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      December 30, 2015

      In bed at night, my arm beneath me, I wish my Clapper could hear the sound of one hand clapping.

      Just adjust.

      We do not need talking points as much as thinking points.

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      There should be a United Religions, like there is a United Nations.

      You can't spell crisis without ISIS.

      I sail off in words, loci of reactings | knowing

      We live in a sea of equals. We are schooled fish.

      (For most of us) terrorism is annoyingism.

      Thinking about the world is a hobby. Like a hobby it can become obsessive, and it can be put aside. It may well be the focus of your world,

      We confuse argumentation with truth, even as we delight in argumentation it as competition.

      Man is dead. This concept, and others. a loke a bad Scrabble hand.

      Universals are contextual,

       
      November 25, 2015

      Facts get in the way of truth.

      We know humans exist because we are tied in to and with them. Others people are part of us.

    • The IntermindThe Intermind
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      In watching art, we must go beyond recognition ("that's a Monet") to perception.

      Isn't it is a little arrogant to think you are as good as any other person?

      Most of use are beta males and females, hoping to be beta-plus.

      Ultimately the solution to multi-culturalism is to speak with and encounter the other. But language is weak on this. We surround ourselves with walls of conventional speech which serve as checks of normalcy but do not go much deeper. Language is a slow way to know someone.

      Knowing is not seeing.

       
      October 29, 2015

      Not what you believe but how you believe.
      That includes this distinction.

      Americans value the freedom to believe whatever the fuck they want.

    • Charles SchultzCharles Schultz
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      Reading a book is come into contact with the representation of a thoughtful man, as constructed by a thoughtful man.

      Just because your thoughts come slower now, that does not man they are any deeper.

      We make sense of the world. There are many such ways. It is not to be assumed there a way of making sense of all the many ways of making sense of the world?

      Why do we believe in monsters? We understand things in terms of animality. A tree an unknown, it is easy to construe it as an animal of some kind. Not only an animal but a sentient (read, human) animal.

       
      October 10, 2015

      I am but the tip of my iceberg.

      The map creates itself as you explore.

      Less anticipation. More posticipation.

    • InternetInternet
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      You think you understand me but I don't think you do. Because I don't.

      There is a massive central core of human thinking which has no history – or none recorded in histories of thought; there are categories and concepts which, in their most fundamental character, change not at all. Obviously these are not the specialities of the most refined thinking. They are the commonplaces of the least refined thinking; and are yet the indispensable core of the conceptual equipment of the most sophisticated human beings. It is with these, their interconnexions, and the structure that they form, that a descriptive metaphysics will be primarily concerned. — P. F. Strawson, Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics (1959) p. xiv.
       
      September 13, 2015

      Not brain in vat. Brain in a room.

      We do not stand on the shoulders of giants, but we hang around with giants in the taverns of our mind.

      So many shoulders. So little time.

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      There should be popular sitcom with a Muslim character, as there was with blacks and gay people. It would help as it did with the other groups. The character shoud be someone who can integrate and relate on many levels, though aware their own, and who acts without personal animosity or predjudice, but who will also be a foil for others predjudices.

      No longer intend to offend anyone, any can be offended even at speech that is not at all meant to be offensive.

      If you have to write a fat book, you don't understand it all.

       
      September 3, 2015

      Is she pushing your apps?

      Reality is a flashlight.

      We are the last remaining intelligent primate. We may not be endangered but we should be very careful.

      Nothing stays in Vegas anymore.

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      With so many wannabe hipsters, we have had to lower the bar. All it takes is appropriate haircut and some appropriate clothes.

      What can be done to fix the world? Everyone working together. Everyone doing his or her part. The earth is our temple, our pyramid.

      The contemporary way of going on vacation would be to abandon your cellphone and social media feeds.

      Can anyone appreciate art? In some sense anyone can appreciate something legitimately called art.

      The multiplicities of reality worlds come from multi-processing mind.

      All i have are fresh metaphors. We lose old ones and get new ones. That really means there are different fundamental understandings of the big ultimate thing. We understand it in many, and not necessarily one way.

      Don't stick your mind in crazy.

      We will need a lot of art to get through the future.

