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On doing no harm

Whatever you believe internally is fine as long as it leads to no harm to you or others


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Making cars peripheral is simple.

Making cars peripheral is simple. Create mile square communities without them. Walk a bit.


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There is only ONE way to bring greenhouse gas emissions under control.

Our Journey to Truth and Beauty

"We" in my writing generally refers to "all people". Since I do not believe anyone should do anything that is not his or her choice, my statement that we do think in threes is an assumption not an instruction. My reasons for coming to this are frankly the fruit of my relatively recent encounter with Peirce. Although I would describe my thinking over time as pragmaticist, I never thought about how we think until I was exposed to the triadic thinking of Peirce. Quite simply it seemed utterly obvious that it made a difference if you think in twos or in threes. If you think in twos you see one side or another. Binary. If you think in threes you have always a third possibility and triangles can be iterated infinitely. 
Now at what point did I also come to think that we do think in threes? I have been at this for only a short time, perhaps three years. I inferred that this is the case from a look at history. It is those who have found a third way that have made progress. …

Now and The Next Thing Is the Sign of Continuity

Triadic philosophy defines reality as all known and unknown and thus suggests that it is in itself impossible to fully describe or define. It is the source of all signs. It is not opposed to anything like unreality or fantasy or supposition. Reality may be approached somewhat as Moses is said to have approached the burning bush. When he inquired, Who shall I say sent me? the answer came back I am who I am and I will be who I will be. This suggests that the nature of reality that we can perceive and know is now and beyond now and this to me is a fairly clear suggestion of what Peirce means by the term continuity. Regardless, it accords with truth. Now is all there is and we assume the next thing. This is also the ground of the root value non-idolatry.



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Carry Ethics on Your Journey Through Life

Albert Schweitzer is seen now mostly as a person who lived out his long life as a doctor in Gabon. True enough. But prior to that he was not merely a distinguished Biblical scholar but also a philosopher of no mean capacity. After an investigation that was more than likely similar in depth  to that of Peirce, he concluded that there was one and only one thing that could be said about us with certainty. "We are life that wills to live midst life that wills to live." This is the root understanding that gives rise to triadic philosophy. It is the reason he embraced a way of utter nonviolence and what he called reverence for life. It is I think one root of a general move away from creedal religiosity and toward various forms of universalism. It also validates an approach which does not minimize the role of ethics in the viaticum "we" should carry on our journey.


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