Archive | November 2012

Act and Movement

Dariq’s comment to my earlier post “William Blake Against the World Machine” has moved me (so to speak) to delve more deeply into the differential in significance between action and motion, or act and movement.

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The appearance of a new word in our vocabulary is much like the appearance of a new star in the sky. It is not just an additive process. It alters the whole night sky and the arrangement of the constellations. That is the meaning of “Indra’s Net“. Everything is connected to everything else — co-originating, co-creating, co-dependent. From the smallest atom to the cosmic scale, everything arises within a net of co-determination. And in that sense, the cosmos as a whole is at root a profoundly co-operative enterprise.

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The Parable of the Toothbrush: Ideology, Irony, and the End of History

In Canada, presently, there is a debate (at least, to the extent the current untransparent Conservative government will allow a public debate) about an impending free trade deal with China and the government’s controversial Foreign Investment Protection Act (FIPA).

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The Crisis of the Western Mind

All the various crises of Late Modernity are but branches arising from one root crisis. The root crisis is a crisis of consciousness. The shared (but often unconscious) metaphysical foundations that together form the undercurrent of the Western worldview and structure of consciousness that Isaac Newton called “The Frame of the World” are in turmoil. And this has been so, at least, since Nietzsche’s “madman in the marketplace” announced the death of God, for “God” was the name given to unify and lend coherence to the ensemble of elements that comprised the metaphysical foundations of the Western structure of consciousness, as this structure’s assumed self-evident or axiomatic truths.

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Remembrance Day: War is the Painted Lady

“Lest we forget”. Yet, on this Remembrance Day, we have already chosen to forget the truth about war.

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Imaginative Knowledge

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.” — Albert Einstein, Cosmic Religion

“…If it were not for the Poetic or Prophetic character. the Philosophic & Experimental would soon be at the ratio of all things & stand still, unable to do other than repeat the same dull round over again” — William Blake, There is NO Natural Religion, 1788

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Commentary on William Blake Against the World Machine

I introduced a few novelties in a couple of my responses to comments following the last post, William Blake Against the World Machine. I think they are significant enough to require a more in-depth treatment than I was able to provide in that more limited format.

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