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“There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth.”

“The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of … Continue reading

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“Do we realize that when we say ‘I,’ we are talking about something that is vanishing?”

“Do we realize  that we are not what we used to be, nor what we will be, but what we are in the process of being in the present instant? If life is but a dream, we might as well … Continue reading

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The Monkeysphere and Food Addictions worse than Heroin

Cracked.com might be the most informative way to waste time on the internet. To see the very best of their team at work, read The Monkeysphere (1). It is grade A+ philosophy and sociology that’s also entertaining. Cracked.com and Philosophy would … Continue reading

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The Riddles of Shadows and Ignorance, that which is there by Absence instead of Presence

Why shadows move faster than the speed of light, what “information” means in physics, and why Albert Einstein used a geometry equation to answer George Bernard Shaw’s cheerful critique of science (C = 2πr).

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“I can’t resist it. I always feel the strong compulsion to build upon whatever I enjoy, to understand it better. I can’t listen to a song without harmonizing with it, and I can’t play a game without imbuing it with sheaves upon sheaves of personally relevant contextual information.”

-Jerry Holkins,  http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2008/01/11/rigorous-scholarship And the comic strip from that day:

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A life. A life Jimmy. It’s the shit that happens while you’re waiting for moments that never come.

Lester Freamon, The Wire, Season 3, Episode 9.  

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“…we have soothed ourselves into imagining sudden change as something that happens outside the normal order of things.”

“‘An accident, like a car crash. Or beyond our control, like a fatal illness. We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence. Yet it is. And chaos theory teaches us,’ Malcolm … Continue reading

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“Being Given” Circles in Sand and Marion’s Neuroses

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 11/28/11 Short Paper on Being Given, the finale Marion’s turn to paternity as an example of the “nameless call” remained obscure for me. It seemed to reveal more of his personal neuroses about … Continue reading

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“Being Given” Experiencing Phenomena and Thought Formulas

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 11/16/11 Short Paper on Being Given, part 2 In this reading §26 particularly stood out to me. Marion begins by laying out a very enticing objection to the Cartesian-Scientific epistemological framework (262). This reminded … Continue reading

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“Being Given” A Cause is an Effect of an Effect

Phil 6958: The Uncertain Boundaries of the Subject 11/16/11 Short Paper on Being Given I was drawn to Jean-Luc Marion’s claim that a cause is the effect of an effect (165). It is the effect that is encountered and which is … Continue reading

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