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Samuel Butler: Thought and Language 

The whole power of spoken language is vested in the invariableness with which certain symbols are associated with certain ideas. If we are strict in always connecting the same symbols with the same ideas, we speak well, keep our meaning clear to ourselves, and convey it readily and accurately to any one who is also …

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Deleuze and Guattari’s Bergson and the Einstein Debate | The Journal of Magnus Opium 

Deleuze and Guattari mark out a human body that itself occupies space as an absolute, a body that is in fact involved in an absolute movement. Here, their affirmation of the Vedic conception of the body is essential, for there not only is light one of the elemental substances comprising the body, but all the …

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The Iron Law of Oligarchy 

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Sloterdijk’s Grasping Hands 

Free-market authors have also shown how the current situation turns the traditional meaning of exploitation upside down. In an earlier day the rich lived at the expense of the poor, directly and unequivocally; in a modern economy unproductive citizens increasingly live at the expense of productive ones--though in an equivocal way, since they are told, …

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The Heretic – The Morning News 

Just imagine what a critical mass of formerly upright citizens might do if they suddenly saw the whole earth as a temple. via The Heretic - The Morning News.

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Robbie Norris’ Richmond City Jail Yoga Project 

As I walk away from wherever I practice I like to look back & think about what I’m leaving behind, then I enjoy the time afterwards that it takes for the “stuff to try and return.” It never all comes back? It feels like a little is lost in the process! Sometimes a lot and …

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Hofstadter’s Pushkin 

the two English texts taken together gave a powerful impression of what the underlying Russian had to be like. I compare this to the nautical notion of triangulation, in which having two different landmarks to sight on a coast allows you to pinpoint just where at sea you are, whereas having just one is too …

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Comment from Hallward’s Guardian Article on the Montreal Protests 

bordercrossing1 June 2012 1:16PM This is the document that laid the ideological groundwork for the hike in tuition fees. This amazingly reductive manifesto is an argument made simply from fear of an ageing Quebec with flat population growth somehow ignoring the 17% growth in the birth rate since 2002. It utterly fails to imagine that …

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Rucker’s Cyberpunk 

Winning the award, I felt like some ruined Fitzgerald character lolling on a luxury liner in the rain-his inheritance has finally come through, but it's too late. He's a broken man. In my acceptance speech, I talked about why, when I'd dedicated Wetware to Phil Dick, I'd used Camus's quote about imagining Sisyphus to be …

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Philip K. Dick and the Alchemy of Information 

37. We should be able to hear this information, or rather narrative, as a neutral voice inside us. But something has gone wrong. All creation is a language and nothing but a language, which for some inexplicable reason we can't read outside and can't hear inside. So I say, we have become idiots. Something has …

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PKD on WSB 

I cannot accept Burroughs' view that we have been invaded by an alien virus, an information virus, yet on the other hand I cannot readily dismiss this bizarre theory as mere paranoia on his part. I think he is onto something real and important, and that his statements do more good--far more good--than harm that …

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Bucky’s Ventilated Prose 

Though the preparation for that mid-nineteen-thirties presentation had been developed under the close observation of the corporation’s Director of Research, my final written presentation of it was declared by the Director to be incomprehensible. Disgruntled, I re-read it carefully and returned to the Director saying, “Please listen to this,” and proceeded to read in spontaneously …

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Digital Composition (Reid) 

The word “glitch” is interesting in itself. It was first used by astronauts in 1962, specifically John Glenn, to describe a sudden change or spike in voltage. There is some contention that the word comes from German and Yiddish words for slipping. Perhaps there is a onomatopoetic quality to the term. If you could hear …

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Edgewalker: Kripal and Davis 

I'm writing a textbook now on how to compare religions. I open by claiming that the comparative study of religion is the most exciting, important, radical, dangerous, and promising thing currently going on in the university, and that most of the world's problems boil down to a failure of individuals, communities, and cultures to compare …

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Techne & the State 

The so-called scientific revolution was made possible by combining theoretical work, carried out by gentlemen philosophers, with practical skills possessed by the much lower status artisans. Modern science thrives on the theory-practice interaction. Currently it is shaped predominantly by links with the state, corporations and the military. An alternative direction would be created by forging …

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Dynamic Apposition 

From the philosophical perspective of the African musician, cross-beats can symbolize the challenging moments or emotional stress we all encounter. Playing cross-beats while fully grounded in the main beats, prepares one for maintaining a life-purpose while dealing with life’s challenges. via Cross-beat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Hemiolaichiasmus 

The words "hemiola" and "sesquialtera" both signify the ratio 3:2, and in music were first used to describe relations of pitch. Dividing the string of a monochord in this ratio produces the interval of a perfect fifth. Beginning in the 15th century, both words came to be used also to describe rhythmic relationships, specifically the …

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Chladni’s Architectures 

Ma believes that Chladni patterns must have been discovered before the 18th century. Millennia ago, he points out, the Chinese had already mastered the art of the "singing bowl," a delicate bell made from a specific bronze alloy that could produce multiple tones at the same time. While there's no documentation that Chladni patterns were …

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Enthymemetics 

now/never /                               \ actual                                    impossible potential                                    possible |                                         | past\future   __   probable/improbable … now                    /                   never /\                                              /\ potential/actual                                im-/possible /\                                                              /\ past/future                                                  im-/probable … Enthymeme - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Weber’s Breakdown 

das wunderkind breaks it down ...like, has one; why? seems to me mental illnesses of this type arise not due to uncertainty so much as to overcertainty; powerful theoretical lenses gather and focus streams of data like optical lenses focus rays of light. Too much, and you'll have a fire on your hands. The cognitive …

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