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April 05, 2009


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This is one of your most interdisiplinary posts George...and a one that touches on scientific Philosopical aspects. Can I sense aspects or influence of of Heidegger, Alan Watts, Paul Davies and Joel Primark or am I reading too much into your thinking?
Heidegger for his linking of linguistic onotological Being and time
Alan Watts for his fusion of Hindu vananta with Quantum indeterminacy
Paul Davies as the most articulate critic of nihilistic 'scientism'
and Joel primark for his concept of 'Scale Chauvinism'
Also have you read or been influenced by any primitivist writers such as Jason Godesky
or Charles Eisenstein?
Both, in my opinion towering intellects who are the kind of interdisiplinary thinkers the world needs (echoing one of your previous posts on the compartmentalisation of academia)

George Mobus

Thanks GaryA.

I've read Davies, and possibly some Primark, but must confess to not having delved into the others. I'll try to follow your links.



Eisensteins description in the link of is one of the most penetrating (along with yours) of the current crisis.
Thats one of the few great things about the internet- linking minds who would otherwise never meet.
Almost makes up for the 'coagulation of idiots' effect the rest of it seems to have- in stark contrast to the original hopes and sentiment of its founders!

Term papers

Good work! I'm been looking for topics as interesting as this. Looking forward to your next post.

George Mobus

Thanks Term and welcome. By now you've probably found the follow-on articles. This series might end up in a book, someday.


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