The Most Mysterious of Mysteries

Some will be disappointed by the realization of what I’m referring to in the title. As in, that’s not mysterious, it’s barely even interesting. But in naming it as the most mysterious mystery the double positive is itself neither positive nor negative, but both simultaneously. It is the most mysterious mystery precisely because the reason… Continue reading The Most Mysterious of Mysteries

Why Smalltalk is NOT Object-Oriented, Part One: How is Smalltalk Different?

The title may seem like blasphemy to purist object-oriented developers, particularly those who work in Smalltalk, especially since the person who coined the term “object-oriented” did so specifically to describe his other major contribution to software development – the Smalltalk language. Nevertheless, brilliant as he is as a developer and conceptualist, he is a technologist… Continue reading Why Smalltalk is NOT Object-Oriented, Part One: How is Smalltalk Different?

The Obviousness of the Correspondence Concept of Truth

“Veritas as adaequatio rei ad intellectum does not imply the later transcendental conception of Kant — possible only on the basis of the subjectivity of man‟s essence — that “objects conform to our knowledge.” Rather, it implies the Christian theological belief that, with respect to what it is and whether it is, a matter, as… Continue reading The Obviousness of the Correspondence Concept of Truth

A Few Thoughts that Belong Together

In trying to think of what I’m trying to think, I found I had to note a few thoughts that belong together, though they by no means think precisely the same. A few of these thoughts, when they occurred to me, appeared both obviously the case and odd in terms of how they were the… Continue reading A Few Thoughts that Belong Together

Complementary or Just Confused? Thoughts on Complementarity: Anti-Epistemology after Bohr and Derrida, by Arkady Plotnitsky

Plotnitsky’s book held out some interest for me, particularly in terms of the debate between Zizek and Barad, and the impact of Bohr on the latter. Unfortunately it was disappointing in terms of its failure to question the basic terms of its own critique. Part of the issue is that Plotnitsky is so enthused with… Continue reading Complementary or Just Confused? Thoughts on Complementarity: Anti-Epistemology after Bohr and Derrida, by Arkady Plotnitsky