Automated moderation DOESN'T WORK ! IT NEVER HAS ! It's just another example of how "market based solution to problems" has failed humanity. If we truly want the world to become better, humanity needs to unite in peace ! It's NOT individual problems on it's own. It's connected !
Clear Mind, Clear Thinking, Clear Action. Taken from a Dharma Talk by Zen Master Sebastian Rizzon on 9/21/2023. @buddhism @dharma @dhamma #zen #zenmaster #dharma #buddhist #Buddha #meditation #meditate #buddhism #mind #heart #spirituality #enlightenment #thinking #karma #flowstate #spiritualjourney #love #compassion #koan #zenstories #selfhelp #knowledge #wisdom #philosophy #life #truth #clearmind #awakening #mantra #clearthinking https://youtube.com/shorts/8nsG_PIY0Vo
Why Life Does Not Really Exist (2013)
#ycombinator #Evolution #Mind_Brain #More_Science #alien #alien_life #animate #death #definition_of_life #DNA #epistemology #exobiology #inanimate #life #NASA #nature #ontology #philosophy #reality #ribozyme #RNA #RNA_world_hypothesis #virus #viruses
When #Nietzsche criticizes the idea of purpose in The Four Great Errors (Twilight of the Idols), he comes to the monistic conclusion that „there is nothing outside the whole“, only nature exists.
„We invented the concept ‚purpose‘; in reality purpose is altogether lacking.“
But as we are part of that whole, our inventions are also part of it. Purpose and ends exist as inventions that are necessary to us.
This leads to #Adorno‘s dialectics of natural history.
since time immemorial we have raised nonhumans to being — language, sound, form, color, even time — toward a belief that the very idea of their consciousness portrays the development of shadowplays or allays our own manipulation of shadowselves in history. the interplay of nonhuman and human creativity continually refounds our semantics and culturally saturated information systems. the shadow of the fool may be not nothing but other than the spectre of the beginning. #philosophy #justchatting
One of the shortest and most enigmatic chapters of Epictetus' Enchiridion is number 27. Here's the next bit of my commentary on that Stoic work
"personal ethics feel like corporate compliance, a burden – perhaps a necessary one – but never a source of vitality because, again, it does not have the capacity to inspire. It doesn't ask what we can be, only addressing what we ought to do, and often ought not to do."
Anyone else feeling this?
How do you define consciousness? Leave your answers in the comments. Taken from a Dharma Talk by Zen Master Sebastian Rizzon on 9/21/2023. https://youtu.be/_lfJnTx3x7k @buddhism @dharma @dhamma #zen #zenmaster #dharma #meditation #buddhism #mind #heart #spirituality #creation #thinking #karma #spiritualjourney #love #compassion #koan #zenstories #selfhelp #knowledge #wisdom #philosophy #life #truth #clearmind #awakening #mantra #beginningmind #consciousness #science
Hey #mastodon people! Does anyone here work in #wordpress #design? In other words, can you design a #website for an online #magazine about #religion and #philosophy? I'm fully capable of maintaining it afterward and adding content, but I'm not a great designer. If you're interested in helping out, please let me know.
Visit http://greg-ory.org and discover learned writings in different languages!
I have a question about academic job applications.
Is it a pretty universal rule that your recommendation letter writers should be senior to you in academic rank? Obviously this is true for people applying out of their PhDs and Post-Docs, but is it also true of tenured but-not-full professors? What are the general rules of thumb here?
Helen de Cruz' Newsletter Wondering Freely is one of my favourites. She makes complex philosophical ideas accessible and uses them to discuss how to live a good life. In her new article she writes about how to unlearn toxic productivity & start to learn to let your mind roam free.
#philosophy #ethics #moralphilosophy #MerleauPonty #Nietzsche
2/2 We take these fundamental categories for granted; but then the consequence of this unreflective stance can be deep puzzlement and errors, not only in philosophy but also in ordinary life. For, our fundamental categories can turn out to be inadequate in various ways – it is then the vital task of the metaphysician to reflect on them more deeply, and perhaps change the way in which we conceive of these ideas. #philosophy #metaphysics #thinking #rationality https://iai.tv/articles/auid-2236-there-is-no-escaping-metaphysics-auid-2236
1/2 For both Hegel and Peirce held that all our thinking, even of the most ordinary and banal kind, is shot through with various metaphysical assumptions, since all our thinking is grounded in various metaphysical concepts that shape how we think about the world: being, cause, substance, whole, essence and so on, are all such metaphysical categories.
