Introducing The Soul

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C. S. Peirce gets into the heady world we now call AI. Peirce suggests AI lacks what we (we may infer) have — souls.

Peirce comes close to suggesting that when we enter a world of logical values, not dominated by money, the soul can help us arrive at logical conclusions.

This would not contradict Triadic Philosophy. The soul signifies a blend of consciousness, will and freedom that produces a measure of truth and beauty at the conclusion of the journey.

What is the soul’s journey?

A triadic process.

Conscious consideration (thought, hypothesis, sign) commences in the soul. It encounters an Ethical index, universal and efficacious. tending toward the good. Its ontological values are Tolerance, Helpfulness, Democracy and Non-idolatry. Conscious consideration proceeds to a third spot in the Root Triad Reality, Ethics Aesthetics. The Aesthetic is the seat of all human expression and action. Here we intersect with the world. The actions and expressions rising from our consideration are part of history, a knowable record we can analyze and measure.

Is this thinking defensible in a world rife with depression and rebellion? Do goodness and decency have any chance to surface within us? In all people?

Yes.

Why?

Because logic is goodness. Logic leads inexorably toward solutions that express and enact values that are in themselves good, ranging from self-respect and care for others to an ethic whose aim is to nonviolently secure universal justice.

Have these values been consciously enacted in the past? Yes.

Are they put forward today? Certainly.

Are we fallible? Yes.

Are we utopians?

No.

Our aim is survival. To achievement the best we can. As we can. We move ahead. Slowly. Over time. We win.

Peirce: CP 2.56 Cross-Ref:††

56. I must be excused for dwelling on this point, for no other in all logic, although it is a science of subtleties, is so hard to see. The confusion is embedded in language, leaving no words available to epigrammatize the error. Now it is not of fools exclusively, but of the greater part of the thinking world that words are the money. A celebrated treatise [by Hobbes] is entitled Logic, or Computation, and although not all reasoning is computation, it is certainly true that numerical computation is reasoning. But calculating machines are in everyday use; and Babbage’s analytical engine would perform considerable feats in mathematics. Other logical machines have been constructed.†1 All those instruments perform inferences; and those inferences are subject to the rules of logic. If from true premisses they always yield true conclusions, what more could be desired? Yet those machines have no souls that we know of. They do not appear to think, at all, in any psychical sense; and even if we should discover that they do so, it would be a fact altogether without bearing upon the logical correctness of their operations, which we should still have to assure ourselves of in the same way we do now.