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Welcome to my anti-philosophy blog. I am a Welshman living in Cardiff writing on the foundations of the sciences and humanities. An anti-philosopher in Badiou's sense - neither a pupil, nor a critic or compromiser; but a combatant, a braggart, irredeemably confident of his abilities, who would rather not settle for one side or the other. I invite frustration, resentment, contempt, and awe. I can be found loitering in the doorways of academia; an itinerant, peddling gems and junk. I might entertain or break moulds.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Art is theft

Art is theft. The aesthetic experience of art is trophyism. Trophyism is the pleasure of surveying stolen goods. Art continues through the sponsorship of another legal theft, gambling and the state lottery.

Art swims in blood. The blood is the blood of the culture whose artifacts have been torn from its heart, from the traditions and values that gave them meaning.

Art museums are the butcher's shop of culture. Critics dismember culture on their slab and display its still-twitching artifacts in their galleries.

The art critic is the Great Urinator. His mark is called western art, and is made upon all culture. Noses are lifted, for the mark is assessment. Assessed goods, or loot, are sold to the adulating who adorn their homes with micturated cultural counterfeits.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Elimination of Time and Space

Time and Space can be eliminated without upsetting the natural order.

1) The elimination of TIME
The "duration" of a temporal "sequence" is given by the number of events in the "sequence".

Events are said to come before or after other events. Before and after (and simultaneity) are terms that indicate temporal order or sequence, but temporal order itself can only present a non-ordered assembly of associated events.

 For example, I ask a question (event 1) and you reply (event 2). When we say that event 1 (asking) comes "before" event 2 (replying), we make an association.  We associate one of these events with a third event, such as the position of the hands of a clock. Depending on the specifics of our grammatical and pragmatic traditions we then call that association "before", and the remaining event the "after" event, or vice versa. There are no conditions in this example (or in any possible example) that specify the temporal priority of one event over the other, of asking over replying. We simply communicate.

2) The elimination of SPACE
The length of a "line" is given by the number of events on the "line".

For example, line 1 is longer than line 2 because there are more events on line 1 than on line 2.
line 1     ----^-----
line 2     ------------------------------------

Normally, we say that line 2 is longer than line 1, even though line 1 has more events. However, "longer" is itself the name of another, unacknowledged, event. We construct that event ourselves, instinctually as it were, by making a new geometrical construction. We might use the limits of the page margin, or the size of a room, or the local terrain for our new construction. This construction will incorporate line 2 into a line that has more events than line 1. We then say that line 2 is longer than line 1; though, we are not talking about line 2, but about the longer line that incorporates line 2.

Concluding, this elimination of Time and Space is a clarification that removes any relative or absolute distinctions normally associated with temporal and spatial parameters such as before, after, longer, shorter, and extension generally. A further short essay will be submitted to show that an event "cascade" creates the structural framework, but not the transcendental framework, for our immediate sense of temporal and spatial relativity and particularity.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

A storm warning: for science and religion

Over the horizon of public perception a conceptual storm lays waste doctrinal differences in the intelligent design debate, revealing their common foundation  – animism. A comprehensive animism must impute not merely spirit to common objects but its accompaniments such as autonomy and intention.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Are the Brain Sciences trashing the Human Wardrobe?

The brain sciences impose limits on our knowledge of human experience. Their knowledge base is prescriptive, not instructive. Claims for advancement in the brain sciences in this arena are necessarily empty and are a cause for public concern.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Is Nature Consistent?

By theoretical appointment, materials posturing in the quantum mode are unpredictable - a muse which annoyed Einstein who said that Nature didn't throw dice.
And Godel, seeking to undermine the then currently popular mathematical view of Nature, established to almost universal academic acclaim the inconsistency or unprovability of certain mathematical statements in any supposedly mathematically defined system, showing that Nature wasn't mathematically assayable.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Philosophy of Logic

It is remarkable that we have descriptions of the laws of logic but few descriptions of the nature of logic itself.  Wittgenstein, often a last resort for our debunking needs, describes the nature of logic "logic is trancendental". That is, logic provides a foundation or ground, in this case, as it happens, for the world "structure". He also identifies this ground as "necessary" when describing the propositions of logic as tautologies. A tautology is necessarily true - "either it is raining or it is not raining". This confuses the transcendental with the transcendent* for conditions or grounds are only necessary for the objects they ground or identify. To make those grounds absolute or self-justifying is to confuse the grounds for an object with the object itself. But then commentators on logic, including Wittgenstein, suffer from that over-familiarity that paints its cultural totems into a self-evident or transcendent, corner.

Logic is a contingent element in the ad infinitum of legitimacy. Logic, or rather a logic,

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Medieval perspective and reality

Medieval perspective presents us with what we may regard as a quaint "flat" view of objects. Yet this may be a better representation of spatiality than our modern three-dimensional perspective which makes objects appear from an arbitrary, privileged, single point or viewer. Even so, there is a yet more real way of representing objects. That is to privilege NO viewing point over another, and to view objects from all points.