      "Empson is really trying to do is pin down all the ways literature can be dense, can create complexity, with always the implication that in doing so it in fact achieves a kind of realism, since experience itself is complex and dense and not easily deciphered." — Tim Parks, Clearing Up Ambiguity
       
      August 18, 2015

      Disconnect the dots.
      Unsnap that judgment.
      Unknow.

      The unexamined word is not worth speaking.

      Reality is a selfie.

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      ISIS is like Hitler in the 30s: fast moving, hard to believe. We suffer mental mis-denials. We are used to politicians as growling old dogs.

      A joke?
      I am with a pro-life person in a large crowd of people.
      Me: "Perhaps there should have been a few more abortions?
      {I get a dark look.}
      Me: "Too soon?"

      How can you not be awkward?
      Only if you never try.

      What if the universe created god?

      Music is yoga for the mind.

       
      August 10, 2015

      Consciousness is wasted on the human.

      BTW, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? And what is there something rather than nothing?

      Superman: your mission is to save the world, not from disasters, or aliens, but from itself.

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      We confuse truth with facts.

      Taking away people's philosophy is like taking away their playing cards, or chess pieces. For what then would we argue about? It is not much fun to argue about facts that can be looked up.

      Truth is a word not a fact.

       
      August 7, 2015

      We think a happy tune.

      Whenever I feel afraid
      I hold my head erect
      And think a simple thought
      So no one will suspect I'm stupid.

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      I wouldn't watch a show answering the very philosophical questions I want to answer.

      Facebook takes into account social calculations.

      We keep the world suitable simple. As simple as we can handle.

      We think in metaphors and analogies with associations.

       
      July 26, 2015

      Happiness is a pill.

      You must speak intelligently gently.

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      Perhaps I am already enlightened, and it is my enlightenment that makes me anxious and scared?

      My GoPro camera is a still picture.

      Is anything gained by settling the great philosophical questions? Suppose we were all to agree? What would that settle?
      What then would we have to disagree with.

      How can we speak | converse intelligently on thing we cannot speak | converse about?

      Things do change all the time over time, but many more things stand still.

      We should stop saying Americans, Russians, Iranians etc. and simply say Earthlings.

       
      July 18, 2015

      It has taken me a long time to become this ignorant.

      It is an immature society that can't even invent a third person pronoun that is neither male nor female!

      Or a gender-status-free suffix. Instead of Mr, Miss, Mrs and Ms, I suggest Mm.

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      If the person you are speaking to cannot say that what you just said \ wrote is a good argument, then you are not having a discussion.

      Is it better to have a clear but mistaken map, or to have an awareness that all our maps are mistaken?

      Where everyone is an expert, no one is an expert.

      Do not assume there is a model for the world . . . with parts . . . that you can name.

      Many philosophical questions are invitation to be interesting, or abstractly personal. It tells and shows people something about you.

      (from Tom) If you could ask God three questions: what would they be?

      How is it we can talk about things that do not exist (truth, justice, beauty) in the same way we talk about objects in the material world?

       
      June 26, 2015

      You must counter simplicity with countersimplicity.

      We like texting because the actual presence of our actual friends do not match our fantasies.

      C'mon. say something new!

      And show a little more contempt.

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      If you quote Aristotle on a certain topic, it mostly shows you know Aristotle.

      It is not the logic of a computer, but the multi-processing of a computer that is now the more fundamental metaphor.

      Can I look at the people in the airport and make no judgments? No. People come judged, or categorized.

      We are all ambassadors for our social categories.

      Too much emotion is the death of thinking. The goal is not to feel clearly. This is often an impediment to thinking.

       
      June 11, 2015

      People speak in associations.

      In the past I thought I had the solution-beetle in my box, but today the box seems empty.

      Don't sidetrack me by pointing out that what I say is false.

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      If we are all blind men who have seen the elephant, is there an elephant?

      Is not knowing why we humans function like not knowing how our cell-phones work? Perhaps?

      We are the human app. (The app that other apps imitate.) But we are, or like to think we are, the controlling app. This is probably not mostly true.

      We are also the out-of-controller app.

