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Tenho ouvido de algumas garotas que o que a sociedade mais exige delas é a beleza. Mas acho que é um engano isso. Não se espera delas que sejam bonitas, mas que se façam bonitas. Ou seja, a beleza não é importante, mas sim que elas se conformem ao estereótipo. Read More »

The young priest/wizard held the staff high. It was the first ceremony he conducted with it, after inheriting it from the old sage, and he had decorated it with fresh mongoose blood and falcon feathers. Read More »

[This comes from a very old notebook and i do not believe most of it any more, i’m posting it here anyway as to exemplify some of the roads whereby my head has come up with ideas i’m posting shortly…]

At the height of the last financial crisis it was “in” to say the moment heralded the “end of capitalism” and that this, in turn, represents the downfall of the last ideology amongst the 2 we used to have. We are supposed to be the age without options. The people without faith in big plans and big ideals, the guys who will say that business-as-usual is as-good-as-it-gets. The ones who will stop daydreaming and “just do a little better”, go fixing the problems with an ant’s strategy, bit by bit, without looking at the big picture and attempting changes where it really hurts.

I don’t buy it. I don’t buy any of it. Beginning with the stupid claim that there where only two ideologies. Read More »

As of today, it does not make a load of sense to study logics as in Greek-logics. It is too ethnocentric. It does not translate well: Even contemporary Greeks can’t take it the same way ancient Greeks did. What we can do — and should — is learn about language. We just need a contemporary way to. One i’ve came across that’s mighty fine is Schoppenhauer’s Eristik, which is language, but loaded.

So i propose we do something along the lines of an update: Eristik 2.0.

Schoppenhauer’s take on language was that it could as easily be used to defend all kinds of bullshit as to intelligent thought, and so you must learn all the dirty tricks to guard against them. I would say that in the end it is really impossible to distinguish clearly against bullshit. Language always carries a risk. It is always loaded. We can and must find the most obvious bullshit, but some of it is too close to making sense, and some of it is bullshit but useful nevertheless. Deep down, the loadedness of language, which allows it to carry bullshit, also allows it to carry meaning: Good language is loaded language.

Provided, that is, you aim it right. Read More »

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