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Design: thinking, crafting and actualizing

To be effective in any design discipline it is certainly necessary to master the universal methods of design. Whether you call these methods Human-Centered Design (HCD) or Design Thinking or invent some new term for it, the principles are always … Continue reading

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Performative contradiction

Poking around in Karl Jaspers: An Introduction to His Philosophy, I just read something that would serve nicely as a definition of performative contradiction: “to deny by example what is affirmed by assertion.” I may need to read this whole … Continue reading

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Faith space

Normally I don’t publish this kind of disorganized mess, but today I feel compelled to reflect on what feels like a constricting world, where liberal space from others is increasing scarce. * A person’s beliefs are not the same as … Continue reading

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Faith in faithfulness

Faith is the relationship we have with reality beyond what is present to our experience, the being that inspires our warmest love and coldest dread, the being upon which we depend for our very being, the being with the potential … Continue reading

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Practical prayer

Sunday, I attended the funeral of a man I’d been praying for, but never met in person. Praying for him made his life, along with what I didn’t know of him more real to me. By hearing how he was … Continue reading

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Art and world

Art affirms a world, completes a world or promises a world. The affirmation of a world that is not full of positive significance and potential does nothing but provide folks with refashioning of the expected: safe novelties. A world that … Continue reading

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3 C’s of service design

More on this later, but I wanted to jot down this framework: Service design aims to get three things right: Continuity: ensure the whole experience is designed without thoughtless gaps at any unconsidered moment where the customer is confused, frustrated … Continue reading

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The “yes, but, so” of pseudoliberalism

What is it about Rorty that makes him so satisfying to disagree with? Rorty’s mistakes and omissions make me like him even more. Maybe it is because his ultimate goals and tacit evaluations correspond to my own, and our disagreements … Continue reading

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Rorty on public and private beliefs

This passage from Rorty’s absolutely brilliant essay “Pragmatism as Romantic Polytheism” made a very deep impression on my politics: I turn now to the other big difference between Nietzsche on the one hand and James and Dewey on the other. … Continue reading

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Emergency and hubris

An inclination to see emergencies — emergencies being states of affairs demanding extraordinary means to address an immediate dire threat of some kind — can often seem more motivated by a strong inclination to use extraordinary means than in the … Continue reading

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Jaspers on philosophy and science

From Philosophy, “Epilogue 1955”: This came to be the great philosophical challenge: to hold on to science, to keep testing by its standards of compelling certainty, and yet to do our ascertaining in the realm of our lives. The point … Continue reading

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Judging judgment

Whenever I hear stories about how unjustly the emerging generation deals with the injustices of past generations I recall Anaximander’s immortal snark: Beings must pay penance and be judged for their injustices, in accordance with the ordinance of time. We … Continue reading

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Apprehending apprehension

The word apprehend is uncanny. When I encounter it, I cannot fully comprehend what it means, in a way that makes me mildly anxious. When I comprehend an idea, I am able to wrap my mind around it, conceptualize it … Continue reading

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A more subdued existentialism

Jaspers published his magnum opus Philosophy when he was 49 and delivered the lectures that became Philosophy of Existence when he was 55. His is a different kind of existentialism from that of Sartre, who was a full decade younger … Continue reading

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Jaspers

Jaspers is uncannily close to my own worldview: Authentic reality is the being that cannot be thought in terms of possibility. What does this mean? Any actuality, whose existence I comprehend through the causes that produced it, could have been … Continue reading

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James Dickey documentary

This James Dickey documentary is required viewing: “James Dickey: Lord Let Me Die, But Not Die Out”

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Intellectual fashion

When an idea goes out of fashion it is not always because it is shown to be false or discovered to neglect important considerations. It can also be discarded prematurely because another idea ascends and conflicts with it, or even … Continue reading

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Oppressive rooms

It feels terrible to be in the midst of hyper-aggressive people who only care about what they are doing and saying, who leave no room for anyone else and expect anyone who wants to participate to barge in, make room … Continue reading

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Jaspers

Look out. I am entering a Jaspers phase. Reading Hannah Arendt’s essay “What is Existential Philosophy?” I’ve drawn a ridiculous number of stars, explanation marks and yeses into the margins of her summary of his thought. My plan is to … Continue reading

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Hineni

Hineni might be the best one-word Jewish prayer.

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