      If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, an what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them. They're quite touchy about anything like that, especially my father. They're nice and all—I'm not saying that—but they're also touchy as hell. Besides, I'm not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything. I'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas... - Holden Caulfield

      You had me at "David Copperfield kind of crap.

      I hope they never make a movie out of this book.

      If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me.
       
      May 25, 2015

      We are moving towards self-driving cars. Of course we would but this takes away one of the last respect I have for my community. I don't get it from television, politics or internet commentary threads.

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      We think we created by gods, but it might be more constructive if we think we were created by a developmentally disabled god who spent most his time eating and watching TV. He is not a very good Father. Yells and smites us.
      I think we can rise above our creator.

      Everything is held in place by firmly compacted bullshit.

      Ignorance is bliss, but the finest bliss is ignorance of our ignorance.

      It's not an airport, it's an airplaneport.

      A coat like a purse you could wear onto the air-plane.

      We enter into the world of dogs, and it is much simpler. We can be top dog.

      I could write a philosophy book completely out of the sayings of Wittgenstein.

      We can speak but we can't speak about what we are doing when we speak. But we think we understand.

      When we do philosophy it is sometimes like a peculiar personal crossword puzzle with 1 across, nothing down.

      As walk through the enchanted forests of words we must not be misled.

      We substitute the pleasant relaxations of awe of celebrity for the challenges of participatory creativity.

      Thank God we don't have to believe in a common God.

      My kingdom for some sanity.

      Should we show allegiance to one region, culture? Patriotist? Fatherplanet. Motherplanet.

      What opinions are you allowed to have and why?

       
      May 23, 2015

      Just as we now have to defend evolution, or science itself, and in the oversimplifications of the attack and the inadequacies of the defense, the rich texture of a traditional culture is replace by a shallow simulacrum, we now have to defend literature, as an antiquated conceit of white males. In this way movies and graphic novels, appealing to different set of more primitive mental reactions, replace (great) literature.

      If you never loved literature, it is not hard to dismiss it.

       
      May 11, 2015

      I am looking for an intellectually honest man.

      You need the courage of your stupidities.

      We think with lies.

      I do not seek fun things to do, I seek time.

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      "Everything in this room" makes sense. "Everything" does not.

      We think with many minds, and with simultaneous processes.

      You think "I have hit the nail on the head" when there is neither nail or head. You just feel good. Feeling good about your thinking is wrong. The game is ongoing.

      Texting has made the world less lonely. And your appearance does not get in the way.

      Why are so many haters drawn to the Religion of Love?

      When will computers actually know what I am interested in? It would really interest me to know what I am interested in.

      If I say that the world cannot be understood? (Can that be understood?)

      News is really just interesting stories to keep you here for the ads.

      In an ideal society, media would be sages.

      "When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my butthole." - William Makepeace Thackeray

      Our lives have multiple meanings.

      If we humans are so smart, why is the human world so fucked up?

      Happy as a pill.

      Correction, The quote from Thackeray should have read: "When I walk with you I feel as if I had a flower in my buttonhole."

      In the beginning was the world.

       
      April 23, 2015

      Some thinks on "Baltimore".

      I seek enlightenment and I find confusion.

      We seek the courage to be what we are.

      How do we defragment the world?

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      What will you not believe?

      It's like we are created by a creator in his image. Why is that so easy to believe, and not its opposite?

      Tradition gets in the way. But we are creatures of habit.

      Can we talk to Muslims about the correctness of the Quran? (Keeping in mind that to most of them we can.)

      The limits of Wikipedia are the limits of my world.

      It's easier to accept the world and its inhabitants if you get away from them.

       
      March 16, 2015

      We are the blind men and the elephant.

      A little bit of reality goes a long way. Do not overindulge.

      Understanding is a set of words that sets our minds at ease.

    • the Internetthe Internet
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      I have always felt funny complaining about regimes that deface historical sites, it is the ultimate in non-culturalism. Shouldn't I be equally incensed about killing of people? So when ISIS bulldoze an ancient city my tribal mind asks: are not these people who burned the great library at Alexandria.
      This is not a rhetorical question.

      House of Cards cannot compare with news House of News.

