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Hegel Quote.

Posted: March 10, 2014 in Quicky

The world is created, is now being created, and has eternally been created; this presents itself in the form of the preservation of the world.” – Hegel.

Gabriel Tarde Quote.

Posted: January 29, 2014 in History/Philosophy, Quicky
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In reality, we judge beings to be less intelligent the less we understand them, and the error of thinking the unknown to be unintelligent goes hand in hand with the error […] of thinking the unknown to be indistinct, undefferentiated, and homogenous.” Gabriel Tarde, Monadology and Sociology, p. 24.

What a great statement, relevant for ecology, politics and methodology. It’s a demand for attention and respect to all beings, followed by a warning against generalisations and individualisations (as opposed to a recognition of the multiplicity, both inward and outward).

One should add the comical role of being-there-just-to-prove-that-one-is-not-an-idealist role invented by Kant […] things are there but play no role except that of mute guardians holding the sign. We deny that we deny the existence of an outside reality. Quite a function well worth hapless ‘things in themselves’.” B. Latour – “The promises of constructivism” In: Chasing Technoscience: Matrix of Materiality, Don Idhe (ed.), Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2003, p. 32.

Kant, dat bitch of Latour!

Philosophical, true idealism consists in nothing else but laying down that the truth about things is that as such immediately single, i.e., sensuous  things, they are only a show, an appearance (Schein). […] [N]ot even the animals are so stupid as these metaphysicians; for they go after things, seize and consume them.” Hegel – Philosophy of Nature. In: Hegel, The Essential Writings, Weiss (F.G.) (ed.), p. 205.

Oh Snap!

The song has been online for a while and helped me waking up the past few weeks!

Well done Klemen Slakonja!

“Bazooko’s Circus is what the whole hep world would be doing Saturday nights if the Nazis had won the war. This was the Sixth Reich.” – Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas.

Whenever I hear Disco Polo, Schlager music or traditional Turkish music with a modern monotone beat underneath, this quote pops up into my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want everybody to listen to Chopin and Tsjaikovski. There is some really good pop and electronic music out there. Yet, some things simply shouldn’t get played, or even been made…

Arrogance seems a key element within racism. In order to make claims about groups of people that often include many millions, you need arrogance to ignore your lack of information and the internal complexity of the selected group.

For good reasons, many people often base their opinions on the news. Within ca. one hour a day they get information about the whole world. Luckily, most of us are wise enough to acknowledge our limitations and try to avoid claims that are all to strong. Only a person with a (slightly) distorted psychological condition can jump from these few bits and bytes of information to general claims.

It’s ok to listen, read, think and, yes, even to judge. But stay open-minded for new information and don’t take too many drastic actions that you can’t reverse.

It’s ok to draw links between race, poverty, education and criminality. But searching connections is like an archaeological endeavour that needs time and resources. Also, when x is connected to y, the one isn’t reduced to the other.