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One small step…?

It is a small step?

It was a small undertaking, unimportant.

iGus peers from the shadows of “fiction”.

I abide.

Oh, how the truth does set one free.

Cowards need not apply, liars lay in thine grass.

No issue, I own my miles, in my gulch.

The grass is orange.

Fuck you cancer, we win…again.

μάνα, για πάντα στην καρδιά μου.

*abide*

02-16-2013 

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Robert Nozick – random fetavations

The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations

  • happiness, dying, creativity, religious faith, sexuality, good and evil, the ideal and the real, are explored in the grand Socratic tradition
  • inner transformation and personal growth

The Nature of Rationality

  • addressing ethical and social problems that matter to every thoughtful person – Nozick continues his search for the connections between philosophy and “ordinary ” experience
  • he offers a bold theory of rationality, the one characteristic deemed to fix humanity’s “specialness”;
  1. What are principles for?
  2. We could act simply on whim, or maximize our self-interest and recommend that others do the same
  3. Explores rationality of decision and rationality of belief
  4. How principles actually function in our day-to-day thinking and in our efforts to live peacefully and productively with each other
  • misconceptions of rationality have resulted in many intractable philosophical problems – ie – the Kantian attempt to make principled behaviour the sole ultimate standard of conduct extends rationality beyond its bounds
  • Nozick reformulates current decision theory to include the symbolic meaning of actions in areas from controlling impulses to fighting society’s “war against drugs.”
  • proposes a new rule of rational decision, “maximizing decision-value,” which is a weighted sum of causal, evidential, and symbolic utility
  • traces the implications of this rule for the famous Prisoner’s Dilemma and for Newcomb’s Problem
  • rationality of belief involves two aspects: support by reasons that make the belief credible, and generation by a process that reliably produces true beliefs
  • how some factual connections are instilled in us as seemingly self-evident, thus reversing the direction of Kant’s “Copernican Revolution” and proposing a theory of rational belief that includes both the intellectual credibility of the belief and the practical consequences of believing it
  • resolution of the “lottery paradox”
  • explores the scope and limits of instrumental rationality, or the effective and efficient pursuit of given goals, and suggests some new conditions on the rationality of goals
  • portray the nature and status of rationality and the essential role that imagination plays in this singular human aptitude

*observations from personal notes, and fetaman journals/education/study

*abide*

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The Kleenex Directive

“You are the master of your own ship, pal. There are lots of people who fall into troubled waters and don’t have the guts or the knowledge or the ability to make it to shore. They have nobody to blame but themselves.”

Evel Knievel