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Philosophy: Locke May 3, 2007

Filed under: college,philosophy,religion,school — bookwritegirl @ 5:53 pm

Okay, maybe we are a tabula rasa when we’re born. But there has to be some sort of programming in us that allows us to be impressed with ideas. Maybe it’s the brain. But how does the brain receive information? Through learning. (For it’s an oxymoron to say we have to learn how to learn.) Is learning an idea? I don’t know for sure, but  I believe it is, for we symbolize the thing with its own word. Or maybe it’s the programming itself that allows us to learn, but that is not an idea itself, it’s more of a mechanic.Or maybe we do have innate principles and ideas. I don’t know if any of you know this, but in a Jewish folktale, an angel named Lailah teaches unborn babies by allowing them to see from one end of the world to the other, and teaches them everything about it. When the baby is born, just as they come out of the womb, the angel taps them on their upper lip to say “Shh”, and makes them forget what they have learned. This is the reason why we have that indentation above our lips according to the tale. Knowlege is always within us, it’s more like we’re relearning it. Maybe this is the pre-set programming that gives us the ability to learn?


I agree. That’s kinda what’s going on in Iraq right now–all of sudden they have freedom, and they don’t know what to do with it. Talk about taking the lid off of the pot. Not justifying the war or anything, but would you rather they’d go on with the illusion that they have freedom, or would you rather they learn what freedom is and means, and how to use it properly?


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