6/4/12

The Versatile Mind - Charles Sanders Peirce


Peirce's Arisbe: The Rationale of the Website "Born 1839 and died 1914, Peirce's adult life spanned the period from the American Civil War to the beginning of the First World War, but he is of special and growing interest at present, both internationally and to people in many fields and disciplines, not because of his historical influence -- still largely unappreciated by most historians of the period -- but rather because of his remarkable and unparalleled anticipation of the emerging themes of the 21st Century: 

Thought as virtual 

Meaning as experimental and interpretational 

Mind as a multi-dimensional communicational process 

Sciences as collaborative communicational communities 

Truth and knowledge as social and distributed 

Formal reasoning as graphical inference 

Humanities and sciences conceived unitarily 

Education as inquiry and exploration 

 


To these from Arisbe I would add 


Theology as way rather than creed

Christianity alert to the dominant hypocrisies and oriented to the best interest of the other

And coworker with his (unknown) co-worker Nietzsche to create the basis in thought for transcendence within the immanent frame.



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Building in America Runs Well Behind Making and Marketing Gadgets


Our building practices are primitive
Corruption haunts Contractor World
Business thrives on needless renovation and repair

Build for severe weather
Safe secure complexes 
not detached homes
Mass produced modular elements 
built as cars have been
Detroit could morph into  
making the smart surfaces of spaces

Forget individual plumbing 
Forget individual disposal 
septic tanks basement sump pumps 


Instead of housing as we know it
make an infinitely duplicable matrix
make modular ecosystem elements 
to circulate recycle and dispose 

To avoid severe weather 
design  no more than four levels 
for the most likely forms of severe weather in an area
Shoreline communities should have elevation 
Stadium-like structures to withstand hurricane winds

We need communities that are 21st century 
with built in protections and shared eco-sustainability
Anything less will not work. 



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Snapshot of Jesus: Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes accurately links Jesus with outcasts. 
Geza Vermes sees that Jesus befriended prostitutes and the poor. 
Geza Vermes also believes that Jesus expected 
the imminent coming of the realm or kingdom of Abba 
(his Father, our father).

Where I think I may differ from Geza Vermes 
is in his assumption about an inbreaking kingdom. 
I would argue that that realm is here within each person on the planet, 
waiting to be activated by the gospel Jesus is said to have proclaimed in Mark 1.
That gospel was simple and direct and doable. 
1. Repentance 
2. Belief in the presence and availability of Abba.

I would infer, as well, practice of a way of life 
involving daily use of the Lord's Prayer. 
And active promotion of values redolent of Jesus 
to counteract the value system of much of the world.
These may be inferred to be
tolerance democracy helpfulness
and non-idolatry

More on Geza Vermes

An earlier version of this was published at Yahoo Voices 
and has been removed.


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The Stupidity of Violence April 22, 2018

The Slow as Molasses Press