Love and Beauty

...for a poet is a light and winged thing, and holy, and never able to compose until he has become inspired, and is beside himself, and reason is no longer in him. Plato Let's start at the end. What gives us joy, reason, meaning, and a feeling of being alive, connected, loved and loving? Is …

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Sentience and Sensibility

Thank you Barbara, for the invitation to guest blog on the topic of AI and consciousness on her site Me, My Magnificent Self, I am grateful. For anyone reading here, please visit Barbara's website too. She included some very nice thoughts about my blog, and you will also find some other posts on the AI …

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Untamed Speech

...always a rage against the blind harmony of an anaesthetized life. Instead, a life amid the salient, the awkward, the pathologized; buffeted and discontent, at peace only in a rough sea.* Is it possible that the very flight away from our experience of pathology misses the beauty of its necessity, removing us from artful expression of …

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Pathemata

The relations between words and objects is based on historic usage, whereas the relation between pathemata and objects is based on likeness. Aristotle's view necessarily implies that pathemata must be universally similar for all language users since all objects are universally the same. Ludovic De Cuypere, Limiting the Iconic Along the same line of my previous …

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Polyphony

"Songbirds sing. That is fact, not metaphor. They sing, and in the forest every morning, when a dozen or a hundred or a thousand individuals of six or ten or twenty different species sing at once, that is polyphonic music." When I first read these words in Robert Bringhurst's book, Everywhere Being is Dancing, it reminded me …

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