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CHABRIS & DAWKINS – IN KIND

Last-Minute Changes. Scientific orthodoxy says that human evolution stopped a long time ago. Did it? (Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2009) Christopher Chabris ‘psychology professor at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.’  Where it is written: But scientists do disagree over the … Continue reading

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NOT THIS

I’m digging through old back-ups looking for something. Not this. Still; Harry Stapp, Tuscon 1996, from his talk, Science of Consciousness and the Hard Problem. The “Hard Problem” has several aspects. From the perspective of science the question “Why does … Continue reading

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THINK ABOUT THINKING ABOUT THIS

Favorite droll turn on cogito ergo sum*: I think therefore I think I am. Possibly better: I think therefore I think I am thinking. Best: You are your epistemology. (Gregory Bateson) I’ve always stuck with John Lilly’s: My beliefs are … Continue reading

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LIBERAL MANAGERIAL NEO-LIBERALISM

This ideological approach is needed to legitimate predominant relations of domination (obtaining primarily among a ruling elite of experts, professionals, politicians, etc., and a well-administered citizenry) as being neutral and natural. Not only does this framework require automatic dismissal of … Continue reading

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THE AQAL HAMMER

The following could serve as the subject of an assignment: What’s wrong at the level of assumptions found in the following argument? I’ve provided some helpful italicizing. At the second gathering of the teachers of Integral Spiritual Center, Patrick Sweeney … 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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HEAVY-TAILED

I’ve added Three-Toed Sloth to the blogroll. It’s written by Cosma Shalizi, a professor at Carnegie Mellon. His research interests don’t at all dovetail with my own; to whit: “Information theory; nonparametric prediction of time series; learning theory and nonlinear … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: Healthy Skepticism

Hat tip to Learning2Share; cartoon by Ivan Brunetti; obviously after Ernie Bushmiller; source Skepticism

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BEHEMaTH

Post-creationist Michael Behe has a new book, The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, and I’ll be adding to my comments here over the next few days. I am not in any way qualified to evaluate … Continue reading

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DADA DA

After borrowing Ken Wilber’s latest book,Integral Spirituality from the library, I was moved to purchase it because I had dipped into it and read the following on page 176: The myth of the given or monological consciousness is essentially another … Continue reading

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INTERESTING RECIPES

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COME ON JOE

(I’m data hopping.} From a December 20 post at Matt Murrah’s Leadership blog. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and … Continue reading

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BE SURE NOT TO LOOK PEOPLE IN THE EYE TOO

From The Philosopher’s Magazine, by way of Dassh:A Day in the Integral Life 12 surefire techniques – I’ve excerpted the note at the end. Tips for the Top; How to Be a Philosopher Note Naturally, these techniques are not recommended … Continue reading

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TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BE

Richard Dawkins. The God Delusion. Harrumph. Dawkins is aggravated at magical precepts and objects of belief. Moreover, as many are, he finds the religious game of king of the hill destructive. But, Dawkins is somehow prevented by the mote in … Continue reading

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BIG FUN AT DANCING EDGES

A long excerpt from a book-length Ph.D. dissertation evokes the scope of Robert Stuart Houghton’s theorizing about education. A Chaotic Paradigm: An Alternative World View of the Foundations of Educational Inquiry. It’s gist is this: there is an implicit potential … Continue reading

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DELICATE TURNS

Arthur M. Young wrote two little read albeit influential and (to me) essential books, both published in 1976: The Geometry of Meaning and The Reflexive Universe. Along with the alchemical writings of C.G.Jung, they are the most important contemporary books … Continue reading

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SCIENCE THAT STUDIES THE PROCESS OF KNOWING

Yeah, What Bateson said. From a Batesonian perspective, it is the way we classify, make distinctions, and make sense of things that is fundamental. If it is the distinctions we ourselves make that are causes, then it is how we … Continue reading

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IT ALL SEEMS TO WORK OUT AT THE BEGINNING

“Now this is called the “quantum measurement paradox.” It is a paradox because who are we to do this conversion? Because after all, in the materialist paradigm we don’t have any causal efficacy. We are nothing but the brain, which … Continue reading

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SYMPHONIC WAYSTATION II.

II. The turn from 19th century hydraulic, “linear,” propulsive-impulsive, dramaturgical, ‘protagonistic’ (i.e. heroic) depth psychology, is a “turning into” the unframeable frame: so the move is surely post-Jungian, it develops a new order, is meta-psychological, resolves to living dynamic valences, … Continue reading

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