The Real World–The Subjective World




Newton And Locke

Beaufort Hotel Room
May, `77

I think I understand better now what Dr. Gill was
aiming at when he told the class he didn’t believe in common sense.
Back then, however, I didn’t understand him at all. To me, back then,
he even sounded like a space alien. What he was trying to get into our
heads was that a large part of what was being taught in school was
wrong. In particular, the “common sense” notion that John Locke
popularized was wrong.

Locke, who was a member of Sir Isaac Newton’s inner circle of friends,
popularized the work of astronomers and physicists of his day.
Newton’s discoveries showed that the planets moved by mechanical
principles. And, since mechanics characterized the objective world at
the time, Locke was able to make the distinction between the “real
empirical world of objective reality” and that much more
individualistic world of our subjective impressions. Locke turned this
empirical worldview into his theory of knowledge. Not only did Locke’s
theory account for the celestial mechanics of his time, it also
produced enlightened ideas on religion and politics—the same ideas
that later served as the foundation for the American Republic.

Locke could not be faulted for his conclusions, especially the ones
that followed directly from his conception of a deterministic
universe. After all, he was only drawing conclusions from the science
of his time. Religion, for Locke, became a personal, individual,
subjective matter, while science dealt with objective fact. The
science of mechanical determinism weeded out all teleological
explanations of purpose in nature. Any explanation that had anything
to do with purpose became bad science. Following up on this reasoning,
Locke developed his theory of knowledge.

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About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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10 Responses to The Real World–The Subjective World

  1. frizztext says:

    Religion, for Locke, became a personal, individual,
    subjective matter, while science dealt with objective fact.
    +
    we are still not at the end of this process. after my opinion:
    religious fundamentalism still has too much influence …

  2. jgavinallan says:

    I enjoy reading your posts…for me it is a travel log of this great country…but sometimes I am lost with the purpose of your posts.
    You can explain…even in e mail…but here is ok.
    Why?
    Jaye

    • bwinwnbwi says:

      Your question is excellent–but a difficult one to answer! Maybe this will help: I would like to see a movie that tells the story of the conundrum of a God that so Loved problem solving that a universe was created that would evolve an animal problem solver– Homo sapiens. This movie would explore why humans, instead of worshiping her/his place in the universe, i.e., her/his potential to expand love and freedom(s), began instead to worship the omniscience and omnipotence of a creator God. This movie would tell the story of why animal problem solvers leave behind a history of violence, hate, and destruction as opposed to love and liberation. Unfortunately, I do not expect to see this movie anytime soon!

      Late in life, I created/discovered a satisfying way to understand God. What follows speaks to why I identify divinity with Love and Liberation as opposed to a creator God.

      First, all aesthetic experience is a measure of God’s freedom. God is in everything, but more importantly, God is in the structure of human self-awareness. Self-awareness is the “person-hood” of God, i.e. it is the answer to the question “who am I?” Second, divine structure is why we can ask and answer questions about the physical universe. Divine structure not only makes possible a comprehensible universe, is also makes possible the knowledge of right and wrong, good and evil, and justice/injustice. Third, aesthetic experience is where our sensual experience is located. We experience beauty and love here; we also experience pain and suffering here. Because all aesthetic experience is a measure of God’s freedom, God is in all pain and suffering (both necessary and unnecessary pain and suffering), yet God is also in all love and beauty. This means that the “person-hood” of God is free to work toward the elimination of injustice, and all unnecessary pain and suffering. Why would God do this? Because Love reconciles the structures of aesthetic experience and self-awareness (the awareness that differentiates A from not A, the awareness that allows for analysis, reason, and logic). Because Love encompasses, but does not differentiate, all creation must be measured against what brings more LOVE into the world.

      I hope the above answers your question, but if not, stay tuned because the many twists and turns of my travel posts will hopefully draw us both closer to the purpose of these posts. Take care!

  3. dzul says:

    ONLY DRUNKARDS WITH BIG BIG HALLUCINATION THOUGHT & SAID TO YOU LIKE THIS

    DON’T WORRY
    ABOUT YOUR BIKE
    ( NOT A CAT or A DOG or A PIGEON )
    WHICH WAS STOLEN BY THIEF, IT WILL COMING BACK TO YOU SOON BY IT’S SELF

    CAN A BICYCLE RUNS BY IT’S SELF ?

    OF COURSE NOT,

    IT’S IMPOSSIBLE MAN MADE HELICOPTER COULD HANGING ON AIR FOR TOO LONG &
    IT WILL FALLING BACK DOWN TO THE GROUND CAUSED RUNNING OUT OF FUEL & COULD KILL THE PILOT TOO

    ALL CREATURES OF ALLAH WHO LIVE ON EARTH HAVE NO CAPABILITY TO BE CO-PILOTS OF MOON

    EXCEPTION ANGELS WHICH CREATED BY ALLAH FROM LIGHT SUBTANCES

    MOON CREATED BY ALLAH AS TIME MEASUREMENT IN ACCORDING TO AL’QURAN.

    AS CO-PILOT
    ANGELS THAT ALWAYS OBEY ALLAH LAWS FORCED THAT MOON
    TO REVOLVES EARTH IN A MONTH BASED ON ALLAH LAWS FROM MOON’S PHASES THAT WE ALL WHO STAND ON EARTH CAN SEE THAT MOON’S PHASES ABOVE OUR HEADS

    CONTINOUSLY

    &

    IN ALLAH LAWS THERE WERE 12 MONTHS IN A YEAR WITH 7 DAYS IN A WEEK

    AS DESCRIBED CLEARLY IN AL’QURAN

  4. eof737 says:

    Okay….. I believe that movie exists in our realm…. somewhere I have seen it. 😉

  5. starbear says:

    I think I am living that movie… we could probably write the screen play.

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