"When I get new evidence I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes
- Humberto Maturana & Heinz von Foerster: Meta-Science, Reflection
- Visual Experiment: On the Trail (ARK)
- Teaching Cartoons: Instrumentality 1 & 2
- Mandorla: Trailer
- A Hidden ‘Meta’
- Who Are Your Luminaries?
- Everyone is going one place or the other, ‘cept corporations
- Kippie’s Ekaya
- Free Play Softball League: Ludic Aspirations & the Blue Men Group
- Symmetry Visual Experiment
- Teaching cartoon: Preparation
- Africa, the Original Home of Every Single Racist
- A Fire God
- Cultural Cognition (4 Square Matrix)
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- If, during the long course of ages and under varying conditions of life, organic beings vary at all in the several parts of their organization, and I think this cannot be disputed; if there be, owing to the high geometric powers of increase of each species, at some age, season or year, a severe struggle for life, and this certainly cannot be disputed; then, considering the infinite complexity of the relations of all organic beings to each other and to their conditions of existence, causing an infinite variety in structure, constitution, and habits, to be advantageous to them, I think it would be a most extraordinary fact if no variation ever had occurred useful to each being’s own welfare, in the same way as so many variations have occurred useful to man. But if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being preserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offspring similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection. [Charles Darwin (1859) On the Origin of Species]
- “It is essential to such a government, that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.” James Madison
- All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it. -Benjamin Franklin
Thinking Outside the Agora
- The 300 sequel is desperately trying to remind you it exists December 4, 2013There's a new trailer for the 300 sequel The Legend of Curly's Gold Rise of an Empire, and it's sad that this once proud franchise has traded its trademark quiet introspection and examination of the human condition for such bombast. Naw, I'm just kiddin', both movies are about half-naked dudes killing each other.Read more... […]
- How Medical Nanotech Will Change Humanity Forever December 4, 2013Futurists have long speculated that nanotechnology — the engineering of materials and devices at the molecular scale — will revolutionize virtually every field it touches, medicine being no exception. Here's what to expect when you have fleets of molecule-sized robots coursing through your veins.Read more...
- This is devastating. December 4, 2013This is devastating. Dozens of pilot whales have become stranded along the shallow waters of Florida's Everglades National Park. Six members of the pod have died since the group was spotted yesterday afternoon, but rescue efforts are in full swing. It is reportedly the largest such stranding in almost twenty years.Read more...
- Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in Batman Vs. Superman December 4, 2013Long have we waited for a Wonder Woman movie or television show that didn't make us want to flay the very skin from our flesh. Now it looks like we just got one step closer. Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have cast their Wonder Woman for the Batman Vs. Superman movie, and she's both Fast and Furious.Read more...
- 13 Ways to Make Legend of Korra's Third Season Amazing December 4, 2013With book two of Legend of Korra closed, it's time to look ahead. We already know that book three will be called "Change" and deal with the after-effects of Korra's decision to leave the human world connected to the spirit world. There's a lot of potential there, and the good news is the team behind the show can work from a multi-sea […]
- The 300 sequel is desperately trying to remind you it exists December 4, 2013
- Teaching Programming Logic to the Ultimate Beginners: Children December 4, 2013
- Crowdfund Roundup: STEAMy projects in Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math December 4, 2013
- Skill Builder: Arduino 101 December 4, 2013
- Wicked Cool Education from NarwhalEdu December 4, 2013
- Pi Overload: New Raspberry Pi Products in the Maker Shed December 4, 2013
Daily Archives: November 6, 2012
I’m a lifelong Democrat, being the product of a liberal family, with a college vice president for a mother and an attorney for a father. At the same time, I’m a student of history and, going farther, of meta-history and of sociology and of political philosophy. I’ve read and thought my way through the Greeks and the moderns and still cannot wrap my head around the ways greed and selfishness and individualism is said to be virtuous.
Obviously, biologically, individualism is absolutely a non-starter. You can’t get anywhere from it alone.
At 58, I’m a fallibilist and skeptic and, I would label myself a Fabian Digger too. But I’m not ideological about any of this because I’m a (William) Jamesian, a relativist, and so I am antagonistic toward ideological reductions for the precise reason that reality itself is not ideological. My finding: in actuality, where reality is most coherent, it is the ‘least’ ideologically.
I could never vote Republican because, for me, their attachment is to ideology above reality, and so, not surprisingly, I find Republican policies to be in various ways and with certainty:
BONUS: GOP is not in favor of every legal voter voting
The data is on my side of course. I can make a slam dunk case for each of these features of the GOP. Yet, in the main, in the most basic material terms, the GOP is economically nowadays the party of socializing risk and privatizing profits. The GOP is post-Capitalist, or, alternately, has come to endorse a final degenerative and plutocratic stage of finance capitalism in which the paper and speculative and derivative economy overwhelms property-based capitalism.
As the data clearly shows, a dollar earned as wage or salary, as profit on a product sold, is much more safe when there is a Democrat in the Oval office.
Everybody gets to make up their own mind about what party and policies and ideologies are best for America. After four years of watching the GOP wage a war against President Obama, and, grievous wars against the working class, women, children, minorities, veterans, and, business, I remain amazed that Romney can gain more than a few thousand votes. Okay, not so amazing; we’re still grappling with the aftermath of the civil war.