Fuzzy Standards: An Incomplete Exploration of Quality

I wanted to start this essay with a reasonably brief and straight-forward definition of the word “quality”. As it turns out, I couldn’t find a practical definition that I was satisfied with. It may be a peculiar trait of mine that I prefer a word’s or concept’s definition not to contain words or concepts that merely point straight back to place I started. Like some … Continue reading Fuzzy Standards: An Incomplete Exploration of Quality

Cosmology: An Incomplete Gaze into the Void

I began this exploration of cosmology as an exercise to trace out ideas from Robert Pirsig‘s Metaphysics of Quality and Alfred North Whitehead‘s Philosophy of Organism. It is an exercise in speculative philosophy and should be viewed as nothing other than entertainment – with no additional practical value or application(s). When it comes to the nature of the universe, it doesn’t seem to matter what … Continue reading Cosmology: An Incomplete Gaze into the Void

Footnotes to Hallowe’en: An Incomplete Examination of Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse

In October of 2021, I posted a reading of a story that I wrote in the weeks leading up to Hallowe’en (The Hole Where the Ghosts Come In). Despite the hasty decision to write and record a Hallowe’en story in such a short period of time, I thoroughly enjoyed the process and have decided to follow-up this year with another Hallowe’en story reading. Alas, this … Continue reading Footnotes to Hallowe’en: An Incomplete Examination of Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse

Footnotes to Minimalism: A Grey and Colourless Philosophy

Let me start by asking whether you have ever gone through a period of your life when ‘minimalism’ seemed to have been not only a good idea, but something that you absolutely needed to act on as quickly and thoroughly as possible? This essay is about that type of experience – and also about some implications of the contemporary minimalism which I have had occasion … Continue reading Footnotes to Minimalism: A Grey and Colourless Philosophy

Denotations and Connotations

In recent times, I’ve become more and more convinced that the way people use language is complicated and some times confounded by the definitions of the words we use. This seems to be especially relevant when the matters being discussed are topical, contentious, highly contextual or related to deeply-felt sentiments. As a result, it seems useful to explore the ways that we assign meaning to … Continue reading Denotations and Connotations

Driving Fuzzy: Further Incomplete Explorations of Fuzzy Logic

In my earlier essay, Living Fuzzy: An Incomplete Exploration of Fuzzy Logic, I began an examination of fuzzy logic and how it may be relevant to living the kind of life I want to live and being the kind of person I want to be. Well, a few months have passed and I think it’s time to return to some of those musings and investigations. … Continue reading Driving Fuzzy: Further Incomplete Explorations of Fuzzy Logic

On Shadetrees

During the course of reading and considering Plato’s Phaedrus dialogue, I had occasion to reflect that the act of sitting under a shady tree, both literally and metaphorically, is a fundamental human experience that very nearly every human being has access to. This notion seems to offer an interesting place to explore what exactly all of that means. It seems like intriguing new Zensylvania territory. … Continue reading On Shadetrees

Footnotes to Phaedrus…and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good – Need we ask anyone to tell us these things? The Phaedrus dialogue doesn’t seem to be one of Plato’s most popular nor one of his most-frequently examined dialogues. Those who study Plato seem to focus far more attention on The Republic, Phaedo, Crito and The Apology of Socrates (which I have also written about … Continue reading Footnotes to Phaedrus…and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

My Next ( And Final?) Car

Not long ago, I wrote a speculative shopping list that I called My Next Bike (MNB). In that essay, I explained that nothing about the essay should suggest that I absolutely will acquire another motorcycle, but it laid out (in a messy, rambling kind of way) some thoughts I had about buying another motorcycle. This current essay is an extension of those musings and should … Continue reading My Next ( And Final?) Car

Footnotes to On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence

On the interior panel of the dust jacket cover of On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence, there is a brief proclamation attributed to Robert M. Pirsig that “The ultimate goal in the pursuit of excellence is enlightenment.” This was, apparently, Pirsig’s opinion in 1962 – well before either of Pirsig’s more famous books Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance or Lila, were published. On … Continue reading Footnotes to On Quality: An Inquiry into Excellence