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Hebrew Pairs & Opening Trunks

  Excerpt from Opening Trunks, The Chuang Tzu, Chuangtse Translated by Yutang Lin [source] But nowadays any one can make the people strain their necks and stand on tiptoes by saying, “In such and such a place there is a … Continue reading

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Dr. Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (Hertfordshire) on: “Wittgenstein’s Razor”

Dr. Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (Hertfordshire) on: “Wittgenstein’s Razor” (pdf) 5th Annual Conference of the British Wittgenstein Society (BWS) Wittgenstein, Enactivism & Animal Minds University of Hertfordshire, 7-8 July 2012 Here’s some help from Dr. Moyal Sharrock‘s entry Knowledge and Certainty, 2015 … Continue reading

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DeBate Son

Nora Bateson with her father I. Ding an Sich Perhaps the largest question in epistemology is: How can we know anything if we cannot know the Ding an sich, the thing-in-itself? Or, another way of putting it: If we cannot … Continue reading

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Basics

Four personal findings coordinate my global sensemaking. Each is not taken to be a fact, rather each is taken as a fact. Each is the result of prior revisions. Number One: As one steps conceptually steps back through human history … Continue reading

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Generative Alchemy

Brueghel: The Alchemist The Alchemy of Symmetry – Excerpt from Brueghel’s The Alchemist S.Calhoun (2014) 10×10″ This piece is part of a large series that will likely be presented in a short film. The film is intended to show the … Continue reading

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Around and Round, and Never Off the Surface

Ask yourself: what kinds of “whats” express your own depth? Your depth is, what? To which problem do you go to first, the problem of ‘what is the what,’ or, the problem of, what is depth in terms of my depth?  … Continue reading

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The Precarity of the Estimate

This week, with the game on the line in the top of the last inning, the visiting team smartly aimed their offense at a weak spot in the infield and ended up with one single, one runner on base by … Continue reading

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Why Do Fallibilists and Nominalists Have Anything to Say At All?

fallibilism The basic idea: we can know things which are not entailed or guaranteed to be true by our evidence / reasons. Fallibilism gives us a response to Unger-style certainty skepticism: fallibilists can say that knowledge is com- patible with … Continue reading

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Meta Plus Recursion (and a topos for truthiness)

The idea of a universally shared source of truth called ‘reason’ or ‘human nature’ is, for us pragmatists, just the idea that such discussion ought to be capable of being made conclusive. We see this idea as a misleading way … Continue reading

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chaosmosis: the emergence of order from chaos, engendering new autopoietic entities

Aesthetic paradigm 1. In Guattari’s work, as opposed to scientific paradigms, paradigms that are schizoanalytic, rhizomatic, and chaosmic, involving processes rather than structures. psychoanalysis, which claimed to affirm itself as scientific, […] has everything to gain from putting itself under … Continue reading

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Empiricism

My thesis is that if we start with the supposition that there is only one primal stuff or material in the world, a stuff of which everything is composed, and if we call that stuff pure experience, then knowing can … Continue reading

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Experiencing Authenticity

Free Space The intertwinedness of body and mind helps explain women’s oppression. Women do not choose to think about their bodies and bodily processes negatively; rather they are forced to do so as a result of being embedded in a … Continue reading

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Bergson & James

 “The essential contribution of Bergson to philosophy is his criticism of intellectualism. In my opinion he has killed intellectualism definitively and without hope of recovery. I don’t see how it can ever revive again in its ancient platonizing role of … Continue reading

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Time Requires Time

Flowing Data Philosophy of Time: A great many other “flowings” or “fluxes” or “relations” acquire their privileged directionality (their asymmetry) from the arrow of time. How then does time acquire its direction? This seems to be a very puzzling question. … Continue reading

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Now You See It, Next You Don’t

English Philosopher George Berkeley (1685-1753) A youtube user, Gottfried Leibniz, comments below this video, “Yet another video on YouTube from an intro to philosophy class where the students deem it necessary to use ‘rap/homie talk’ to make their presentation seem … Continue reading

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Commit it then to the flames

David Hume, 300th birthday today. We may observe in human nature a principle which, if strictly examined, will be found to diminish extremely the assurance, which we might, from human testimony, have, in any kind of prodigy. The maxim, by … Continue reading

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The Precision of Imprecision

Charles Sanders Peirce Louis Menand’s capsule intellectual history of American pragmatism’s initial development, The Metaphysical Club, was an enjoyable read. But even little ol’ me could note he advanced a highly selective narrative, where he chops off C.S. Peirce’s technical … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

  x WND FREEDOM INDEX POLL 1 in 4 Americans censoring thoughts under Obama Confidence in constitutional liberties plunges further still Posted: March 27, 2010 11:50 pm Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily  Editor’s note: This is another in … Continue reading

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A LOT OF STUFF IS TRUE

If both natural law and ceaseless creativity partially beyond natural law are necessary for understanding our world, and if we as whole human beings live in this real world of law and unknowable creativity, these two ancient strands of Western … Continue reading

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PLURALISM = MONISM

“With univocity, however, it is not the differences which are and must be: it is being which is Difference, in the sense that it is said of difference. Moreover, it is not we who are univocal in a Being which … Continue reading

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