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by d63
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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“Classical demonism illustrates the absolutist perspective of deviance by dividing the world into good and evil. To follow the universal set of rules on which a society is based is “good;” to disrupt the plan is “evil” and an affront to God and society. This dualistic perspective, which is often cha...
by d63
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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"Lately I've been running by day, drinking by night, as though first to build a man and then destroy him....." -from 'Words' by Philip Levine The story of my life…… * In praise of Phillip Levine: * http://www.ibiblio.org/ipa/poems/levine/they_feed_they_lion.php -From ‘They Feed They Lion’ by Philip ...
by d63
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Why Physicalism is Wrong
Replies: 193
Views: 2801

Re: Why Physicalism is Wrong

“Actually, I wish to revise that comment: I define consciousness as simply the entity which feels, which exists on the other side of an interface with the world. Feeling is, to me, the most important part of consciousness. It's not enough for me to say that conscious beings can have observations. Th...
by d63
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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Having reached the end of my second full reading of Žižek’s Plague of Fantasies (as well as countless partial stabs at it along with my ventures into Lacan), I’m starting to get a better (if yet vague (understanding of the relationship between desire, drive, castration, the symbolic order, and the p...
by d63
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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The interesting thing about right wingers is that they tend to throw out bullshit as if they are incapable of imagining someone actually fact checking. It even seems more absurd in the age of Google. And I’m not focusing on Trump here. That issue is being addressed on a public scale through news med...
by d63
Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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"Calcutta is regularly presented as Hell on Earth, the exemplary case of the decaying Third World megalopolis, full of social decay, poverty, violence and corruption, with its residents caught in terminal apathy (the facts are, of course, rather different: Calcutta is a city bursting with activity, ...
by d63
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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“Here also, however, it is much more productive to look for this notion of fantasy where one would not expect to find it: in marginal and, again, apparently purely utilitarian situations. Let us simply recall the safety instructions prior to the takeoff of an aeroplane -are they not sustained by a p...
by d63
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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"That is to say: desire and jouissance are inherently antagonistic, even exclusive: desire's raison d'etre (or 'utility function', to use Richard Dawkin's term) is not to realize its goal, to find full satisfaction, but to reproduce itself as desire." -from Zizek's Plague of Fantasies And here I fin...
by d63
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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“But first let me explain my understanding of Jouissance. As it was explained to me in my graphic guide, Lacan for Beginners (and I can easily imagine the snickering out there), it is a matter of looking more deeply into the experience of sex. On the surface, it is an experience of pleasure. But at ...
by d63
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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Today I want to dig a little into (explore (the 3 expressions of the petit objet a that Žižek offers in his preface to The Plague of Fantasies: subtraction, protraction, and obstruction. And fair warning: the following material may not be suitable for all viewing audiences –that is given the element...
by d63
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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In the preface to Zizek’s Plague of Fantasies, he points to the kind of paternal fantasy at work in many tyrannical social structures. He offers as evidence Josef Fritzl who basically trapped his children in his basement and exploited them and rationalized it as him simply doing his “sometimes uncom...
by d63
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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Today I want to explore the InCel (involuntarily celibate (movement and the Red Pill sights they are associated with. It is, of course, tempting to mock it –and many highly intelligent people do. But I’m not really sure that is the smartest approach. For one, it can only exacerbate the situation by ...
by d63
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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My latest immersion is one of the Great Courses series: Argumentation: the Study of Effective Reasoning presented by David Zarefsky. And I would start with a confession: much of the appeal of it to me involves some (maybe a lot of (confirmation bias. I have always questioned the analytic approach to...
by d63
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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“Christian communities often seem to take one of two paths in their approach to Revelation: Some Christian groups seem to be preoccupied with the book and what it might tell us about the future, and the rest don’t read Revelation at all. In this lecture, we will briefly go back to colonial America, ...
by d63
Tue May 29, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Postcards:
Replies: 328
Views: 32041

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It happened to me again: what often happens to me as a progressive in Nebraska: someone very dear to me reminded of how conservative the Midwest really is and how inarticulate the thinking behind it really is. Nascar or something was on, and they made the argument that the cool thing about racing is...