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Bret Weinstein
My argument is that "metaphorical truth" is an important phenomenon necessary to understand human evolutionary history. If the hypothesis is correct, 'metaphorical truth' is itself factual, like 'lekking' or 'echolocation'. Your truck is beside the point (and double parked).
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Patrick Lee Miller 19 Dec 17
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Most mental talk is metaphorical, as this book makes clear. If we resorted only to "literal" speech (which is sometimes hard to distinguish from the metaphorical, as this book also shows), we couldn't speak of ourselves:
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Mads Tejlgaard 19 Dec 17
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is newtonian physics a metaphorical truth to einsteinian physics? Is alchemy a metaphorical truth to chemistry?
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ʞɔɒ|ᙠ Я ʏƚɿɘdi⅃ 19 Dec 17
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Interested in learning more
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Peter Grant 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
Agreed! :D Like that you don't commit the naturalistic fallacy of adaptive = good, and appreciate the distinction of metaphorical from literal truth. Like the term, just not the phenomenon you're describing.
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↪️⤴️ 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
"Literal falseness, but metaphysical truth is the category under which religion evolves..." - JRE #1006
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Bret Weinstein 19 Dec 17
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Mads Tejlgaard 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
that suggests that metaphorical truth may be the highest layer of truth accessible to us yet - we just do not yet know it to be metaphorical
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Nathan Spears 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
Isn't all truth metaphorical, in the sense that we can't perceive reality or describe it directly? Mathematics is a language that approximates and therefore compresses. Physics has been and will continue to be the history of upgrading the language to fit the newest info.
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Eric D. Özkan 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
I like your concept of "metaphorical truth" and (to my mind) it meshes well with Jordan Peterson's concept of "Darwinian truth." I'm starting a collection of smart people who have tried to dissuade Sam Harris that the emotional aspects of human reasoning are inherently bad.
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Mads Tejlgaard 19 Dec 17
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ie. suppose we live within a matrix like system, then there may be very exact rules that govern us which can't be expressed within the system - thus,, our best model would thus be a metaphor of this. This naively seems to follow from the newtonian-einsteinian metaphor ?
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Thucydides 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
Is shitposting is an example of metaphorical truth 🤔 ? It’s not far off
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MichaelOdom 19 Dec 17
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This literally metaphorically true.
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Ramon 19 Dec 17
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Isn't "metaphorical truth" a Russel conjugation of "uselful lie"?
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Fess_ter_Geek 19 Dec 17
Alchemy is nuclear science. Turning one element into another. :-)
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the last egg 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
this is a fun little video on how knowledge is withheld and a "metaphorical truth" is often used in scientific education.
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Andi 19 Dec 17
Since we're all here now, isn't metaphorical bullshit equally important?
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Andi 19 Dec 17
Your talk was wonderful. Are there any talks available that include your wife?
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David Ottlinger 19 Dec 17
Replying to @BretWeinstein
The statement “Metaphorical truth is an important phenomenon” is not a hypothesis. Discussion of such ideas takes place in the humanities not the sciences and the humanities have their own kinds of rigor, method, skill etc.
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