• Failure to thrive

    I. Three surprisingly high level topics have popped up in my internet watering holes. This not being a scholarly effort (not to mention the cost of collating randomly-placed things that show up in my komórka), so there aren’t actual references. They’re in the “microzeitgeist”; you’re probably exposed to them as much as me. First, there was […]

  • Topoλόγος disputatio

    I. Psychoanalysis sets itself apart as clinical method because it doesn’t understand the role of the clinical intervention to be the same as do scientific intervention practices. This doesn’t mean only scientific psychiatry; geologists looking into the fault lines of rocks and pseudoscientists such as homeopaths share the same concept structures of wellness and infirmity. Indeed […]

  • Bric-a-brac

    This is a blog, right? A web log. I have a few drafts lying  around that both have something to them but can neither grow into a full essay or coalesce into a text that either/or advances the cause of theory/fulfills the promise of touching base with concrete examples for a while. I. What is […]

  • Physique du role

    Prelim I think we all need a break from the over-saturated self-referential thing we’re rocking. To this end I want to build out of this music video. (The tradeoff is that you won’t get where we’re going without watching it first.) I. The music of Crystal Castles appears to convey at once two polarizing scenarios. […]

  • Hell and Eternal Damnation

    I. Does the theory of general axiology have axiological implications? In the generic sense we have sketched an eschatology (the “switcharoo”) out of a pedagogical scenario of what “getting to general axiology” look like. This pedagogy was illustrated with delirant heavenlike visions meant to convey both its infinite worthwhileness and its boundless cost — a valuation of […]

  • Dungeons’n dingos

    To function at critical velocity, theory has to constantly flirt with a boundary between abstract giddiness and florid nonsense; the bad news is that unlike the asemic horizon it’s perfectly possible to unwittingly cross this boundary. This possibility is perfect because it is minimal: the smallest of indulgences can lead to this radical error. Far […]

  • The Castle

    This is a new introduction to this blog. I. In loose fluid text chats I tend to use expressions that are oversimplified on the order of “pears are an axiology”. The underlying point, laboriously conveyed over long stretches of conversation, is that there are theories of which pears are preferable and theories of how best […]

  • Nausea

    I. Theory is a hard sell because it offers very thin odds for wholesale validation. This is the strategy consultant’s dilemma: at least in principle, he has to reconcile taking the client’s side (listening to his pain) with offering something that amounts to substantive change he doesn’t want. A strategy product where companies’s borked “key […]

  • The magic leap

    I.  The presentation of a story is made of two components: the elements of presentation and the element of the story itself. Rigorously speaking, this can easily become a recursive formula (the presentation of the presentation…. of the presentation of the story), and experimental storytellers have long been trying variations of this scheme. Still, in […]

  • The scenarios of ecstasy

    I. I heard the other day there were no deaths that could be reliably attributed either to merciless sea bandit Edward Teach, the Blackbeard, or to his crew. His key weapons were instead his fearsome countenance and aura, the nauseating smells and the trembling death-flag of the ship, the noise made by his screaming shipmates […]

  • Kyklos/Kairos

    I. A hidden consequence of this intense focus on axiology as a prime sequentiating thread is that what theory exposition teases at is a world that is “whyness all the way down”. It leaves nothing to explain except systemic settings and proximal reasons. But note “whyness” and not “meaningness” as per current vogue: the discourse […]

  • The sound of music

    I. General axiology is not a get-rich-quick scheme. But it implies one. That I allude at increasing frequency to its (generically!) infinite possibilities plays a structural role not in theory but in the development of theory. The secret of theory is not that truth can’t be told (this is common wisdom to all philosophical traditions), but rather […]