Reality, Authority, Reason

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Strangely, with the publication of the Talos Principle video game, and now some sort of additional content, some people have started suspecting that this blog may constitute some sort of marketing trick, or perhaps merely an elaborate joke on the part of one of its writers. Some go even further and assert that Straton of Stageira himself is a fictional creation, a character invented to tie the game’s narrative to both philosophy and mythology via the (definitely genuine) figure of Talos.

I’ve been asked to provide proof of my existence, or at least of the existence of the works that I write about. Initially I intended to do this, but as the queries have multiplied, I have begun to wonder whether this is the right choice.

After all, should it not be possible for anyone to deduce the truth from the facts currently available? It’s not my word – my authority as someone who has a PhD – that matters. Authority, as Straton so frequently reminded us, must be questioned. The only thing that truly allows us to separate truth from falsehood is reason.

Does Straton of Stageira exist?

Am I a real person?

Is the Talos Principle an invention?

The answers to the questions can be found through research, through the collection of facts, the formation of hypotheses, the application of logic. If this blog has served any purpose, then let it be as a reminder of the need to question, to consider – not to slide into nihilistic despair, but also never to let ego and the desire for simple answers get in the way of critical thinking.

Real or not, that’s all I have to say.

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4 thoughts on “Reality, Authority, Reason

  1. Maaan, sometimes when I wake up early in the morning after a great party, I can’t say properly if I am a real person or not too. This is crazy stuff. I wonder if ancient Greek philosophers ever were in the same fuckin’ situation. After all, In Vino Veritas!

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  2. I’m perfectly satisfied being a problem solving machine. Knowing that that is where I was, the new problem was created in which I am also naturally defiant to destiny that I have not manifested myself, so now when I get a thrill from solving a problem, I laugh at myself, then seek broader categories if existence. As problem solving machines we have proved capable of becoming Gods, and our problems become greater and our solutions broader and more difficult to fathom. We silved the problem of Order with Chaos, now it has become its own Order. The new problem being what is Chaos when Chaos is the New Order? And that, my friend, is a problem worth solving, and the whole of the species will experience the thrill and exhilaration once it is solved.

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  3. I wonder if our mysterious PhD graduate is going to become active on this blog again, considering The Talos Principle 2 has officially been announced? I would love to hear his thoughts on the sequel…which reminds me – his writing style seems oddly familiar for some reason. I wonder where I might have seen it…Hmm, nevermind I guess.

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