A letter to myself from my dream*
By the time you read this, the exam will be over and you will have missed it. But you didn’t fail. In fact you passed, because of my quick-thinking. I told them you left as a statement: Your absence is your answer to the exam topic.
Continue reading “Freedom Of Choice Includes Freedom From Choice”
The (cataphatic) Laws of Form
George Spencer-Brown did an incredible job of breaking it down to the barest of bare-bones. But he could have gone further – he just didn’t see it.
Continue reading “OK… So Spencer-Brown isn’t wrong, he’s just cataphatic.”
… or, “What if we were totally wrong?”
To say that the Universe ‘exploded’ from a ‘thing smaller than an electron’ in what’s commonly called “The Big Bang” could be a complete misunderstanding of the data we’ve gathered from our observations of the galaxies and ‘stuff out there around us’. Let me show you the ‘other side’:
Continue reading “Honey, I Shrunk the Universe…”
Law of Existence – continued
In my previous post, I promised to illustrate how the Laws of Thought, as they are used today, emerge naturally from the Law of Existence. Time to make good on my promise.
In a comment left by reader SelfAwarePatterns he mentioned that he didn’t see how the Law of the Excluded Middle (LEM) was rendered false by the Law of Existence. He’s absolutely right – it’s not false, and indeed it’s very naturally present already within the Law of Existence. What is false however, is the ‘closed’ interpretation of the LEM which says that a Thing only ever is or (exclusive or) is not. That is clearly false, and to use the example he gave:
Continue reading “The Law of Existence – Part 2”
On Infinity and Boundaries:
You have to understand that if you have an infinite “expanse” of sameness that is unchanging, and that you (I say ‘you’, but I mean ‘it’ or ‘unknown’ for the time being) cause a Thing to exist from that sameness, if it is to ‘exist’, then it must necessarily be perfectly bounded; and if it is perfectly bounded, then, reciprocally, so too is the ‘infinite’ sameness (which is now clearly not infinite).
Continue reading “Strange and relative thinking: two examples”
We intuitively describe an object’s ‘tendency’ to remain as it is, in terms of how it was before. Talking of Time and memory, we perceive the past, but in a physically objective world outside of us, if everything is transformations, then Time is bogus – illusory. We only perceive it as a ‘rate of change’, but a change-per-change is all that really exists, and so our notion of Time is relative, obtained by comparison between two rates of change.
Continue reading “The Universe as an Analog Circuit”
In a breathtaking video on the various forms of coral in the Great Barrier Reef, Daniel Stoupin breaks us out of our human-scaled sense of Time and shows us what he aptly calls “Slow Life.” Before going any further, please take a look – not only is it edifying but it is beautiful:
Another incredible documentary is The Private Life of Plants – the BBC documentary narrated by the inimitable Sir David Attenborough, which shows, through time-lapse footage the incredibly ‘intelligent’ movements of plants as they grow and feel about.
Our sense of scale is so limited by our own experience that trees seem immobile, but slow down time, and you’ll see these ‘creatures’ move around, adapt and change to their surroundings. We’re so stuck inside our own heads that there are things we rarely get a chance to consider…
Anyway, ponder, consider, and appreciate the wonder of life on every scale…