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It is 7:55 AM, Monday, March 31, 2014. One hundred years from Peirce's death. When Peirce was read out of the academy he moved up toward Port Jervis and had dreams of turning a property there into a center from which his elocutions would span the globe. It was the same dream that was instilled in me by Dr. Wolfe. Do something different, Stephen. This doesn't work." The difference must eliminate once and for all the notion of a deity separate from reality itself. It is reality we have been trying to parse. Reality which contains mystery, within it not beyond it. The language inherited by the churches is incapable of stating the truth in the same breath with which it utters the creeds. Abba is the name Jesus gave to the one to whom he prayed. This is not the name of the deity who is nameless and therefore will not reveal a name, This deity is the very essence of everything. This deity is our potentiality. Abba is the name Jesus gave of the one who will speak to you when you address reality.

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We Can Choose the Values We Live By

We are capable of consciously choosing the values by which we live.

We are capable of creating syntropic hypotheses and to express and act according to our sense of truth and beauty.

We are capable of countering entropic tendencies.

We make history, not the other way around.

We are not necessarily the only us in the universe(s). But we can infer the likelihood that what we have within us is also within "them".

Despite an often dismal record which persists to this day around the world in obvious shapes and forms, our tendency is in the direction of more consciousness and adherence to better values. This is because of the perceived advantages to all of this way of being.

The triad which supports this sense of things is transparently efficacious and underlies what I call Triadic Philosophy {see Triadic Philosophy 100 Aphorisms eBook: Stephen C. Rose: Kindle Store} - thinking consciously in threes. It is Reality Ethics Aesthetics.

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Parsing Peirce's Neglected Argument

I think within the NA text there is ample basis for inferring that at the time of its writing CSP had long practiced what he advocated - a damningly unstructured mode of thinking that he advocated almost universally and certainly for persons untrained in the philosophy that is the basis for most Peirce studies. Rising from play, pure play, linking the barely described universes of experience, but saying enough to imply a triadic semiotic originating in vagueness and progressing through rude shock to a creative linkage that might have the chance to move toward activation, even habit. If this is not meta-physical, then what is? I think CSP has been virtually ignored regarding what might be called his populist or everyman assertions. Turning to revelation and mysticism, I am inclined to credit Brent with insight into the way CSP dealt with the realization of his situation and his experience in the Episcopal Church and to call that mystical in the sense of it being something that siezed him, not something he simply realized. I do not think revelation means more than a description of that experience. I do not think the NA could have been written without that foundational event. I do not see science as an object of worship for Peirce, rather as a simple acknowledgement that things, perhaps extending as far as the mystical, can be measured and evaluated in terms of their practical effect.

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The goal of Triadic Philosophy

The goal of Triadic Philosophy is to propound a universally applicable mode of thinking that leads to "good" expressions and actions.

The premise of Triadic Philosohy is indeed that we are in continual dialogue with ourselves and that we can refine and even direct such dialog via conscious decisions we can make.

The urge to live and to do what we will and to share with others - reflect values but are not what I mean by universal values. I contend that there are four basic values that have operated to create progress over time. Tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatry. These are complementary and interactive with non-idolatry, essentially the first commandment, functioning as a brake on our assumptions of infallibility.

In my view conscious thought begins with and is demonstrated by the fact that we choose values.
"We value, therefore we are." History is the sum and aggregate of every human act and is influenced by the choice of values.

There is indeed truth in the notion that we think in threes and that binary thinking is inherently stunted, as it applies to life generally.

I will continue to defend reality, ethics and aesthetics as a root template for conscious thinking.
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What Are The Premises of Triadic Philosophy

The first premise I start with is that we do think in threes, at least when we are conscious and certainly when we will to do so.

The second premise is that if this is so the initial starting point would be the realm from which all signs emerge. To me this came up as Reality so that was and remains my notion of Firstness.  (I am NOT trying to preempt Peirce, merely to acknowledge a linkage.)

I conceived of Triadic Philosophy as a conscious process and of the triad as deriving from icon (reality) to index to symbol. Rather spontaneously, I chose Ethics as the second (index) and Aesthetics as the third. Actually I have for four decades relied on an ethical index derived from my work in music and with teaching kids to sing the gospel of Mark. When this is done, at least in my declension, the values that pop up are tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry. If that is not an index, what is?

Then it followed (to me) that in terms of my elaboration of the pragmatic maxim the purpose of thought should be an action or expression, something that can be known and measured for impact. By making aesthetic my third in the triad, it opened up a world to me in which we move past an ineffective ethics and a terribly confined notion of aesthetics to something closer to reality.

I should mention that my laboratory is Twitter and that premises such as those discussed here are regularly honed to and submitted to a large group of  folk  @stephencrose who may or may not respond, but whose reactions are of inestimable value in determining the  effectiveness of communications.

I should note also that I have taken with great seriousness Peirce's suggestions regarding memorial maxims. What is a tweet if not at least a stab at such?

As to what this looks like, I do contend that Reality Ethics Aesthetics is a workable triad for the conscious method of doing triadic philosophy and that it corresponds (possibly even theoretically) to Peircean notions of firstness, secondness and thirdness, first second third and 1 2 3. I do have some questions about Peirce's brief description of universes of experience in NA (The Neglected Argument).
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