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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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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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Hi, Owen. I think it’s wonderful that you are discussing philosophy in highschool. I didn’t discover philosophy until my third year in university.  When I did – the heavens opened.   While I originally spent much time in existentialist thought (and certainly experienced, ‘angst,’) I am presently focused on Baruch Spinoza, Euclid, George Boole, the …
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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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Paul Dirac & Spinoza

January 14th, 2009 | Posted by Dick in Comment | Philosophy - (1 Comments)

Thank you, Alastair,  for posting this Sunday Times review of Graham Farmeleo’s book on Paul Dirac. It came at an opportune time.  Several comments in the review were applicable to a significant discovery I made about Spinoza last week, which has been fermenting in my brain since then.     Although I have been reading and …
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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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The Dawkins’ Delusion

May 24th, 2008 | Posted by Dick in Comment | Papers | Philosophy - (3 Comments)

Richard Dawkins is not aware of it, but his latest book, The God Delusion, has driven the last nail into the coffin of Humanism. (1) By taking on the mantle of Nietzsche’s madman (God is dead), and making it respectful, Dawkins has destroyed forever the link between religion and science that Humanists forged. After Dawkins’critique, …
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We live in a complex word and it seems hard to make sense of it. Ancient Greek thinkers used the word, ‘logic,’ to describe the process of trying to make sense. These thinkers made up rules, like a game, for how to play logic. The rules got very complex. Today you can learn Polish logic …
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Ironically, when reason failed me, I could only find solace in the writings of a man who has been called a ‘rationalist;’ however, after making repeated and failed runs at being an academic and ending up in prison, what made me a kindred spirit with Baruch Spinoza was not reason, but stress disease. Addiction to …
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