      I have so many balls in the air I forget some are even up there.

      It is perhaps sad that humans are the most interesting | important things out there.

      In texting your appearance and attractiveness does not get in the way.

      Books are also a virtual reality where the body disappears.

      Our modern world is full of reflective surfaces. This makes our buildings less stony and less present.

      Soon we will have virtual signing — also known as reading.

       
      March 2, 2015

      I'll be damned if I'm going to get all enlightened if those other guys are acting like assholes. I'm certainly not going to be the only fucking compassionate being here.

      I don't think about the world's problems any more. Think I'll watch the news instead.

      What is the right answer is not the right question.

    • poster by Kazumasa Nagaiposter by Kazumasa Nagai
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      Evolutionary processes have proven their worth, but not to you. You do not evolve. Your capabilities evolve.

      Evilutionary

      What does it feel like not to be conscious?

      Texting makes everything a matter of personal relation,

      Having no consequences has consequences.

      With all out gadgets, and sounds, and cat videos and silly tests, we have wandered into a high-tech nursery, made worse by the fact that this is now the expected common behavior of adults.

      What is a question?
      What is "what is"?

      The multi-processing mind demands multi-answers.

      Life is multiple-entendres.

      Philosophy: a tradition of inadequate answers.

      We are more interested in the forests than in the trees.

       
      February 21, 2015

      Wait, I thought the big girls say: "It's all about the face, 'bout the face."

      If you're a Christian and you hate, you're not doing it right.

      Self-driving cars will surely have all sorts of benefits, especially so in our time-starved world, but our communal driving habits are a main way I gain respect for the intelligence and co-operation of my fellow man. (I certainly don't get it from the Internet.)

    • Nina SaundersNina Saunders
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      The mystery is ignorance.

      You can't say it because you can't understand it.

      That cannot be the truth! The truth cannot be understood!

      Beware the sage.

      Idiopoetic

      On ISIS: Who imagined the dysfunctional future would come from a traditional religion?

      How stupid are people? Look on the Internet

       
      February 14, 2015

      (songs for Linda)
      Every year
      I love more
      of her.

      Waking,
      groggy from sleep
      I look for her beside me.
      Then I can rest.

      I am the luckiest man alive
      and don't even know it.

    • the woman I love, and Ithe woman I love, and I
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      (songs for Linda from 2009)
      Love is not the money that seals the deal,
      signs the contract
      and buys the house.
      Love is the house.

      clueless

      it no longer matters
      that I still have no clue —
      I am no longer searching.

      look!
      over there,
      over that small hill,
      is that our future?
      cool!
      it's so big!

      Through her grace,
      I can love.
       
      February 8, 2015

      Why do we need answers to big questions? Well, that's a big question.

      In the world we are ultimatly and thankfully surrounded by the atomic indifference.

      Who thinks in real time? Who speaks in sense? Who can read a newspaper story and its comments and make the perfect comment?

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      Why do we like kittens? Cute. A pro-word.

      I mine, I find diamonds, but I must also cut and polish the diamonds, as well as put them into a tiara.

      Can't tell intelligence by appearance. What would that be like?

      The moral of solipsism is not that others do not exist but that we make them up.

      The question is not only why we like so much constant texting and messaging, but also how this is so easily possible. Is modern life far too simple and we want a kind of hyper-vigilance and group behavior?

      I can speak of a wall of thoughts. Many understandings and many thinkings all working as one.

      To say the world is illusory is one thing, but to say your words are illusory is another. It seems like saying your consciousness is illusory (against the very foundation of Western philosophy)

      Power-point philosophy.

      Words are probably a misfocus, just as we focus on say faces over other parts of the world.

       
      January 11, 2015

      I mostly want to live in the re-present.

      Strike a pose. But three strikes and you are out

      Nothing is going to change my world. Hah! Your world will change your world.

    • the mighty Internetthe mighty Internet
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      I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.' — Kurt Vonnegut

      "What is real?" is not a real question

      Some questions are not questions, no matter how much they seem to be questions and how much you want to answer them.

      Sadly most poetic licenses are expired.

      Watching movies. At my age I don't know who to identify with. Singers sing not to me. I am working.