Category Archives: Philosophy

Reform Luddism

Reform Luddism in action. Photo by Vladimir Kudinov courtesy of Unsplash.

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Open Source Education

In the world of computing there is a whole class of stuff called “Open Source”. It’s built on the idea that things work out for everyone if stuff is freely available and people can choose what they wish to work … Continue reading

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What does {this} Steampunk look like?

I have tried to define steampunk. It doesn’t work. I have tried to engage with people in other expressions of steampunk, such as cosplayers and literary types. Not to successful there either. They’re fine people, but their trajectory is different. … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Commerialization, Commercialism, and Modernity

Shamelessly stolen from wikipedia. Capitalism: Capitalism is an economic system structured upon the accumulation of capital in which the means of production are privately owned and operated for profit, usually in competitive markets. Income in a capitalist system takes at … Continue reading

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When did socialism jump the shark?

Socialism was, in the 19th century, a local communitarian ideal. It was supposed to be about lots of independent small scale, self sufficient,  egalitarian  communities.   How did it evolve into large state authoritarianism? It was about capable highly skilled people supporting each … Continue reading

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Personal Values

Here are the core values that have contribute to my lifestyle, in rough order of importance. Sorry for such a long list. Above all, I value my wife and boys. I value the land I live on and the plants … Continue reading

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Black Day, Black Night

Black Day, pondering much. The Secular Reenchantment idea I mentioned in my last post was an annoying wash. I listened to it 2-3 times trying to glean something from it. The entire thing can be reduced to, “We have killed … Continue reading

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Pondering Sæcular ReEnchantment

Can’t believe I’m posting my ponderings on EO before Piotr, but obviously he’s snoozing. So yesterday was a discussion on the seemingly paradoxical secular reenchantment of the world. What I got out of it was a sense that even within … Continue reading

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Rority, Historicist Revolutionaries, and Bacon

Poitr has suggested that I, by his estimation a Rorty classified Historicist Revolutionary, should find the Swine Flu scare currently going on deeply interesting. I of course had to go back and refresh myself on what he meant. Piot’s take … Continue reading

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Scholasticism

When discussing with a friend the merits of scholasticism, I  was again reminded of the classic objection, angels on a pin. When thinking about it, I decided to google it… Found this,  Still processing….

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