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  • First Post!

    04 April 2012

    Greetings,all! A lot has happened since September 2011, which was the ostensible "official" date of publication for Making Sense of Us (hereafter simply MSOU). Talk about 'the best laid plans...", though! Our attempts to get reviews in the major critical...

  • Another recommendation . . .

    04 April 2012

    Hello, again! In my haste to get my first post out into cyberspace, I omitted any mention of the book that I am curently reading, and which has a great deal to say that is relevant to the issues with which MSOU is concerned. It is a hefty book, and, to...

  • Metaphors, pro and con.

    05 April 2012

    A recurrent "motif" throughout much of MSOU is the importance of our choice of metaphors in enabling us to approach a true understanding of the world. What I primarily wanted to emphasize was that metaphors can both enlighten us, and lead us astray; In...

  • A hasty post script on metaphors

    06 April 2012

    Oh, dear! I did in fact get "carried away" in my earlier post. (Interesting metaphor that allows me to deny responsibility, eh?) What I had intended specifically to mention was in reference to a posting on the 3quarksdaily site today, April 5th, in which...

  • Free Will . . . and Responsibility.

    06 April 2012

    In one of my earlier posts I expressed considerable concern about the various speculations that enable so many of us to justify our neglect, disregard, exploitation and indeed destructiveness of one another by using a variety of ploys that allow us to...

  • Three marvellous moments : three remarkable people

    08 April 2012

    At one point in Making Sense of Us, I spoke of the inadequacy of language for being able to represent to others, and even to ourselves, the enormous significance of a sudden insight into the nature of our reality. In his lovely short novel Kleinzeit,...

  • Unfortunately, memes.

    09 April 2012

    Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but I hope it is still the case that not all readers of this blog will yet have succumbed to the temptation of using the word "meme" to characterize every possible kind of symbolically transmitted information between human...

  • More on memes; and less.

    24 April 2012

    In writing my previous post I was acutely aware that it is easy to oversimplfy the issues I was trying to clarify, and, in so doing, to miss their larger implications. One way to overcome that difficulty is to draw your attention to the very significant...

  • An Anniversary Moment

    27 April 2012

    I am drafting this post on the first anniversary of my very first public reading from Making Sense of Us: An Essay on Human Meaning, which took place at the Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library on April 27th, 2011. Such an anniversary is very...

  • De-familiarization . . . ?

    07 May 2012

    You'll have to forgive me. After the previous posting, I thought it would be a good idea to do something a little lighter in tone. The title is a bit of a tease, in fact, since I'm only ambivalently making fun of the term. A more serious (less playful)...

  • Connecting . . .

    09 May 2012

    One of the problems confronting me in the writing of this blog is that I do not know what to assume about its potential readers. Not only must I assume that only a few will have read the book, and will therefore have some idea of its central thrust; I...

  • "I'm just making this up as I go along."

    21 May 2012

    I'm just fresh from a protracted conversation over breakfast with my daughter Sarah, and the above quote came into my mind, I think, as a result of my recalling from our conversation a brief reference to the works of Joan Didion, and, particularly, to...

  • The commodification of ideas

    29 May 2012

    Greetings once more! This post has been triggered by my awareness that much more needs to be said about the issue raised in my last post ( "I'm just making this up as I go along."), and also by my having just read today the very interesting review of...

  • Meaningfulness and its surrogates

    30 May 2012

    Upon reflection, I think my last post (on the commodification of ideas) was uncomfortably cryptic. I seemed to go off on a tangent. This, I'm afraid, is an unfortunate consequence of being so familiar with one's own thinking that one doesn't register...

  • Voices crying in the wilderness

    01 June 2012

    In the last few days I have gradually become aware of a previously undiscerned theme that has characterized a number of my posts, and that I only got closer to discerning towards the end of my post on connectedness. Specifically, I've noticed a pattern...

  • Self and Society

    02 June 2012

    Unfortunately I left, suddenly and unfinished, the post headed "Meaningfulness and its surrogates." I have also delayed returning to it until now, because its fuller development depended on my willingness to open up issues that I was hoping to leave to...

  • A clarification

    10 June 2012

    The thrust of my last post, I think, is possibly open to misinterpretation, largely because of my lack of clarity in relation to what Zygmunt Bauman was in fact expressing in the article referenced there. I should clarify. Most people who may be considered...

  • The Prisoner's Dilemma (Ugh!)

    19 June 2012

    Oh dear! I'd hoped I could delay any comment on this almost indefinitely, but I apparently must not. (A new posting today on the Edge.org site "raises the ante"–– so I cannot any further delay comment.) Today's entry can be found at http://edge.org/conversation/on-iterated-prisoner-dilemma...

  • Morality, and Mind.

    22 June 2012

    It's probably apparent (at least I hope it is!) that all of the previous posts have been circling around an issue that undoubtedly needs a clear and unequivocal statement in its own right. In part, I think I have been avoiding providing such a statement,...

  • Collusion revisited.

    19 July 2012

    (For those of you who have ready access to a copy of MSOU, the following post refers to and extends the discussion of collusive ploys that are identified on pages 102-106 of the book. For those who are unfamiliar with those pages, I should explain that...

  • Self and Other revisited

    21 July 2012

    After recently reading Peter Singer's excellent appraisal of the ideas of Hegel and Marx in the "very short introductions" series published by Oxford University Press, I became acutely aware of the assumptions that the particular style of thinking of...

  • Obfuscation, and clarity . . .

    26 July 2012

    I've just been reading the excellent article in the Opinionator section of The New York Times, also posted today, July 25, on the 3quarksdaily site. It can be found also at http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/zombie-nouns/ I have posted a...

  • More on "Zombie Nouns."

    27 July 2012

    My last post took its theme from the article by Helen Sword referenced in that post. It also reminded me of an issue that I had intended to return to after posting on it indirectly in at least two other posts. The issue is one that I am by no means comfortable...

  • Lynx envers nos pareils, et taupes envers nous

    02 August 2012

    The title of this post comes from La Fontaine. In English, it translates as "A lynx towards our fellows; moles towards ourselves." In short, then, the whole line dramatizes that we are eager to see the deficiencies of others, and are blind to our own....

  • I, and We, and Us, and Everything

    06 September 2012

    I was a bit disconcerted yesterday to discover that the post I had just completed appears in the complete list of posts out of the actual chronological order. It was in fact completed after the "Lynx envers nos pareils" post. (The problem arises because...

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