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 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 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Five)

You may have noticed that this essay (or episode if you’re listening) is titled Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Part Five. It’s part of an as-yet-indeterminate series of examinations of Robert Pirsig’s books. You may wish to go back to earlier parts of the series before taking this one in, but it isn’t obligatory in any way. You may also want to listen … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Part Five)

Footnotes to Plato: An Inquiry into The Apology of Socrates

The Apology of Socrates. How does a professed non-expert, non-academic person of the twenty-first century begin a meaningful inquiry into one of European philosophy’s most archetypal stories? It may be reasonable to assume that professional philosophers and academics have said or written all that can be, or at least needs to be, written about it. And yet, I am motivated to examine the text and … Continue reading Footnotes to Plato: An Inquiry into The Apology of Socrates