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Bud the Brain Explores Existence: A Graphic Essay on Spinoza

I owe a debt of gratitude to someone who emailed me recently about this blog. I wrote back with the following:  I used to get mad at Spinoza for using the word, ‘GOD.’ I felt much the same way about Bill Wilson of AA . I would put a penciled X over the word and …
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HOW TO PLAY LIFE: UNDERSTANDING (The Chapter I could not write while my body and spirit were in prison) Metaphor:  “A) Rhetorical figure transposing a term from its original concept to another and similar one. B) In its origin, all language was metaphoric; so was poetry. “ Lionelli Venturi 1 PART ONE: THE ABSTRACT LIE …
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Here’s the letter from the April issue and below it, my response: DISAGREEING ON EVERYTHING – As theoretical physicists, we deplore the publication of A. Garrett Lisi and James Owen Weatherall’s, ‘A Geometric Theory of Everything,” as well as of zeeya Merall’s, ‘Rummaging for a Final Theory” [News Scan] in the September issue, which was …
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THE PILL OF PROPERTY & THE DRUG OF RELIGION             Revolutions in the Middle East are not bringing the expected democracy because revolutions never do. The idea that they might is a post-enlightenment myth of the Western world. Revolutions simply create a temporary shift in the balance of power. It is wrenched from the privileged …
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3 CONCEPTUAL FUNCTIONS OF THE BRAIN: A CRITIQUE OF DANIEL KAHNEMAN’S ‘THINKING, FAST & SLOW.’                                     Being critical of Daniel Kahneman, “widely regarded as the world’s most influential living psychologist,’ (according to Ted.Com), is like being critical of a favorite uncle.  When I was in the incipient stage of adolescence, such an uncle took …
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Dear Contributor, Thank you for your offer to contribute to Scientific American.  The Board of Editors has considered your proposal and I regret to say that the piece you propose is not suited to our somewhat limited editorial needs. We appreciate your interest in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. ———————————————————————— I would like to thank the board of …
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IN BRIEF  Things jump out of the symmetry of energy as holograms and true ideas are immanent not transcendent.  Philosophy is the definition of things and science is the demonstration of things. The two disciplines are complementary.  Since he made mathematics the measure of all things [not man or god], the first philosopher of modern …
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Author: Rose DeShaw Tune: They Call The Wind, Moriah HOW PTSD WORKS – You Can Handle It (From years of personal experience) (Tune: They Call The Wind, Moriah) 1) Horror’s picked itself a name Though it’s been around for ages Post Trauma Stress Disorder is Our label for the rages But it’s normal It’s normal …
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PHILOSOPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY

August 6th, 2011 | Posted by Dick in Biographical | Philosophy | prison - (1 Comments)

SCOTT’S GIFT: A PHILOSOPICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY By Dick DeShaw               Thoughts on substance. Here’s how I describe the substance of my life: The lives of human beings are like the fractals of a rocky shoreline (see Benoit Mandelbrot). The symmetrical patterns we seldom see, define the whole of what we are. Carl Jung called these patterns, …
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