Dennis J. Darland's General Thoughts on Philosophy

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  1. Main Points on Philosophy of Psychology of Language.

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