How the Right and Left Misunderstand the Notion of Team Play, Collective Work and the Role of the Exceptional

It may seem odd to use world football, or soccer, as a paradigm for understanding how people actually work together. However one of the likely reasons for the sport’s rapid increase in popularity, becoming the most subscribed to socio-cultural endeavor in history in 150 years, is that its popularity is in part due to the… Continue reading How the Right and Left Misunderstand the Notion of Team Play, Collective Work and the Role of the Exceptional

Fundamentalism as a Response to Rationalism

Fredric Jameson has pointed out that the original topic of a narrative, the narrative “as such,” is the narrative of a Fall, of how things went wrong, of how the old harmony was destroyed (in the case of Hamlet, how the evil uncle overthrew the good father-king). This narrative is the elementary form of ideology,… Continue reading Fundamentalism as a Response to Rationalism

A Quote Worth Reading

… the new community which the capitalists are now constructing will be a very complete and absolute community; and one which will tolerate nothing really independent of itself. Now, it is true that any positive creed, true or false, would tend to be independent of itself. It might be Roman Catholicism or Mohammedanism or Materialism;… Continue reading A Quote Worth Reading

Why The God Delusion is Worthless by the Canons of Science

“the presence or absence of a creative super-intelligence is unequivocally a scientific question.” Richard Dawkins If a correlation or hypothesis or law or probability expectation or theory or system pertains to empirical science, then (1) it involves sensible consequences, and (2) such consequences can be produced or at least observed. Inversely, empirical method prescinds from… Continue reading Why The God Delusion is Worthless by the Canons of Science

The Basic Equivocation in Scientific Certainty

“Either intelligence anticipates the discovery of functional relations on which relations between measurements will converge, or else it anticipates the discovery of probabilities from which relative actual frequencies may diverge though only at random. The latter alternative has a fairly clear claim to the name ‘statistical.’ The former alternative is not limited to Newtonian mechanics,… Continue reading The Basic Equivocation in Scientific Certainty

Working Within and Between Ideologies by Dropping One’s Own

Think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution. Along come some scientists declaring that unrestricted pursuit of self-interest will destroy the world, and that government… Continue reading Working Within and Between Ideologies by Dropping One’s Own

Agential Realism

“Moving away from the representationalist trap of geometrical optics, I shift the focus to physical optics, to questions of diffraction rather than reflection.” “What often appears as separate entities (and separate sets of concerns) with sharp edges does not actually entail a relation of absolute exteriority at all. Like the diffraction patterns illuminating the indefinite… Continue reading Agential Realism