The main ideas in an expandable nutshell

  • On philosophy
    • What is the world like?
    • What is philosophy? and philosophical understandings?
    • How do we change a philosophical point of view?
    • The landscape metaphor
  • Words are fuzzy
    • Words are metaphorical
    • The mind is a nexus of connections, which we strum.
    • Problem for this book
  • People are multi-processors
    • We cannot understand or conceptualize multi-processing
    • Our social understanding is integral to our development as a "manimal," a social animal
    • Problem for this book
  • Our understandings are flawed
    • Understanding is largely social
    • Understanding is contextual
    • We practice an active family-resemblance to understanding
  • We are ignorant
    • Conceptual ignorance
    • There are things in front of our noses we do not understand
    • We hide our ignorance from ourselves
    • We do not understand language
    • We do not understand the world
    • We do not agree on fundamentals
  • We do not understand language
    • Assumption of language: concepts stand for things
    • Assumption of language: concepts can reflect reality
  • the manimal
    • Manimals are tribal
    • Manimals have strong herd instincts
    • Manimals have a pecking order
    • Manimals understand coalitional behavior
    • Manimals live in the small
    • Some things have privileged mental access
    • Manimals sees the world as intentional beings
    • Manimals sees the world as animals
    • The manimal cannot comprehend how many of us there are
    • Manimals are selfish
    • Manimals have "personal" knowledge
    Suspect Philosophical Words
    • About the word "we"
    • About the word "truth"
    • About the word "universe"
    • About the word "consciousness"
    • About the word "philosophy"
    • About the word "fact"
  • consequences for the present
    • Virtual reality
    • On religion
    • On nationalism
  • consequences for the future

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