"Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. Invisibility, levitation -- anything. I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. I do not wish to, because the Party does not wish it. You must get rid of those 19th century ideas about the laws of Nature. We make the laws of Nature."
-- O'Brien, 1984
How much do I love you guys?
So much that I'm going to give you a 300-level philosophy class for free.
Ready? Here you go...
According to Kant, objects of which we are cognizant via the physical senses are merely representations of unknown somethings -- what Kant refers to as the transcendental object -- as interpreted through the a priori or categories of the understanding. These unknown somethings are manifested within the noumenon -- although we can never know how or why as our perceptions of these unknown somethings via our physical senses are bound by the limitations of the categories of the understanding and we are therefore never able to fully know the "thing-in-itself".
Now, like almost every other philosophy student who ever walked the quad, eventually (usually around the time your first student loan payment comes due) you are going to begin to ask yourself what exactly this high-falutin' knowledge is good for here in the grubby phenomenal universe? I mean, if you're going a'courtin' and want to wow the man or woman of your dreams with your big brain, sure, some book learnin' makes sense --
-- but other than that how can you put your hard-won expertise to work here and now?
Perhaps you can begin by helping others to understand how "no layoffs" could now suddenly mean "layoffs".(from Newsweek):
CARRIER TO LAY OFF 215 MORE WORKERS FROM INDIANA PLANT DESPITE TRUMP'S VOWS TO SAVE JOBSHow a wall is suddenly --
-- not a wall.Kellyanne Conway tells @ChrisCuomo that after consulting with experts, Trump has “discovered” a physical wall is not needed across entire border; part of it is better technology, part of it is fencing, etc— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 11, 2018
How No Medicaid Cuts --
-- are suddenly cuts to Medicaid.
BREAKING: Trump administration is allowing states to terminate automatic, guaranteed Medicaid coverage for people with disabilities, the medically frail, and people who can't find jobs. This is truly savage. https://t.co/5bVPUZCACM— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) January 11, 2018
How facts are no longer facts and truth is no longer true.
Maybe you can help others to understand why, under the maladministration of President Stupid, such clear and concrete things such as "jobs" and "walls" and "health care" and "facts" and "truth" are no longer clear and concrete things. Why they no longer have meaning or reality in-and-of themselves. Instead, thanks to the hard work of generations of Conservative con men, demagogues, traitors, and hobgoblins, such things now exist only as free-floating abstract concepts. And since the entire Republican Party has ceded its powers of perception and categorization to the moment-to-moment whims of a demented racist Republican con man, for them, President Stupid as literally becomes the measure of all things. And so, for them, these sudden and radical reversals of the size, shape, and definition of "jobs" and "walls" and "health care" and "facts" and "truth" are literally imperceptible.
For extra course credit, see "How the Party of Lincoln is now the Party of Jefferson Davis." from 12 goddamn years ago.
*Ha! Thanks for the catch.
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