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We have struggled to be academic our whole lives. It isn’t intelligence so much as it is a delicate and fragile psyche that bars us from a place in the halls of academia. That said, we’ve strived to be autodidactic with differing degrees of success. Finally, we are here in the fediverse where we have found the discourse we have dreamed.

Our primary instance has been It is an amazing instance actually with an array of philosophy and writing being shared. Of course, more isn’t necessarily better, quality matters too.

Philosophy is closest and dearest to my heart even though I am not as well read as I wish we were. So that and the 10,000 characters (big selling point as we can be wordy) is why we are happy to be here.

Our philosophy is often inconvenient even for those who claim to be openminded and avant garde. But, we thrive on being challenged and improving our philosophy.

Hello everyone and thank you for the open borders.

3 factors increase the chances of meaningful conversation, in politics and life:

1. Give reasons for your belief. This sets a good foundation and gives better odds of success

2. Be open to learning. Listen well and find the truths in what the other person is saying.

3. Mind your business. You shouldn't interfere in people’s lives, even if you believe they are wrong.

Lessons from Kantian philosophers:

#philosophy #relationships #debate

This excerpt of Zizek speaks of bodily functions. Long read. 

@Eph "Space Is The Place" as Sun-Ra told us.

This excerpt of Zizek speaks of bodily functions. Long read. 

I'll be, does get there (see: (by referencing others that do), or at least very close to the realization. He/they reframe idea of setting free that which we have come to know and love further, paraphrasing page xxi 'if we the /#nature then for our sake, and the earth's/nature's sake, we must set /#nature free.' Zizek only needs to extend his reasoning a little further. Maybe he does elsewhere, we are still neophyte Zizekians.

It is natural to not consider exodus-ing earth to live in space. We prefer the idea of finding another planet to exploit. We tend to repress the idea of living in the vacuum of in favor of another planet (diagnosed as planetary chauvinism by Isaac Asimov).

Or if we do empathically and compassionately realize we are no longer healthy for the earth and nature and we need to be removed, we may even contemplate something graver like self-extinction of ourselves, our species.

The (from a gross amateur psychoanalyst) is the idea of living in space is akin to acknowledging the *das ding* of the 'real.' Here, we repress, or maybe more accurately, we are forbidden to acknowledge the existential truth that all existence resides precariously within a vacuous void of unpredictability and unknowing. Or represented more colloquially here by the real idea of living in the vacuum of space. Such an existence isn't imagined as comfortable or cozy for humans or any other earth mammalian species. It literally repulses us we think

We may think there must be another way. But if if we free our philosophy to reach its own conclusion and liberation, as recommended in The Sublime, the ACT will liberate the earth and humanity. We allow the truth to manifest philosophically without the subject, us (xxii).

This is hubris humans sacrificing themselves on the cross of earthly existence so that the earth can be reborn and man abolveres/sublamates to heaven, free of guilt, shame, and other fetters that had up til now invisibly enslaved them.

The most important thing to realize here, practically, as a first step, is that exodus-ing Earth is achievable now. We need not consider deep space, exploring the universe, etc. for now. Exiting Earth is about NEAR SPACE, to orbiting the earth, staying close to our mother but also weaned from her. This is the most profound, liberating, and loving thing we can do for ourselves as a species, but also for the sake of the Mother. It is, as Zizek refers to elsewhere in the preface, *absolvere*.

Collectively, our repressed guilt for being too good at what evolution made us, master exploiters, is destroying us psychoanalytically as it is destroying the earth and all life on it. Exodus Earth will not only exculpate our guilt but allow us to become angels in the sky for our Mother and all her other children.

The Sublime Subject of Ideology, Preface to the New Edition: The Idea's Constipation? Slavoj Zizek

p. xxi
"So, to pursue the rather tasteless metaphor, Hegel was not a sublimated coprophagist, as the usual notion of the dialectical process would lead us to believe. The matrix of the dialectical process is not that of excrementation­ externalization followed by a swallowing (reappropriation) of the external­
ized content, but, on the contrary, of appropriation followed by the excremental move of dropping it, releasing it, letting it go. What this means is that one should not equate externalization with alienation. The externalization which concludes a cycle of dialectical process is not alien­ation, it is the highest point of disalienation: one really reconciles oneself with some objective content not when one still has to strive to master
and control it, but when one can afford the supreme sovereign gesture of releasing this content from oneself, of setting it free. Which is why, incidentally, and as some of the sharper interpreters have pointed out, far
from subduing nature totally to man, Hegel opens up an unexpected space for ecological awareness: for Hegel, the drive to exploit nature technolo­gically is still a mark of man's finitude; in such an attitude, nature is
perceived as an external object, an opposing force to be dominated, while a philosopher, from his standpoint of Absolute Knowledge, experiences nature not as a threatening force to be controlled and dominated, but as something to be left to follow its inherent path."

End quote.

The realization that we must exit the Earth is traumatic and we will naturally protest and argue the conclusion and its cure and even compromise to going to another planet to exploit. The reasons for living in space are legion from free resources (energy) to space travel itself. The most dangerous, expensive, and resource intensive aspects of space travel is leaving and entering a planets atmosphere. But most profoundly and analytically, is that living in space, where we have nothing to exploit but each other, we have the possibility of truly coming to know ourselves and maybe evolve from Homo exploitus to becoming truly Homo sapiens.

