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I Dream of Motorcycles

“Initially” we never hear noises and complexes of sound, but the creaking wagon, the motorcycle. We hear the column on the march, the north wind, the woodpecker tapping, the crackling fire. It requires a very artificial and complicated attitude in … Continue reading

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Personal Philosopher

How do I know I’m not actually dreaming?…$150/hour Is my dog intelligent?…$200/hour Clones…$375/hour Should Neo have taken the blue pill?…$650/hour But is it art?…$850/hour Did you know there’s a tribe in the Amazon that has no word for “regret”? I wonder if they…[Waves hand … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Electrons?

Two physicists are sitting in wooden chairs at a table in a cafe, drinking coffee from plain white porcelain cups. One says to the other, “Do you believe in electrons?” The physicist is not asking “Do you believe electrons exist?” … Continue reading

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Wittgenstein, Watson, and Language Games

Here the term “language-game” is meant to bring into prominence the fact that the speaking of language is part of an activity, or of a form of life. Review the multiplicity of language-games in the following examples, and in others: … Continue reading

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Life Lives You

Like a lot of people, I’ve become a big fan of Hyperbole and a Half in the past couple years, and like a lot of people I was initially drawn in by cartoonist Allie Brosh’s account of her struggles with … Continue reading

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Two Feet of Air

I can swim. We also say that I know how to swim, but that is misleading because it makes the whole business sound more intellectualized than it is. How it actually works is this: put me in water and I … Continue reading

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Qualioscope

In your dream you sit down at a piano and compose the most beautiful piece of music anyone has ever heard. Now in reality you have no talent for composition and can’t even play the piano. Nevertheless this is an … Continue reading

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