Saturday, May 12, 2018
Socrates said, "All I know is that I know nothing". What I'm trying to figure out is this: if I know NOTHING, how do I KNOW that I know nothing? It just goes round in circles thus becoming nothing more than a paradox. Would you agree?
RESPONSE FROM PETER LIPTON ON NOVEMBER 10, 2005:
I agree that the sentence "All I know is that I know nothing" is paradoxical, or anyway false, since if there is one thing that you know than you can't know that you know nothing since that isn't true. But we can probably avoid the problem by saying instead "All I know is that I know nothing else".
RESPONSE FROM JYL GENTZLER ON NOVEMBER 12, 2005:
Just to set the record straight. Some such claim is often attributed to Socrates on the basis of his remarks in Plato’s Apology (21a-e), but the claim that he actually makes is much less paradoxical. Socrates reports that his friend Chaerephon went to the oracle at Delphi to ask if any person was wiser than Socrates. The oracle apparently answered, no. After having cross-examined lots of people who had a reputation for wisdom and having discovered as a result that their reputation was undeserved, Socrates drew the following conclusion about the significance of the oracle’s answer: “I am wiser than this man; it is likely that neither of us knows anything worthwhile, but he thinks he knows something when he does not, whereas when I do not know, neither do I think I know; so I am likely to be wiser than he to this small extent, that I do not think I know when I do not know” (Ap. 21d-e).
RESPONSE FROM ALEXANDER GEORGE ON NOVEMBER 12, 2005:
Can we really defend Socrates here though? (Note: It's early Saturday morning and this is relevant to present fearless wading into rough waters.) He says that he is "likely to be wiser" by virtue of not asserting that he knows something worthwhile. But isn't wisdom knowledge? Doesn't being wiser require knowing a little more? If so, then it seems that Socrates really is saying that he knows that he doesn't know anything worthwhile. (That's the knowledge that makes him just a tad wiser.) And now we're back to worrying whether Socrates' assertion is paradoxical.
I can imagine two responses: (A) one might claim that one's failure to know anything worthwhile isn't itself a worthwhile thing to know (and so Socrates' claim to knowledge doesn't clash with what he claims to know, viz. that he knows nothing worthwhile). Or (B) one might hold that one could be wiser simply by failing to claim knowledge that one doesn't have (so we can make sense of Socrates' claim to being slightly wiser without imputing some paradox-threatening knowledge to him).
About (A): but surely what Socrates knows must be worthwhile for that knowledge to make him a little wiser! And about (B): if I'm wise to the degree that I'm failing to claim to know things that are false, then, since there are infinitely many false statements we all fail to claim to know, it's hard to see how anyone's wiser than anyone else.
Time for hasty retreat to shore and coffee.
RESPONSE FROM PETER S. FOSL ON NOVEMBER 12, 2005:
This dimension of Socrates' thought has been, of course, highly influential with skeptics. Indeed, it was in part on the basis of this sort of gesture in Plato's works that the Academic skeptics regarded themselves as inheritors of Platonic philosophy. Later the idea became known as "learned ignorance," for example in Nicholas of Cusa's work by the same name. It's an interesting thing to examine the different ways philosophers have tried to cope with the constellation of ideas involved with coming to understand one's ignorance, as well as other dimensions of human finitude. Hellenistic and Greco-Roman skeptics explored the ways in which doubt my characterize humanity's relationship to knowlegdge and whether skeptical arguments advance any positive wisdom or simply tear things down. Montaigne formulated the now-classic, "What do I know?" Erasmus called himself a "foolospher." Hume explored concepts of "natural," "common," ordinary, and non-dogmatic forms of belief while still acknowledging skeptical doubt. Wittgenstein in On Certainty and elsewhere considered whether it's even meaningful to speak about not knowing or doubting various locutions; and in a related way Stanley Cavell in The Claim of Reason tries to produce an acknowledgment of the way the deepest way human beings relate to the world is not one of knowledge/knowing. Kiekegaard opted for what he called "indirect" discourse. And perhaps that's the best way of understanding Socrates here--not as trying to state a fact or formulate a proposition but instead to point to or show something important about human wisdom.
RESPONSE FROM JYL GENTZLER ON NOVEMBER 13, 2005:
Peter is right. Many have taken the Socrates of Plato’s early dialogues to be a skeptic at least with regard to knowledge of the most worthwhile things. My own view is that, at least as he’s represented in the Platonic dialogues, Socrates is not a skeptic. He did not believe that it was impossible to acquire such knowledge. In fact, he devotes his life to acquiring such knowledge. He simply believed that it was very difficult to acquire such knowledge and that no one that he had yet met had done so.
