The Cult of the Self If you ask someone what meditation is, you will likely learn that it’s an ancient practice, maybe even an ancient Eastern practice…
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We are used to drawing a sharp line between IS and OUGHT. The world is unjust, but ought not to be. The ideal society can be imagined without any conce…
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Hard and Soft Inquiry There are two poles to intellectual inquiry - I will call them ‘hard’ and ‘soft.’ Hard approaches make precise claims, draw stric…
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Affordances Let’s start with a cognitive framing on how to read Charles Taylor. The heterodox psychologist J.J. Gibson has been an inspiration for many…
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Many years ago, I read Steven Pinker’s “How the Mind Works.” This is what he had to say about the ‘how’: In Pinker’s view, we are thinking machines tha…
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At the end of this whirlwind tour of the Great Chain of Being, let me say that what I discovered was quite different from what I had set out to unearth…
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If you have a minute, I would love to hear a word or two from you about this series of posts on Kyborgs. Is it too esoteric? Is it interesting? As the …
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Making Sense of Sense I am taking half a step back to connect what we have been doing with the Great Chain of Being and Attentional Communities with th…
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Form as Cognition Yesterday I introduced the unit idea of Geometricity as one example of a formal intuition (and I briefly mentioned logic as another f…
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The great chain of being and its variants were both the explicit and the tacit metaphysics of what might be called the ‘Christian’ and ‘Islamic’ civili…
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Quaery
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Promethean Man
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