Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pragmatism page at Wikipedia

Found an interesting page on Wikipedia - Pragmatism. From the page:

"Joseph Margolis, in Historied Thought, Constructed World (California, 1995), makes a distinction between "existence" and "reality". He suggests using the term "exists" only for those things which adequately exhibit Peirce's Secondness: things which offer brute physical resistance to our movements. In this way, such things which affect us, like numbers, may be said to be "real", though they do not "exist". Margolis suggests that God, in such a linguistic usage, might very well be "real", causing believers to act in such and such a way, but might not "exist"."

Check out a few more of those interesting ideas at Pragmatism.

- S

Humanist Manifesto III page

(didn't know there was a Humanist Manifesto II :)

From American Humanist Association's H.M. III page:

"Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies. We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence."

More here.

- S

Saturday, July 3, 2010

fireworks at 2:56

a happy independence day goes out to the US, the inventors (as far as i know) of the separation between gov & religions. fireworks at 2:56 on this clip, from Woody Allen's Manhattan: