Is the Glass Empty or full?


(sorry for pinching your image, someone!) I don’t mean anything by it! honest.

Hey, I’m back. the full moon’s Lunacy (ha, get it, lunacy? no? okayyy…) is almost over. resent, resent! stupid moon. it makes everything so intense. But hey, that’s life. I remember one time I complained about it: “oh no! It’s that time of the month again!” Oops.. It was so embarrassing! 45-picture2

Anyway, I’ve been doing some rather interesting reading. I found this book. it has the lamest cover, but it is really good.

I already have a rather good understanding of the premise, but I had no idea how absurd the logic that western academia has run on for the last few years. Apparently Everything run on an Aristotelian equation: A or not A. And anything that doesn’t conform to that logic is either rounded off or resigned to being a paradox or a contradiction. And don’t forget probability.Fuzzy Logic

Of course, the real world doesn’t work like that. So they cooked up probability. Which Deals with things like half an apple with saying that there is a 50% chance that the apple is there. or something equally absurd. So for the sake of argument, is the glass half empty or half full?

Anyway, Here is a p.d.f of a few select pages of the Book: Bark Kosko: Fuzzy Logic

Yes, Yes, I probably should have pasted it. But it was in a acrobat document. So yeah. deal with it.

Well, Both are true to a degree. Everything is a matter of degree. You can go left, you can go right. but in the middle, it no longer adheres to binary logic. you get grey, purple, or as the book calls it: ‘fuzziness’ also multi-valence, as opposed to bi-valence.

It is very intriguing to see this mystical kind of thought finally being understood at some level by those in the scientific community (well, in the east, anyway.) the west is pretending it didn’t happen). Although them using the Ying-yang symbol and talking about the Buddha made me chuckle a bit. Why does everyone do that? Has everyone forgotten about Taoism? it certainly seems that way. 😦 Now, where was I? Oh, right. the half truth.

You see, most people (especially in the west) have the notion that something must be completely right or completely wrong. like the paradox discussed above, wherein a liar from Crete says that all Cretan are liars.

Is the glass half full or half empty? well, they are both true, are they not? the pessimist isn’t wrong, and neither is the optimist. put them together, and you get the complete picture. Actually, I can’t help but wonder why they didn’t reference hermetic writings on the subject. I suppose they are not really taught, rather done in seclusion. which is why most people look really confused when you mention hermetic philosophy. Oh well.

“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has Its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.“The Kybalion.

I really should stop using that same quote. but it is so useful! aww. It demonstrates the point beautifully. And besides, I kinda like to not draw on it very much. if people want to go and read it, fine. but I’m not going to make them.

Ironically, the next thing I want to talk about is literally the next hermetic Principle. Rhythm. To put it in eastern terms, Everything is always in motion. the tree dies, the tree grows. and in doing those things it creates ripples. It is really hard to explain these concepts. Have a look at one of my first posts if you want. I really should get round to editing some of them. the quality is rather, um, yeah. not good.

Do you want an example of half truths? so Do I, actually. I’m drawing a blank now. oh wait, here’s one! people are always comparing things to each other, saying that discipline is better than passion or men are better than women for some reason and vice versa. but in reality, both people are right for different reasons. put them both together and you get a complete picture. Say, why does one solely have to do one thing or the other?

Yeah, the false dichotomy, I believe it is called. I constantly struggle with it myself. at the risk of opening a whole can of worms, take science and religion. (yes, Again. I can never think of any good examples) many people have the idea that they are incompatible, but why? are they really? the Egyptians certainly didn’t think so. and in most cases, it has only confirmed what they have said in certain writings. sometimes it just takes a little while.

Well, I’ve run out of steam. So I guess that will do. Thanks for reading!




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