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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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I went to university when the liberal arts were the force, not economics. Consequently, I have a liberal mindset. In my grief at the election results I turned to Spinoza, who said our philosophical prejudices are a result of not understanding that humans are a part of nature — which made me understand that like …
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(Orginally published as ‘Tilting At Windmills’ in Globe & Mail, June ’97) I met him way before he was stabbed, teaching Sunday school in a rundown church in a poor rural neighbourhood. There were a lot of kids around whose futures didn’t include reform school because of him. Big ears, skinny but sincere and always …
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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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THREE OLD PRISON GUARDS RETIRED

December 9th, 2010 | Posted by Dick in Biographical - (0 Comments)

ON THE DEATH OF MY SON – Nov 7, 2010

November 20th, 2010 | Posted by Dick in Biographical - (0 Comments)

(From left to right: Gord Bishop, my son’s best friend & support, me and Louis) About 2 weeks ago, my youngest son, Louis died of natural causes. He was 41. We are of course sad but after the past 26 years, our tears were already mostly shed. There is also great relief for him. He …
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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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Welcome Internet Neighbours! Why am I writing & producing the graphic essay, ‘Bud The Brain, which shall shortly be available for downloading as well as in paperback form?’ Inquiries, criticisms & discussions not only welcome but encouraged! Baruch de Spinoza says the duty of a philosopher is to 1) Taste union with nature 2) Produce true …
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      Here’s the Comment from Noveseidue, submitted on 2010/06/04 at 2:30pm –      As Spinoza says, ” …science which does not consist in convictions based on reasons but in immediate union with the thing itself…” This means only that the foundation of science is based upon an immediate union and not upon a convinction. If science …
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