PHILOSOPHY FORUMS’ PHOBIA OF ORIGINAL THOUGHT

2656043491_86083bceffEditorial by Mark I Rasskazov, Editor in Chief.

I’m getting pretty tired of my comments being deleted «for being of low quality,» on the Philosophy Forums website, which is catch-all for «I just don’t like what you have to say.»  So I think it’s time to start documenting when I’m being silenced.  They have the right to act upon their phobia of original thought on their site, and I have the right to point it out when it happens.  I’m going start doing exactly that.

On Atticus II’s post entitled «Consciousness,» he writes:

«The concept is that there is a state of being aware, an awareness of being. Consciousness.  What we know about the brain is that it has developed through a long environmental and social struggle, to anticipate the future, maximize return on effort and minimize the risk and costs.  Why do people associate consciousness with a sense of self when it is more likely that the state and sense of arousal and alertness is predicted to be a necessity for our survival and to avoid our human stupidity?  If I look in the mirror there’s a face I recognize as my own, consciousness has no mirror and no concept of self or authenticity to begin with so how can it extract identity from actions, thoughts and emotions? How can it be self-awareness if it has no recognizable features?  Consciousness has an ecocentric basis even though it can be manipulated to seem egocentric, in any way people choose.»

I responded:

«I experience values, which manifest intentionality.  I take this to be evidence of the existence of my self.»

Is it a treatise?  No.  It is simple and succinct.  But it is also relevant and cogent.  It is not «of low quality.»

This post was deleted by the admin user, «Ying» for being «of low quality.»

This is the eighth comment of mine that has been deleted so far.  I do feel that I am being singled out, and I will be keeping a running tally of every comment of mine that is deleted from now on.

I enjoy making new friends — but failing that, I love a good fight, provided I have a good cause.  And this is is an excellent cause.

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