UnbornTao

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  1. Outline of key points by Claude Opus:
  2. I wonder what an optimal use of AI would be that serves real honesty and accuracy without being overly agreeable with us and validating biases, suspicions and unfounded beliefs. Not saying this is necessarily the case here, just curious.
  3. You're describing a rather cynical perspective on interpersonal interactions. Even if it's about you in the end, the help was provided, and the other person got something out of it, as you say. So, call it a more intelligent and collective selfishness. Helping someone doesn't have to take away from either party involved. Essentially, your approach here is "how do I avoid losing?" It's not either them or you exclusively, although some people may act from that disposition. Relationship is about two people. Regarding teachers, teaching itself is a manipulation. It involves moving or facilitating students into having a new experience and understanding, helping them see something they didn't see before, among other things.
  4. You seem to be talking about perception, not consciousness. Perceptive organs seem to be sourced by what you identify or assume to be yourself, hence the sense of being located behind your eyes and between your ears. What you refer to as when you say "spread equally" is not consciousness but likely a feeling-sense or awareness. Better not to jump to conclusions and contemplate openly, that is, without presumption. Maybe take a look at what perception is. We could start by the following exercise: Isolate your experience of a static and small object. Start by distinguishing between perception of the object itself, and other added activities such as meaning, association, use, value, worth, feeling, and thought. What is perceived to be there?
  5. Some people are able to be more effective than others in various domains. Consider--that's not a coincidence. You're using an excuse that gets you off the hook.
  6. Hey, now that we are at it, there's a book titled Useful, not True by Derek Sivers which deals with this dilemma, it might help you in this regard.
  7. We do act and behave already in spite of our fundamental ignorance, so this isn't an impediment. Be open and at the same time grounded. What works is not the same as what's true. As long as it works, it is effective and doesn't need to be existentially true regardless of our wish to the contrary. Aside from the domain of skill, getting after what's true is recognizing a dynamic, becoming aware of what an emotion is, and other relative aspects and requires just that, seeing them as occurring in your experience. Then, there's the possibility of the absolute which is off the charts and has to be personally grasped.
  8. Is that true or an assumption or conclusion you've reached? Haven't you genuinely experienced wanting to help someone? Ever helped your grandma set up her phone? You fail to acknowledge that some people might want to make positive contributions, whether a word of acknowledgement, emotional support, or something else entirely. A teacher might genuinely want for her students to learn, etc, so she helps them do that, etc.
  9. "Reality conspires to make you enlightened," or something like that, can't make good woo woo myself.
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