Category Archives: philosophy

Moral Perception

What can we learn from Buddhist moral psychology? Jay L. Garfield (excerpt from Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy It is hard to avoid the conclusion that perception itself is morally charged. If I see women as tools, or … Continue reading

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Pragmatic Turning

On February 13, 2013, Richard J. Bernstein, the 2013 Selzer Visiting Philosopher gave this lecture at Beloit College. Dr. Bernstein is the Vera List Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research. The standard philosophical conventions that divide … Continue reading

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By Hand

A Thousand Hands Ago from S Ensby on Vimeo. The dramatic form is reached when the vitality which has flowed and eddied round each person fills every person with such vital force that he or she assumes a proper and … Continue reading

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Transcendental Semiosis

“In many respects, this trinity agrees with the Christian trinity: indeed I am nor aware that there are many points of disagreement. The interpretant is evidently the Divine Logos or word; and if our former guess that a Reference to an interpretant is … Continue reading

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Up And Down

Our focus on the person is at once a great accomplishment and a significant risk. It is a great accomplishment because it signifies our recognition of every human being’s free participation in transcendent truth and goodness. Yet, it is also … Continue reading

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And I mean every last round bit of it.

(Gaston Bachelard, the phenomenology roundness; in: Poetics of Space) I should like to give an example of an image that is outside all realistic meaning, either psychological or psychoanalyti­cal. Without preparing us, precisely as regards the absolute nature of the … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: Principles

It would be, of course, much better, if this occasion were celebrated with no talk at all, and if I addressed you in the manner of the ancient teachers of Zen, I should hit the microphone with my fan and … Continue reading

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Enlightenment, Now and Later

bonus: From the 1960 season of Alan Watts‘ KQED television series, Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life

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Penetrating Sensings – Coda.

Kalipo – Fractal from Pupillendriller on Vimeo. With reference to conversation or dialogue, a sketch of how the Reduced Bateson Set might be employed to draw out some tacit assumptions goers like this: 1. What are the systematic assumptions that … Continue reading

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Penetrating Sensings II.

Krishnamurti said that “to be” is to be related. But relationship can be very painful. He said that you have to think and feel out all your mental processes and work them through, and then that will open the way … Continue reading

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Penetrating Sensings I.

(1) “The actual order (the Implicate Order) itself has been recorded in the complex movement of electromagnetic fields, in the form of light waves. Such movement of light waves is present everywhere and in principle enfolds the entire universe of … Continue reading

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Signed Cosmos In an Ambiguous Multi-verse

Deana Neubauer 20 minutes on Biosemiosis earlier on the blog Professor Soren Brier presents 90 minutes Cyber[bio]semiotics, through Bateson, Luhmann, and Peirce More Brier: Cybersemiotics: A New Foundation for Transdisciplinary Theory of Information, Cognition, Meaningful Communication the Interaction Between Nature … Continue reading

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A Trick

This week I offered up a trick to the Experiential Learning Community of Practice Study group. We were talking about the active negotiation and navigation of opposites/polarities that are obscured but also resolvable in the schema of experiential learning styles … Continue reading

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Peirce, Luhmann, Bateson – Sign and Socios

Søren Brier, Professor of Culture and Communication Studies, Copenhagen Business School, gives a presentation as part of the University of Oregon Conference on Biosemiotics and Culture. Bonus: Professor Peter Ochs, UVa., has posted his terrific chapter from Founders of Constructive Postmodern … Continue reading

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Friendship: A Schema for Depth and Learning

I have been reflectingintuiting over the past six weeks on my relationship with Ken Warren, and, the nature of active creative sustained depth-full relationship. This has been, is, almost a prototype of grief framed by bittersweet finality. This is both … Continue reading

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The Stack of Symmetry

Over the past few years I have not combined a vertical with a ‘flipped’ horizontal symmetry so as to synthesize the above stack. Presumably, there is a transcendent function hidden in my (a) intention, or, (2) unconscious urge, because it … Continue reading

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Friendship: Negative Capability, Unfinished Impositions, Irony

Loss of a person, of a close frriend or of a family member, presents a challenging process which won’t let go as it impels me through its requisite travail. At the same time, the outward conventions of concern and courtesy … Continue reading

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Interlude #2 Play

This re-intensification of the body, which restores our bond to an original intensity that resists traditional static notions of the cosmos and the human, of man and the universe, can best be called “spirit” or “spirituality” (thugs). Though the German … Continue reading

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Next Stop, Jupiter

Dear Mr. Harrison the problem of the Ufos is, as you rightly say, a very fascinating one, but it is as puzzling as it is fascinating; since, in spite of all observations I know of, there is no certainty about … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon, Cave Man

Caveman A caveman seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cavewoman. Directed by Carl Gottlieb. Starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. Dr. Puck’s Prejudicial Proposition Number One: If you step backward in … Continue reading

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