Saturday, January 24, 2015

MAN'S MIND IS MADE FOR TRUTH

Truth, which is the alignment of our intelligence with what is outside of us and points to the fact that reality (that which is external to the person, exists independently of him, and is the same for everyone) is the foundation of knowledge, presents itself to man as certain or absolute, and in trying to deny it, man contradicts himself because he eventually ends up saying exactly what he wants to deny. For example, when someone says “there is no truth,” he presupposes precisely the opposite, that what he said (“there is no truth”) is true, i.e., corresponds to the fact that there is a “common ground” (reality) between him and the other, independent of the two, and for that reason the other understands him, underlying that what he says is objective and not based on the subject.

When a person says something, he presupposes that what is actually said is that way because reality is this “common” or “third” element which is independent, autonomous, and shared between the speaker and the listener. In saying something to someone, it is assumed that the other person understands what is being said, precisely because the thing affirmed does not depend on the person that says it. For example, if someone says, “this tree is green” he presupposes that the other person already understands what is “a tree” and what is “green”. This is because both elements are independent of individual perception. If you pretend that everything is subjective and that knowledge depends on the perception or opinion of each person, there would be no hope that other people would understand you. “Green” for one could be “purple” to another, and they would never come to understand each other.

There would be no certainty about anything if it all depends on how you look at it and not how things are in themselves because there would be no way to know if what is outside of you is really that way. There would then be a separation between the subject and everything that surrounds him. He would be like an island with no possibility of “touching” or “connecting” with others because personal or private perception would manipulate everything. Without reference to something real, something objective or common, all human interaction would be insecure, empty, and meaningless, given that there would be no way of knowing if what someone says is real.

Thus, when one says that “truth does not exist”, it is as absurd as saying “red is not a color”. But even as he says this, it is assumed that the other person knows what “color” is and what “red” is, otherwise, the words would have no meaning for the other person. It would be like saying “ggxxdd is not a color” because if red were not a color it would remain empty of any essence and no one would understand. Conversely, if I did say something like that, I would presuppose that the other person understands, by the ideabehind the word “red”, that it is a color, and so I end up presuming what I was trying to deny: that red is a color.

To say that there is no truth is as absurd as saying “I do not exist” because to say “I” presuppose a subject that exists, otherwise it would not even be possible to be aware of an “I” if it did not exist previously; similar to saying that “words do not exist” when they are precisely what I’m using to express this. So, to think you cannot know reality as it is in itself, but only perceptions, but at the same time pretend that there is something objective or common to be able to understand the other, will always be contradictory, which indicates in itself that there is no way to reduce everything to the subjective.

To say that I cannot know things as they really are and that everything is just subjective perception presupposes, at least at some point, that there iscertain knowledge of reality, which is precisely to recognize that it exists and has a particular way of existing — that of being “unknown and manipulated by the subject “ — i.e., something objective. Therefore, prior to this knowledge that reality is supposedly subjective, it is necessary to have contact with that which is outside of me, with the reality around me, through an experience which provides such specific knowledge; otherwise, I would not know if it were even possible to know or not, or if what I knew was mere perception or not.

Ultimately, to assert that “we are ignorant of the way things are in themselves”, I should have previously presupposed that there are really “things in themselves”, and that they are “independent of me”, regardless of my perception, which indicates that I did indeed obtain concrete and objective knowledge of reality which ultimately denies my ignorance of it.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

REVIEW OF THE ACER C7 CHROMEBOOK (SUMMER 2013)


I have been using the Acer Chromebook for about six months now and I can say the following:

1. Even after putting in 8GB of RAM, and even having the 16GB ROM flash as a hard drive, it is still pretty slow, meaning, the CPU is just simply too slow to be worthwhile. It does boot up fast and there are never crashes because of how much RAM I put in, but it is still fairly slow compared to my Macbook Air. If you want to work efficiently, this is not the laptop for you. If you just want to check on things, blog, see Facebook, write a short article or essay in Drive, or send an email, then it is fine.

2. The battery never last more than 4 hours. Keep your charger with you at all times. This is NOT for working on flights, unless you have a way of charging it.

3. The system itself is easy to use and I have already used VPN. Works just fine.

4. WIFI has no problems normally. I have found that at one of the universities that I work at, it has had problems in connecting because of the convoluted way they want you to connect.

5. Only took 2 minutes to start working out of the box.

6. Has a lot of potential if you have a good processor and battery, which this does not have.

7. Has HDMI and VGA out. Both work fine. Big advantage for older projectors.

8. Needs a better mouse option (like three fingers on the Macbook) to select and move things. Here you have to double click and then drag. Not efficient. Everything else is just fine and has the rest of the options that a Mac has for doing things with the mouse.

9. NOTICE keyboard shortcut for "Full Screen" is shift+F4. Took my a while to find this.

10. When I get the new ACER C720P I will explain how the chromecast works with it because with the C7 it does NOT work with the chromecast.

UPDATE 1PM ON 25 JULY 2013: The two finger scroll is very nice and smooth. Competes very well with the Apple Trackpad. Thumbs up for this.

UPDATE 5PM ON 30 JULY 2013: I found another awesome trackpad shortcut, if you use THREE fingers, you can move around the tabs as if it was ctrl+tab. It is pretty awesome, try it out!!

AS WELL, Google Plus does not work well on the Chromebook, very choppy, and this has nothing to do with the RAM because I have 8GB, but rather with the GPU or CPU. I still have to find out why, but very poor performance, and it still could not scroll without pausing constantly.

UPDATE 10PM 5 AUGUST 2013: Found another awesome shortcut and the Google help archive gave it to me for magnifing the sceen. Putting it below for those who want it:

"After you've enabled Accessibility features, you'll be able to adjust them from the status area. Then you can press Ctrl + Alt + Brightness up or Brightness down (or use Ctrl + Alt + two fingers scrolling up or down on the trackpad) to magnify the screen. You can also press Ctrl+Alt+Z to enable or disable spoken feedback."

UPDATE 5:30PM 6 AUGUST 2013: To change the resolution of the screen Simply press ctrl + shift + + to decrease the resolution, ctrl + shift + - to increase the resolution, and ctrl + shift + 0 to return everything back to default settings.

As well, I am adding the webpage with all the shortcuts that you can use: CHROMEBOOK SHORTCUTS

Sunday, May 5, 2013

HOW TO MAKE EMAIL FILTERS IN GMAIL

In this video I explain how to make email filters in Gmail.  Remember to raise the resolution of the video (720) to see it better. Take care.