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Philosophy

On Unity

Self and world are nothing in themselves and it is only in the interactions and creative, fundamentally incomplete interplay that they both gain substance…

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Philosophy

Void

There is so much discussion of mindfulness, what of mind-emptiness ? Lao-Tzu knew the eminent usefulness of that which is not there. Something which is nothing can in fact be absolutely anything…

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Philosophy

Existentialist Angst

To me – there is no meaning but that which we make. The burden of self-determination is not as soothing as faith must be and for this reason, in my agnostic isolation, I can not fully avoid a mild envy at the joys and certainties your faith provides you. Even if I do not share it (faith), I deeply respect it… Sisyphus’ burden is not that of the Believer…

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Philosophy

Rhetorical Poverty

The general rhetorical poverty of online forums and social media may just be something we need to accept; like belching, pimples or flatulence it is an aspect of human being which may have to be considered inevitable…

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Philosophy

Science and Religion

Contrary belief systems can coexist in the same knowledge and information space.

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Philosophy

Freedom of Belief

I think we should practice respect for cultural traditions but not at the cost of recognising that the interpretations and translation of faith and its various assertions of truth exist in an altogether different dimension of belief than does science and the rational analysis of reality…

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Philosophy

The Paradox of Tolerance

In regards to the ongoing global rise of the far right-wing and a certain authoritarian-flavoured nationalism, this is not so much prescient (“it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument”), more that this expresses a perennial truth…

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Philosophy physics

Goldilocks and the Two Anthropic Principles

The belief that our own existence in the Universe is in some sense probable or even inevitable is known as the Anthropic Principle. The Anthropic Principle comes in two flavours: weak and strong…

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memory Philosophy

Time

Time is fundamentally mysterious. In many ways it is the most intimate and omnipresent feature of our existence – what could be more readily apparent than duration, lived experience, memory or the ever-ticking memento of personal mortality which the clock represents ?

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Philosophy

Is Mathematics Real ?

On a purely pragmatic level: beyond philosophical complexities and existential insecurities, it does not actually matter whether mathematics is real and independent of us or if it is purely a procedurally self-consistent intellectual ecology of mysteriously effective principles, rules and axioms. Maths works for us. That is the crux. Personally, I think it has some […]

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Philosophy

A Systems-Theoretical Self

A systems-theoretical self is the empty set, taken as an object and then reflexively, recursively, iteratively reflected back into itself. Like the basis for counting: a base set of emptiness, itself impermeable and mysterious, becomes refracted through some elemental logic into a duplicity of itself and that which it is not. That which something which is nothing is not is itself something and through the impossible…

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communication Philosophy

Communication: The Problem

The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein identified some interesting problems of language. Language is a logical system through which we communicate. Language is also that through which we very often fail to understand what is being conveyed to us, that is – it is that through which we fail to communicate clearly…