The end, or so she thought

December 15th, 2009

A friend once tried to provoke with the following wonderful quote about what ends are:

The temporal structure of the end is determined by a twofold negation: The end is standing in the apex of not yet and not anymore. This marks a twofold verge which again is the function of an intentionality articulating itself as a negation. Only this intentionality brings out the otherwise indifferent moment. — Karlheinz Stierle: The return of the end; On the anthropology of perception. (1996, humbly translated by yours truly)

What a gem! Here is the original German quote:

Die Zeitstruktur des Endes bestimmt sich durch eine zweifache Negation: Das Ende steht im Scheitelpunkt von noch nicht und nicht mehr. Die so markierte zweifache Schwelle ist selbst Funktion einer als Negation sich artikulierenden Intentionalität, die erst den für sich indifferenten Moment zum herausgehobenen macht. — Karlheinz Stierle: Die Wiederkehr des Endes. Zur Anthropologie der Anschauungsformen. (1996)

An articulating intentionality qua negation distinguishes the differences of moments … uhm, this is me, isn’t it? Stierle was writing about ratTus rattUs, the twofold negation, the recurring end.

Anyway, let’s put an end to this.

Or maybe not ;-)

Right ranking

November 29th, 2009

Judgments express valuations (as in weightings).
They are a type of dichotomization.

Dichotomies are lies.
Judgments are worse.

Prejudices are the worst.

Things just don’t work like that

November 25th, 2009

The saying 'Things just dont work like that' is a lie; a horrible filthy lie.

Borrowed from Good Winter, see the original work.


Oberserving myself . . .

November 18th, 2009

I am observing.

I am observing myself.

I am observing myself observing myself.

I am observing myself observing myself observing myself.

. . . and so on and so forth . . .

I am observing myself observing myself … being lazy.

I am observing myself observing myself … being lazy observing myself.

. . .


Changing assumptions

November 15th, 2009

Change an assumption
and save the world.

— Heinz von Foerster, 1970

Quoted after Paul Schröder who 2009-11-14 at the Heinz von Foerster Congress 09 said he found this quote several times in his notes.

The Big Red Button

October 18th, 2009

[Update 2019-07-20: Game removed since it relied on ancient technology. The YouTube video do not push the big red button shows it in action.]

Liars are telling the truth

October 14th, 2009

> > Liars are telling the truth.
> Liar!
See? I told you!

Who knows

September 16th, 2009

who knows who knows