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Time and Events


I just came across Massimo Pigliucci’s interesting review of Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin’s book The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time. There are more than a few Whiteheadian themes explored throughout the review, including Unger and Smolin’s (U&S) view that time should be read as an abstraction from events and that the “laws” of the universe are better conceptualized as habits or contingent causal connections secured by the ongoingness of those events rather than as eternal, abstract formalisms. 941 more words

Philosophy

The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time

by Massimo Pigliucci

I have devoted a serious amount of time to reading the new book by Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin, The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal In Natural Philosophy [1]. 4,251 more words

Metaphysics

I Have No.1 Life!

The conditions for (infinite) optimality of a system is a central question in evolution. This problem could be phrased in algebraic terms by representing the optimality or fitness of the system as a linear combination of weighted fitnesses for various ‘aspects’ of the system. 135 more words

The Meaning of Our Actions in Purpose of the Existence of Life

In fantastic numbers we are intrinsically connected and incredibly diverse. Now we see a reflection like ourselves and it is all of our mass in motion together in a beautiful violent ballet ending with a new beautiful beginning. 430 more words

Society

Sociology 101: Auguste Comte

Sociology is a very recently developed subject, when compared to the long ancestry of other academic pursuits. Although small tendril of sociological thought can be traced throughout history, if you look hard enough, the most common starting point is placed upon on person Auguste Comte (1798-1857). 264 more words

Sociology

La Danza en Espiral / The Spiral Dance

–por Starhawk (Feb 20, 2015)

En la madurez, yo ya no funciono bajo la ilusión de la inmortalidad que sostiene a los jóvenes. Sé que no estaré aquí eternamente. 847 more words

WednesdaysOnFridays

It's magic!

Last week the illustrious ThonyC wrote a blogpost titled “Do you believe in Magic?” in which he addressed the many, many glaring errors in yet another ‘revealing’ post about a number of important scientists of the past. 747 more words

Isaac Newton