As I write here by the window of an office near Union Square in NYC, New Year’s Eve approaches, my 66th year looms. Do I go gentle into the unquiet night? Or take my cue from the Master? Nicolas Walter, in his pamphlet About Anarchism, lays bare the eternal situation: Anarchists see progress quite differently, … More New Year's Eve Reflection
Last night I finished watching the third season of Man in the High Castle on Amazon video. The American Nazi youth were celebrating the destruction of the Statue of Liberty to launch the year of the new beginning. This public demonstration followed the meltdown of the Liberty Bell. By destroying the symbols of American history, the … More Political Lies Lead To Totalitarianism
Are language and thought one and the same? Can we only know reality through the medium of language? Donald Fagen, one of the geniuses behind Steely Dan, in his autobiography Elegant Hipsters, traces entire subcultures spawned by Count Korzybski’s General Semantics. The basic idea of the book is succinctly summarized by Steven Pinker in The Language Instinct: “General … More Can We Think without Words?
there is a deeper world than this … More Why philosophy?