The ‘Good Enough’ Principle

I know, that doesn't sound like a very 'formal' philosophical principle, but bear with me. To exist means to stand out (from Latin "ex-" meaning 'out of' and "stare" meaning 'to stand'), and so for a Thing to exist it must be different from all other Things. But how different? Just enough. In fact, any…

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The Taijitu and Gravitational Waves

The Taijitu: About three days ago I combined the ancient symbol of the taijitu with the modern one we all know as the 'yin and yang symbol' into one single image. I've set it as my desktop wallpaper:   But today, looking at it, I thought of Gravitational Waves... Gravitational Waves In particular, I was…

Spencer-Brown: Cataphatist

George Spencer-Brown (GSB) did some wonderful work for a system of logic that has us consistently painting ourselves into a corner. That's the problem. His work contributes to a system of reasoning that is consistent but incomplete. What he doesn't see (and few who I've encountered who understand his work) is that he is stuck…

OK… So Spencer-Brown isn’t wrong, he’s just cataphatic.

The (cataphatic) Laws of Form George Spencer-Brown did an incredible job of breaking it down to the barest of bare-bones. But he could have gone further - he just didn't see it. He thought the 'Distinction' was "perfect continence" (yes, he notes that 'continence' refers to the archaic meaning - to contain - contain yourselves!),…

Honey, I Shrunk the Universe…

... or, "What if we were totally wrong?" Inside-Out Universe To say that the Universe 'exploded' from a 'thing smaller than an electron' in what's commonly called "The Big Bang" could be a complete misunderstanding of the data we've gathered from our observations of the galaxies and 'stuff out there around us'. Let me show…

To admit you are a fool…

... is to begin your journey of learning. Is this not typical of the learning process? To realize that one has been naïve and therefore perhaps not utterly wrong, but too hopeful or certainly over confident. I've just finished reading the "Logic: Very Short Introduction" by Graham Priest (Oxford University Press), and man oh man…

The Law of Existence – Part 2

Law of Existence - continued In my previous post, I promised to illustrate how the Laws of Thought, as they are used today, emerge naturally from the Law of Existence. Time to make good on my promise. In a comment left by reader SelfAwarePatterns he mentioned that he didn't see how the Law of the…

The Law of Existence – a better logic?

Overview George Boole's "Laws of Thought" have been extremely useful in many disciplines, but I contend that they are nevertheless incomplete. In their dominance over most of Logic and Philosophy, they have caused a conceptual 'blind spot' in the many fields of research which use or emanate from such reasoning - including the Foundations of…

“ALL Reality is Transformation” – A Review

Reality: It may seem absurd that I see Reality (indeed, all Reality, hence the capital 'R') as being 'made of' Transformations. I am the first to admit it because this is my view almost despite myself - "I would it weren't so". In fact, it's this very discomfort, this very dismay that motivates me to…

Set Theory 2.0 – a first attempt

Definition of a Thing: If a Thing is to exist, it must be, by necessity, at the very least 'not' that-from-which-it-exists. This 'not' is what enables it to exist, and as such is the transformation by which it exists. This transformation is the defining boundary of a Thing; the Thing is fully-bounded by "not". But…