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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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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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    Scientists and philosophers clothe themselves in the foundations of knowledge. Historically, however, they have dressed up their ideas differently. Scientists tend to put on empiricism and study the things that exist in our universe.     Until recently, philosophers chose the ancient fabric of metaphysics but lately have been choosing either the underwear of logical …
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My wife received an e-mail where a poet referred to Giles Deleuze who collaborated with Guattari on some of his later work. The poet didn’t know much about either man so my wife asked me to give some idea of where Delueze’s work stood in relation to Guattari. This is what I wrote and what …
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zHOW TO PLAY LIFE: UNDERSTANDING (The Chapter I could not write while my body and spirit were in prison) “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 Since …
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As I get older, I find the energy which the universe has given me to do my work has become very narrow in its focus as I face its liberation back into the universe.     Everything I do today seems to focus on researching scholars which the universe has sent my way: Euclid, Spinoza, Boole, …
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1)    The Language Shuffle In preparation for this topic, I read Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations. Reading Wittgenstein is the intellectual equivalent of having your mouth washed out with soap for using naughty words. However, reading Wittgenstein is the necessary propaedeutic for discussing a philosopher’s theory of knowledge.  As he said, “philosophy is a battle against …
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A response to poet, John Barlow when he wrote:  ” The first questions just don’t seem to languish within the terminologies which sunk the ship of philosophy.”  When I was a guard in prison, reason failed me and I almost went down with the ship. This is why grabbed on to the coat tails of …
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According to Baruch Spinoza, we think because thinking is a tool nature gave us. Just as early humans picked up rocks and used them as tools, ideas are the tools of the brain which give us our understanding of the world. Ideas are the building blocks of thinking. But what are ideas? Philosophers since Plato …
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