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At least in my case life stages are nonsense

How I Agreed with Charles Sanders Peirce Before I Ever Read Him - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"My life is a testament to the fact that at least in my case life stages are nonsense. I have studied and learned more in the last four years than in any prior four years. And it has been less than a year since I realized in Charles Sanders Peirce's case, everything I think has already been thought And for that matter, is already relegated to a backwater where it is sure to remain uncomprehended for yet another century. So be it."

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Annals of the future - our own room

Having a Room of Your Own Anywhere You Are - Associated Content from Yahoo! - "I suspect we will each have *our very own room*, a changeable but relatively stable set of options that can be recreated most anywhere we happen to be -- a sort of bricks and mortar (though with different and more futuristic substitutes) -- virtual reality, wired with all the appropriate gizmos of the moment, a sleeping situation we like, and appropriate individually-chosen perks. "

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Spoken names for the Holy One are entirely human

Beyond the Divine Names Problem - Associated Content from Yahoo! -
"Spoken names for the Holy One are entirely human in the sense that they are inconsequential on the level of any term in any language possessing authority."
The most salient indication we have is the experience of Moses to whome the deity was not revealed by name but simply with the statement I am I and I will be who I will be.
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A White Take on Black Power 50 Years Later

Revised and edited August, 2012
Black Power was exercised before 1965. Black power is as old as this country. 
As a white veteran of the civil rights movement, I am among a vanishing pool of persons now being asked by the teachers and students of the 21st century to think about the movement of the 1960s - what it meant and what it means today. 
Here are answers to one such query. Questions are summarized. They come from a student in UK. 
How much actual contrast was there between the Civil Rights movement prior to 1965 and the movement afterward when Black Power appeared as a public phenomenon? 
Few of the contentions of public Black Power advocates like Carmichael, Cleaver, Foreman and Brown were new in a country built largely on the drama of race. 
Black Power in its essence was not new.  
The idea of the Beloved Community fostered by Dr. King and inspiriting the movement in the early 1960s was what was new. 
In context, Black Power, as it attained media currency in 1965, served the …

Just in case like me you are not up on Mnemosyne

Mnemosyne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "In Hesiod's Theogony, kings and poets receive their powers of authoritative speech from their possession of Mnemosyne and their special relationship with the Muses. Zeus and Mnemosyne slept together for nine consecutive nights and thereby created the nine Muses"

Great name. Nice picture. Relates to Peirce's use of it in a prior post.

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Best post of the day (Not me, Charles Sanders Peirce!)

CP 6.301. Remembering that all matter is really mind, remembering, too, the continuity of mind, let us ask what aspect Lamarckian evolution takes on within the domain of consciousness. Direct endeavor can achieve almost nothing. It is as easy by taking thought to add a cubit to one's stature as it is to produce an idea acceptable to any of the Muses by merely straining for it before it is ready to come. We haunt in vain the sacred well and throne of  Mnemosyne; the deeper workings of the spirit take place in their own slow way, without our connivance. Let but their bugle sound, and we may then make our effort, sure of an oblation for the altar of whatsoever divinity its savour gratifies. Besides this inward process, there is the operation of the environment, which goes to break up habits destined to be broken up and so to render the mind lively. Everybody knows that the long continuance of a routine of habit makes us lethargic, while a succession of surprises wonderfully brightens…

They should call this dumb design

Dieter Rams’s Design at Museum of Modern Art San Francisco - The Daily Beast:

Any designer that cannot think on a larger scale than utilities for today's sprawl culture has what might be called minimal taste. I rarely venture to characterize but this is the most revealing slideshow I have seen under the heading of cultural bankruptcy and the fragmentation of expertise. Let me breathe some new air please. See my prior post on beach creatures.

