I’ve been reading a book titled “Quantum Enigma” by a couple of physicists attempting to enlighten mere mortals as to the ‘skeleton in the closet’ of physics, the alleged denial of reality inherent in quantum mechanics. I don’t want to go into excruciating detail about the problems the book raises, nor those it fails to… Continue reading Quantum Enigma or Quantum Ignorance?
Techne, whether tool making, fine arts or modern technology cannot be “gotten in hand” or controlled by man because from tools to language as frozen poetry to the way we see as taught by painters, man and techne co-determine one another. Neither can be said to be the origin of the other for the same… Continue reading Techne
The psyche has always been impossible to grasp, so much so that insofar as psychology is rational, which is to say conceptual, it has been forced to drop the very topic that defines it. As such psychology is in is beginning displaced. Yet the psyche, as the awareness of the self as such, is indisputably not… Continue reading The Psyche as Threshold
(title borrowed from “The Heidegger Change”, by Catherine Malabou) In the difference between the imaginary and the actual, both of which are also real, the Self as individual occurs and recurs, as modifications of the Self. The membrane between our ontic shared everydayness and individual ontological uncanniness is porous, and itself changes as we pass through… Continue reading “There Is No Invariant”
Heidegger is often characterized as “reactionary”, particularly with regard to his response to technology as a “danger”. What is misapprehended in his response is part of the dissimulation of the very radicality inherent to his thinking, a radicality that appears somewhat obvious in light of his influence on every overtly “radical” thinking since. In terms of understanding this discrepancy,… Continue reading Heidegger and Technology
What reductionists of every stripe, including naive materialists, behaviourists, psychologists and cognitive scientists who claim the psyche or cognition is illusory, even those focused solely on pragmatic common sense who will not admit that anything is beyond its reach, is that to take an ontological position, which is to claim that something either is or is not,… Continue reading Why Every Reductionism Fails
There is a common trope in science fiction that does arise from philosophy, and is largely disseminated by science itself. The idea shows up in numerous science fiction books and films, and consists of the notion that reality “in-itself”, prior to interpretation, lacks fullness. It is often represented as if it were a sort of… Continue reading What “Haunts” Everyday Reality