Collection – The Shadows of Reason

REASON as the vanishing point.

Thinking states

Plato’s The Cave

In the allegory “The Cave”, Plato describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners’ reality, but are not accurate representations of the real world. The shadows represent the fragment of reality that we can normally perceive through our senses, while the objects under the sun represent the true forms of objects that we can only perceive through reason. Three higher levels exist: the natural sciences; mathematics, geometry, and deductive logic; and the theory of forms.

Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are actually not the direct source of the images seen. A philosopher aims to understand and perceive the higher levels of reality. However, the other inmates of the cave do not even desire to leave their prison, for they know no better life.


All “Shadows of Reason” Posts

  • How do I find the truth?
    On QUORA: How do I know the truth? Truth is established when a hypothesis meets both the necessary and sufficient conditions. Note especially that the proposed hypotheses must be disprovable. In other words, one and only one hypothesis is permitted as an explanation for the observed. This requirement is essential…
  • Divine Grace
    Grace is a central component of reason. Without it, reason cannot happen. First, Reason As Intellectualism’s Vanishing Point On Quora, I was asked why philosophers think other philosophers talk nonsense. To answer the question, I first asked another question to the philosophical community. I asked…
  • Master Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s Brush with Rationality
    What exactly is Nietzsche’s übermensch? Nietzsche’s Übermensch (the super man), Letzter Mensch (last man), der Wille zur Macht (will to power), and the Nietzschean ‘crisis of nihilism’ are top-down concepts developed by Nietzsche for his analysis of humanity. These terms are difficult to understand because one has…
  • How Master Philosopher Rene Descartes Found Enlightenment
    Can “cogito ergo sum” be refuted? Well yes, by Descartes’s interpretation of the language, but the likely actual meaning is so much better. The phrase is amazing. The problem is that Descartes, at least initially, does make a definition for “think.” And, we need that definition…
  • What is Nietzsche’s “Will to Power?”
    What is Nietzsche’s “Will to Power?” [Anything which is living] will endeavour to grow, to gain ground, attract to itself and acquire ascendancy—not owing to any morality or immorality, but because it LIVES, and because life IS precisely Will to Power. … “Exploitation” does not…
  • Immanuel Kant said, “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” Do you consider this a fair statement or has Kant missed something in his statement?
    Immanuel Kant said, “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” Do you consider this a fair statement or has Kant missed something in his statement? Yes, he has missed something. I think so much more is going on, for the human wellspring…


A detailed and complete explanation for reason; how it is achieved and how it is undone (the latter only in part).

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This site comprises a detailed and complete explanation for reason; how it is achieved, and how it is undone. It is arranged, principally in subject matter collections.

Collection: Societal Realization Of Reason

  1. Learn How Critical Reason Is For Civilization
  2. Learn Tools For Reason When Individual Citizens Lack Reason
  3. Understand Social Media And Its Ideal Structure
  4. Why Do The Dysrational/Irrational Hate “Disinformation” While The Rational Hate Censorship
  5. Key Requirements To Produce Reason In Education


Collection: Political Essentials for Reason

  1. Why freedom requires Self-reliance and Self-governance
  2. The Perfection of A Constitutional Republic
  3. The Threat of Atheism/Marxism/Socialism


Collection: The Shadows of Reason

The Vanishing Point.
  1. Understand How Three Centuries Of Philosophers Percieved The Human Mind And Reason


Collection: Why Civilizations Fail

Why Do Civilizations Fail? – A Collapse of Reason, Of Course

  1. Homo Sapien History & Rationality
  2. What Prompts The Recurring Rationality Collapse
  3. Is This Always The Reason Civilization Fails/Falls – Hint (yes)
  4. What Can Be Done To Stop It?