The belief in the efficacy of the process as indicative as Truth is a belief system.
I tend towards Embodied Cognition; we are a combination of minds, bodies, environments and the interplay of it all. We are products of our Histories, Societies, Cultures. We have the ability to reason but it is mitigated by the processes of the brain itself; part of reason and logic is powered strongly by emotion. Without the Amygdala to “push” towards a true or false designation – an emotional push – we would not have effective reasoning powers.
This is why I do not believe in pure reason. Nor do I believe we can fully discuss ideals without ending up in the environments within which those ideals were born from.
This isn’t negating; again, I don’t buy the “law of excluded middle” where there can be no contradiction. Of course there can be, and is. Contradiction is real. Reality isn’t entirely logical, no matter how much we map it out.
It doesn’t make it not worth trying.. but I believe that context matters for honest discussion to take place.
Is this accurate?
I am not ignoring your point. I am countering with the assertion that the components of a process and their assumptions require a belief system that is used by humans and does not have an existence outside of the humans that use them. These processes may happen to describe reality from our perspective quite well. From a pragmatic standpoint, they work.
But I do not belief that effectiveness is necessarily entirely indicative of Truth. Effective is effective, whatever belief system produces it. I’m not saying that we “create reality” as it were. Nothing that drastic. But rather, we map out the Universe for our own use, but the map is not the territory. It is a map of the territory. There are many ways to produce maps.
Some maps are more effective at navigation. Science provides a very effective map for navigation of the physical world. Reason, however, I believe to be a less effective method for Truth discovery, as has historical limitations built into it from before we understood what we understand now about the physiology of the creatures that use those concepts.
There. Nice and short. Thoughts?