How, then, might he respond to Alex’s worries that his position is paradoxical? He would first have to explain that he could be wiser than someone else without being in a cognitive state that would qualify as knowledge. He would then have to explain that when he speaks of knowledge of worthwhile things, he primarily has in mind knowledge of what things are most worthwhile, that is, what things are the most worthy goals to which we should devote our lives (Ap. 29d-30b). On Socrates’ view, the problem with his fellow Athenians was that they thought that they already knew how they should live their lives. Socrates believed that not only did they have false beliefs about these matters; worse, their belief that they already had knowledge prevented them from being motivated to continue thinking about these matters and eventually getting themselves into a better place. To the extent that he did not believe that he already had knowledge of these important matters, Socrates was one step closer toward achieving knowledge and was thus, to this extent, wiser.
*People that think they have bypassed sensory perceptions and actually know things get on my fucking nerves.
ant to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.
Google knows where you’ve been
Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where you’ve been from the very first day you started using Google on your phone.
Click on this link to see your own data: google.com/maps/timeline?…
Here is every place I have been in the last 12 months in Ireland. You can see the time of day that I was in the location and how long it took me to get to that location from my previous one.
Google knows everything you’ve ever searched – and deleted
Google stores search history across all your devices. That can mean that, even if you delete your search history and phone history on one device, it may still have data saved from other devices.
Click on this link to see your own data: myactivity.google.com/myactivity
Google has an advertisement profile of you
Google creates an advertisement profile based on your information, including your location, gender, age, hobbies, career, interests, relationship status, possible weight (need to lose 10lb in one day?) and income.
Click on this link to see your own data: google.com/settings/ads/
Google knows all the apps you use
Google stores information on every app and extension you use. They know how often you use them, where you use them, and who you use them to interact with. That means they know who you talk to on Facebook, what countries are you speaking with, what time you go to sleep.
Click on this link to see your own data: security.google.com/settings/secur…
Google has all of your YouTube history
Google stores all of your YouTube history, so they probably know whether you’re going to be a parent soon, if you’re a conservative, if you’re a progressive, if you’re Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, if you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, if you’re anorexic …
Click on this link to see your own data: youtube.com/feed/history/s…
The data Google has on you can fill millions of Word documents
Google offers an option to download all of the data it stores about you. I’ve requested to download it and the file is 5.5GB big, which is roughly 3m Word documents.
This link includes your bookmarks, emails, contacts, your Google Drive files, all of the above information, your YouTube videos, the photos you’ve taken on your phone, the businesses you’ve bought from, the products you’ve bought through Google …
They also have data from your calendar, your Google hangout sessions, your location history, the music you listen to, the Google books you’ve purchased, the Google groups you’re in, the websites you’ve created, the phones you’ve owned, the pages you’ve shared, how many steps you walk in a day …
Click on this link to see your own data: google.com/takeout
Facebook has reams and reams of data on you, too
Facebook offers a similar option to download all your information. Mine was roughly 600MB, which is roughly 400,000 Word documents.
This includes every message you’ve ever sent or been sent, every file you’ve ever sent or been sent, all the contacts in your phone, and all the audio messages you’ve ever sent or been sent.
Click here to see your data: https://www.facebook.com/help/131112897028467
Full article > https://tinyurl.com/yde6u3ps
Friday, May 11, 2018
With Global debt reaching unprecedented and unserviceable levels it has got me thinking where this is all going.
Current US debt clock:
It has been nearly 30 Years since the Rothschild publication “The Economist” suggested on their front cover that there would be a new World currency in 2018. The picture shows a phoenix rising from the flames of a pile burning bank notes.
If you do not know who the Rothschilds are basically they are the richest family in the World and have a long history in banking and finance.
Whilst this does sound a little far-fetched; in my opinion there could be some truth behind this. It is no secret that the current Gold price is being heavily manipulated. This suggests to me they are trying to dampen the demand by constantly selling naked shorts on the comex (the commodities exchange) hence, gold cannot reach its true value. If they were to allow private investors to hold all the physical gold then creating a new World currency backed by Gold would prove impossible. This is also why there is does not seem to be independent auditing of U.S gold reserves. If there was then I suspect there would probably be far less Gold held centrally than people realise. When you consider over recent Years Russia and China have become major players buying up a lot of gold and not to mention India to.
My observations are that they are losing control when you look at the price of gold in recent Years gold performance has been very good and dumping naked shorts on the comex is starting to lose effect.
This is what Dr Paul Craig Roberts had to say. He was Former editor of the Wall Street Journal and was former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for economic policy in 1981 under Ronald Reagan. This is what he said to Greg Hunter in 2014:
Source- Greg Hunter USA Watchdog
“The reason they want to hold the gold price down is they are afraid of its impact on the dollar. The reason why they had to suppress the gold price is they had to protect the dollar from quantitative easing (QE) because they were printing trillions and trillions of new dollars.This was worrying people around the world who hold dollars because the dollar was increasing, but not the goods and services in the American economy. So, when the gold price took off, the Fed said this endangers QE because if the dollar is declining in value relative to gold, it must also be declining in value relative to other currencies. Once the exchange rate starts collapsing, we lose control. So, we got to suppress gold. I don’t know which side of the equation will play out first. I don’t know if they will run out of gold to deliver to India and China or people will say this is a rigged scheme and we are just not participating anymore.”
