Category Archives: philosophy

A lot of words about no words: Yang Silence

Wittgenstein's awesome quote, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent" is a really great example of the kind of tortured verbing that makes formal philosophy so damn hard to read for most people.  It should be noted, too, … Continue reading

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1. go out 2. go in 3. prophet

The first struggle of all lives is to go out.  Out there, we piece together the Questions. Questions are tricky: intellectually demanding and complex.  It is not enough to ask a simple question most of the time — just the fact of … Continue reading

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Use Details to Battle The Devil

LIES AND MORE LIES The Devil is the Father of Lies, as we know.  And that terrible capital-D voice in your head when you're depressed, most of us also know, wants to make everything look hopeless.  Depression wants to color everything with its bleakness — past, … Continue reading

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Another category of logical fallacies

OK, look.  I love logic.  I basically got a degree in it, and I was raised in a pro-intellectual household by a man whose bread and butter (and therefore mine) came from his skill at arguing — and I'm good … Continue reading

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Ideas: not letting the Devil know

I love the few great ideas I've heard expressed equally well in a Western and an Eastern context; it gives me hope that any method of understanding has the potential to reveal truth, if applied correctly.   Here's one:  In … Continue reading

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Blanket Distrust

(no no, not distrust of blankets. we like blankets. they’re like towels, but they mean business. the fully-automatic not-effing-around of douglasadamsian towels.) (but I digress, before I’ve begun. BECAUSE THAT’S HOW I ROLL, obviously.) It’s hard to know what thoughts … Continue reading

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May I have an order of logic to go, please?

Step one: Do people have food, shelter, and access to health care and education? If yes, THEN spend fifty billion of their dollars unencrypting their emails. Yes? I mean, I do sorta have a degree in logic, but this doesn't … Continue reading

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Feynman and the eighth-of-an-inch black hole

In my stumblings today, I wound up watching this Nova episode on Richard Feynman: [youtube=http://youtu.be/Mn4_40hAAr0&w=425]   Now, this is partly notable because I'd been pretty sure there wasn't much on Feynman that I hadn't seen or read already. I'm a … Continue reading

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Me All Over

You know you're part of a subculture when you sometimes check the popular RSS feeds and want to run for your tinfoil hat:

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Max CPU Priority: Window

How efficient would a computer be that ran non-stop for decades, with no cleanup of any sort?  With almost every program it had ever started lingering in memory way longer than it was needed, and many of them never stopping … Continue reading

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