more philosophy revisited.

Is it true that I am the only human being on the face of this earth?  Everyone around me is nothing more than a hard drive with gears and wires encased by rubber or some other malleable substance to create an illusion that we as a race are all in one.  Even though this thought is very abstract and “out there” how would I really know?  If I found out this was the case would I feel ashamed or embarrassed, misunderstood, singled out, maybe even unique?

Could a Robot learn new things or ideas without being synced or plugged in?  This I feel maybe the dead give away would be this factor.  I feel a robot could only learn new things when human put information into them since humans would be the creator as far as we know they could only know what we teach them.  Could a robot understand accents?  For example with the newest IPhone there happened to be problems with the voice response system and the Australian accent.  This makes me wonder what would happen in a daily conversation with a robot, could they recall daily acctivities or patterns?  Remember personal conversations or experiences?

Since it “Takes one to know one” I’m not sure how I could properly identify a robot, since I’m not a robot I don’t know what it feels like to be a robot, what it looks like to be a robot, how to function as a robot.  This statement has a huge loophole.  Since I do know what its like to be human, I should be able to draw an honest conclusion that everyone around me are in fact human.  What exactly does it mean to be “human”?

As a human we have minds, we know things. Unfortunately even if we don’t we still believe we do.  Could a robot still have a mind even though its nothing more then a box with a thought proses?  Would a robot’s “mind” tell them to raise their arm or would another force make them preform this task?  Substance Dualism takes the drivers seat with this.  If mind and body are distinct they really cant or shouldn’t be considered the same.  Like a human with nerves that are the highway messages travel on, robots have wires for there nervous system, So maybe the distinction between human and robot are become more cloudy.

In conclusion I am certain that I am surrounded by humans. Between seeing emotions, feeling emotions, and even the birth of live young.  We are all humans, science can dictate the rest.  “I think there for I am-René Descartes


More philosophy

Does knowledge require a “certain foundation” as Descartes claims? If so, is it preferable to claim that such a foundation is “reason” or “experience”? If you claim that “experience” is the foundation of knowledge, will it require admitting, following Locke, that we cannot have “certain knowledge”?
According to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia epistemology is defined as “Knowledge Science” This very definition encompasses this paper and one of my favorite topics in all of philosophy, the fascinating study of Epistemology.
To understand knowledge we must understand where or how it comes. We begin this discussion by studying Rene’ Descartes and John Locke. and their particular view of how one acquires knowledge. John Locke States “ Suppose the mind to be, as we say, a blank slate” (palmer p. 76). This is a interesting concept. What if the mind upon birth was completely blank, how would one begin to fill this empty space with knowledge, memories, and feelings. That is to say if feelings are “learned”. One would assume they are since we learn to associate feelings with actions at a young age. This still doesn’t explain why babies cry during birth. “Maybe birth is that painful”?
The foundation of Knowledge is unexplainable to me. I truly believe that everything in existence has a foundation and or grows from a certain base. A flower starts in soil, so maybe ideas state in the base or foundation of knowledge. Of corse in all fairness we should try and explain what Knowledge is. Knowledge should be defined as things learned along the way. Being philosophical lets just knowledge could be wrong. But on the other hand at least we know something.
I think that knowledge can be gathered upon experience, we gather knowledge by experiencing the world around us discovering what we like or dislike, how one gathers knowledge must by experience. For example, some people are visual learners, some rather read directions, some like hands on demonstration. All these examples are through experience. On the other hand, one does need to reason with oneself and within reason and human instinct we could agree to disagree that the thought process is far to complex to thrash out in a 2 page thesis paper.
Admitting ones life lessons or experience is a great way to reflect on what one has learned. In a lack of words its a good way to inventory our roll-a-dex of knowledge remembering what we forgot and maybe learning a bit about ourself on the way. Maybe the most important admitting will need to be through admitting mistakes. This makes one, I believe stronger, honest, and acquire more knowledge “As least you know you were wrong, that makes at least on thing right. Right? Correct).
Knowledge is all around us, in every aspect of daily life. We must absorb what is around us and continues on a journey towards ultimate knowledge. I don’t know what it looks like but, I should know when I get There.