"Since this book was some 20 years in the making, I think I’ve long lost any real control over its ‘meaning,’ but one of my central thematic interests lies in exploring the modern dilemma of nihilism in the context of a fantasy world ontology. On the one hand, the more we learn about the physical basis of consciousness - the brain - the more it seems that staples of conscious, lived experience - things like meaning, normativity, choice, the now - are deeply deceptive. On the other hand, the quicker technology transforms our society, the more fanciful our traditional belief systems become, the more we fall back on consumerism, which is to say, a ‘pointless’ belief system of more for more’s sake. (When you have no real idea of what the ‘meaning’ of your existence is, then all you have to work toward are the satisfaction of your biological drives. This is embodied in the bumpersticker proverb: ‘He who dies with the most toys wins.’)"
R. Scott Bakker on The Darkness that Comes Before
Despite being aware of the paradox of being unable to criticize someone for excessively clinging to beliefs, which to his mind was the lowest and most degrading means of maintaining a personality, he nevertheless found himself condescending to those who held opinions.
decir lo que digo es liberador y frustrante. Es a ese momento al que debo la fascinante magia de lo desconocido. ¿acaso cambiaré? ¿acaso entenderán?
Jacques Derrida, one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century: July 15, 1930 - 2004…
“None of the traits by which the most authorized philosophy or culture has thought it possible to recognize this ‘proper of man’ — none of them is, in all rigor, the exclusive reserve of what we humans call human. Either because some animals also possess such traits, or because man does not possess it as surely as is claimed.”
— Jacques Derrida, For What Tomorrow… A Dialogue
palabra del día
(Del lat. euphonĭa, y este del gr. εὐφωνία, armonía).
1. f. Sonoridad agradable que resulta de la acertada combinación de los elementos acústicos de las palabras.
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instinct vs reason
I usually go for instinct, I don’t think, implying I don’t give a fuck.
sigh, sometimes it backfires.
what do you go for, and why?
if survival is so important after all, is reason just an instinct as well?
so, what is instinct anyway? Is it the knowledge we have learnt a priori, before we’re conscious of a self? it’s fascinating that when we’re born we’re immediately faced with language, culture and people, that’s a key moment in defining who we are; why do we keep our instinct then, when everything has an “explanation” ?