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December 21, 2009

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"...the Buddha’s self is gold while the shape of the gold is the aggregates."

This sounds like what John Searle called a 'rigid designator'. I do not see how this nor the wave/water example illustrate a distinction that is not like that of the ghost/machine. It seems like proponents of the ghost/machine distinction could be speaking of the same sort of identity (i.e. something other than a homunculus).

"We must accept the fact, at least, that our self is spiritually and fundamentally distinct from the Five Aggregates."

What is a distinction then, when it is not a distinction of/between phenomena?

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