Posts tagged ‘reality, iconic dialogues, value and perception, timely perception, relativity and truth’

I Hear Reality Is Just a Step Away

 

08/23/08

This is the first entry on the “new” computer. That is, with the fan cannibalized off Rose’s old computer, and with the brand new 320-gig interior hard drive. I can’t hear the bloody computer any more. I hadn’t actually realized I could, I guess. So a lot of the over-heating was most likely simply due to a hard drive that shouldn’t have been working at all. Diablo II operated smoothly. I think both hard drives were used, although the larger one was narrowly. Whatever. I’ll be setting up some drive syncs. The oddest thing is being able to do something on the system now even while the CPU is using most or all of its capacity. I’m planning on saving all writing to a central “My Documents” folder and then mirroring it. I also will be cleaning off an exterior hard drive from the looks of things since I couldn’t get Norton Save & Restore to initiate. I really don’t think it’s a virus, either. I hope not. I’m getting tired of this crap. I keep running checks and I keep protection up. I still haven’t quite recovered from Rose telling me she doesn’t trust me because I’m too much of a good trip. I guess I’ll get over it or I won’t, as I told her.

21:29 More appropriate I suppose. Hadn’t thought about the fact that a program has the capability now to insert times. So I may as well do it on the diary-like entries I make. AbiWord because Open Office seems to be much like Microsoft Office in that it’s untrainable in some respects; an opening letter of a “sentence” must be capitalized. That meaning might lie in other directions is simply unsupportable, sort of like some New Age girdle I suppose: can’t be leather because it would be victimizing the beasts but can’t be plastic because it would be victimizing the beasts. …Maybe it should be human skin. But then of course there would be animal-rights activists wondering why we’re having all the fun.

21:37 I think that the first point of focus is going to have to be the representative system. After all, I have finally logically proven that no representative system can actually be true. It has to be infinity plus one, so to speak: so it’s not only the problem of the inter-relationships of the components of the representative system (and the establishment of sets within the system, which is actually what the modal system and Dooyeveert are on about), the problem of modeling permutations within the represented system–because you cannot be assured that each and every instance is identical, each must be represented, unless aspects of relevancy are identified and then defined. Definition essentially means assigning social identity stability. Relevancy is task-oriented, case-oriented, whatever. Either that or you’re daring to assume that your representative system, which was thrown together in a limited amount of time and for timely reasons…is absolutely true, for all time and under all situations. This is where Dooyeveert fell.

 

21:51 One thing you do know is that any judgement, and particularly any valuation or valorization, is relative and the product of a work of artifice. Language is by nature artificial. Our only hope toward a first step of reasoning clearly would be the production of an artificial language. One of the problems confronting even the mention thereof is quite similar to the realization in the late 1970’s that indeed one soldier could be given the power to wipe out an entire city. Trust is perhaps even more a product of artifice than is any monetary value. The real problem is going to come when need intersects with its description. Need alone has little power. Description, even masterful description, when it is not driven and kept if not secret then certainly not advertised–that has no power at all. Every time, though, that the two have met, whole worlds of perceived structure have fallen.

 

22:10 At about 14 I actually did become convinced that there was a sort of loop involved in the information available to me. truth/reality/perception/description and pick any part of it, proceed in any direction on it, and you came back to where you started. Eventually. No matter the grand words of it. I did try to have faith, which I perhaps foolishly defined as a belief in some sort of God directing things. I mean presumably in real time. Like, that would be what the deacon’s meetings were about. To this day, I haven’t the faintest idea. The ministers or for the Catholics the priests, the holy men, all interpreted reality so that… Easiest answer was, maintain the power structure. There would be a few exceptions.

 

If you have someone who is exceptionally intelligent, you have to hope she or he is also exceptionally moral. At this point, I would be interested in using this. As in, I did my part.

22:23 Yeah. Besides, it would be fun. And it would be the part indicated if the character survived this long, for that matter. Loki. Good at that.

 

Anyway, that reality/truth thing is tricky. That intent should be indicative of veracity is asinine. If that were true every man would be a (successful) politician. Reality is the presumptive, that is, in the justinian model, while truth is a matter of intent. That nearly got us into nuclear war, by the way.

 

The first step in approaching reality is the realization that no system of representation we have is necessarily particularly close to what is occurring. One good example of this is the recurring question about why we’re not getting radio signals, and how much energy we’re throwing out. They’re using something that’s a lot more efficient, probably FTL, and we’re at best the guys with the big speakers on the corner of the block, nice guys, but too loud and keep the beer inside.

 

 

What I actually mean here is that our assumptions of linear causation aren’t possible. Few occurrences have one cause. Fewer occur by themselves. We assume time is one way because of our representative system. We state things are proven when by our own definitions a hypothesis has graduated to a theory, that is all, and all that can happen. There are innumerable assumptions within every statement we make, and few of us even guess at what they might be. Reality is something that we guess toward; that those oriented toward corners tell us the solution is math I find somehow ironic. And they are, note this, quite carefully telling the truth. Most of the time, anyway. Bear in mind that any given discipline does tend to define relevance pretty, well, sort of, well…automatically. Using the principle of exclusion, as anyone who’s dealt with a government agency can testify. Bear in mind that if language is what you use to define reality then what you can’t say isn’t real.

