called the attempt to chain it to scientific terms a disservice to the faith, I meant that it is a disservice to the community and the peace we occasionally find within.



just because someone is offended doesn't mean they are right or have right of way

My point is, with the current state of TOTJO there is no way to define the Force and everything attempts to do so ever accomplish is - as I go on to explain in the next passage you quote - needless conflict with no prospect of resolution because nobody ever has any facts to back up anything they assert about the Force that is really not about anything else.



ignorance is part of the problem, maybe there's a lack in inquiry skills? but more problematic is the unwillingness to learn, right?

The best anybody could do is what was done here: Just rename dark matter into the Force and then talk about that. Wait another week and somebody will call brainwaves "the Force"; wait another month and it is going to be the Higgs particle, and a week after that perhaps love and friendship. Yes, I do find that stupid and I'd rather we call things that have perfectly functional names by those names rather than the baggage-ridden Force label. Said label would then remain however undefined and outside of reason because there is nothing to be reasoned about. We don't even know there is a "there" there. Some carry on day in day out proposing answers, yet none of them do even know the question to begin with.



so the problem is the researcher rather than the Force, meaning no justifiable reason not to

I just happen to find it more tactful to argue that doing so is against the interests of Jedi themselves than to argue that it is offensive to my sensibilities as a scientist. It is then not about fear or courage or defending anything, not to me anyway.



if anything, remaining ignorant and unwilling to master knowledge and have the wisdom to apply is anti-Jedi code, and anti-science too. the point of discussion, conversation, or argument is progress. anything that stops is failure to intelligent discussion

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27 Dec 2015 15:08 #216486 by Gisteron

Entropist wrote:

Gisteron wrote: To believe a proposition is to judge it as true. Such a judgement requires however knowledge of the proposition and its peripherals. In the case of the Force, there is neither a clear proposition nor any peripherals, so there is not actually anything to be believed.



and the same applies to the proposition believing there's no clear understanding because one bases on their belief to say there's none, right? [sic]

That doesn't really sound like English to me... If you mean to say that my proposition is that there is not or cannot be clear understanding of the Force, then yes, in order to believe it one would have to understand it and think of the facts of the matter that they do support it. I have explained both what I mean by that proposition and why I judge it true.


When I called the attempt to chain it to scientific terms a disservice to the faith, I meant that it is a disservice to the community and the peace we occasionally find within.



just because someone is offended doesn't mean they are right or have right of way

Agreed. However, nothing I said in that quote says anything about offense, so I choose to ignore the citation and interpret your comment as an aside, if I may...

My point is, with the current state of TOTJO there is no way to define the Force and everything attempts to do so ever accomplish is - as I go on to explain in the next passage you quote - needless conflict with no prospect of resolution because nobody ever has any facts to back up anything they assert about the Force that is really not about anything else.



ignorance is part of the problem...

It's part of a lot of problems, but I don't know that what you quoted there even is a problem, or how ignorance plays any role in it...

... maybe there's a lack in inquiry skills?

I would think so, yes... but then I do fail to see how this is relevant to the point you pretend like you are addressing.

but more problematic is the unwillingness to learn, right?

That is certainly more problematic than mere incompetence, yes. Again, what does this have to do with anything though?

The best anybody could do is what was done here: Just rename dark matter into the Force and then talk about that. Wait another week and somebody will call brainwaves "the Force"; wait another month and it is going to be the Higgs particle, and a week after that perhaps love and friendship. Yes, I do find that stupid and I'd rather we call things that have perfectly functional names by those names rather than the baggage-ridden Force label. Said label would then remain however undefined and outside of reason because there is nothing to be reasoned about. We don't even know there is a "there" there. Some carry on day in day out proposing answers, yet none of them do even know the question to begin with.



so the problem is the researcher rather than the Force, meaning no justifiable reason not to [sic]

You seem to be seeing some kind of "the problem" around here... Would you kindly elaborate on what that is, please? Also, what researcher are you talking about and what do you mean by the Force?

I just happen to find it more tactful to argue that doing so is against the interests of Jedi themselves than to argue that it is offensive to my sensibilities as a scientist. It is then not about fear or courage or defending anything, not to me anyway.



if anything, remaining ignorant and unwilling to master knowledge and have the wisdom to apply is anti-Jedi code, and anti-science too.

Good sir... I understand not everybody is good at remembering the text they quote to respond to. Not everybody has to be, that's fine. So I shall repeat it again, for your clarity: There is no such thing as knowledge of the Force. People who call everything that is remotely mysterious to them by that name do nothing to advance knowledge but sure are contributing their part against it by doing so. Whether these people are remaining ignorant or indeed unwilling to master knowledge in other ways, I dare not presume, but it is not by shuffling words about that we master any knowledge. With that out of the way, here comes the harsher part: You, sir, don't get to lecture us on what is Jedi or anti-Jedi, because nobody gets to do that. And since you seem to be arguing in favour of pretending to know what we know we really don't know, I dare propose to you that you neither get to lecture us about the methods, let alone merits, of science.

the point of discussion, conversation, or argument is progress.

Not always, no. Rarely ever, really. Personal or political relations is the only thing that can be actually furthered by talk alone. Everything else requires something else and every discussion that is not diplomatic in nature is not about progress.

anything that stops is failure to intelligent discussion

Even the dumbest of discourses can go on indefinitely. Conversely, even the most intelligent arguments can come to an end whenever both sides have said everything there was to say.

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