1913. Brain and mind

To deal with GardenWorld, human biology, anthropology, literature, history... all relevant.   The brain is not a good substitute for mind. The activity in the brain has loops through senses and musculature to the outside reality. The specification of what is in the brain thus requires reference to the external world. (See especially Piaget)

1898. the reduction to pleasure and pain

It is important to bear in mind that Adam Smith was at a cross roads in thinking, between a literary and a newtonian approach to understanding society. The imperative in economics. and much of intellectual life in current times, is toward calculability, which requires assumptions of stability, which is politically conservative. The needs of “big … Continue reading 1898. the reduction to pleasure and pain

1894. The better use of rebuilding after Irma (and Harvey, Jose)

The danger is that all the professionals and siloed agencies will rush in with the plan of rebuilding to match the past. It would be much better if we could first think of the goal (kind of society) and then plan on how to get there, taking into account further likely disruptions (eathquakes, plagues) and … Continue reading 1894. The better use of rebuilding after Irma (and Harvey, Jose)