Inquiring Neutral Skeptic
[ I1 - I2 ? I3 ]
- intra-psychic phenomenology: unspecified
- component analysis:
- tribe: AO - the human individual is composed of the body, the experiencer and, possibly, an ontological component
- clan: INS - inquiring neutral skeptic
- family: none defined
- ultimate explanation: can not be specified until the question as to the structure of the I0 is answered.
§2: descriptive analysis
the inquiring neutral skeptic accepts that the human individual is composed of the body, the experiencer and, possibly, an ontological component and is moved to inquire as to whether there is, in fact, an ontological component of the I0. in contrast, someone who, for whatever reason, is not moved to inquire --- maybe they just want to get on with life or maybe there is no grant money available or maybe there is some other reason --- would be assigned to another clan.
at present, no such other clans have been specified as further research will be necessary to explain the apparent lack of curiosity among those seekers of truth or wisdom who admit to both not knowing and not asking.
§3: how the skeptic may proceed
skepticism means to suspend judgement; and, is quite different from belief/disbelief. the jesuit philosopher who professes to be skeptical of protestant theology is not a true skeptic. he is a believer/disbeliever. he believes catholic theology; and, on that basis, rejects or disbelieves conflicting aspects of protestant theology. a true skeptic would suspend judgement and inquire as to the truth of both catholic and protestant theology.
that said, it is important to note that the INS is looking for a basis upon which to make a judgement that is typically accepted in a leap of faith. in a sense, the INS is trying to resolve the paradox at the heart of consciousness studies: there is currently no rational basis for preferring one theory as to the origin of the I2 over another; yet, virtually all past and contemporary psychophilosopers1 accept one or the other as true. one naturally suspects that there must be a leap of faith at the core of each of these belief systems.
I2 maintain that the INS is the position from which to conduct an open-minded inquiry in the field of psychophilosophy.
: this term includes psychologists, philosophers, neuroscientists, theologists, phenomenologists, metaphysicians, and anyone else who is involved in the field of consciousness studies or whose belief system makes or depends on assumptions about the structure of the human individual. [Back]