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Living with Gaps And Cracks

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
The basic and, in my opinion, defining property of the human mind is creativity: the ability to break out of any scheme, any fixed pattern or law of thinking. This results in our world to be “open”, in contrast to the closed, defined worlds of animals. We are able to…

Philosophy / Writing

Translating in the Dark

Originally posted on Diotima's Ladder:
I’m working on a project with Andreas (you may know him as “Nannus”) to translate Frege’s “On the Scientific Justification of a Concept Script,” which is funny since I don’t know much about Frege—close to nothing—and I don’t speak German. Nannus, however, is a native German speaker with a…

as if / Layers / Philosophy

Packing

I am packing. The book shelves have been dismantled. While normally, they function without being thought about, being part of a complex of actions and interactions, now, after removing the books and taking them apart, the layer below that normal function has become visible. Pieces of wood and metal. They are no longer functional, they … Continue reading

Biology / Incompleteness / Philosophy / Science

Evolution as an Informal Process

Originally posted on Creativistic Philosophy:
Biological evolution is an example of an informal process of development, showing that such processes are  actually possible in the physical world. There is certainly no single formal theory that describes how all the different genes and organisms it generated came into being. In an organism, there are some processes…

History / Philosophy

Starting to Dig

Originally posted on Philosophical Excavations:
I am starting to do some “philosophical archaeology” here. I do not mean this in the literal sense, my digging campaigns are not going to carry me into remote places to dig out clay tablets or papyri. They will carry me, instead, into libraries, into used-book-shops, into some corners of the…