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We will not solve our climate problem by adjusting the width of streets.

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We will not solve our climate problem by adjusting the width of streets. Incremental changes will not save our cities. Cities will be saved by designing car free areas of areas up to a mile square.  Cars and trucks will be relegated the periphery of future communities. Transportation within future communities will be mainly be by foot and bike. Vacant and wasteland areas can become new car free communities. Car free communities need have no stairs. Most future residences will be one level. Graded ways can easily enable transit between levels. A max of four levels is adequate to support a car free community of 5-10K.  Thinking outside the box is the only way forward. Car free communities will be forced on us by climate change. Even if climate was not a problem, car free communities would make complete sense.

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Baseball is continuous. Society is not. Cyber will change all metrics once it gets past the infantile gadget stage.

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Well now er um. As an old Doxiadis auditor, I am familiar with this thinking in a younger iteration. As a born and raised New Yorker, I know what a block is. But as one who has thought for a lifetime about cities and particularly about metrics, come to think of it, I believe this suffers from a failure to see the self-evident. What is self-evident but missed? The answer is: The imperative to separate oil and the automobile from its central control of everything else. Once make these things peripheral, and the scales will fall from our eyes. We will not lose these anymore than we lost horses, But they will no longer influence all else we do and think. My metric is drawn from my reading of Christopher Alexander coupled with my own evolution of his thinking. It arrives at the concept of the cyber-community which is 10,000 persons of all sorts living by choice in a community that is car free, no more than four levels high, stairless, lego-like and so on and so forth. I see it all. It does not exist. Neither did the car once. I outline it in my largely-ignored book, Triadic Philosophy.

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Continuity is central in Triadic Philosophy.

50.  Continuity is central in Triadic Philosophy.

51.   We move in one direction.

51a. We never stand still.

51b. Continuity is synonymous with life itself.

51c. We owe our understanding of continuity to Charles Sanders Peirce.

52.  Continuity and chronology are related.

52a. Time may contract and bend under some circumstances.

52b.  Continuity prevails. We move forward.

“Welcome to an integral philosophy for the 2000s. Going on 1500 entries. Updated 3 May, 2013. Contact the author at steverose @ Triadic Philosophy is an intellectual and spiritual revolution in progress. It is taking place @stephencrose on Twitter. This text is the first truly integral philosophy to grow out of the thinking of Charles Sanders Peirce. It is not Peirce, but it could not exist without him. It takes Peirce’s vision of triadic thinking, thinking in threes, and grafts it to the revolutionary Triad – Reality, Ethics.”

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Thinking in a binary either-or manner hobbles progress.

1055. Thinking in a binary either-or manner hobbles progress.

1055a. Choosing between experts and “the people” solves nothing.

1055b. A car free, integral way of living is a consensus waiting to be implemented.

1055c. Building car-free cyber-communities requires a pilot.

1055d. People need to see what it’s like to live car-free.

1055e. People need to experience lego-like construction that is modular.

1055f. We are talking about a social revolution when we talk car-free.

1055g. A car free future requires a visionary entrepreneur.

1055f. A car-free future requires attention to the ethics and aesthetics of existence.

1055g. Car-free is a future with a vital, local economy at its core.

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Ego is a nominalist misnomer

1050. Ego is a nominalist misnomer.

1050a. We are will.

1050a1. Ego does not imply or encompass the higher self.

1050a2. Ego exists only in the imagination of psychology.

1050b. We are life.

1050c. We are freedom.

1050c1. We can forgive and seek forgiveness.

1050d.  Will and freedom enable us to choose the values we live by.

1050d1. Values range from the ugly and tawdry to the efficacious and beautiful.

1050e. As Albert Schweitzer said, “We are life that wills to live midst life that wills to live.”

The above is a sampling from the work in progress Triadic Philosophy, a Kindle book. I have set the price at $9.99 and it will not change although the book will grow substantially.  As it does, Kindle users will be able to download the latest version (by managing their Kindle). This is an alternative mode of expressing thought and it could only occur in the context of cyber-space. This is a book that is literally being played out on Twitter. While it is meant to strike at the heart of dualistic philosophy, it is also meant to be a clear and useful iteration of thinking that is universal in relevance. Triadic Philosophy will not be able, as it grows, to be relegated to any group or category or school of thought whatsoever. We are beyond that. You can sample more of  Triadic Philosophy and purchase or borrow the book (if a Kindle Prime member) by clicking the image below.

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Romney-Ryan Offer No Pathway to Self Reliance

More than three-fifths of the cuts proposed by Mr. Ryan come from programs for low-income Americans. These cuts are so severe that the nation’s Catholic bishops protested the proposal as failing to meet society’s moral obligations, saying the plans “will hurt hungry children, poor families, vulnerable seniors.”

To Mr. Ryan, the poor will benefit when they no longer rely on government handouts. But his plans contain no pathway to self-reliance for the tens of millions of people who are either poor, unemployed or uninsured. In his world, they will be entirely on their own, or will rely on charity.

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Taking away without giving. Democrats have struggled for years to create a pathway and  have done no better. We have a sprawl-prison-car-enslaved nation. The answer lies in radical social change that can only happen when we have rid Congress of its most deleterious members. Then we can legislate to create car-free communities that build diversity into their fabric based on people’s aspirations and desires. Defeating  sprawl society and its policies and presuppositions is the agenda.