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(The above image shows me at home, relaxing over a glass of wine, and discussing the brain-in-a-jar problem with a philosophically minded colleague.)
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Read this, and this. This also. And this. Don't forget to read this, of course, and while you're at it, have a look at this.

"Jerboa Kolinowski is an imaginary philosopher invented in dubious circumstances some time before the 1980s. His one known pronouncement at that time was the gnomic utterance "seriousness is an honesty of forms," possibly indicating a vaguely Wittgensteinian viewpoint" (it says here.)

Philosophical nodes expressing my views:

Noders not to pick an argument with:

  • ariels - You can argue, but will you understand the response?

    "Learning is like being an iron stake held due north and being hit on the head with a hammer."

    Sometimes, however, capitulation is immediate, graceful, and satisfyingly complete:

    2002.03.05 at 15:17 ariels says POMO PHILOSOPHERS `RIGHT ALL
    DISBAND THURSDAY. (AP) In a shocking letter to
    Physical Review Letters (series C) this morning,
    prepublished at, a group of prominent

    2002.03.05 at 15:19 ariels says and mathematicians announced "the
    disbanding of the fields of mathematics and physics". Offering
    only "a profound apology", Prof. R. Penrose of Oxford
    announced his new course on Derridean Ethics, mentioning
    also that "all tilings are

    2002.03.05 at 15:21 ariels says periodic." Prof. S. Shelakh of HUJI was
    at a loss to explain how confusion about levels of precedence
    had caused Gödel's proof to be accepted; "Gödel coding is
    clearly wrong, and we request nobody use ASCII encoding until

    2002.03.05 at 15:21 ariels says we resolve this situation". (cont. page ?)

  • Cletus the Foetus - Guaranteed to get you tied in knots - and it's you who'll be doing the tying.
  • Gone Jackal - You may supplement his views, but not correct them. Oh no.
  • Gritchka - Knows everything.
  • jderrida - 'nuff said.
  • wharfinger -
    displays his mastery of the complex world of IT,
    with special reference to E2, god powers, dialup
    connectivity, and advanced operating system technology:

    001.08.26@07:29 wharfinger says
    Jesus! You're still borged! Yet you
    talk! WTF?! Is this some weird
    shit w/ Linux PPP?

One asks, Why should such disparate groups as the Soviet Union and the U.S. intelligence community back the same man? I am no political theoretician, but Nicholas one time said, "They both like figureheads who are corrupt. So they can govern from behind. The Soviets and the fuzz, they're all for shadow governments. They always will be, because basically each of them is the man with the gun, the pistol to the head."

No one had put a pistol to Ferris Fremont's head. He was the pistol itself, pointed at our head. Pointed at the people who had elected him. Behind him stood all the cops in the world, the left-wing cops in Russia, the right-wing cops in the United States. Cops are cops. There are only divisions of rank, into greater and lesser. The top cop is probably never seen.

Philip K. Dick, Radio Free Albemuth, 1976.

Balzac said that behind every great fortune there is a great crime. I would amend that and say that behind any great movement of American history there is crime.

James Ellroy, on French TV, discussing The Cold Six Thousand, 2001.

These spiritual window-shoppers,
who idly ask, 'How much is that?' Oh, I'm just looking.
They handle a hundred items and put them down,
shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping.
But these walk into a shop,
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment,
in that shop.

Where did you go? "Nowhere."
What did you have to eat? "Nothing much."

Even if you don't know what you want,
buy something, to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a huge, foolish project,
like Noah.
It makes absolutely no difference
what people think of you.

Rumi, 'We Are Three', Mathnawi VI, 831-845

Noding heuristics

I use these heuristics, listed here in case they prove useful.

Views on April 1, 2001: see ethnomethodology

The Catbox thinks:

  • On buying software from PC World:
    <amnesiac> I agree, the only reason i get
    my s/w from #irc leech crack channels is
    that the technical support is usually better

  • On web design:
    <mat catastrophe> applets are sin.
    sin is communism. communism is
    drug money that supports terror.
    terror is not listening to your
  • On semantic opacity:
    <vuo> checking the dictionary one
    word by one, I find nothing

Thought for the day:

    If the being of phenomena is not the phenomenon of
    being, is the sytem of phenomena different from the
    phenomenon of system? No, they are the same in all
    essential characteristics. System is the same everywhere.   

Old thoughts:

    [today is not a good day for thinking]
    "E2 is in some ways very like a frontier town."
    "E2: towards a connectionist Academy!"
    "linking is punctuation."
    "Always press 'home' before hitting 'talk'."

For your amusement, some other nodes I've pleased myself with:

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