Always living with(out) cancer

According to the eponymous tradition of Scottish philosophy, common sense refers to an ability to perceive the properties or qualities of objects using separate sensory modalities. The classic example is the cubeness of a cube being both a visual and a tactile experience – we can both see and feel that it is a cube. The common sense is that which makes it thus possible for vision to confirm touch and vice versa. It is the basis of learning directly to perceive higher orders of abstraction than raw sensory experience and using these to navigate about complex environments. Continue reading “Always living with(out) cancer”

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Not giving delusion any solidity

The artifice of humanity has always been the image of its reality

… the very idea of science has become the ultimate social authority and arbiter of truth – a bit like the way assorted assemblages of religious observance, cultural practice and social convention were once held together by the idea of God …
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Not giving cancer any solidity #1

The truth lies not in any difference of opposing opinions, but in a plurality emerging from the refusal to oppose opinions in any kind of abstract dichotomy – no matter how threatening they are to established knowledge.

I have been a cancer patient for more than five years now.  Continue reading “Not giving cancer any solidity #1”