Who we are as awareness is unknown because it cannot be made an object of observation without ceasing to be what it(?) is, and there is nothing for it to be known by, i.e. objects don't know anything.
And as regards contradictions, for someone to claim that they can observe the awareness that they are is a contradiction.
I am very much interested in researching consciousness/awareness. How did you come to the conclusion we cannot observe awareness/consciousness? This seems very profound - if that were so, awareness would be 'divine'.
T/-\E C/-\T as THE CAT
the "abiguity" does not even consciously arise ! Or to go even further "ambiguity" cannot exist without "focus" and this focus is observer/purpose dependent.
I agree. For me, there is no ambiguity in the stated. The only ambiguity for me is whether CAT represents the domestic animal, or the medical apparatus for scanning tissue. Ambiguities in natural language make it (almost) unsuitable for formal logic. You have to be very careful and follow rules of procedure (like in court), and use only allowed types of argument (no 'ad vitum nullum' etc.
) and use strict agreed upon sources of word definitions etc.
Joe, granted that x cannot contain the properties A and not A at the same time. That is tautologically valid, but when we try to test for the applicability of this principle in reality, you object that we are giving "merely empirical objections." What is the utility of logic for you?
I cannot say for Joe, (probably utility of logic for him is his everyday bread and butter), but for me utility of logic is my everyday bread and butter. That is unless I make an ambiguity, state A & not A, express myself unclearly etc.
The falseness of A & not A is actually not tautological, it is a consequence of rules of procedure of logic, AND consistency of the system of axioms (or in other words, the subject being under analysis).
The only way A & not A can arise using rules of logic is if it is already built-in in axioms, assumptions or definitions. This is relatively elementary stuff and is indeed at the heart of utility of logic.