Monthly Archives: September 2010

Until the End of the World

Marshall McLuhan once said: “The medium is the message.” If this is so, then what is the message the web provides by being a medium? The web is not a medium, not in the traditional sense of the word as one-way-transmitting of content from an activ… Continue reading

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The Karma of Places

There is something weird about the western concept of personality. In a sense it may be described as a variation of the several dualisms with which we are accustomed — be it mind-body, inner-outer, subjective-objective, etc. And a good portion of… Continue reading

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A Flock of Birds

As Donald Davidson once reminded us, differences in opinions are only possible with a huge amount of shared opinions or beliefs presupposed. [1] Otherwise we would not have disagreement but incomprehension. And that means that a difference in opin… Continue reading

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Worlds of Different Makings

I wonder whether looking inside vs. looking outside is to look into two different realms at all. Perhaps it’s more like two different ways of looking into one and the same. As Rumi once wrote : I am so small, I can barely be seen How can this grea… Continue reading

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Live Your Life

Otis Taylor on guitar and vocal, Cassie Taylor, his daughter, on back-up vocal. A smoother version. Keb’ Mo’ on banjo and vocal, Cassie Taylor on bass and back-up vocal, Otis Taylor on guitar, Ron Miles on cornet. Otis Taylor wrote this song. * * * Continue reading

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The Last of Its Kind? – Wikipedia And the Demise of Encyclopaedias

Thinking about knowledge and information, I come to see that my musings about these issues point in one direction: We live in times in which the concept of an encyclopaedia does not make sense any more. With the arrival of web-based, user-generate… Continue reading

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A Glimpse on Evil

One of the remarkable observations John Brunner laid down in his novel The Shockwave Rider (1975) is an explanation of evil. I don’t remember the exact phrase but it runs somewhat like the following: It is evil to treat a human being like a thing,… Continue reading

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