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The Limitations Of Man

Every man, all men, suffer from certain limitations. It is important to recognize and accept them.

Perception is limited to the five senses. Whatever we know of reality is what we detect with one of our five senses. There is certainly no basis for concluding that we can percieve all that exists. In fact, there is no basis for concluding how much of what exists we can detect. It could well be that we can only detect a very small portion of what is.

Free will can lead to error. Man has the complete freedom to form whatever judgements he desires. He is not limited to fact. He is not limited to reality. He is not limited by any constraints whatsoever. Man is free to believe whatever. Man is free to form opinions and beliefs about whatever he chooses. Thus free will can and does often lead to error.Once man allows himself to believe something then it becomes increasingly harder for Man to accept that he is wrong. The more people that believe something, the increasingly harder it becomes for mankind to accept that it is wrong.

On the other hand, Man is perfectly equipped to avoid error. Man is blessed with intellect. Intellect arms Man with the ability to deman proof for his beliefs. Intellect arms man with the ability to control his free will. Intellect allows man the ability to withold judgement and remain open minded unless and until something is proven to be true, Man can limit his judgement to only those things that are consistent with reality and that cannot possibly be false. On all other matters, man can withhold his decision unless and until he has all of the facts.

Man suffers from emotions. Man has certain emotional needs that drive behavior. Often this behavior is irrational and inexlicable. Often this behavior is dangerous. If something makes a Man feel a certain way, then Man is much more likely to accept it. Thus, if reality seems threatening or scary or intimidating, Man is less likely to accept reality. These emotional needs leave Man exposed to unsrupulous manipulation. If I tell you something that makes you feel safe, protected, loved, etc, then you are far more likely to accept it than if I tell you that we are all alone, on our own, and that the Universe is a random and dangerous place. Emotional needs can and do distort our understanding of reality.

There are other signifcant Limitations of Man, but I am mainly concerned with those that create errors and that cause men to hold beliefs and judgements that are  NOT supported by fact and that may be false.
outofbiz outofbiz 36-40, F 6 Responses Oct 18, 2010

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No shame at all in acknowledging and accepting our limitations. Rather it is wisdom.<br />
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And they very fact that we are continually pushing back the boundries of our knowledge and physical endeavor, is the proof of my arguement. The more one knows, the more one realizes how little one knows and how much there is that we do not know. Not that we have reached the limits of what we can know but rather that we must acknowledge the pontentially unlimited amount that we do not know,<br />
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The error that so many make, is to assume that they know more than they do.

As they say, when I look at piano I just see black and white keys and a wooden box, but when a creative genius looks at a piano he just gets it., I do not think this is learned. I think it is a gift. It is just how they are. They get it. They have it. Yes, they can hear a piece of music one time and regurgitate it, but also they will improve upon it, tweek it, modify it to suit their own ear and their own mind, and the result will be stunningly different. Who was producing Charlie? Who exercised that veto? No doubt some lesser being? I think that those who are touched by the Gods, no matter what their particular gift or talent, are there for a reason. They demonstrate our potential but they also demonstrate our limitations. As good as it gets, those limitations demand our attention. They inspire us, they delight us, they amaze us and bring us great joy, but they also reveal the fragility of such genius. Study a little Philosopy and you create an Athiest, but an in depth study of Philosophy creates great faith.

Well, I suppose I can agree that trial and errror is a path to perfecting a design, particularly in the case of a process aimed at solving a predetermined problem or arriving at a predetermined result. And the process you describe of deconstructing and reconstructing something into a different or new form certainly requires high intelligence as well. However, I disagree about the "Eurekas", in that I believe in those break through moments, those flashes of genius, those instants when something unclear suddenly becomes clear, or at least the path to the solution suddenly reveals itself are in fact what distinquishes the most highly intelligent from the masses.<br />
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As to music, poetry, art, yes it is true that there are common themes and common experiences that get expressed in a variety of ways. However, It is the form not the content that distinguishes true creative genius. It is that innovation, that distinctly unique style, method or composition that yes may respresent a common idea or theme consistent with generations of such work, but it is the unique and original form of the presentation that makes it stand out as truly original. Again, not the subject or content but the form that never existed before. Most art, most music, most poetry lacks that original spark that stands the test of time and yields a classic, but when it happens it is as recognizable as a comet shooting through the sky and as precious as the rarest gem.<br />
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This stuff also interests me.

Being true to yourself is not error. The creative process, original thought, original design, that is the highest level of intelligence. One has to trust their inner voice, their instinct, and not be afraid to unleash their creativity and innovation. It is amazing how small the percentage of people that ever, even once in their entire life will have a truly original thought, and translate that thought into creating something that never before existed. It is never error, since you are not trying to recreate anything or follow any previously existing design. but rather are bravely and boldly pioneering something that has no rules except those that you set for yourself. To say that error is an inevitable part of the creative process is to imply that all original creations must subscribe to some rules, limits or guidelines, and that is simply not consistent with original thought or original creation of something that has never before existed. It may not be seen as something useful to other people, but that does not lessen the experience for the creator.

Human Beings. The Human Race. The evolution of knowledge and our common understanding of what is, how it is, and why it is. The avoidance of error requires acceptance of our limitations. We can be all that we can be, but we can't be more than we can be, and we have to be humble enough to recgonize our limits.

Man in general or does this refer to the term mankind?