seeing upside down (with bonus experiment!)

Did you know that your eye is related to the pinhole camera? Light enters through the pupil of the eye, and a tiny image of the outside world fans out across the back of the eye, on the retina.  If you have an extremely dark room that has a window to the outside world, try...

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coincident(al)

Knowing is essential, so that we can unknow. Finding a way is essential to losing the path. Adding brick to brick is essential to knock the wall down. Knocking down walls is essential to create materials for new walls. Losing the path is essential to find a new way. Unknowing is essential to find new...

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on distinction

Trying to summarize: The drawing of a distinction is a formative act.  Drawing a distinction FORMS the space, constellates the infinitely possible unknown into spaces which are shaped by the particular WAY in which the distinction is drawn.  The resulting spaces can not help but take the complementary shape of the distinction that defines them. The drawing of...

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observing the observer

So then to begin in the middle I have many questions:     What constitutes an observer? How do we think about what an observer is/does? Is it as simply complex as the recursive: “An observer creates distinctions; distinctions create observers.”?     What is a distinction? In order for it to occur, does it require...

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horse –> herd –> cybernetics

A friend of mine said: "... Concerning self-correction, can we say that the system corrects itself toward a state of homeostasis (feedback----correction----goal) OR toward maintaining the integrity of the closed system? Is it o.k. to look at this in terms of homeostasis?   Reason why I'm asking is that I've been looking at the socialization behavior...

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Ross Ashby is still smarter than you.

Ross Ashby says: No system adapts to the changing: it can adapt only to what is constant. (http://www.rossashby.info/aphorisms.html)  

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Ross Ashby is smarter than you

Ross Ashby says: That homo has a brain no more entitles him to assume he knows how he thinks than possession of a liver entitles him to assume that he knows how he metabolises. (http://www.rossashby.info/aphorisms.html)

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please don’t think about these questions

Is it possible for a system to be both hierarchical AND innately mysterious? Is it possible for self-embedded reciprocity within such a system to lead towards a breaking out of the self same system while still being a part of it on another level? Can NON-understanding be a "part" of ANY system,...

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Concerning functionalism

I have this feeling that appeals to functional equivalence (or even similarity) are somehow, well, disrespectful, or at least intrinsically misleading.  Functional appeals 'work' because they abstract very specific relations from an otherwise fully real and completely embedded situation, and show how regardless of how those relations come about, if they do, then for the purposes of...

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zen mindfulness

To the question: "Is there any art or skill than can not be done with a Zen mindfulness?" I answered: "No.  Even the skill of not being Zenly mindful can be done with Zen mindfulness.  DRAT! Foiled again!"

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Transformation exercise part 2

Now, another challenge was proposed, to proceed to a third transposition inspired by Varela's star cybernetics. My response: simplistic/complex ---> multi-ordered simplexity  how to fix/how to engage ---> ascripted re-presencing  compulsive mappings/flexible relations ---> constructive deconstruction  textbook categorizations/situational phenomenologies ---> second-order homeodynamics  control the universe through mapping/participate in the universe through walking its territory -->  co-construction of universe and self  dominant masculinist...

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