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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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Things & The 4 E’s of Existence

April 28th, 2010 | Posted by Dick in Comment - (1 Comments)

1) Energy: The work things do in the universe (first law of thermodynamics) 2) Entropy: Information or things (bits) in the universe 3) Entanglement: Quantum state of things in the universe (i.e. 1 (yes) or 0 (No). Generates information in the universe. 4) Eternity (Now): The point at which things give us information. (Buddist Nirvana)

This came to me from someone on the net. Maybe it’s going around this February. My response follows:    ” The world is meaningless, there is no God or gods, there are no morals, the universe is not moving inexorably towards any higher purpose. All meaning is man-made, so make your own, and make it …
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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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Reply To Stephen

October 18th, 2009 | Posted by Dick in Comment - (1 Comments)

Stephen – thank you for your last two e-mails (oct 17, 7:0t & 7:07). I am sorry to hear you’ve had computer problems. Reading your work is an experience similar to that which happened when I first discovered the Canadian golfer, Moe Norman. Moe probably could be described as possibly someone with Asperger’s syndrome and …
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Response to a comment

October 6th, 2009 | Posted by Dick in Comment - (0 Comments)

Re: “By your lack of response, I assume that you’ve put me in the ‘crazy person’ category.         Obviously you have mistaken me for an academic.  I like to make a distinction beween ‘academic’ and ‘scholar.’ Academics tend to critique everything from their own paradigm of knowledge, rather than understand.     Scholars pursue understanding, …
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(This was written as a response to a challenge to list one book that is most important to the ages 4, 14, 40 & forever)              Here are my selections but first a confession: (Actually three).  The works of each author are more than one book because the whole is greater than the part.             …
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Nature sings. Life is an infinite YES!

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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