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A Monday #philosophysunday  bonus.....
something I have been looking for, for a while has been what, or where philosophy ...in a word...stands now...
 the most widely accepted theory...

and it is called Functionalism....
and in reading the definition here....  http://www.iep.utm.edu/functism/

I was struck by how this relates to other conversations on here recently.....
I think +Richard Lucas  +Alex Quirk  and others will see what I mean very quickly....
Hint....."AI"
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+Richard Lucas Conversation involves/requires a near-endless loop of plotting what one expects the other person to assume about what one assumes about what they assume about what one assumes... etc. etc.

It's a magnificently impossible, but ostensibly easy task.
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a discussion
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a common enough thing
the view that given time
the correct input
a way will be found
no questions are unanswerable
the math points a way
it's given that the people involved
want similar things
a way forward
we are, despite our cultural
and other differences
essentially
at the core
the same

and yet

there is always that thought
actually more like a feeling
that fear
and that is it at the heart
what that emotion is capable of
the irrationality
that dark place
we all know exists
I use the word "it"
but the correct use would be
"us"
when you get right down to it
the simple reality
we are the enemy 




“Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth,
 but already to possess it.” 
― Romain Rolland
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It's important to find the common ground we share...a start, however minor, to continue communication....I get uneasy when it is a "group think" kind of reaction.....seems to limit choices.....
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Driving
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I was reminded that 
there is a lot of driving in what I write

I was thinking about this 
while coursing backroads the other morning

So, it's true
and there are stories

Hitchhiking to Alberta one week in September
To the East Coast with a new bride
The Main Artery of Canada from Montreal
to Windsor...the 401
Stupid stuff we laugh about now
The memory of those who weren't so lucky

The thought that others probably would have
preferred to go that way

Which brings me to my Father and where this
in all likelihood started

He wasn't around much, his job was one of those reasons
but a couple times he took me
Maybe seven years old, climbing up into the cab
of a 1960's eighteen wheeler to make the run
to a factory in Toronto, get a load and head back
And I felt...huge

My perspective now is of a flawed man....
But on those nights with the noise and the wind and lights
streaming by....

He was my Hero. 

What finally took him, took the road away from him
in his last days.
Whatever his sins, I don't think he deserved that punishment.





"I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey
 until I have almost arrived." 
--Anna Louise Strong 
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The Showcase  - 
 
Portrait 2
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I pretend I can read those signals
Been around long enough
Seen a thing or two
Been right a couple of times
Tend to forget the occasions
disastrously wrong

The memory of your face now
like a fever-dream
twisted and bent by the years
Did I read you wrong somehow ? or
was it more I was right in thinking
it wasn't going to last ?

Did I do it, or was it done?
The years should have cleared this up
given some sense of completeness
a beginning, a middle and an end
Nice neat storyline to tell myself
maybe, I'll start to believe it
 






Sometimes you make the right decision,
 sometimes you make the decision right.
Phil McGraw
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As always I enjoyed your words! Xx
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For #philosophysunday  something a little too close to home...

http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/the-sensation-of-failure/

I am certainly guilty of using quotes (when I really didn't need to) to back up what I am saying....this has a ring of truth to it.
By Emran Mian. Betrayal-in-love. There's the Freudian slip, and then there's the Freudian insertion. I'm suspicious, usually, when in the course of a perfectly ordinary essay the writer chucks in a bit of Sigmund. It feels like a cheap trick, performed with the purpose of saying: look, ...
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+Andreas Geisler I agree. 
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I use metaphors
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You
the small tree outside my window
pretty, delicate in a way
but also a veteran of many winters
cold winds strip it clean
and yet it stands ready to be recreated
as the seasons inevitably change

Our love
the house we have built around us
the structure that contains our lives
but more than just the wood and materials
that make it real,
take all of that away and it would remain
as the concept that we are together

Our lives
the day, any day, everyday
a beginning a middle and an end
each greeted and used for the purpose
of being here with each other
Of all these things
That is the one that is real.




“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” 
― Orson Scott Card
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For Valentines...

