Category Archives: Philosophy & Cultural Criticism

Caveat: intoxicated by slogans

A mass movement readily exploits the discontent and frustration of large segments of the population which for some reason or other cannot face the responsibility of being persons and standing on their own feet. But give these persons a movement … Continue reading

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Caveat: on the emergent paradigm

Here is a random philosophical thought, not fully developed, which occurred to me the other day. Most people don’t care about the surveillance state and/or the lack-of-privacy which is being induced by modern technology. There is actually a simple reason … Continue reading

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Caveat: We all came out to Montreux

I recently learned that the famous classic rock song, "Smoke On The Water," by British rockers Deep Purple, was written about events at Montreux, Switzerland, which took place there in 1971 at the same time that the famous Russian-American author … Continue reading

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Caveat: Party just for you

Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) has a new song / video out. It's quite remarkable, and has received high critical praise from important media™. There is a detailed parsing of the video and song at Huffington Post, for example. It's … Continue reading

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Caveat: Premises and implications among 7th graders

This exchange actually happened in a 7th grade advanced class. Julie: I don't like smart peopleJames: I'm smart!Julie: So I don't like YOU.…Tobias: That doesn't make sense.…James (glaring at Tobias): Hey! I found this incredibly funny, not to mention indicative … Continue reading

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Caveat: not not choose

"I am my choices. I cannot not choose. If I do not choose, that is still a choice. If faced with inevitable circumstances, we still choose how we are in those circumstances." – While this quote is widely attributed (as … Continue reading

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Caveat: the sound of money

Ōoka Tadasuke (1677–1752) was a Japanese samurai and bureaucrat during the shogunate of Tokugawa Yoshimune. He served as a magistrate of Edo (Tokyo), and his roles included chief of police, judge and jury. He has evolved into a kind of … Continue reading

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Caveat: On Canned Beans and Related Technology

I've been trying to eat more beans or other legumes and vegetable protein. After my cancer, my weight dropped below 70 kg, but four years later I have completely bounced back to my pre-cancer weight equilibrium, which, frankly, I think … Continue reading

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Caveat: The View From Over Here 🔫

Currently I am a long-term expat. I observe my home country, the US, from a distance both psychological and physical. The whole "gun thing" seems both tragic and absurd, from my perspective. I currently live in a country with one … Continue reading

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Caveat: So it is written on the thin paper

There is an immense epic poetic tradition in Tibet and Central Asia about a mythical King Gesar. There are thousands of variants in dozens of diverse languages and cultures, and the King seems to not really have been a specific … Continue reading

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Caveat: What do you think?

Consciousness is a modern invention – and furthermore, it's an illusion – there is no consciousness.[1] [daily log: walking, 7km]

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Caveat: Бу айыллыбыт / Арылы халлаан алын өттүгэр

Бу айыллыбыт Арылы халлаан алын өттүгэр Куордаах эттээх, Куодаһыннаах уҥуохтаах, Оһол-охсуһуу доҕордоох, Иирээн-илбис энээрдээх, Ириҥэ мэйиилээх, Иһэгэй куттаах, Икки атахтаах үөскээн тэнийдин диэн, Анысханнаах арҕаа халлааннаах, Иэйиэхситтээх илин халлааннаах, Соллоҥноох соҕуруу халлааннаах, Холоруктаах хоту халлааннаах, Үллэр муора үрүттээх, Түллэр муора … Continue reading

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Caveat: Take the chain off your brain

What I'm listening to right now. Pointer Sisters, "You Gotta Believe." The remarkable video is by Nina Paley, who has been blogged here before. Lyrics. [Intro]Doodle wop a-rat-a-tat boomI'll make the sound of a jet plane zoomDoodle wop a-rat-a-tat boomI'll … Continue reading

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Caveat: Зодиак

I don’t have much to say today. So I will share this fine musical interlude – who knew that “Soviet Electronic Music” was even a genre? Personally, I feel it’s aged pretty well. What I’m listening to right now. Зодиак … Continue reading

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Caveat: What would Justinian have done?

I had a flu some weeks back, and I feel I have not ever really recovered. This whole week I have slept at least two hours longer than my normal sleep time each night, which for me a reliable sign … Continue reading

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Caveat: scrambling over the wall to the other side

Apparently Ursula Le Guin has died.  I thought she might not. She seemed a forever type of person. But actually everyone dies. She was a great writer. And a philosopher, though not in the conventional sense. I don't need to … Continue reading

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Caveat: the supremacy of the individual conscience

On Monday, the US commemorated Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Dr King's memorial has become the somewhat anodyne fillip to an annual dialogue about race and civil rights, couched in terms guaranteed to offend no one. But he was … Continue reading

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Caveat: The sad degradation of presidential rhetoric

Our current president: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here? They're shithole countries …" Ronald Reagan (or his speechwriter, I suppose): "I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I … Continue reading

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Caveat: America Jumps the Shark

The phrase “jump the shark” is a contemporary idiom that means that moment when something that was for a long time a serious artistic undertaking is transformed into a kind of parody of itself, as the work’s creators pursue novelty. … Continue reading

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Caveat: Centennial

Today is the centennial of the October Revolution – so named based on the old Russian calendar, despite the November 7th anniversary date on the Gregorian Calendar.  When I was growing up, the Soviet Union seemed eternal, and if not … Continue reading

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