#philosophy #metaphysics #thinking #rationality
In defence of free will
The latest book by Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky – Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will – has garnered a lot of media attention for its radical contention that we’re biological robots devoid of moral responsibility for what we do, fortunately he’s also entirely wrong. #philosophy
@philosophy Über Androide und die Zukunft des Menschen https://martinburckhardt.substack.com/p/uber-androide-und-die-zukunft-des?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #philosophy
Diogenes (of Sinope) final and pencil/ink process. https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/155624299?ref=studio-promote #philosophy
"I don't think that humankind is worthy of trust when we can't let go of war, draw borders between neighboring countries, seek to become richer than others, find joy in defeating others at sports, and choose someone of the opposite gender based on their appearance." - Yoko Taro
Unlock knowledge and savor it like wine;
Defeat death and free yourselves from it!
— Ibn Arabi
Sculpture: Sylph/Azrael by Volodymyr Tsysaryk
Science and the Mind. Can you scientifically study something that is completely subjective? Leave your answers in the comments. Taken from a Dharma Talk by Zen Master Sebastian Rizzon on 9/21/2023. @buddhism @dharma @dhamma #zen #zenmaster #dharma #buddhist #Buddha #meditation #meditate #buddhism #mind #heart #spirituality #creation #thinking #karma #flowstate #spiritualjourney #love #compassion #koan #zenstories #selfhelp #knowledge #wisdom #philosophy #life #truth #clearmind #awakening #mantra #beginningmind https://youtu.be/4l_TXgKw3e8
Today, I visited a first-year civil engineering course. I talked about the social model of disability, Elizabeth Barnes's notion of mere-difference, Ashley Shew's concept of technoableism, and curb cuts. I then challenged them to make curb cuts even more accessible and resilient to extreme weather. They had some creative ideas, ranging from using atypical materials in the ramp to the elimination of curbs entirely!
Do not misconceive of a ‘social construct’ as something that isn’t real.
Make the mistake of disregarding our social reality as a way to circumvent it, and you will find yourself banging your head against the very real walls of sociality until you go mad.
Once you accept the reality of our social constructs you will see they can only be deconstructed and made anew by the collective imagination of our socialized power.
"It is quite true what #philosophy says, that #life must be understood backwards; a thesis which, the more we reflect on it, leads precisely to the conclusion that life in the temporal world never becomes properly understandable, for the very reason that at no moment of time can I find the perfect repose to take up the backward position."
From 29 Nov: The Solipsistic Purpose To Everyone’s Life - Meaning, purpose, and the uncertainty that anyone else exists.The Solipsistic Purpose To Everyone’s Life was first posted on November 29, 2023 at 8:53 am. https://ideatrash.net/2023/11/the-solipsistic-purpose-to-everyones-life.html #essay #philosophy #absurdism #existentialism #nihilism
- create a Mastodon 'List'; mine is named
🆕 Harbor; extra credit: create 1-2 subdivisions, like
🆕 Harbor #philosophybut your subjects of interest, the ones you post about
- edit the 'List'; change it to hide the posts from your main Timeline (P.S. I have no ideas what the "show replies" options do; you aren't alone if that screen confuses you)
- when you follow someone; a) mute their boosts; b) add them to 'Harbor' or a harbor subdivision c) optional: temporarily mute them for 3-7 days, leaving their notifcations enabled so you know when/if the interact with you
- peruse your harbor lists from time to time; see how you feel about each person over time; gradually prune them from that list so that they will now show up in your main timeline; unfollow those who you have second thoughts on; you can always go through this with them again in the future
- over time, unmute 'boosts' for a select few of these folks; pick the best of the best
A spiritual master is a vanishing mediator who gives you back to yourself ...
When we listen to a true leader, we discover what we want (or rather, what we always already wanted without knowing it).
A Master is needed because we cannot accede to our freedom directly – to gain access we have to be pushed from outside,
since our ‘natural state’ is one of inert hedonism.
