Sunday, August 9, 2020

My Top Ten Aphorisms

1. The purpose of education is not to teach people what to think. It is to teach them how to think.

2. Everyone has "common sense," but no one can define what it is.

3. "A white horse is a horse. A horse is not a white horse." The essence of being a white horse includes the property of being a horse. The essence of being a horse is identical with the property of being a horse. Goodbye, contradiction.

4. It is more ethical to be honest than to be ethical.

5. Philosophy takes crazy ideas seriously, and then explains why they are wrong.

6. Good philosophy describes accurately. Great philosophy explains accurately.

7. There is no such thing as safety, but there is such a thing as freedom.

8. The phrases "Trust your gut, trust your instincts," is not incompatible with a rationalist philosophy if one concedes the premises that "your gut, your instincts, your emotions," are, or are the net sum of, your own brain's subconscious reasoning.

9. A person will say that they are trustworthy if they are trustworthy. They will also say that they are trustworthy if they are not trustworthy.

10. It is good to be alive. It is good to be something. It is good to be.