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I understand that this is very important to you

One of the texts on my “summer reading” list was “The Plague” (by Albert Camus). I had never read anything of Camus’ before, and I was stunned by his immense ability to explicate intricate details of human thought and behavior, … Continue reading
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First Essay on Rational Media

I recently mentioned my new and improved „rational media“ concept… – now I want to begin to try to unpack that idea. Of course, it’s complicated. Let me start off with something simple: media (in general). What makes something „media“ … Continue reading Continue reading

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There is No Such Thing as Context-Free Meaning

For this post, I would like to start out with two operational definitions: Context-Free Websites Contextual Websites „Context-Free“ websites purport to be containers without context. Supposedly, there is no „situation“ or „issue“ which constrains the content – it is assumed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Rewarding Life May Be Counter-Productive When Rewards Undermine Habits

A new friend of mine recently asked “how do you translate ‘rewarding’ into German?” I found it was fascinating that this was difficult to answer. We had been talking (and continue to talk) about how language and culture are closely … Continue reading Continue reading

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Delusions of Grandeur

Wikipedia.org has two articles that seem somewhat related — one is about “delusions of grandeur”, the other is about “grandiosity”. From the latter: A distinction is made between individuals exhibiting grandiosity, which includes a degree of insight into their unrealistic … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Constrain the Freedom to Choose the Best of all Possible Worlds During an Era of Uninterrupted Progress

Over the past couple days, I have dragged some of my closest friends and relatives — in some cases almost kicking and screaming (though perhaps not the very dearest ones) — and pretty much forced them to read my previous … Continue reading Continue reading

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WANTED: Is Written Language DEAD OR ALIVE?

We are constantly altering the forms we have inherited from previous generations, and these changes are signs of life and vitality. Indeed: The things that don’t change, the forms that rigidify, come to look to us like death — and … Continue reading Continue reading

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The individualist manifesto vs. The anti-revolutionary social contract

To think or not to think — no. To write or not to write… — no. To create or not to create… — that’s wrong, too. I can come up with many ideas, but where do they come from — … Continue reading Continue reading

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Neither Not at All Nor Completely

I often make fun of people who say things like “that is so true“… but I must admit: there appears to be nothing more true than the fact that throughout our entire existence we can experience nothing beyond some limits … Continue reading Continue reading

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Money Doesn’t Make Us Happy

Many people seem to make some kind of logical mistake (I wish I knew more fancy latin names for the type of logical errors people make in their reasoning — then I could perhaps add a neato phrase here to … Continue reading Continue reading

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