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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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Humility as insight

Objective reality as we all (to some degree) know it is a product of myriad overlapping subjective realities as each of us know it; and each of these subjective realities is in turn a product of metaphysical reality none of … Continue reading

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How-first

Far too few folks have given real thought to how they think — only to what they think. They might think outlandishly different things, but they do not think about those things in different ways. And they think about different … Continue reading

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Object attachments

Most of the research I’ve done in my career has been focused on removing problems or finding opportunities for increasing usefulness. Much less has been focused on intensifying desirability and long-term attachment, except as a side-effect of function. I’d like … Continue reading

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Lek and “the social”

Yesterday, talking with a friend about the current generation of youth’s terror of being awkward or inappropriate, I realized I’ve somehow managed to never write about the concept of lek on this blog, much less in connection with Buber’s social … Continue reading

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Perspectives on hybrid systems

Approaches to the composition of hybrid systems (systems made up of both objective and subjective elements) can be classified according to perspective. Actor-Network Theory views hybrid systems from a 3rd-person perspective, in objective terms, without emphasis on either the human … Continue reading

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One way to see design

Design is materialized philosophy. When designing something — which always and necessarily means designing something for someone — the central question is always: what is the right philosophy for this context? The purpose of design research is to get to … Continue reading

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Popper: “We all have our philosophies…”

“We all have our philosophies, whether or not we are aware of this fact, and our philosophies are not worth very much. But the impact of our philosophies upon our actions and our lives is often devastating. This makes it … Continue reading

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Protected: To Julius Evola

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Reject the conflict

This passage from Bruno Latour expresses a humility that I feel is disappearing from the world: “It is us, the social scientists, who lack knowledge of what they do, and not they who are missing the explanation of why they … Continue reading

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You didn’t have to convert to do that!

I interviewed an Israeli woman earlier this week as part of the work I’m doing. Of course I had to tell her I’m a recent convert. She immediately brightened up and demanded to know why I did it. I tried … Continue reading

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