Philosophy and mapping

Novel uses of computing are being brought to the aid of many modern challenges. So why not philosophy as well! Philosophy since ancient times was born of the need for interdisciplinary inquiry and understanding. Without that foundation, opportunities for circular speak become endless. Futilely so. Modern philosophy has splintered, and that trend cannot be separated … Read more

Pretense, the blessed curse

Are theistic arguments truly weak, or do atheists lack the rationality to be convinced of the theistic arguments? (original Quora question) The problem the question identifies can be summed up in one word: PRETENSE Atheists pretend to know. Theists pretend not to. Just as the tautology, ‘Fictitious objects do not exist,’ leaves open the question whether … Read more

The Shadow of Logical Relief

What is the correlation between the abstract and the concrete? What symbolic or deductive knowledge corresponds exactly with the concrete knowledge learned from sensory experience? (original Quora question) Based on the source provided, the questioner desires an answer that is also an ontological argument, that is, an argument for the existence of God. I have … Read more

The Unicorn Went to the Shrink, or when philosophy isn’t becoming

Philosophy’s strength is that it doesn’t deny that we are each partial. It’s many branches offer ways of navigating the real feedback of Being, and sometimes the Becoming too. Which brings me to summarize philosophy as the exploration of, or Becoming towards, the ideal of Full Unconditional Listening. Listening to what? To that which we know … Read more

Semantic Despair

“Semantics” refers to words. Despair from them comes from observing that the same things (in this case words) that work, on the one hand, to clarify and garner understanding among us can also work to deceive and break down understanding. Resignation and despair about semantics reflects doubt that what we say or write has a … Read more