Words
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Elements of thoughts are contained
The relationships to what is nearby in concept
and the situation in general
Specific is a very clear thing
Others have tendencies, general inclinations

At that point I have to stop and think about you
other people would take the reference of her

The general things are as most would expect
and that is why we consider them general
 in the first place
The specific however I find breaks the rules
From you they come in a touch, sometimes
a second of silence or a look

These expressions and moments
are among the most clear, and real things
I have experienced
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a pessimistic thing I know........   +Alex Quirk  got me thinking along these lines
 
a discussion
-------

a common enough thing
the view that given time
the correct input
a way will be found
no questions are unanswerable
the math points a way
it's given that the people involved
want similar things
a way forward
we are, despite our cultural
and other differences
essentially
at the core
the same

and yet

there is always that thought
actually more like a feeling
that fear
and that is it at the heart
what that emotion is capable of
the irrationality
that dark place
we all know exists
I use the word "it"
but the correct use would be
"us"
when you get right down to it
the simple reality
we are the enemy 




“Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth,
 but already to possess it.” 
― Romain Rolland
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For #philosophysunday  ...this started with a New York Times Review of Books article on Hegel written by Anthony Quinton, which unfortunately is locked....but the writing grabbed me....so I wanted to know more about Mr. Quinton...
Sadly he has passed away...

But I was able to cut and paste this article that reviews one of his many books...
a new author for me to follow.....
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From Wodehouse to Wittgenstein by Anthony Quinton

Antony Flew marks a set of essays by Anthony Quinton.

This work is a collection of nineteen essays. Only four of these have been published previously either in collections of essays by various authors or in regular journals. Nine others were originally delivered on various ceremonial occasions and, if published at all, presumably appeared only in ephemeral pamphlet form. The remaining six have surely never been printed at all. The essays included deal with a wide variety of topics, topics of which the only common characteristic seems to be that they are ones on which there is room for a philosophical view. Since Quinton is the philosopher contributing these philosophical views they are always worth hearing. A reviewer can comment on only a few of the nineteen.

The thesis of the first is that “the unique Western achievement of theoretical science, and – to the extent that it depends on that science - industrial technology” arose in Europe and not in India or China because the religion of Europe was Christianity and not either Hinduism or Confucianism. Anyone wishing to pursue this suggestion further should chase up Michael Foster’s seminal article on ‘The Christian Doctrine of Creation and the Rise of Modern Natural Science’. This was in Mind for 1934. It has rarely been noticed and, apparently, never reprinted.

Quinton is at his witty and perceptive best in ‘Alien Intelligences: Reflections on the Remoteness of the European Mind’. This paper provides a sympathetic historical account of the growth of a great gulf between philosophy in the English speaking world and philosophy on the continent of Europe. For “there is a kind of argumentative frivolity about continental European philosophers. Their writings are liberally equipped with terms indicating logical relationships such as ‘because’, ‘therefore’, ‘it follows that’ and so forth, but these are, on the whole, ornamental. Arguments are deployed with a view to sustaining strange propositions, but there is no practice of considering possible objections. The counter example is a species for which there is no place in their menagerie.”

Quinton himself is an excellent proponent of what some want to characterise as law court philosophy. Here in his essay ‘Homosexuality’ he speaks for the defence, systematically examining the most frequently expressed objections, as well as bringing into clear focus others which may be implicit or inchoate. Each is calmly and coolly demolished. His concluding words are: “To the extent that it is aesthetically repellent it is no more so than heterosexuality. The special frisson that attends its contemplation in the minds of many people is simply superstitious.”

In the conclusion of his essay on ‘The British Empire and the Theory of Imperialism’ Quinton asserts – what is surely true – that India “was safer, healthier, more prosperous and more peaceable when the British left than it would have been had they left after the mutiny.” He goes on to remark that at independence India became, and still remains, the world’s largest democracy. Next he contrasts the post-independence performance of India with the present lamentable condition of former British colonies in Africa.

It is perhaps suggestive to mention a further contrast, the contrast between their present condition and that of the former British colonies in the Caribbean. These were all under British rule for much longer and all – unlike those in Africa – remain democratic. (A friend of mine who is of Sri Lankan origin, and achieved a cricket blue at Cambridge, loves to point to a further difference – that those in the Caribbean became cricket enthusiasts while those in Africa did not. He tells the story of a Prime Minister of Barbados who accepted defeat in a General Election by saying: “The religion of my people is cricket, and in cricket the umpire’s decision is final!”)

