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Old 09-27-2011, 02:31 PM   #36
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Re: Discussion of Spirituality from an Aikido Perspective.

Mary Eastland wrote: View Post
I think thst is a good way to deduce things.
On the contrary, it breaks the rules of deduction. It uses a different set of rules.

Mary Eastland wrote: View Post
However, if x+1 equals something for you that doesn't mean that x+1 equals the same thing for someone else because Aikido is not math.
It doesn't have to be for the statement to be provably true, as long as x is the same in both cases. Take two things that are the same, add the same thing to each, get the same result. Identical ingredients, identical process, identical result.

But that's a digression. The point was not whether or not aikido is like math, or whether the rules of math can be applied to aikido. The point is that for people who have not learned any formal reasoning beyond deductive reasoning, everything else is "intuition" or some kind of magic -- and that this is a false belief. Just because someone does not understand a reasoning process, does not mean that there IS no process.
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