According to official reports, which I think needs verifying by an independent body, the U.S Holds the most Gold. My question is if they hold all this gold who is the legal owner? And that is assuming there is only one owner per ounce of Gold which is highly unlikely given the amount of leveraging that goes on.
The World’s top holders of Gold (please take these figures with a grain of salt):
Full article > https://tinyurl.com/y96sdnlv
This video clip from the Alex Jones film ”Endgame” explains specifically how the Bilderberg Group has been using stealth for strategically paving the way toward full consolidation of the North American countries, for merging the populations, monetary systems, militaries, and highways of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Following is a written transcript from the video:
For over 50 years, the Bilderberg group constructed the European Union by stealth, under the guise of trade deals. Now the Elite are using the same secretive approach to complete the North American Union (NAU)— but this time, superstate integration is on the extreme fast track. International agreements like NAFTA, GATT and APEC are just stepping stones in the formation of the NAU.
The North American Union was officially born at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005. The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico told the press that they were only meeting to discus trade. It soon leaked that a secret meting had been held during the Security and Prosperity Trilateral summit. The three governments had refused to release the secretive deal to the public. In September 2006, their operation was exposed. From September 12 to September 14 in Banff, Canada, hundreds of elected and appointed government leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States met in secret. On the last day of the conference, someone inside the forum leaked the agenda, and the front pages of newspapers across Canada carried the story. The Judicial Watch Foundation submitted freedom of information act requests to obtain the full agenda and minutes of the secret assembly. Many federal agencies refused, citing national security. The foundation finally succeeded, and did receive thousands of documents which are the blueprints of a shadow government ruling by bureaucratic and executive fiat. The pages chronicle an already operating North American Union— transportation, law enforcement, agriculture, regulation, banking, manufacturing, construction, education, immigration, and the military— are being merged, with no input from the people, or their elected representatives in congress and parliament. One of the first items on their agenda is to stress how important it is that their plan be ”carried out by stealth.” The controllers also talked about exploiting the public's fear about climate change to push a continent-wide tax to fund the new government.
”Globalist Tool” Robert Pastor tried to push the idea of a continent-wide security perimeter for protecting the North American Continent rather than at the borders.
For the past decade the Pentagon has been training with Canadian and Mexican forces, and has openly discussed using them inside the United States for disasters and to quell domestic unrest.
There are already 100,000 non-us citizens serving in the US armed forces. The Pentagon is now expanding its recruiting centers in Mexico, the Philippines, and Eastern Europe. Big city police departments nationwide are lobbying to change laws so they can recruit non-citizens to join their police force. What we are witnessing is a red dawn scenario in slow motion. Tyrants throughout history have brought in foreigners to oppress their domestic populations.
On April 30, 2007 a summit was held at the White House. The Security and Prosperity Partnership's secretive approach had alarmed the public, so this time President Bush, German Chancellor Merkle, and EU commission president Moruso hid their treachery in plain sight.
The BBC reported that the US and the EU had agreed on a ”single market”, repeating what had been done in America and the EU in a larger scale. The report states that the two blocks will push for regulatory convergence in more than 35 areas, from financial services, intellectual property, military, education, mergers and acquisitions, and they also agreed to jointly push a global carbon tax.
The African Union arose out of the African economic community set up in the early 1980's. The African Union is financed by a group of international bodies, governments and corporations. The african army serves as an enforcement arm for the New World Order's exploitation of Africa.
In Asia, APEC and Asian have announced plans to form an Asian Union consisting of Asian and Pacific nations.
As the unions are formed individually and they are simultaneously merged to form the first planetary government.
Daniel Estulin: ”They are trying to destroy every nation on Earth in the name of promoting process, because you see these people are land owners, they don't need progress because they control the land. They are trying to bring the masses back to the 'middle ages' in a post-industrial age world order.”
Michael Coffman: ”One of the things that is very shocking is that the United Nations Global Diversity Assessment which came out in 1985 clearly states that to protect planet Earth we have to go back to a feudal system— they actually said that in the document.”
To craft a modern feudal society, the globalists are crafting modern standardized North American Union ID cards, to track, trace, and control their surfs as they travel throughout the NAU.
Building on the massive displacement of humanity caused by globalization, the New World Order is rapidly constructing the physical infrastructure of the North American Union— the NAFTA superhighway control grid.