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Using long urls to protect Daily Beast aggregations

I am changing my habit relative to Daily BeastI know how to defeat their recent move to a long url method Of making Blog This unusableSimply use WP's Press ThisBut there is a simpler method
Since anyone with a mind can follow up by selecting textAnd letting Google find itI intend to forgo linking whenever it is obviously being defeated
Interesting development
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Yeah we know they could or could not be making a nuke

"Iran says the more highly enriched fuel is needed for a medical research reactor, but U.S. officials and weapons scientists say the type of uranium produced at Qom can be easily and quickly converted into weapons-grade uranium for nuclear bombs. Iran has announced plans for making large quantities of the advanced form of uranium, enough to supply its existing medical research reactor for many decades." via Iran speeding up nuclear program, U.N. inspectors say - The Washington Post. This continual litany is not a very good approach to getting copacetic with Iran. Whatever happened to the "we'll talk it through meme"? I mean is the final story, "After years of suspicion, we have proof they have a bomb?"  How about, We realize this dance is toast. Instead, let's send Colin or someone to Tehran and have him stay until there is some progress. Nonviolent democratic revolution. That sort of thing.  We are trying to graft new and old wine skins and that does…

Just in case you thought it was just Cheney

Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit - "TRIPOLI, Libya — Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya’s former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting that the Americans sent terrorism suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture."

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President Obama is not adrift he's playing rope-a-dope with the Devil

"After a week of presidential humiliations and capitulations, Michael Tomasky suggests that Obama will soon pass the point where he can be taken seriously as a leader."

via Barack Obama: A President Adrift After Jobs Report and EPA Decision - The Daily Beast.

No Mr. Tomasky or Ms. Arianna or Mr. Krugman or whatever ponderous pundit you may be, you will see a slight change this week and other changes which will enable you to write a "Maybe Obama is OK after all" piece. We all have our little job to do in life. The President does his by being a pragmaticist. None of Peirce's contemporaries picked up what this word meant. But it is a clue for the clueless. Follow the labels below.

Speaking truth insistently can also lose you plenty of Twitter followers

The Great Twitter Unfollow Experiment of 2011: "This week, I unfollowed everyone on Twitter. That was over 131,000 people. I didn’t do it manually, but rather, with some help (ask @jesse, if you need custom help like that). My reason was that I’d started receiving over 200 direct message spams a day. (These messages said things like “lol, look at this funny photo,” with a link that would enslave my account to send similar messages.)"

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Politically incorrect in fact disgusting

Censoring Military Personnel Is Un-American » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union: "Today, the ACLU filed a brief in a case on behalf of Col. Morris Davis, who was fired from his job at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for publicly criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to try some Guantánamo detainees in federal courts and some in the military commissions system."

I suppose you wonder why I continue to support our President. It is because this is the world we live in and the alternatives are suicidal.

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Abba's Way: Sixty Six Vision and Enigma

Abba's Way: Sixty Six Vision and Enigma
"Some say there is an eternal return. Recurrence of all past events always. Philosophy replaces ancient creed. The being of all being parsed anew. The very truth of life is life itself. For it contains all miracles and views. Reliving it is not one of its truths."
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Grown up values is the key to not incinerating ourselves

Abba's Way - Premises - Associated Content from Yahoo! -

In the Jesus film "Markman", David Markman -- the Jesus figure protagonist in Las Vegas -- seems most quiescent much of the time. He has none of the kinetic aspects of the super-hero. But whenever he is directly confronted with something that pushes one of his Abba's Way buttons, he is right there. Even to death.

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Some day we will integrate revaluation of values with who Jesus actually was

Abba's Way - Stephen C. Rose : IUniverse:

A big gulp must accompany any presumptions about Jesus, but my gulp comes after thirty years of largely unnoticed singing of the narrative of his life as it emerges in the gospels. From this I derive ontological values, the notion that values are something we can will and the belief that insofar as we possess any real freedom at all it is the capacity to will values. This trumps Aristotle who called characteristics values and honors Peirce for having come up with the framework for an integral philosophy before Ken Wilber started marketing obscurantism. Sorry to be so cruel.

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This evokes with exactitude the vision I have of a matrix for a cyber-city

News Desk: Video: Beach Creatures : The New Yorker:

This is exciting not merely in itself but for its seismic implications for human settlements. The settlements will not move although, dammit, they might. Imagine lego-like spaces that attach to the matrix or skeleton or beach creature.

Here is my primitive notion as I continue to develop the companion blog Beyond Pattern Language.

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