The present book derives its title from the two concluding essays, ‘Wodehouse and the Tradition of Comedy’ and ‘Wittgenstein’. The first is a serious, scholarly and at the same time entertaining essay in literary criticism. For instance, “a girl says to Wooster: ‘You’re a pig Bertie’ and receives the reply ‘A pig maybe – but a shrewd, level headed pig.’ At one level this is enjoyable because of the absurdity of ascribing level-headedness, which implies that his condition has been achieved despite the temptations of flightiness, to a creature as sedate, predictable and unenterprising as a pig. But there is a further aspect. The comparison invites us to feel more fellowship with a pig than is customary. Something that is ordinarily seen as compensating for its unpleasant appearance and manner of life by supplying us with ham, sausages and the better sort of suitcase is suddenly represented as having its own point of view.”

The final essay is a careful and well informed attempt to estimate the actual influence of Wittgenstein. Quinton records that “Wittgenstein kept fiercely to himself and to the very small number of admirers prepared to pay the high cost of securing his tolerance of their company.” His comment is that it is nevertheless “remarkable that he should have succeeded in dislodging Moore and Russell as he did … soon after his return to philosophy and to Cambridge in 1929.”

According to Quinton “The received view about Wittgenstein’s influence is that it lay behind the two most important philosophical movements in the English speaking world in the fifty years since the early 1930s. His ideas were the ultimate substance of, first, logical positivism and then, after his return to the subject, of the linguistic philosophy so triumphant in the early post-war years and still far from extinct.”

Quinton studies the influence or lack of influence of Wittgenstein on all the members of the Vienna Circle, and concludes that “the shared ideas could have been acquired from other sources and, it seems reasonable to suppose, largely were. The importance of the Tractatus was not as a source of new ideas for the members of the Vienna Circle but as an encouragingly independent endorsement of the ideas which it already had.”

As for influencing the development of linguistic philosophy, Quinton allows that Wittgenstein “did influence Oxford philosophy although very much less than is usually supposed. The most obvious receptacle and further disseminator of Wittgenstein’s later ideas is Ryle’s much more intelligible Concept of Mind.” As far as it goes this is, I believe, perfectly correct. But there are two things which I have to add.

The first is that whereas The Concept of Mind was published in 1949, the first essay in linguistic philosophy was Gilbert Ryle’s ‘Systematically Misleading Expressions’. That was published in 1931, and it was, appropriately reprinted in 1951 as the initial essay in the First Series of Essays in Logic and Language. Since Ryle’s first substantial publication, in 1929, had been a not altogether unsympathetic Critical Notice of Heidegger’s Being and Time, and since Ryle and Wittgenstein had made a walking tour together during the summer of 1930, we may reasonably infer that the impact on Ryle of the first of the later ideas of Wittgenstein was overwhelming.

The second thing which I have to add refers to Quinton’s claim that, although “philosophy, Wittgenstein declared, ‘leaves everything as it is’” nevertheless “He did not really mean that, but Ryle did.” The truth is that Ryle was fully aware of, for instance, the mortalist implications of The Concept of Mind, but he himself preferred neither to point out nor to pursue those implications. Yet he was certainly neither surprised nor inclined to disagree when, as one of his graduate students, I mentioned them to him. Somewhat later I confessed to him that, if I was ever invited to give Gifford Lectures, these would result in a book entitled The Logic of Mortality. He never tried to dissuade me nor suggested that my project was misconceived.

© Anthony Flew 1998

Antony Flew is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading.
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I am either a little proud of this...or it scares the hell out of me......
of two minds on this one....
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I use metaphors
+++++++

You
the small tree outside my window
pretty, delicate in a way
but also a veteran of many winters
cold winds strip it clean
and yet it stands ready to be recreated
as the seasons inevitably change

Our love
the house we have built around us
the structure that contains our lives
but more than just the wood and materials
that make it real,
take all of that away and it would remain
as the concept that we are together

Our lives
the day, any day, everyday
a beginning a middle and an end
each greeted and used for the purpose
of being here with each other
Of all these things
That is the one that is real.




“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” 
― Orson Scott Card
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One more for Valentines

Sonnet 1
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Ocean, stars, heart and soul all in a row
These I would put on offer, but I pause
Seem very common words on which to stow
The open reason I am here, First Cause

Words themselves, echo faintly, insincere
You have heard from much more generous wits
Poetry, prattled, from your first school year
The Handsome, the Learned, even the Twits

And you loved them, kindly, each in a way
Not your wish to heap scorn...but fair warning
You may not believe what I have to say
I'm ready to prove, til the last morning

I hold out a heart without suspension
A love, simple clear, beyond dimension


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