The proposed Trans-Texas corridor would be a patchwork of superhighways and railroads stretching 4,000 miles from the border of Mexico, with a private Spanish company winning the bid to collect the tolls for the next 50 years. These deals with private companies are being negotiated largely in secret.
The roads are instrumental in tearing down borders and merging nation states into larger Federations. Foreign Government and private corporations are seizing infrastructure across North America. In Texas over 8,000 miles of existing roads and land is being handed over to government-backed foreign companies. Foreign companies purchase influence of legislators who then turn over complete control to the same foreigners who finance their campaigns. Government power is then illegally transferred to unelected quasi-governmental regional boards, who circumvent local governments and the will of the people.
More than 80 state and federal highways have been designated as international arteries. The I-35 NAFTA corridor starts deep inside Mexico, travels through the middle of the United States, and ends in central Canada. Container ships from Asia dump their cargo in the Pacific side of Mexico it then travels duty-free by rail to the new Kansas city inland port, now considered sovereign soil of mexico, in the heart of the United States.
Under international agreements, foreign companies are placing tolls on already existing paid for roads. Federal, state, and corporate documents show that they will then use the revenue raised to build up the transportation infrastructure of Mexico— not the United States or Canada, so that Foreign made products can pour in even faster from Mexico. Revenues raised will also be used to fund the fledgling North American Union, and its growing bureaucracy. The bottom line is that they are using our own money to enslave us.
Gina Parker Ford - Chairman for Judicial Reform, National Eagle Forum: ”First of all, they are proposing a North American Tribunal, which would be similar to what we have in chapter 11 in the NAFTA agreement, which is trumped by International law. The US Supreme court and the US Constitution could potentially be rendered invalid, and what we would have is the North American business law that would trump what we have here in the United States.”
In 2005, ”Centra,” a Spanish owned company, signed a secret agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to erect toll roads on existing roads, and to toll new roads there were completely paid for by tax dollars.
TexDOT— an unelected state agency, claimed that the agreement with the foreign company was even secret from the Texas legislature. When the truth come out, Centra's response was to have its Australian subsidiary make its first newspaper buy. Every newspaper they bought was along branches of the trans-texas corridor, and had been critical of the toll road plan. The cost of 40 or 50 newspapers is nothing compared to the profits that will be made. Just phase one of a state toll road plan is enough to raise 200 billion dollars in just the first fifteen years, and Texas is only a small part of the global panorama. A columbine of trans-national companies is aggressively consolidating public financed infrastructure worldwide, and the same interests are erecting a world government according to their rules, a literal wonderland of corporate corruption, where governments simply act as vacuum cleaners, sucking up the wealth and resources of the middle class, and transferring it to off-shore bank accounts, leaving behind a cultural and economic wasteland of easily managed slaves.
RFID Chips embedded in state inspection stickers are already used to track the population. The new system is meant to control growth and steer development by so-called ”smart growth”.
Michael Coffman: ”'Smart growth' is nothing more than an effort to bring control into the cities.. You have the rewinding of American and the wildlands project in the convention on biological diversity which is to control our rural population.”
Toll roads on interstate highways nationwide are walling off exit ramps to small towns and rural communities, and are creating ghost towns by design. This trend is accelerating under the NAFTA highway system, and is meant to re-wild more than half of the country.
Michael Coffman: ”All of these things are designed to bring more and more control to bureaucracies than to the independent individual of this nation. What brought me into this discussion is the fact that while I was doing this multimillion dollar research effort in the 1980's and the early 1990's, I became aware of an agenda to lock up essentially one half of the United States into wilderness corridors and reserves, what is called the ”Wildlands Project” which is also a key cornerstone of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. It was during that study in which I began to realize that this was not an effort to protect the environment, but an effort to control you and I. They were dividing the United States up into little compartments in which they would rip out whole roads and communities to put them back into the wilderness.”
The federal highway system was designed by Pentagon war planners in the 1950's to serve as a rapid conduit, to move ground forces for the Defense of the United States During invasion. The unconstitutional ”Northern Command” is now using the highway system as a ”forced projection matrix” to dominate populations across the United States. Through federally funded emergency command centers, county and city governments are being quietly federalized nationwide.
Billions of dollars per city is being spent to install millions of surveillance cameras— every town and hamlet, no matter how small— is surveilled. License plate reading software tracks Americans wherever they go. New systems are being employed to read your lips, scan your face, and analyze your walk.
Under the treasonous military commissions act of 2006, american citizens can be secretly arrested, stripped of their, citizenship, flown to offshore torture camps and secretly executed.
Under section 802 of the Patriot Act, all misdemeanors are considered terrorism. Federal police squads called ”Viper Teams” randomly force Americans to line up and show their papers, from the sidewalks of Miami, to the subways of New York, to the streets of Houston, Texas, citizens are being searched by heavily armed gangs of paramilitary police.
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