Friday, September 25, 2009

Epistemological curls

There's what we call the mind, and some stuff it knows and some stuff it thinks it knows, and mostly it forgets what it does not know.  But how much can you know if you do not have a sense of what you do not know?  Perhaps a growing vine pictures this:  the vine twirls and curls and can reach quite high.  As long as it is not aware that it is around a fence post, the self-knowledge of the vine may include "height" as a predominate feature of vines.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Why Is Afghanistan Unconquerable

Afghanistan is famous as a country the British empire (in its heyday) could not conquer, and in the 20th century the Russian empire, though right next door, could not subdue. To my knowledge no one has pinpointed why this invincibility should be manifested by such a primitive area. It seems plausible to argue that the very primitivity of a large area explains its unconquered state.  There are not many roads for tanks to roll down in huge numbers, or airports, and electric lines. Without a modern  infrastructure freedom for a people who know their land is easier to maintain. 

Similarly in some ways, is a verbal infrastructure key to grasping the knowing of a Real Thinker.
What the very few in all of history have, as mystical figures, is an ability to control the volume of their verbal thoughts.  NOT an ability to turn off the radio, no, that is a misconception of those who merely read books on mysticism. Such clarification is part of the heritage of modern figures of whom Jan Cox alone in the latter half of the 20th century was a representative. The Real Thinker grasps that the verbal infrastructure in his mind is part of a larger structure which does not represent his own personal interests.

The freedom of the Real Thinker is a freedom of wide quiet vistas and subterranean canniness.