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Society and Subjectivity

There seems to be this historical notion that in order for society to function and people to get along, that we need a fairly monolithic belief system, yet perspective is subjective. When you look at something close up, versus from far away, the effects are two very different frames. Everyone has their point of view and personal history. Which is the basis of human civilization, our ability to collect, combine and try to make sense of all this knowledge, within that presumably singular framework.

The reality is that there no ultimately objective point of view, no omniscient omniscience. A spiritual absolute would be the essence of sentience, from which we rise, not an ideal of wisdom and judgement, from which we fell. Simply that we are aware. Knowledge is emergent and evolving. It is just that only the more static patterns can be easily analyzed and communicated, so what is collectively known, is seemingly stable. …


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Taking the Long View

Donald Trump is a professional narcissist. For those old enough to remember, he was the Kardashian of the eighties. Basically a brand looking for products to sell. He realized there are significantly under represented sectors of the American electorate and stamped his brand rather effectively on a large part of one of them.

During the 2016 primaries, the media had great fun focusing the majority of their attention on him, as a way to ridicule the Republican field in general. Not that it was hard to do. Another Bush!!!!

Yet for an America raised on corruption and comedy, media and the worship of money, he was a camp classic and far more appealing than the corporate toadies. …


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We Can All Go Back to Kansas Now

People have the memory of a gnat. We don’t have to cancel history, because 99 percent of it is already forgotten. How much do you remember yesterday? Last week? Last month? How different is your point of view, relative to those around you? Multiply that by billions.

That’s the nature of time. We have this grandiose sense of it as the present marching firmly from past to future, but the reality is that change turns future to past. Tomorrow becomes yesterday, because the earth turns. There is no dimension of time, because the past is consumed by the present. …


Suppose you have the light of infinite sources, redshifted into the infrared........

" Then again, I would say that all properties are manifestations of concepts, and the manifestations are themselves within that very conceptual framework in which they appear,"

Radiation expands toward infinity, while form coalesces toward equilibrium. Both entropic.


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It’s not politics, it’s not morality, it’s physics

The degree to which social frustrations have reached a point of ignition, creating a social and ultimately cultural conflagration across this country and around the world is truly breathtaking. While we all can sense some of the elements causing it, it does seem there are other factors pouring fuel on the fire. A color revolution coming home to America.

What might be driving this and why?

Trying to peel away the layers, people, ideologies, passions, etc. …


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Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

The world has certainly been turned upside down by the Covid 19 pandemic, while many of our institutions are showing their age and limitations. The Generals are still spending significant amounts of public wealth on a war that was won thirty years ago and any others that can be arranged. Our political system is offering us a choice between a deranged clown and a demented puppet, both with significant communication issues and questionable character. Even the Masters of the Universe are finding their levers of power seriously unsettled by the situation.

What lessons do we learn, other than what is obvious? That the foundations of a society are every bit as important, if not more so, than the towering structures built on it and we can only cheat on those foundations for so long, in order to store more gold in the penthouse, before it does more than trickle down. …


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The physiology of being versus the stuff we tell ourselves

Given humanity is facing a range of problems, the quantity of which we have not experienced in history, it would be worthwhile to start an objective discussion about the situation, rather than leave it up to emotion and conflict to decide our future.

What is the nature of human experience?

We are mobile, intentional organisms, with a sequential process of perception, analysis and decision making, in order to navigate our situation.

While it might seem we perceive the world around us in a fairly straightforward fashion, the mechanics are somewhat analogous to a motion picture, as our minds create these flashes of perception, so that it is not a whiteout of overwhelming light and information. This process then permeates every aspect of our thinking, as we constantly sort through the overall noise for the signals that fit into our model of reality. …


The physiology of being versus the stuff we tell ourselves

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Given humanity is facing a range of problems, the quantity of which we have likely not experienced in history, it might be interesting to start an objective discussion about the situation, rather than leave it up to those driven by emotion to dominate the discussions and decisions.

To that end, I think it useful to explore the nature of human experience.

We are mobile, intentional organisms, navigating the surface of this planet and to that end have a sequential process of perception, analysis and decision making.

While it might seem we perceive the world around us in a fairly straightforward fashion, the mechanics are somewhat analogous to a motion picture, as our minds create these flashes of perception, so that it is not a whiteout of overwhelming light and information. This process then permeates every aspect of our thinking, as we constantly sort through the overall noise for the signals that fit into our model of reality. Making reductionism primary to thought. …


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Photo by Jamison McAndie on Unsplash

The Confessions of a Cosmic Heretic

I would first admit that I don’t have a lot of formal eduction. As a younger child in a horse racing family, there wasn’t much attention to education. I was more curious than competitive, so I found it more effective to be a worker and let my mind do as it wished, than focus on the infinite ins and outs of race horses. As I was usually tired in my free time, reading became my habit.

Being practical minded, I was not overly social, as people are too intense to take, in more than small doses, so my reading gravitated to ways to better understand why the world works as it does. What is this God thing? What are the absolute and the infinite and how do they relate? Why do people spend their lives focused on very narrow channels, when there was so incredibly much to life? …


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Photo by Vladimir Solomyani on Unsplash

The success of capitalism is that it functions as an ecosystem, with individuals, businesses, communities, governments and other entities as the organisms making it up. As in nature, these entities are constantly tested against one another. There is no singular control, other than the medium that connects it all together. Money.

We are taught in Econ 101 that money is a medium of exchange, store of value and price setting mechanism. In the larger reality though, medium and store are very distinct functions. For instance, in the body, blood is the medium and fat is the store. Or for cars, roads are the medium and parking lots are the store. A river is a medium and a lake is a store. Your hallway is a medium and the hall closet is a store. …

John Brodix Merryman Jr.

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