Two Things

  1.  Who are you besides your story formed from your beliefs, culture, meaning, etc ?
  2.  #GB inspired a notion that one can generate a belief as a tool of achieving – see chapter 3 ~ 
    • You become what you think.
    • 3:52 Understanding that so much of our experience is invented brings us a step closer to understanding the nature of our experience. To go further we need to grasp that in every way and on every level, our experience and perception are composed of distinctions. This is simply saying that what’s experienced or perceived—mentally, physically, or in any way whatsoever—is made up of experiences and perceptions. But this doesn’t tell us what the nature and reality of perceptive-experience really is, so to understand what I’m asserting we must understand the nature of distinction. It’s not what you think. Our world consists of many things. A “thing,” in this case, might be a rock or an apple, a thought or speed, self-worth or the sky, philosophy or sound—everything and anything we encounter or perceive.
    • The Book of Not Knowing 24:3

      Ralston, Peter. The Genius of Being: Contemplating the Profound Intelligence of Existence (Kindle Locations 867-876). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition. 


3:56 We might think that distinction is having a concept, being able to conceptualize something and so recognize it as distinct from everything else. But the ability to make distinctions is not dependent on the ability to conceptualize. Even creatures without conceptual capacity make distinctions. A worm must experience the distinction between food and another worm, for example, and we don’t attribute conceptual capacity to worms. Concept itself is the distinction of a certain domain of “knowing,” but so is experience and object and reality. If everything is a concept, then what use do we have for the distinctions “experience,” “object,” or “reality”? The distinction is the existence of the thing, not just the concept of the thing. Concept is a distinction in the activity of mind (another distinction). Thing, existence, and concept are all distinctions.

Ralston, Peter. The Genius of Being: Contemplating the Profound Intelligence of Existence (Kindle Locations 893-899). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.

RS in Theory of Knowledge & again in Philosophy of Freedom:

When I hear a noise my first demand is for the concept which fits this percept. Without this concept the noise is to me a mere noise. Whoever does not reflect further, hears just the noise and is satisfied with that. But my thought makes it clear to me that the noise is to be regarded as an effect. Thus it is only when I combine the concept of effect with the percept of a noise that I am led to go beyond the particular percept and seek for its cause. The concept of “effect” calls up that of “cause,” and my next step is to look for the agent, which I find, say, in a partridge. But these concepts, cause and effect, can never be gained through mere perception, however many instances we bring under review. Perception evokes thought, and it is this which shows me how to link separate experiences together.