Coffee with Kant

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INTRODUCTION

Giordano Bruno inspired my with his saying:

“Studying the infinite of the Universe we walk over the bridge to understand the infinite of God.

I found that Giordano Bruno was not alone with this thought. 

In the Romans 1:20-22   , Paul said this about God:

For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made,  even his eternal power and Godship”

In James 4:8 you read that

“Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you”

A conclusion of Romans 1:20 and James 4:8 became for me February 2018: 

“Study YHWH’s (=Gods) Creation and gifts and you draw close to God And hopefully YHWH has time to draw close to me helping me in my searches.

Read more in my “Sapere aude” post  I wrote February 2018

As Galileo Galilei said in The Assayer

“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe”  (Source: holytrinity.academy  )

So I begun to study math again with the goal to understand the langugage of EFE (Einstein field equations)

The  validity of EFE has been confirmed in several experiments. EFE was again confirmed 2019, as it predicted the red shift near black holes and helped astronomer to  discover the black hole Sgr A* in our galaxy,  something that was done 2017 but only 2019 were the images of Sgr A* shared to the world. We now have…

David Tong, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Fellow of Trinity College lecture said at the Royal Institution in his lecture “Quantum Fields: The Real Building Blocks of the Universe “

There is awful lot we haven´t understood of this equation”

So with my old retired and stroked  brain, I can not pretend to easily understand  EFE nor God’s “alphabet”. But maybe I can approach this language and Gods invisible qualities.

I have tried hard to follow DrPhysicsA in his Youtube derivation of the Metric tensor. I had to fight hard to understand this part. When he came to explain the Christophel symbol, that is used in the Ricci curvature tensor, I felt I had enough. I must take a break.

Time for a coffey break.

I published  my enlightened Genesis May 2018. It is therefore obvious for me, to take a break with Immanuel Kant, a brilliant man who lived in Königsberg (now part of Russia with the name Kaliningrad) all his life and was a important philosopher in the era of illuminism. Now that I have studied cognitive e neuroscience, I am maybe better prepared to understand this man.

As Kant said:

“human understanding is limited and can never attain knowledge about God or the soul

I follow a program sent by Rai Scuola: presented by the Italian professor Maurizio Ferraris. 

 

 

 

 

Giordano Bruno “Dared to think for himself ” and died for it! He wrote december 1599, in his autobiography page 37 this last prayer of his life:

“Even if long after my death , please God, a second time, on this earth of darkness, pronounce your powerful verb:” 

“Let there be light”

 

It seems that God has listened to Giordano Bruno

INDEX

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Biography 

As said above in my introduction, Immanuel Kant lived in Königsberg (before in East Prussia, now part of Russia with the name Kaliningrad) all his life and started a new era in phylosophy, the era of illuminism. He died very old 1804, 79 years old, hit with alzheimer. I paste here texts taken from Wiki ) as all kind of citations/ sources can be found there for deeper studies.

(kant’s house.Source: Wiki  )

Kant was born on 22 April 1724 into a  Prussian German family of Lutheran Protestant faith in Königsberg, East Prussia. 

Kant’s mother, Anna Regina Reuter (1697–1737), was born in Königsberg. Kant’s father, Johann Georg Kant (1682–1746), was a German harness maker.

Baptized Emanuel, he later changed his name to Immanuel after learning Hebrew. He was brought up in a Pietist household that stressed religious devotion, humility, and a literal interpretation of the Bible. His education was strict, punitive and disciplinary, and focused on Latin and religious instruction over mathematics and science. Kant maintained Christian ideals for some time, but struggled to reconcile the faith with his belief in science.In his Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, he reveals a belief in immortality as the necessary condition of humanity’s approach to the highest morality possible. However, as Kant was skeptical about some of the arguments used prior to him in defence of theism and maintained that human understanding is limited and can never attain knowledge about God or the soul, various commentators have labelled him a philosophical agnostic.

His diet was to drink 1 liter Bordeaux each day.

Books

Kant published other important works on ethics, religion, law, aesthetics, astronomy, and history. These include the Universal Natural History (1755), the Critique of Practical Reason (1788), the Metaphysics of Morals (1797), the Critique of Judgment (1790), which looks at aesthetics and teleology, and Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason (1793).

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Illuminism – enlightenment

1. Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity.[2]Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Sapere Aude![3] “Have courage to use your own understanding!”–that is the motto of enlightenment.

2. Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a proportion of men, long after nature has released them from alien guidance (natura-liter maiorennes),[4] nonetheless gladly remain in lifelong immaturity,…

…3. Thus, it is difficult for any individual man to work himself out of the immaturity that has all but become his nature.

4.. But that the public should enlighten itself is more likely; indeed, if it is only allowed freedom, enlightenment is almost inevitable.

5.. Nothing is required for this enlightenment, however, except freedom;

6. About .society of pastors, perhaps a church assembly or venerable presbytery…

7. If it is now asked, “Do we presently live in an enlightened age?” the answer is, “No, but we do live in an age of enlightenment.” …

8. About A prince who does not find it beneath him to say that he takes it to be his duty to prescribe nothing, but rather to allow men complete freedom in religious matters

9. I have focused on religious matters in setting out my main point concerning enlightenment, i.e., man’s emergence from self-imposed immaturity,

10. But only a ruler who is himself enlightened and has no dread of shadows, yet who likewise has a well-disciplined, numerous army to guarantee public peace, can say what no republic[12] may dare, namely: “Argue as much as you want and about what you want, but obey!”…

Immanuel Kant, Konigsberg in Prussia, 30 September 1784

Footnotes

  • This essay first appeared in the Berlinische Monatsschrift, December, 1784.
  • (2) The German is Unmündigkeit, which quite literally means “minority,” where one is referring to the inability to make decisions for oneself.

Read more at www.stmarys-ca.edu

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Other thoughts

 

No one understood the Critique of Practical Reason (1788) so he wrote a second book

Think and learn from others.

Free our selves from tradition and prejudices, a form of sin and apply reason and doubt

Pure reason

“Hume awakened me from the dogmatic sleep”

ask nature like a lawyer

matematica applicata alla natura

Kants Copernican revolution.

Learn not from the object of observation but from what makes objects visible for us. Start from the subject that studies the object.

The objects to be visible for us, must:

  • Be in a space
  • be in a time
  • Must remain over time and space.

What is knowledge?

Hat can I know? 

  • To know is to have the knowledge in your head to be in agreement with the object of your knowledge.
  • You know when you can associate  concepts with objects through our senses.
  • intuition since concepts are blind.
  • Concepts without intuitions are void.
  • Concept or words alone is not a knowledge.

 

 

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conclusion

 


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A pluralist agnostic seeker

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