Haven’t written in a while. I have been busy with redoing the ROCSA website, the Career Fair, learning about Fixed-Point Combinators using DrScheme.

In other news, it worries me that learning from people with different viewpoints is so difficult. The specific ones I am thinking about are really violent in their modes of persuasion and invoke all manners of unproven authority at the slightest provocation. They are also quick to issue absolute statements, constantly reasserting whatever authority they choose as the sole source of knowledge, issuing ultamatums at every turn. This is shallow discourse, distasteful shallow arrogant noisemaking. I feel the joys of intellectual discourse being drained from me everytime I talk to brutes like this. How they mistake data for knowledge, and rote memorization for thought!

Yes I do want to talk to people significantly different from myself, but clearly I have overreached the optimal distance here. So just how much variety can I take? I think one thing is for sure, that there must be a shared interest in philosophy. In my book, this amounts to an interest in exploring hierarchies of fundamentality in one’s concepts about the world, and more likely than not two people both reaching for the depths would tend to reach the same few places. The hope is that having such places to start from would greatly lessen the conversational burden of being mortally different.

Ah, the strange dreams that keep me going.

2 Responses to “Update”

  1. Mark says:

    I also enjoy discussions with people who hold different viewpoints. But it doesn’t bother me when they are closed minded, because I don’t usually try to win the arguments, I’m just genuinely interested in their opinions and I want to know why their views differ from mine. That’s only if I respect them, of course. If it’s somebody I don’t respect then I’ll just say “that’s a good point” and I won’t even bother arguing with them. =)

  2. chiaolun says:

    I don’t know your thresholds for deciding when you “know why”. That is the crux of the whole approach. Most people are too easily convinced they know, when in fact they have never truly known anything in their lives.