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Philosophy

Fixing a Broken World

If it is true that there does in fact exist a class (or singular, if enigmatic, presence) of global systems theories that successfully, comprehensively and usefully abstract universal properties, theorems or logical relationships in any one non-trivially complex or sophisticated system and integrated, adaptive and evolutionary context; then those insights, abstractions and global properties solve […]

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Philosophy

Belief

We think and act as though the things we believe are reliable and unproblematically grounded upon an objective truth. This is a falsehood because all assertions, all references and all concepts – being defined in terms of other definitions and so in tautological circularity – are only ever the interior and half-mirrored surface of our […]

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Philosophy

Imprisoned by the Words that define Freedom

It is so difficult to step outside the unseen boundaries that our words and worlds draw across our lives, even as they indicate another life and possibility beyond those walls that are usually at least felt, if not directly seen. Being born into a particular time and place shapes us in ways that quite precisely […]

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Organisation

The Rudderless Reality of Human Systems

It always strikes me as being an astonishingly dark irony that the core and kernel of a psychologically reflexive desire to identify or assert centralised control systems in the world is quite plausibly the key causal factor that almost entirely problematises and renders such control as functionally impossible. This indicates a deeper psychological property and […]

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Philosophy

Wisdom

What a strange thing to find such an artefact of profound wisdom located on the wall next to a wash basin in the public toilet of a shopping center. Language is structured in precisely this way and it is around precisely such micro-choices of self-inflected emotional bias that our whole lives sometimes turn. There is […]

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Philosophy Psychology

Homeless Fears

There are many kinds of fear. Some of them are straightforward, unproblematic and represent a simple correlation between a concept and the thing it represents. In this sense a fear of a specific animal is usually just that and regardless that arachnophobia, for instance, rarely represents something unconscious or indirect other than a linearly-related fear […]

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Philosophy

I.Q. is not an Objective Measure of Human Intelligence

Context: IQ tests: are humans getting smarter? Intelligence is a topic in which explicability possesses an uncanny correspondence to the behavioural practices by and through which it is defined. Having framed longevity as a plausibly necessary function of intellect, Social Darwinism arrives (yet again) on the Pale Horse as meritocracy wearing a clown hat. Having […]

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Philosophy

Superficiality

Superficiality is a function of acceleration. The mainstream flow of technological complexity is such that not only is it quite possible to exist, survive and (indeed) thrive while doing little more than juggling labels, names, references and (other) abbreviations – this is the constitutive default mode of contemporary psychological and cultural experience. Complexity and comprehension […]

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Philosophy

The Recursive Enigmas of Battling Bias

Bias represents an interesting and potentially intractable problem. Regardless of how (or where) we seek to address or interdict it, there exists an intrinsic, endemic property of complex information and energy-processing (i.e. logical, material) systems that natively orients those entities towards abstraction, abbreviation and mnemonic compression. Bias is the persistence of logical errors that naturally […]

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Philosophy

On Blogging

I guess blogging is really just a daily diary, a notebook into which we inscribe our thoughts, our feelings and whatever other existential paraphernalia we might find decorating these interior surfaces if self and subjectivity. Do we write because we want or need an externalised sense of validation that this experience brings? Perhaps, but there […]

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Philosophy

Saturday Morning Enigma: Language

Few seem to be aware that the primary transmission medium of communication as hyper-extended technological overreach embodied in language and various, diverse encoding systems is (and are) foundationally and intractably unable to provide that closure and certainty that we are (yet) able to emulate or simulate from inside it. This is the source of a […]

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Philosophy

Why do we suffer?

I’m going for yet another deep (if relatively brief) dive on the question of suffering. The natural orientation of the Universe towards dissolution and decay or disorder is precisely the reason why we have life, sentience, experience and intelligence – the entropy of material dissolution is a precondition for the structural aggregation and compression of […]