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Automata

November 29, 2007

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“The merely animal is not truly alive.  Animals are automata.”  (Descartes held to this view.)  So what in the human being is alive, if we are to take the animal as ‘dead’?  Is it the human brain?  The pineal gland?  The locus disappears.

Walking the plank

November 29, 2007

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“Something can only be dead that was alive, or that had the potential to be alive originally.”  It all seems factual. – But there is a metaphysical aspect to this sort of statement that needs to be recollected in the context of the unfamiliar dimension to things introduced by this means: the statement that the machine on […]

The living and the dead

November 29, 2007

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“The air is made up of gases.  It is not ‘living’.  It supports life but it is not in itself alive.”  So is one to conclude from that that the air is therefore dead?  ‘Inanimate’?  Is there a term for what supports life but is not itself living?  “Water is not in itself living.”  So – […]

A Secular Religion

November 28, 2007

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Overheard.  “There is such a thing as religious discovery.  In one or another form religious experience discovers something.  Its logic is therefore about that which exists and that needs to be understood and to be made secular if we are to make headway with things.  The limits of scientific knowledge need to be grasped as pragmatically real.”  I am not […]

Man: the Imaginary Animal

November 26, 2007

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Only rational strategems exist.  There is no rationality. It is not possible to predicate the logically conditional with the logically absolute; because only the circumstantial is absolute! The strategem is to take into account one’s lack of rationality.  One hunts the animal but that can only be as it is rather than according to a scripted (or an idealised) procedure. […]

The Rational Being

November 26, 2007

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Perhaps my most fundamental illusion is this.  That people exist in a rational state of being.  That I do too.  At base it is a political illusion that I should think this.  Indeed, because it concerns the ‘total economy’ of how one functions. I mean something like the following.  That I tend to suppose that rationality […]

Defining terms

November 24, 2007

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My life, the defining terms: Nothing is wrong until something is wrong. Something is wrong until nothing is wrong. Something is wrong. Nothing is wrong. Is anything wrong? Something must be wrong!  What, if nothing is wrong, is that something? Did I forget about it or did it forget me? How can something that has forgotten about […]