Category Archives: philosophy

Complexity

Could “Complexity Theory” be an oxymoron? Melanie Mitchell in her book “Complexity: A Guided Tour” talks of “the sciences of complexity”, and this might indicate a lack of integration to the field. Indeed, John Bragin in a review of the … Continue reading

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Maximization

__________________________________________________________ “A poetic text is ‘semantically saturated’, condensing more ‘information’ than any other discourse; but whereas for modern communication theory in general an increase in ‘information’ leads to a decrease in ‘communication’ (since I cannot ‘take in’ all that you … Continue reading

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The Mind Ouroboros

Frames The concept of frames can be traced back, at least, to Kant, who believed that the mind necessarily utilizes Schemas or Schemata. His basic insight was that we understand the world through an internal framework; incoming sensory data, “raw … Continue reading

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Koestler Reloaded

“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” Arthur Koestler I’ve had an interest in Koestler’s theories of creativity for many years – as a young man, one of the books … Continue reading

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Ontology

Why Ontology? “If we only knew what we know, namely, in the use of certain words and concepts that are so subtle in application, we would be astonished at the treasures contained in our knowledge.”           … Continue reading

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Relationalism

  Under Construction In this section I’m going to deal with something that I call relationalism. It originates from a preoccupation I’ve had for years over how much weight the ontological category of “relations” can be made to carry – … Continue reading

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Classifying Informal Logical Fallacies

What I’m after here is not a dictionary of the fallacies with perfect definitions, but rather, by placing like with like, a systematisation of them, as far as this is possible. I try not to contradict anything done by established … Continue reading

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