One of frustrating aspects of is that human nature follows us where ever we go? It doesn't matter how we engineer society or utopias, our nature doesn't allow us to abide Eden. We think we know ourselves and we certainly do not know ourselves from an evolutionary psychology(analysis) perspective. Even worse than not knowing ourselves, we believe we have the will power to change. Our will power is not enough. The more we ignore our true biological and evolutionary natures, the more destructive we become. What we resist, persists. We are uber exploiters, it is the ground of our being (personal thesis). But we can change with wisdom. But not by just willing it, again, our will is not superhuman, but our drive to exploit is. An no amount of therapy can change it, but it can let us see it, for what it really is, an apparently inescapable ideology of nature and evolution.

is becoming the preferred method of coming to terms with our true nature, Homo exploitus. Mindfulness creates both the space and time to be discerning ourselves before we act. It allows us to act compassionately and consciously. We don't change in that our true natures, Homo exploitus, is still there, but we can sidestep that reality and truly ACT in the Zizekian sense.

The biggest danger is ourselves. Even now, those at the forefront of aren't advocates of FreeSpace, but capitalists.

Need some inspiration? Try these music video youtubes:

Sting's 1985 (remastered) Video of "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free." Don't worry, your monitor is just fine. 4:05 minutes:


Peyton's 2009 vdeo (warning bright flashing bright club light) "A Higher Place." 3:56 minutes:

Riffing off of 's interpretation of in the Preface to the New Edition: The Idea's Constipation?, of "The Sublime Object", discussing the standard dualism between and p. xv1,

"the supreme moment of the subject's freedom is to set free its object, to leave it free to deploy itself:" And I amend the next sentence to read:
'Man's absolute freedom consists in [the fact] that it resolves to freely let go out of themselves the moment of their particularity on earth.'

Now I am ready for the guillotine.


hopefully, and as we all bear with us opposite tendencies flaring up and down, think you are right to accentuate that's always up to us all ...

... and that acting as a sensitive and thoughtful community is - in social media scale - a valuable but presumably only occasionally and punctually reachable achievement ...

@lauravivanco @gutenberg_org I just looked. One day was lots. Anything highly of note will be boosted by others. Bots can be useful.

As more people influx from the bird site, it seems the fediverse is becoming more contentious. It seems we are becoming less interested in different ideas and ways of being and more interested in criticizing other's without substance or discussion. We hope we can keep engaged and conscientious critical discussion going and not devolve into another community of angry birds.

Prophetic analogy we think to mankind’s relationship to the earth. We are vampirizing the earth until we are all utterly the living dead.

Born #onthisday 151 years ago, Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, mathematician, and logician. His work has had a considerable influence on mathematics, logic, set theory, linguistics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science (see type theory and type system) and various areas of analytic philosophy, especially logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, epistemology and metaphysics. Russell was also a public intellectual, historian, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.

#math #setheory #russellspardox #philosophy


Also: my summary is drawn from Timothy Bewes's writing on Rancière in his book "Free Indirect: the Novel in a Postfictional Age," in part because I haven't read Rancière in a while.

If you're interested in questions of representation, I recommend it. Bewes writes very lucidly about Rancière (who can be impenetrable even by French theory standards). On one level, it's about literary fiction, but what he calls "free indirect" implicates problems of representation in general.



(Hope you don't mind if I use hashtags here)

In Rancière's #philosophy the history of art comprises 3 regimes: 1, the ethical; 2, the representative; 3, the aesthetic (the present regime). In (1), art is understood to have deep effects on people/communities & thus must be handled carefully (as in religious proscriptions against certain kinds of art; Plato's views on tragic poetry).

Coil's #music strikes me as belonging to the ethical regime insofar as...


What used to seem a masterful illuminating dance between theories and criticism here it seems Zizek didn’t keep his eye on the ball. Just because one of the possible fictional logics of the Real is adversarial, whether natura naturans or evolution, Zizek doesn’t seem to see the cusp we ar on. We are realizing that we do not have to be play the games of Ouroboros as long as we are mindful of the Ouroboros.

If we are really serious and have a sincere sense of responsibility for the crimes against the earth then know we can create a society of unlimited freedom for every human just in focusing our efforts on the attainable migration to near earth orbit. We can heal and set the earth free if we only take the step of leaving the nest. @bookwyrm

Allen Ginsberg: "the mutual recognition of the transitoriness of existence, which is the basis of everybody's tenderness. The realisation that we were all sitting in a classroom like a bunch of meek-boned ghosts and we're not going to be here very long."

Life is short & here we are sitting in a classroom while the sun shines outside. In life no one is ever exactly where they want to be, because that would mean being in at least two places at once.

#beat #ginsberg #philosophy

“Effectively, the notion of intrinsic, independent existence is incompatible with causation. This is because causation implies contingency & dependence, while anything that possesses independent existence would be immutable and self-enclosed. Everything is composed of dependently related events, of continuously interacting phenomena with no fixed, immutable essence, which are themselves in constantly changing dynamic relations.” — HH Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

#Buddhism #Philosophy

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