Top-Down Thinking

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To live without philosophizing is in truth
the same as keeping the eyes closed without
attempting to open them.

There are two general starting points of thought. One is starting where you are with what you know which is what everyone does which is why no one figures anything out. All those brainy-ass Western philosophers, with a few exceptions, suffered from this intellectual shortcoming, which doesn’t sound that brainy-ass to me.

That’s bottom-up thinking.

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I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain.

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