knowing yourself

Who do you think you are?

Lambert Wiesing, the only practicing phenomenologist I know, just published a book about the perception of self (Ich für mich). It’s a difficult argument, as you might expect.  It turns out that proper philosophers have simply never...

Zooming life away

Apparently Zoom burnout has become a recognised condition.  It’s a bit like what the virus is doing to us all, flattening, numbing, draining, insolating…stupefying?   The British actress/comedienne, Diane Morgan got it exactly right, I think....

Experiment, entanglement

If you can think of a camera as an experimental apparatus, like a telescope or a microscope, and, say, a family gathering as the phenomenon under investigation, it seems to help a little with...

The Measurement Problem

Is there a problem?  There is.  It concerns the relationship of the measurer to the measured, the scientist (or her measuring tools) to whatever-is-being-measured.  Philosophers tend to view it as the relationship of subject to object, noting...

Inherit the Wind

If you google “inherit the wind,” you’re overwhelmed with information about the film by that name from 1960. It is a dramatization of the infamous 1925 Scopes Trial, in which a schoolteacher is accused...

Democracy and a Prophecy

H.L.Mencken, “the sage of Baltimore,” wrote this sobering prophecy almost exactly a century ago. I found it recently posted on Facebook by a former friend (former by his decision, not mine). As democracy is...