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July 24, 2022

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  • Bernard Suits (1925–2007)
  • Clerestory
  • Twitter Spaces
  • Infinite regress of production
  • Production is autopoietic
  • Marx: Imagination and production
  • Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677)
  • Spinozist determinism
  • Anthropocentrism
  • The causal trap
  • Spinoza extends Cartesian determinism
  • Scientism is a form of idealism
  • Scientism
  • Nietzsche: ‘Scientific’ interpretation as ‘stupidest’
  • Empiricism vs dogmatism (~300 BC–)
  • Scepticism
  • Anti-rationalism
  • Antiscientism is necessary for science
  • Provenance of “prehistoric” (1836–58)
  • Eleventh Thesis on Feuerbach
  • Jennifer M. Morton (~1980–)
  • Philosophical Investigations (1953)
  • Philosopher’s treatment of a question is like the treatment of an illness
  • Philosophy leaves everything as it is
  • Philosophy as therapy
  • Philosophy is a disease which haunts the mind
  • The Pleasure Principle (2019)
  • The Descent of Man (1871)
  • Mutual Aid (1902)
  • Darwin on the origin of conscience
  • Darwin argued for altruism
  • Senseless suffering is new
  • Chronic illness teaches you that pain is meaningless
  • You take colonial practices home
  • America as temporally inverse Russia
  • Moving Up without Losing Your Way (2019)
  • Goethe: universal/particular interpenetrate
  • Ostracism as social death
  • The Story of Philosophy (1926/1933)
  • Aristocratic Good
  • Consciousness, Culture
  • Starvation kills culture
  • “Culture as Creative Refusal” (2013)
  • Top-down Thinking
  • “The Cultural Niche” (2011)
  • “Live versus Dead Players” (2018)
  • Living tradition of knowledge
  • Cultural evolution proceeds without intelligence
  • Ennoblement through degeneration
  • Nietzsche on cultural aristocracy
  • Ajnana (~500 BC)
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
  • K. N. Jayatilleke (1920–1970)
  • Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge (1963)
  • Fictionalising philosophy
  • Pyrrhonism (360 BC–210 AD) influenced by Ajnana (500 BC)
  • The Golden Age of Man
  • Schizophrenia and tirelessness
  • Fear of death
  • The Garden of Eden
  • Hesiod on primitive ease of living
  • “They lived like gods without sorrow of heart”
  • WWR Volume II (1844)
  • The Word and the World
  • Instrumental inference
  • Philosophy uses concepts too widely
  • Plato substitutes map for territory
  • Tractatus Logico-philosophicus (1921)
  • Diogenes of Sinope (~404–323 BC)
  • Industrial Society and Its Future/Unabomber Manifesto (1971–1995)
  • John Dryden (1631–1700)
  • The Conquest of Granada (1672)
  • Rousseau: No return to state of nature
  • The Communist Manifesto (1848)
  • Fall of man in Lévi-Strauss
  • Kaczynski’s Luddism
  • Religions are wrong about the human condition
  • Cynic nostalgia for nature
  • Noble savage (1609–)
  • Buddhism
  • Experience vs life sciences
  • Buddhism as science
  • 2022-06-28 Wings of Desire
  • Einstein and Wertheimer
  • Max Wertheimer (1880–1943)
  • Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
  • Einstein: What is thinking?
  • University of Ancient Taxila (900 BC–500)
  • Feedback on Wings of Desire episode
  • HCII.4: “Man: A Social or a Political Animal”
  • Animale rationale is a mistranslation of zoon politikon
  • Band of brothers kill father
  • Shift from household (oikia) to polis
  • Plato condemns Empedocles
  • Gorgias (~380 BC)
  • Plato and Aristotle want design
  • Empedocles (494–434 BC)
  • Bicameral people buried with food
  • Weighted corpses: Exalted and dangerous
  • Sextus Empiricus (160–210)
  • Scepticism is persuasive
  • European freedom is about property
  • Mathematics which refer to reality are not certain; mathematics which are certain do not refer to reality
  • Mathematics, certainty, and precision
  • Mikhail Bakunin (1814–1876)
  • “The Reaction in Germany” (1842)
  • The urge to create is also destructive
  • Progress preceded by partial weakening
  • Defamiliarisation/Ostrananie
  • Language makes the uncommon common
  • Creative Destruction
  • “The passion for destruction is a creative passion”
  • Imagination as antidote to familiar/inauthentic
  • Fundamental idea of God
  • Montaigne: Atheism is “unnatural and monstrous”
  • Arthur Evans (1851–1941)
  • Naming the Minoan civilization (1825/1921)
  • Victoria Horner (~1979–)
  • “Causal knowledge and imitation/emulation in chimpanzees and children” (2005)
  • A thought becomes a tool by repeated returns
  • A repeated element of thought is a tool/concept
  • A concept put into words becomes communicable
  • Technicality = number of steps
  • Tools intervene between a goal and its realization
  • Overimitation in children vs chimps
  • Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy (2011)
