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02 November 2007 @ 12:01 pm
Another thought  
Is using logic the same as "thinking for yourself?"
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Josephloccster on November 6th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
So the way in which you interpret, understand, and relate to the world around you is not unique?
Josephloccster on November 6th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
During my ride home I decided..
I'd like to clarify that with an analogy and see what you think.

While a Chomskyist would say that all speakers possess an innate knowledge of internal grammar, they wouldn't claim that all people speak exactly the same. I see logic in a similar fashion, with an internal logic-potential that is shared, but with you're logic being unique from mine. While we may share the basic mathematical foundation behind our logic, we do each have a slightly different set of algorithms.

For instance, when determining which of two girls is more attractive, your logic might assign a higher coefficient to the variable that represents height. Your logical "attractiveness formula" differs from mine, and when using your formula and not mine, you are thinking for yourself.

(The argument to make would be: "we all learned our way of thinking from others.")