Dennis J. Darland's General Thoughts on Philosophy
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Main Points on Philosophy of Psychology of Language.
- Language (and logic) only exists as processes of intelligent beings (people).
- People have limited capacity.
- Our models of language (and logic) are potentially infinite.
- People are not capable of fully using such logic. (nor are actual computers)
- There is nothing real about the processes represented beyond human capability.
- Math is just a useful tool - nothing metaphysical corresponding to it exists.
- Language is a tool useful for survival.
- It is useful partly because (as far as we can tell), parts of it can correspond to a reality beyond it.
- Other parts may have survival value for other reasons. (emotions etc).
- Truth is a correspondence between thoughts and reality.
- Without thoughts there could be no such correspondence.
- So without intelligent life there would be no truth.
- We can still reason about what could be without thought, but without that thought it could not be true (or false).
- Our inferring is based upon what has had survival value for us.
- What we call necessity is just what we find very compelling.
- Closely examined intellectually there is nothing we need call necessary.
- But we cannot stop thinking that way - it is useful, has survival value, and we cannot help thinking that way.
- I realize I'm not making arguments here.
- If I'm correct, logic breaks down in these regions of thought.