  • Language as cognitive toolkit
  • Tools vs ideology
  • “Autobiographical Notes” (1946)
  • Cumulative Culture (2012)
  • “The Origins and Psychology of Human Cooperation” (2021)
  • Sound & Vision: Bicameral to Conscious
  • Aphoristic form and rumination
  • Tool use precedes language
  • Apology for Raymond Sebond (1576)
  • Animal tool use
  • Diversity of early political forms: “Bold social experiments”
  • Diversity of cooperation styles
  • Omens and Omen Texts (1500–650 BC)
  • The Biology of Desire (2015)
  • Interoceptive inference, emotion, and mood
  • Emotions are inferences
  • Ritual as amplifier of emotion
  • Learning usually requires emotion
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)
  • Esoteric vocabulary/Specialist language
  • Mature sciences are inaccessible to laypeople
  • Herbert Spencer (1820–1903)
  • “The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer” (1865)
  • Strength, stability, stupidity
  • Duration: Evolution takes time
  • Scotistic Reality
  • Cultural evolution
  • Beliefs, consciousness, persistence, truth
  • Fundamentalism, declensionism, startups
  • Classical Philosophy
  • Divination
  • Cleromancy
  • I Ching (1000–200 BC)
  • Aeschylus: Prometheus as self-knowledge
  • Socrates mainly asks about abstract nouns
  • “Nostalgia for the Absolute” (1974)
  • Simplification
  • Dichotomies as source of novelty
  • The Map and the Territory
  • Athenians use “unduly wide concepts” algebraically, reducing philosophy to reckoning
  • Social theory always simplifies
  • Plato’s Apology (~399 BC)
  • Death may be the greatest good
  • Alcohol increases entropy
  • “Technology and Magic” (1988)
  • Technology of Production
  • Ideology has always already interpellated individuals as subjects
  • Socially efficacious ritual gestures
  • Counterfactuals
  • Abduction
  • Alfred Gell (1945–1997)
  • “Restless corpses: ‘secondary burial’ in the Babenberg and Habsburg dynasties” (2001)
  • Double burials
  • Elite burial in the Middle Ages
  • The Lives of Eminent Philosophers (~235)
  • Heraclitus (545–475 BC)
  • Greek alphabet changes vision
  • Only vision is fast enough to be unconscious
  • Promethean vision change
  • How to Take Smart Notes (2017)
  • “What is thinking?”
  • Thinking in writing
  • Linking language to vision
  • Eyesight is a lying sense
  • Summary of Heraclitus
  • “On the Gradual Construction of Thoughts During Speech” (1806)
  • Metaphors of the mind are the world it perceives
  • The Hemispheres
  • Speech and thought proceed in parallel
  • Principles require maintenance and hearing
  • “Burial of the Christian Dead” (2013)
  • The Death of the Gods
  • Serotonin
  • Brightening of the senses
  • “Blurred Genres” (1980)
  • Philology shatters into humanities and sciences
  • Shen and kuei
  • School teaches rules
  • Technology of Reproduction
  • Praxis
  • Explosion in public education (1860–1940)
  • The school as silent state apparatus
  • Edward Shils (1910–1995)
  • Michael Polanyi (1891–1976)
  • You can’t know in advance
  • The Torment of Secrecy (1956)
  • John Dewey (1859–1952)
  • Experience and Nature (1925)
  • Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963)
  • Science, Dewey, and education
  • Christina Thompson (~1960–)
  • Sea People (2019)
  • Orality and Literacy (1982)
  • Soviet Modernisation
  • Oral culture is “close to the living human lifeworld”
  • HS: Middle Ages 2 — The Dark Age
  • Clovis (466–511) as semi-divine
  • The form is fluid, the “meaning” even more so
  • Early German Guilds (500s–1800s)
  • University of Jena (1558–)
  • EoP Entry: Carnap
  • Wilhelm Ostwald (1853–1932)
  • Auguste Comte (1798–1857)
  • German Youth Movement (1896–1933)
  • Voluntarism
  • Positivism as philosophy plus Youth Movement
  • “Postmodernism’s Use and Abuse of Nietzsche” (2001)
  • On the Genealogy of Morality (1887)
  • “The doer is merely a fiction added to the deed”
  • Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
  • “Our body is but a social structure composed of many souls”
  • The Will to Power (unfinished; ~1888)
  • Nietzsche against the singular/unified self
  • V. Gordon Childe (1892–1957)
  • Timeline of the Term Culture
  • Intellect is subversive and unpredictable
  • The End of Bias (2021)
  • Gymnosophists in Ancient India
  • Stromata (~210)
  • Palingenesis
  • Lev Shestov (1866–1938)
  • Clement on scripture and Logos
  • Philo of Alexandria (~20 BC–50)
  • Athens and Jerusalem (1937)
  • Clement of Alexandria (~150–215)
  • List of ancient philosophers/mystics
  • Born to Run (2009)
  • Untethering: Revolutions Break Bottlenecks
  • Language is about reducing distance
  • Language as cheap social grooming
  • Human sweat glands
  • Origins of human evolutionary untethering
  • Sweat and brain temperature
  • Lung bottleneck?
