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Philosophy

On Seeking the Impossible

I know of no other way than to seek the impossible beyond ourselves in the paragon of perfect forms or infinity other than as simultaneously and endemically manifest in and as the incompleteness, doubt, undecidability and uncertainty within us. In this, we come to understand that the distance and difference by which we seek and […]

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Philosophy

Manifest Impossibility

If probabilities are real, then possibility and impossibility are as real (as functions of probability) as is Hawaii or chicken soup. The unsettling consequences of quantum theory seem to be quite conveniently swept under the ontological (and epistemological) carpet but the fact remains that material reality is deeply infused by and in some mysteriously unintelligible […]

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life

Unbounded Sentience

Is philosophical truth bounded by paradigms of scientific convention or proven fact? Well, no – just as mind is not bounded by the limits of language in the way ordered or rational cognition is. Language may be the limit of my world, but it is not the limit of mind, sentience or consciousness.

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technology

Technological Innovation: Blue-Sky Dreaming

Context: Graceful robotic swifts take flight in latest Festo demo Fascinating technologies. We should perhaps not be all that surprised when these technologies approach (if asymptotically) the neurophysiological and anatomical metabolic efficiencies and long-evolved adaptive aptitudes and spontaneous information-entropy-generation of living systems. Work is already and clearly being done in this area. Long-range blue-skies thinking […]

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Philosophy Psychology

A Fascination with Broken Things

Broken things and imperfect people are often far more interesting than are complete and whole ones…

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Philosophy

Impossible Things

Given sufficient complexity, energy or information flow and time, the logical end-state of any particular process need not itself under analysis appear as though rationally derived or even substantively plausible.

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culture

On Autopilot

Having successfully equipped myself with precisely the wrong set of mental tools and concepts to survive in this particular hyper-commercial and aggressively competitive world…