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The relevance of thought must be obtained (and sometimes wrested) from the circumstance we exist in.

We could then best describe thought as distillation than as searching. To talk about the inner working of thought, we must deal in heuristics (as opposed to, say, universality or validation or platonic enlightenment). Heuristics are the mechanics of circumstances. Heuristics are circumstance-navigation. What does that say to us about knowledge? Read More »

It’s tacky, but i love it. Found on one of those blogs, something that crawled unnoticed into my gReader from somewhere. [Some editing involved…] A group of students go visit a professor, he comes from the kitchen with assorted cups of coke, and after everyone has taken one, he gets the left over, ugly, uncool, last picked glass, and says: “Why did you all go straight for the colourful stylish glasses, when it was the ugly one the only where i did pour some ice?”. As in, you know, do not judge a book by the cover. But the thing is, it is a good message, if only you can realize that it must be applied in a multitude of different levels. If you just get a little more inclusive with good books having bad covers, this fable is probably not making you much good. The general principle here must be applied very, but very, deep. As in you must make “disregard the unimportant” so much a second nature that you actually disregard almost everything that people are running after — in fact, you disregard almost everything PERIOD. But maybe i am just a fool.

People keep insisting on making a fool of themselves by proclaiming that Matrix Reloaded is not philosophical. Bollocks. But what i come here to say to you today is that Reloaded has one of the best examples ever of two opposed basic ways to live life: Smith and Keymaker. Read More »

They say that “There is no truth” must certainly be false because if, well, it was true than at least it would be true than it would be false. Completely misses the point. “There is no truth” does not care whether it is truth or no. It doesn’t give a shit. It is an operational guide, not a epistemological consideration. It is a heuristic, not a judgement. It is an method not an fact.