  • Sound or vision?
  • Seafood and the brain
  • Inward Training (4th C BC)
  • Why is breathing conscious?
  • Don’t praise/blame
  • Sung Hsing praised by Mencius and Chuang-tzu
  • Sung Hsing (301 BC?)
  • Sung Hsing: Refusal to be praised or blamed
  • Paradigm can provide hunches
  • Metaphors aren’t true or false
  • Theories can’t be true
  • Truth was once…
  • Etymology of “truth”
  • Disputers of the Tao (1989)
  • Pinyin to Wade-Giles Conversion
  • Left hemisphere denies context
  • Macular vision as left hemisphere
  • Either/Or (1843)
  • Obscuring the sublime
  • All dichotomies are false
  • Left hemisphere divides/dichotomises
  • WP490: No singular self
  • Bittersweetness, ambiguity vs dichotomy
  • Pleasure is transferred to the brain
  • Pleasure and pain amplified in humans
  • Pleasure is a type of pain
  • Modernity doesn’t activate ingenuity or artistry
  • Math concepts are about ingenuity
  • Puzzles require ingenuity
  • Epicurean pleasure
  • Philosophers like us are rare
  • The Master and His Emissary (2009)
  • Ajivika (5th C BC–14th C)
  • The Revolution That Wasn’t
  • Timeline
  • HS: Feudalism (2021)
  • Historiansplaining
  • Peasantry does not produce automatic surplus
  • Archaeological Culture
  • Man Makes Himself (1936)
  • False dichotomies
  • Pre-history vs history is a false dichotomy
  • Robert G. Bednarik (1944–)
  • Against the Grain (2017)
  • Self-Domestication
  • “The Domestication of Humans” (2008)
  • Archaeological Industry
  • Crito (~399 BC)
  • Marshall B. Rosenberg (1934–2015)
  • Nonviolent Communication (1999)
  • Four responses to negative communication
  • Capital must provide means for workers to reproduce themselves
  • This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom (2019)
  • Karl Marx (1818–1883)
  • Marx is not determinist about history
  • Grundrisse (1857–8/1939)
  • Master-slave morality
  • Socrates is a slave who advocates slavery
  • Slavery requires consent/understanding consequences
  • Frederick Douglass (1818–1895)
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)
  • Happy Slaves
  • Language resources
  • General language resources
  • Petrarch (1304–1374)
  • Memetics: Everything was invented
  • Petrarch as source of “dark ages”
  • Tim O’Neill
  • “The Dark Ages” and the Middle Ages and Periodisation (2016)
  • Paradigm choice is social
  • Took 90 years for Ptolemaic consensus to change
  • Book recommendation resources
  • Book recommendations
  • Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914)
  • George Berkeley (1685–1753)
  • “Fraser’s Works of Bishop Berkeley” (1871)
  • Nominalism/Realism
  • The Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce (1931–1958)
  • Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836–1903)
  • Santayana: Pantheism is atheism
  • Scientific Theism (1885)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775–1854)
  • Modern philosophers and “existence”
  • Is science nominalist or realist?
  • Pensees (1670)
  • Struggle, rest, boredom, craving
  • Maurice Jean Jacques Merleau-Ponty (1908–1961)
  • J. L. Austin (1911–1960)
  • Taylor explained Merleau-Ponty to Austin
  • Charles Taylor (philosopher)
  • Kicking out the ladder
  • Natural sciences use space-like concepts alone
  • Dancing in the Streets (2007)
  • The Dawn of Everything (2021)
  • Top-down collapses to bottom-up
  • Turning the world upside down
  • Ritual of inversion
  • The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)
  • East Meets West
  • Eastern canon
  • Non-obvious Ideological State Apparatuses
  • Bureaucracy’s war on the imagination has led to its dismantling (1968–)
  • Bureaucracy separates means from ends
  • Bureaucracy and cash transactions
  • Bureaucracy and schematization
  • Bourses du Travail prevented revolution (1875–1918)
  • Utopia of Rules (2015)
  • Necessity of degenerates
  • Squanderers by trade
  • True science is the study of the useless
  • Waste is a good sign
  • Academia no longer a refuge for eccentrics
  • GS354: On the “genius of the species”
  • Carl Lange (1834–1900)
  • BY III.9: Being a Beast Machine
  • James-Lange Theory (1884–)
  • Reverse causality
  • Interoceptive signalling and James–Lange theory
  • Wright Show: Stephen Kinzer (2021-11-16)
  • Practicality and pragmatism
  • Pragmatism
  • Americans don’t want to understand, they want to do
  • Original Thinking
  • Middle Ages as samatha
  • History of Platonism
  • Duns Scotus (1265–1308)
  • Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
  • René Descartes (1596–1650)
  • Habit as the source of all difficulties
  • List of paradigmatic textbooks
  • William James (1842–1910)
  • Whitehead: Be less conscious
  • James on Habits

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