“Is it that way because it _is_ that way, or because it’s reputed to be that way (by me)?”

I like phrases like “In other words” – I look for those, as I don’t ‘speak logic’ and I don’t get an instant “a-ha” from ontology/epistemology. [I know the differences yet then suddenly, I don’t].

“In other words,
phenomenal things are distinguished
not by what they are,
but by how they’re known. “

That’s my take-away line from the article you posted. Making a distinction between “reputation” and “existence” is a pretty important thing.

An apple is an apple because we ascribe it apple-like qualities.
But is an apple fundamentally what we say it is?
Maybe, but not necessarily.

I like keeping that stuff in mind as it keeps me from getting cocky whenever I get wrapped up in a new “A-HA NOW I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING!” moment. I have to remind myself, “Is it that way because it _is_ that way, or because it’s reputed to be that way (by me)?”

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