Hume's Mind Game Travis Slabyphil-101 Alex Clarkson 2-17-97 The human mind is a very intricate machine. There have been many people that have attempted, and failed, to explain how the human mind operates. After reading Hume, I was in agreement with a lot of what he was explaining. Hume, in my mind, has come the closest to uncovering the minds operations. Robert Hume dealt with a lot of what Decarte talked about in his writings. The difference between Decarte and Hume is that Hume 'ironed out' a lot of the 'wrinkles' that Decarte left behind.
One in particular, was that of doubting everything. Hume believed that you could doubt some things, but it was impossible to doubt everything. I completely agree with Hume. Doubting everything would never lead anywhere. The human mind can not just wipe out all it's known memory and start over.
The mind is always on. Decarte used his beliefs to prove his own theories. He cheated his own system. Another thing Hume did was throw the Law of Mediocrity out the window. He is saying, basically, that everyday life can change tomorrow.
The sun may not come up in the morning, a pool ball, being hit by another, may not move. Is till believe the sun will come up tomorrow, but I see what Hume is trying to get at. Everything that is thought to be definite can change. There is no proven facts that say the sun will come up tomorrow, we just assume it will. InHume's writing, assumption is a dangerous word. Assumption is made up of what you believe and what you don't.
I can believe light will turn on when I hit the switch, but I can not rule out the fact that it will not turn on. It is probable that the light will turn on, but not definite. Hume says probabilities are what the mind is consuming during everyday life. Science give the facts because it has been tested and proved.
'Everyday life' hasn't been proven by science. One example of a non proved science is gravity. Gravity pulls everything toward the center of the earth. They have tested gravity, but there are no definite facts known to prove the theories.
Who knows, maybe tomorrow gravity reverses it's pull and everything gets pulled upward. We, as normal thinking persons, assume gravity will not change, and that assumption is what clouds our minds of other possibilities. Hume doesn't want people to change the way they think, he just wants people to acknowledge the other possibilities that are out there. Robert Hume has a very good grasp on what he is talking about.
His trip through the mind's eye was very intriguing to say the least. I never thought about the possibility of looking out the window some morning, only to find out the sun did not rise. I really do not know how anyone could disprove his writings. Everything he said makes sense. I can't say I agree with everything, but I can't seem to put my objections into words. He covered all the basics.
Ican not say the sun will rise. What are my facts? Sure, the sun came up yesterday and today, but tomorrow is a different story. The only way anyone can disprove Hume's theories is if that person could see into the future. I believe that is not likely anytime soon..