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by Joseph
Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:11 am
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Your favorite works of art and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 8265

Re: Your favorite works of art and why?

http://dali.urvas.lt/forviewing/pic25.jpg
Been into Dali, Raphaelesque Head Exploding recently
by Joseph
Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What I Believe & Other Nonsense
Replies: 19
Views: 6480

Re: What I Believe & Other Nonsense

Hi Joseph Its interesting what you say, as that effort had little distance in it.. Perhaps I should revisit it and move it forwards. A major problem I have is perfectionism. Perhaps I just have to accept the sloppiness of reality, embrace it even, if I am to get where I want. Also, thanks for your ...
by Joseph
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: What I Believe & Other Nonsense
Replies: 19
Views: 6480

Re: What I Believe & Other Nonsense

I think I still prefer your effort here.

That said, I like this a lot!
by Joseph
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:20 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

We don't have to become Aristotelians to accept teleonomy—I sure ain't. My conception of final causes is non-essentialist and purely immanent—Spinozist for sure. To me teleonomy is one of the most plain facts of biology—even Jacques Monod, that consummate existentialist, recognized this. Don't tell ...
by Joseph
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Bytesplicer -

do you think it is conceivable to construct a theory of biological information that does not rely on measurement but that objectively exists? I hope there is such a possibility.
by Joseph
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

But as evolution has to have its variations ready before the environment makes them "adaptations" then there is no teleology possible and only plays the game of the religious. Yes, but adaptation happens for the good of the organism. In this sense we can speak of final causes. Food includes mineral...
by Joseph
Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

people use teleological language when describing evolution. It really bugs me. I think that the use of final causes as an explanation in biology is not entirely misguided, just not in the traditional form you are likely referring to. Teleology is out, teleonomy is in, as I like to say. food Also, n...
by Joseph
Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:28 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Also, picked this out from the conversation
Evolution is the result of change - it is not a cause in any sense.
Thanks whoever said this, this is a particular pet peeve of mine.
by Joseph
Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

Yes, something like that. What I read was a general "idea" paper that left with no firm conclusions, but it analyzed some possible influences of nutrient resources on speciation. For example, heavily fluctuating nutrient regimes (on a geological time scale) may increase allopatric speciation rate by...
by Joseph
Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

I mean, I have seen papers that deal with the effects of energy resources on speciation fossil invertebrates, so this sort of thing might be valid, but I can't see this being a major factor.
by Joseph
Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

First of all, please end the long quotations. I suspect that the reason it is just you two now is because no one else wants to sift through all the waste. I think chaz wyman is right. Energy is not a highly limiting factor to organisms, so it does not seem to be a major determinant of evolution/etc....
by Joseph
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:30 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: True Nature of Evolution
Replies: 44
Views: 8812

Re: True Nature of Evolution

What about Cosmological Natural Selection?
by Joseph
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:43 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Replies: 72
Views: 30481

Re: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

In the interest of full disclosure, I will note that I have already read AO and its successor (although I am rereading it). I will keep my comments in the context of where we are at, although I cannot completely prevent cross-fertilization from "later-on". I think the BwO can be many things. On the ...
by Joseph
Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:58 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Replies: 72
Views: 30481

Re: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

Starting with Desiring-Production is fine. Whatever works. As for a schedule, if that would facilitate things best for you, then I'm fine with it, although either way will suit me.
by Joseph
Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Replies: 72
Views: 30481

Re: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

PS, another resource which I have found helpful is a compilation of early essays/misc. by Deleuze called Desert Islands, published by Semiotext(e). ( http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Islands-1953-1974-Semiotext-Foreign/dp/1584350180/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1280200845&sr=1-1-fkmr0 ) It also contains...