How do I come to terms with the fact that while knowledge begins with experience, it doesn't necessarily arise from experience? It's ruining my life.
I mean that I always considered myself an empiricist until I realized that there's actually something to a priori rationalistic metaphysics. How do I reconcile these two sides of myself?
I wish I could help more, but I am not a philosophyfag. I will say, if this thread 404s without a satisfactory answer, try /his/.
will lurk for a bit anyway and look up wiki articles on empiricism and metaphysics. maybe I will get some knowledge too.
mostly by reading Kant's "Metaphysical foundations of Natural Science". Godel's work helped me along too. But now that I've been redpilled I don't know where to go from here. It's like everything I thought I knew was just hiding the real truth and now I'm adrift
More poignantly, start with pyrhonian skepticism, then Descartes, then Leibniz, then goedel, then Kant, then Hume, then March, then carnap. Then give up on assuming you can really come to a concise answer.
By understanding that experience is relative to the individual, and since knowledge begins with experience, that all life is relative to the individual.
Of course we're talking flawed individuals that have all kinds of stigma and delusion and texture - all the coping mechanisms that safely (or unsafely in some cases!) warp our perception of reality and allows us to exist without having to address existential truth all day, every day.
Reality then is simply that which remains constant despite all delusion. That delusion can even be empirical science. In that way, Reality is defined as an abstract truth - a truth that is true even if we can't prove it is or isn't.
How your reality is set up (based on your experiences) is as genuine as anyone else's. The trick is maintaining a healthy level of delusion - not too much, not too little. Of course, some people have a proclivity towards one way or the other, and both directions have consequences. Too much delusion and you're living in a fantasy land. Too little delusion and you will be crushed under the weight of the absurdity of life without any inherent meaning.
So knowing this and being aware of this, you do your best to manage. Lol, doesn't mean it won't take effort, OP.
You have to understand that the a priori knowledge comes from the way your mind is structured. You can only acquire empirical data and therefore empirical knowledge through the processing your mind does of the sensorial material coming through your sense, but that processing is always done according to the preexisting structures of the mind, and those structures are the basis of our a priori knowledge (spacetime knowledge, causality, logic, etc) so there's nothing you can do about it.
If you're after a solid learning experience, you need to get into a field where not everything can be read in a book. Take up carpentry, to learn deeper truths about how the body and mind can develop together, as you gain mastery of the finer points of working with wood.
no that's /diy/
not that anon either, but yeah there's a lot to be said for just physically doing something. carpentry, painting, whatever. even outdoorsy shit like biking. but making things has its own satisfactions as well.
take yourself out of yourself and realise that you are something other than the labels which you put on yourself. You are the chooser, the maestro of your life. So why consider yourself anything? if something agrees with you, accept that, if you disagree with something accept that as well. My humble opinion
You're experiencing cognitive dissonance because you hold onto two ideas. Neither of those ideas are true, because you cannot be your ideas. They are just thoughts you attach yourself to when they arise in your awareness.
When the body or mind is under stress, this attachment happens. My advice is to medidate, so that you can create some distance between your thought and your awareness. There's a reason you evolved with conscious control over your breath, and it is to calm you down. It is not something that can be done on auto-pilot though, it requires conscious attention. So try to breathe consciously, because it will influence your physiology in such a way that you calm down and don't identify with the thought process.