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Charles Sanders Peirce on The Three Elements of Thinking

[. . .]The modern philosophers — one and all, unless Schelling be an exception — recognize but one mode of being, the being of an individual thing or fact, the being which consists in the object’s crowding out a place for itself in the universe, so to speak, and reacting by brute force of fact, against all other things. I call that existence.
Aristotle, on the other hand, whose system, like all the greatest systems, was evolutionary, recognized besides an embryonic kind of being, like the being of a tree in its seed, or like the being of a future contingent event, depending on how a man shall decide to act. In a few passages Aristotle seems to have a dim aperçue of a third mode of being in the entelechy. The embryonic being for Aristotle was the being he called matter, which is alike in all things, and which in the course of its development took on form. Form is an element having a different mode of being. The whole philosophy of the scholastic doctors is an attempt to mould this doctrine of Aristotle into harmony with christian truth. This harmony the different doctors attempted to bring about in different ways. But all the realists agree in reversing the order of Aristotle’s evolution by making the form come first, and the individuation of that form come later. Thus, they too recognized two modes of being; but they were not the two modes of being of Aristotle.
       My view is that there are three modes of being. I hold that we can directly observe them in elements of whatever is at any time before the mind in any way. They are the being of positive qualitative possibility, the being of actual fact, and the being of law that will govern facts in the future. CP 1.21-23
Cap tip Gary R.
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Google Is Bullying Associated Content Again

Update 4:09 PM –  Google persists in taking considerable work and arbitrarily denying it a Web presence. This is harm. It is wrong. It is unfair. I practice a daily routine in which I forgive all for all the wrongs they have done. It is my interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer that this is what it means to say forgive us as we forgive those who do us harm.  I do not relish giving much of my time to creating what I feel is decent content and having it relegated to a dustbin. If this was constant it would be one thing. But it inconsistent. Whimlike. Neronian. I will allow myself this little rant and get back to my routine. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.

Update 12:32 PM – Remarkable. Yahoo has been been bitten by the Google bully bug. The same pattern of listing I note in the update below is also present on Yahoo. With no original listing. This is getting interesting. Next stop Bing. 12:38 – The same thing. This post is the only way you would be aware of the offerings I have made today. My next step will be to repost all of items below via Ping.fm  – each with the proper destination. 12:53 – OK I have figured out the drill. The History Swinging Backwards post below is properly located now. With the this post in second place. The other posts are all slide shows. These are second-class citizens that no one gives much credence to, but they have been my most successful posts of all because they are, in my view, no less “weighty” in their way than prose posts. Google has recently been posting my slideshows. Today it has stopped doing so. I will wait and cogitate on what to do next.

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Update: 12:14 PM Thursday ET – This has to be the reductio ad absurdam. When I check to see of the titles below are indexed, the reference to this page pops up under each title. There can be no more obvious proof of Google’s apparent entrapment in its own world that it would make it possible for you to access my articles from where their titles and original links should be posted by searching there and then coming here and clicking on the direct links below. I have been on the Web a lot longer than Google has and this takes the cake.

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Google is at it again. In their apparently daily tweaking of their algorithm to ensure that the very best content shows up in their results, they have given no place to anything I have put up today. I am sure they are on Bing and Yahoo. So once again it is Google that taunts a competitor and stokes up the likelihood of an eventual regulatory initiative that will suggest that it is protesting a bit too much.

Unindexed thus far after a week during which indexing has been decent if not perfect.

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