 

…Yet faith is a primary component in any society, and actually quite often cited in government appeals, presumably not to be overthrown (or they’ll sick the police, army, and navy on us). Might bomb us too. Oops. “Sic.” Sic. …Sick.

–Glenn

August 24, 2008 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

Ownership: Reality, Concept, and Law

In point of fact you legally own very little.  I haven’t seen many modern cases; I can’t recall offhand where it was that I saw them last.  It was common in the days of the railroad, when the railroad required access.  What it boiled down to was that you’d better take the price offered, or it would fall.  Ownership of land is actually only valid for a given period of time, that I believe now varies from state to state; right of way (for the government or its use) unquestionably supercedes any claim to ownership.  The Constitution, by the way, came very close to requiring that one have title to land in order to have citizenship, which makes all this even more complicated.  This does hale back to the British and property rights vis a vis wants and needs of the government.

 

Funds in a bank account are pretty available to outside, legal entities at this point.  If they can manage to associate a certain checking account number with a certain individual, collection agencies can in some cases simply proceed to obtain monies owed, although commercial entities cannot access bank accounts whose primary source of income is Social Security.

 

You’d better think about calling 911, too, incidentally.  I don’t actually belong to that class of individual any more (mainly because I have Social Security income; in the eyes of the law, because of income level and source of income–a primarily seasonal company–I was quite questionable, very clean record irregardless)–the ones, that is, who generally do have something illegal going on.  I gather that crystal meth is more popular today than I had guessed.  People who work for seasonal companies tend not to have drug tests (or so, at least, the police believe), q.e.d. although rather weak in my opinion.  Maybe I’m prejudiced.

 

Anyway; that was how I became a criminal over an epileptic seizure, understand? appearance.  I’ve known of people who called 911 who let the police into their house and ended up visiting prison.  By the way, just don’t let the police into your house without a warrant.  You can’t make a good impression on them, and odds are if they ask for entrance they’re looking for evidence of something.  Unfortunately, that’s what it’s come to.  It isn’t like it was in my youth, or even as I recall ten or twenty years ago, when you might actually be friends with the local police.  Everyone is breaking the law somehow.  And realize you look wrong to someone.

 

Nah.  I’m not paranoid.  Not at all.

–Glenn

July 3, 2008 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

current…something

As you can see, I am to the point I can make regular postings.  I still haven’t (for instance) installed Firefox; I’m absolutely sure I won’t install anything further today, which means nothing at all.  I’m working toward something vaguely resembling a rewrite of a book begun ten years ago or so.  Actually my perspective has changed considerably.  The attempt at definition of reality is meaningless unless it includes the realization that reality’s a changing thing–language is a changing thing–as are other media–so it’s getting it just right while the boat rolls; flash it right with quick enough shutter speed and you got it.

 

I plan nothing else today.  I’ve had Vicodin again for a while.  It certainly doesn’t kill the pain, but it does lessen it, enough that I have to lay back on the exercise bit.  Enough.  Pain’s worse now because of the back.

–Glenn

June 1, 2008 at 7:42 pm 2 comments

Distraction from Pain, and various thoughts

I feel like an ass right now, on a number of levels. But then relevance and meaning are both very much matters of perspective. I particularly like the one about how it really isn’t bad because you’re learning from it, by the way. That inspired a true urge to kill (rather unfocussed, fortunately) many times. That was probably most inspired by those who managed to believe in all circumstances and despite all evidence to the contrary, all the while keeping their cheery motherfucking smile. Oops.

To those I’ve offended…you’ll get over it, or you won’t. I may not even know about it. To those bored by the whole thing (in combination with being faintly mystified) I give applause for proper attitude. Go back to sleep. One either constantly footnotes existence or simply lives it, apparently. The latter would seem less complicated. Where “reality” fits is another question, and I think first you have to know the language, roots and all. Certainly faith is the stuff of liars. To expect escape from a maze built over at least thousands of years within the span of a mortal lifespan would seem absurd. Bear in mind too that confinement to the maze–relinquishment of freedom–equally means freedom from the responsibility of perception and insight. Certainly value (even when it’s related to survival) is never intrinsic. We essentially react on the basis of taught representations and beliefs–icons and avatars, if you will–which define correct response. I suspect somewhere in there is buried the actual realization that reality and religion don’t have very many touching points–and that a lot more things should be called religion than we usually do.

I’ll post this to WordPress as well. And to all a merry good something, or something.

–Glenn

May 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

methodology and methods of definition

The actual problem with a discipline like philosophy is as obvious as it is painful; presumably those who proudly presume to pursue it do so with the proper grandeur of those who can afford invisible clothes.

 

It would seem to begin with as simple an observation of the concept of “truth”, and even in only one respect; is it simple, or is it complex? and the answer, unfortunately, is that it is complex.  It is, and it ever shall be, and this has been the doom of a great many people.

–Glenn

[definitely notes toward]

April 25, 2008 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

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