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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:24 PM

25. Well, well. It turns out that I've simply (re-)discovered Pyrrhonism

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I'd never heard of that ancient Greek philosophical school of extreme skepticism, but it turns out to be very much where I'm at in my journey right now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhonism

Pyrrhonian skeptics withhold any assent with regard to non-evident propositions and remain in a state of perpetual inquiry. They disputed the possibility of attaining truth by sensory apprehension, reason, or the two combined, and thence inferred the need for total suspension of judgment (epoché) on things. According to them, even the statement that nothing can be known is dogmatic. They thus attempted to make their skepticism universal, and to escape the reproach of basing it upon a fresh dogmatism. Mental imperturbability (ataraxia) was the result to be attained by cultivating such a frame of mind.

It feels a lot like Buddhism in its aim to reduce suffering (achieve mental imperturbability) through non-attachment (suspending all judgments). Add a dash of Advaita, a dollop of direct experience and voila - a spiritual dish fit for No-One!

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