Sunday, October 7, 2012
Bad and good ideas
Why bad ideas are bad?
First of all, let me tell you that I am not doing a moral judgment when I write about bad ideas. I’m concerned here with logically bad ideas. Bad ideas here means unclear, confuse, contradictory ideas.
So, let’s define the opposite: good ideas. This is easy because good ideas are those who match with facts.
Let us consider the idea of a tree. In the real world there are trees, right? So trees are the referent. And we have the idea of a tree, the signified, and we have also the word tree, that is the signifier.
Word and idea are clear and sound, because there are trees.
Ideas are clear and sound to the extent that they reflect objective realities.
The question here is this one: how are bad, unclear, unsound ideas possible? Any idea is logically bad when it’s distanced with the originating source. An idea is bad when the correspondence between the idea and the objective, factual world is unclear and unsound.
So, to detect a bad idea we must be mindful of the source of it.
Is that source a real fact or a real event? Can we see these?
If we cannot find the referent of some idea in the real world, the idea is unclear and unsound. By the way this is also true in abstract sciences like mathematics because numbers exist and help us to measure and understand our world. Energy, space and time exist. Belong to the real world.
That’s why when someone comes to us with ideas that have nothing to do with real facts and events; we truly don’t know what he/she is talking about, because his ideas have nothing to do with the real world.
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