Escaping Our Epistemic Path-Dependence, From the Ground Up

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The Excluded Middle: Can you eat it?

Are you infected with the Logic Memeplex?

Let’s run a quick field test, just to be sure: have you heard about the Law of the Excluded Middle?

If so, you’re most likely infected. At least partly. It may be dormant.

This memetic infection, which dates back to Plato and his three Laws of Thought, states that:

For any proposition, either that proposition is true or its negation is true.

A thing is, or it is not. Simple enough…

This law, alongside its two mischievous bed fellows — The Law of Non-Contradiction and The Law of Identity — planted the seeds from which modern logic sprang. …

Do our evolved archetypes serve us in a time of exponential change?

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An Illustration from Carl Jung’s Red Book, depicting the pre-cosmogonic egg of archetypal reality.

In a few decades of reconstruction, even the mathematical natural sciences, the ancient archetypes of theoretical perfection, have changed habit completely!
— Edmund Husserl

We presently stand witness to a resurgence in the archetypal interpretation of our collective experience.

Our return to the narrative well of archetypal wisdom makes a great deal of sense. After all, those who understand archetypes also understand that these imagistic representations emerged from humanity’s need to carry with us— on our long journey across the evolutionary landscape — information pertaining to the past successes and failures of humans who tried to solve problems that simply wouldn’t go away. …

A brief, albeit deep, dive into the dynamics of techno-social fragmentation

The below represents an experiment with stream-of-consciousness writing in a single sitting. As Pascal said:

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

Therefore, the ideas herein are presented as a working outline of these thoughts.

Caveat lector.

Lately I’ve been studying the topological transformations of our communication networks as a function of technological evolution, and attempting to understand the impact that this evolution has upon both our individual and collective phenomenological experience of reality.

An early metaphor I used to describe the more chaotic side-effects of this process was that of the augmented evolutionary organism, in which the many highly differentiated and fine-tuned structures–as well as the patterns of connectivity between those structures–were disturbed by a massive “connectivity event”, namely the advent of the…

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Matthew Pirkowski

Bringing Order to Chaos, and Chaos to Order.

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