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Reality is the starting point of thought


Mathematics and science are finite disciplines and are not identical with or prior to Reality.

Continuity implies fallibility.

Fallibility implies mystery.

Mystery is inherent in Reality.

We live in an immanent frame.

Our condition is finite.

Reality is the starting point of thought.

Scarlett O’Hara is right. Tomorrow is another day.


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Conscious Thought Is a Matter of Will and Validates Free Choice

This from a response in a thread on the Peirce list.

It seems to me that the thread has sought to describe how the mind works, and that Peirce thought it worked by accessing the general which I call reality and he calls first and having it bump up against an index which he calls second and which I call ethics and having it transit in some melded way to a third which he calls a third and I call aesthetics and take to be an action or expression whose effects can be empirically validated and measured. Now if Peirce’s threes do not refer to what can be a conscious process then to what do they refer? And if to a conscious process, then am I justified in saying that thinking in threes can involve accessing whatever is rising in your mind and subjecting it to an ethical challenge and then seeing that the result of that encounter issues in something that you take to aim for truth/beauty?  There are surely myriad other ways to think in threes, just as triangles can be infinitely iterated. But just as Hegel and Marx developed what we call dialectics that have influenced thought, who is to say that a mode of triadic thinking cannot come to bear on the challenges we face – the primary one being whether we can morally evolve beyond what Veblen aptly described as our predatory nature?
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Identifying the “Sabermetrics” of Urbanism | PlaceMakers

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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I sense the nation
Is tired of contention
A period of calm waits in the wings
Perhaps a Christmas carol
Will break through all the chatter
And homicidal notions
Will give way to better things
There comes a time when breath is short
Attention splays and when
Sheer inabilaty envelops us
We see the end we share
It stops our mouths refocuses our hearts
Until another blast of fatuous commitment
Claims the stage
And we resume the fighting yet again