— Slavoj Žižek
I’m fascinated by the excuses bigotry needs to defend its existence.
“Oh that’s just the culture.”
“They’re old and from a different time.”
“The religion says to do it…what do you mean the holy book doesn’t say that?… ok the religious leader says to do it.”
“She didn’t see many of /those people/ growing up.”
Yet to be a decent human requires no logical somersaults, no justification, no rationalization.
Maybe someone who knows #philosophy & is smarter than me can show what I don’t see.
Is my mind entirely contained within my head? Or does it extend into the physical world, integrating tools, data, and relationships as part of my thought process?
I really enjoyed Andy Clark and David Chalmers's paper on this topic: https://consc.net/papers/extended.html
For them, the boundaries we draw are artificial. Cognition, belief, and identity are fluid things that can be spread across the many parts of a dynamical system. The brain learns and evolves to adapt to its environment, leveraging whatever cognitive aids are out there, and investing brain power only on the tasks that can't be solved reliably in some other way.
I think this very relevant to disability. I love the idea that physical aids and extensions can be thought of as part of the self. I like how it centers accomplishing some task, without concern for how it gets done. A person's biological constraints don't have to limit their thoughts, abilities, or personhood.
More than argument, logic is the very structure of reality
The patterns of reality
Some have thought that logic will one day be completed and all its problems solved. Now we know it is an endless task
Interestingly prescient, excepting the equanimity part. 😀
"There are leaders who seduce us because they do not have the conflicts that we have; we admire their equanimity where we feel shame and humiliation." Ernest Becker *The Denial of Death*
➡️ New issue of Krisis
Krisis is an open access journal for contemporary philosophy that publishes contributions that employ philosophy in understanding current societal, cultural and political developments 🌍📰🔍🤔. It's published by University of Groningen Press (UGP).
"I think, therefore I am."
"Why do you always have to make it about you, René?"
- his girlfriend
Reflection #3: Against metaphysical possibility.
In which I explain logical, metaphysical and physical possibility; argue that these are not gradations of possibility but merely a classificatory system that depends on the details of our practices; and argue that metaphysical possibility is not a subject matter for #philosophy
The #AI industry turns against its favorite #philosophy, #effective_altruism
A new (and again quite long) philosophical reflection, this time called "Normativity and Korsgaard". I criticise certain ways of thinking about morality, reasons, and moral laws; and end with some vague remarks about love.
History of rhetoric musings:
What if the philosophers weren’t afraid that people would agree with the sophists?
What if instead they were afraid that people would see that the philosopher’s already did agree, claiming as truth what they would and discarding as abject and universal error any imagined futures that might move society toward close to equity?
It isn’t that right/wrong distinctions are arbitrary. And at the same time, it there isn't some objective and universally agreed to measure of right/wrong.
It is more that good/bad distinctions are complex and nuanced and situated. And a sophistic practice can encourage us to speak up to unsettle current distributions of power and privilege: other ways are possible.
Some people are saying things like "Maybe you'll give up on Mastodon". They get it wrong. It is not about giving up on Mastodon;
I will never give up on my servers.
I will never give up on my loved ones.
Would you? Give up on your loved ones, I mean? What's the point in that?
Trying something new on my website: off-the-cuff philosophical reflections. Thought processes put down on virtual paper. This first installment is about the nature of judgement (in the sense of 'judging something to be true') and how in interrelates with practical contexts.
The general rule for these things is: what I write may be confusing to you, or raise questions, but ask me anything, at any level; or give me suggestions. #philosophy
"All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves."
─ Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)
About me: #introduction #presentation
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Hobbies: Music production, language learning, reading, videogames, video/film production, #philosophy
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There's been a recent bout of people talking about #freewill and #determinism. Perhaps because of Sapolsky's book (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58902324-determined)?
But so much of the discussion I see is grounded in a very strange conception of free will. For many people, “free will” means that a mind must have the power to bypass causation and alter reality purely because it wants to, without any external influences.
This is very silly. It's secret dualism. It's like saying free will only exists if my transcendent soul can reach into the universe (from outside?) and arbitrarily tinker with physics. Science tells us that this sort of free will does not exist. But rather than throw out the concept entirely, maybe we just need a better definition?
When talking #philosophy it’s so important to establish good definitions.