Believing is Seeing

You choose your belief I'd love to be wrong, I really would - but unfortunately this is all there is. That means belief in spirits, other realms, and even escaping the cycle of death and rebirth is all in your head. Their only real reality lies in the psychological impact those notions have upon you…

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The Infinite Tablecloth

Imagine a super-stretchy tablecloth that goes on forever in all directions. Or it could be infinitely-stretchy but fixed in a huge wooden frame, for the purposes of this metaphor, both work as well. Now it starts off perfectly flat. This is the 'fabric of reality' and it's right now both all and nothing: it's the…

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…

Reality is all …

Fill in the blank When referring to the nature of Reality - what it's made of - as soon as someone begins their statement "It's all made of ... " the next word could be anything - gouda, gold, god, tao, apeiron, the force, consciousness, anything. The reason I know this is because I've understood…

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…

Strange and relative thinking: two examples

On Infinity and Boundaries: You have to understand that if you have an infinite "expanse" of sameness that is unchanging, and that you (I say ‘you’, but I mean ‘it’ or ‘unknown’ for the time being) cause a Thing to exist from that sameness, if it is to ‘exist’, then it must necessarily be perfectly…

Adjacent Existents – A Theory

These ideas are a work in progress. Axiom 1: A Thing "exists" if and only if it also defines what it is "not", which is also a Thing. Axiom 2: A Thing "does not exist" if it is "not not" what it is not - i.e. if it is also its 'not-Thing' - this is…

Mathematics and the Real

To my previous post, Louis Kauffman, himself, generously took the time to reply. I have included his reply in the comments section of that post. In that comment, I'd promised to continue the discussion in a new post. Here it is, with the brief continuation of the dialogue I had begun with Mr. Kauffman. I…