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There was a big fight over Quantum Physics, in which Einstein defended Realism and Bohr defended Instrumentalism. That is a massive simplification, it seems, but it is an accepted-enough® simplification, so much so that this pseudo-quote is assigned to Bohr by PBS Space Time:

“It is meaningless to assign reality to the universe in the absence of observation”

That is a dumb simplification, but the dumbness might not be so clear. So. Read More »

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Outro dia no Tinder, alguém tava reclamando do baixo nível das cantadas ali, e é claro que o nível é baixíssimo, mas fiquei pensando… Não me parece uma coisa assim tão ruim que o Tinder seja baixaria. Ou melhor, me parece que a baixaria do Tinder seja resultado de pessoas ruins, mas de uma situação geopolítica em que a baixaria é a forma de comunicação menos pior disponível para pessoas normais. Read More »

A lot rests on the assumption of the I, so much so that it is even hard to show that it is an assumption. Almost everything that I know comes with a degree of uncertainty, but this little bit seems certain: I am myself.

I am unable to doubt this because I look at myself. This is a reflex, and a strong one. I introspect = look inside. I know this! How could it be wrong? Even if I go into zen-style stuff about becoming one with everything, there is still an I who is doing the becoming.

Who is it that knows there is no ego? — Alan Watts

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The Misunderstood Awards seek to accolade those champions of the human soul who have, either through hard work or mere brightness, advanced human thought and philosophy beyond the limits in which they lived, just to be held by common sense as having said and argued something completely different from what they believed and proposed. Paraphrasing Kipling, they have the truth they spoke being twisted by knacks to make a trap for fools.

This year the award goes to:

Socrates

Of course, we mostly know Socrates through the writings of Plato. And the way Plato understood everything is completely at odds with what Socrates thought. Not that we actually have any proof — and the issue has been rehashed ad nauseam — but you have to be a little stupid not to notice how stupid Plato was in his appropriation of his so-called teacher. Read More »