Category Archives: Synesis

Density of soul

“When a poet is not in love with reality his muse will consequently not be reality, and she will then bear him hollow-eyed and fragile-limbed children.” — Friedrich Nietzsche * It seems to me that few people agree with me … Continue reading

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Symmetrical egalitarianism

Can egalitarianism be disrespectful? In some social contexts strict egalitarianism is the very embodiment of respect. An example of such a context is a gathering of equal peers deliberating on a shared problem. Each is understood by the others to … Continue reading

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Latour getting melioristic

Hell yes: To go from metaphysics to ontology is to raise again the question of what the real world is really like. As long as we remain in metaphysics, there is always the danger that deployment of the actors’ worlds … Continue reading

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Anthropology = empirical metaphysics

From Reassembling the Social: What ANT does is that it keeps asking the following question: Since every sociologist loads things into social ties to give them enough weight to account for their durability and extension, why not do this explicitly … Continue reading

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Apollinian-Dionysian-tragic

Though Nietzsche rarely spoke of Hegel, and when he did he treated him more as a cultural force than a source of valid ideas, it is clear to me, based on my own experience of reading him, that Nietzsche thought … Continue reading

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Gathering

Suddenly and miraculously, three people find themselves sitting together in a room, conversing. Moments before, nine people sat alone in three rooms, talking.

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Seven capacities

The capacity to describe a situation in all its factual, practical and meaningful dimensions, doing justice to the full experience of the situation is one thing. The capacity to explain the situation by modeling it as a dynamic with particular … Continue reading

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Influence over reverence

Quantity of reverence matters less than quality of influence. To revere someone excessively — to make a person an object of worship instead of a teacher with a relevant, practical and surprising lesson — can even be a defense against … Continue reading

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Constitution of “who”

Peirce’s pragmatic maxim: “In order to ascertain the meaning of an intellectual conception one should consider what practical consequences might conceivably result by necessity from the truth of that conception; and the sum of these consequences will constitute the entire … Continue reading

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Business philosophy

Philosophy asks: What purely intellectual factors constricting our options? What assumptions possess our minds and make matters that could be otherwise and better seem absolute and eternal? Where is our customary perspective hiding relevant clues from us that would be … Continue reading

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To be seen and not heard

“You are to be seen and not heard.” This means: you are to be an object, not a subject. Whatever needs knowing about an object can be known through observation. An object belongs to a world, but a world does … Continue reading

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Sanity and vision

The world is overrun with visionaries and sane people. What is lacking is: vision which respects sanity, and sanity which recognizes vision. * Too often, sanity poses as vision, exotically paraphrasing the same old content in the language and gestures … Continue reading

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Empathy and sympathy

A friend of mine confessed that while he has sympathy for others he lacks empathy. What does this mean? Here is how I took it: He is able to sympathize with isolated and momentary feelings that another person has. Something … Continue reading

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Understanding and selling

If you buy what you are selling from yourself, thinking “If I won’t buy it from myself, how can I expect someone else to buy it from me?” — at best you are deluding yourself. You aren’t motivated to buy … Continue reading

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Self interviews

Last night I woke with a sudden surprising insight, “Of course self-dialogue is as concealed and revealing as dialogue with others. How else could we be surprised by sudden insight?” A sudden insight about sudden insight spoke to me out … Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

Have you ever been in a deep, inspired conversion with a friend and noticed that you were waiting with your friend to hear what you would say next? Did the world change for you? Did it wear off? Have you … Continue reading

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Synetic branding

Synetic branding (ORIGIN Greek synesis, understanding, literally “togetherness”) – The art of persuasive alignment of perspective, intended to reveal the unique superiority of an organization’s offerings. Synetic branding brings an organization’s internal and external stakeholders to a common understanding – … Continue reading

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With-ness

syn– or sym– (prefix) – united; acting or considered together. ORIGIN from Greek sun “with, together.” The ambiguity of the “with” of syn-/sym- is interesting. In some cases “with” is actively social, for instance in symposium, sympathy and synagogue. It … Continue reading

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Hubris and akrasia

Hubris is what I’ve called solipsism or “artificial autism” – the shutting out of other all other subjectivity except one’s own. It is possible, and in fact is even radically compatible with hubris to psychologize about other subjects, (even with … Continue reading

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