Scholia

avoiding becoming embittered by interminable debates going nowhere

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Regular readers tell me they have difficulty sometimes with my philosophical jargon and all these isms. Some have suggested I provide notes, a glossary or some other explanatory device.

Since my retirement and with the complex incapacitations of chemotherapy, I have had time on my hands, so I have been writing this story about my journey, which I thought might help readers understand a little better where I am coming from.

It is a little longer than I anticipated and a wee bit more detailed, but if you are sitting comfortably, I shall begin. Continue reading “Scholia”

Snake oil, medicine and the exclusion of nature

Inexorably, history moves on. The trick is to find a way of joining in, of being the change, participating rather than being swept along.

Chemotherapy begins today.

More of that as this post proceeds.

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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 used to demonstrate the principle is the fact of 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 of using these to navigate about complex environments. Continue reading “Always living with(out) cancer”

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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