Category Archives: Philosophy

Blackness

When there is no light and we see only blackness, we think we see nothing. We look out into the emptiness of space and we see blackness, we think we see nothing. We see nothing when we look out at … Continue reading

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Isolation and delusion

Isolation makes existent things seem to not exist. Mass delusions make nonexistent things seem to exist.

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Demographelia

Demographelia is the preference for thinking in terms of social categories over encountering the uniqueness of individuals. And of course, since categories are features of our own minds, this signifies an impulse to reduce individuals to oneself — a solipsism … Continue reading

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Explanation vs. understanding

“Explanation, when regarded as the only goal of inquiry, becomes a substitute for understanding. Imperceptibly it becomes the beginning rather than the end of perception.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Reflections on Inventing the Individual

Here is a list of random thoughts that have occurred to me while reading Inventing the Individual: When you realize how deep the connection was between family and land, and what it meant in the ancient world to lose these … Continue reading

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Repost: anti-science = anti-social

This old post warrants an edited re-post: A person’s attitude toward science tells us much more about his attitudes toward his fellow human beings than it does with his attitudes toward nature. Science is a multi-generational collaborative unfinished accomplishment of … Continue reading

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Science is a style of quarreling

From Adam Gopnik’s “The Porcupine: A pilgrimage to Popper”: In the real world, as Popper knew perfectly well, the response of the scientist who has proposed that all swans are white when a black swan appears is not to say, cheerfully, … Continue reading

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