Monthly Archives: August 2017

Escalation

More position accuracy
Less momentum precision
Inexact simultaneous values

Derived from quantum mechanics, physical certainty is limited by indeterminacy in extremely small structures. Yet as quantum events do not intervene with the rational mental faculties, most contingent events are overwhelmingly ‘adequately determined.’ The texture and substance of phenomena are stitched together by perception, understanding and reason.

“The estimate of our rational cognition a priori at which we arrive is that it has only to do with phenomena, and that things in themselves, while possessing a real existence, lie beyond its sphere.” – Immanuel Kant

Flow Equilibrium

High state of order
Far from equilibrium
Emergent complexity

An enormously sophisticated Universe implicates nature as intricate and positively infinite. As an aesthetic consequence, projects to describe and explicate existence propagate forevermore.

“It is necessary to study not only parts and processes in isolation, but also to solve the decisive problems found in organization and order unifying them, resulting from dynamic interaction of parts, and making the behavior of the parts different when studied in isolation or within the whole.” – Ludwig von Bertalanffy

Universal Quality

Underlying unity
Appropriate harmony
Objective postulate

Does the Universe possess an internally or externally assigned function? In his great Socratic dialogue, The Republic, Plato defines virtue as the degree of effective functionality. For example, to perform its appropriate function properly, a knife’s virtue is its sharpness. This delimitation implies that anything that exists without a designed purpose is virtueless. Meanwhile, Plato says natural beauty is closest to the greatest good.

“The Beautiful is not beautiful because of any externally posited function it has, whether beneficial, pleasant, or useful.” – Steven Barbone

Determining Principle

Intelligible structure
Permanent reality
Subject to change

A basic experienced duality of existence distinguishes between the formal essences of things opposed to the structural material of objects. Sometimes aesthetics explores the coherent organization of the corresponding relationship unity of these co-principles.

“It is pointless to do with more what can be done with fewer.” – William of Ockham

Split the World

Realm of forms
Material objects
Knowable order

Mindful existence must continuously reconcile subjective and objective conditions. In Aristotle’s solution, form is located in particular individual objects, which explains coherence and objective probability. Nevertheless, he still had to resolve change versus permanence, and the viability of knowledge given limitation uncertainty.

“Science is a perception of the world around us. Science is a place where what you find in nature pleases you.” – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Parallel Between

Long lyric line
Consonant with
Styles of the time

For now it is a new, old afternoon. Entangled within natural layers of visual vernacular observance, dreams remain tethered to something antediluvian.

“Well, the future for me is already a thing of the past.” – Bob Dylan

Materialist Dialectic

Human soul
Unbridgeable gulf
Unconscious matter

Positioning all things in the universe as animated, some ancient Greek philosophers were hylozoists. Thales, Anaximenes, and Heraclitus taught that all material objects are alive, without necessarily possessing sensations or experiences. The Stoics believed that a world soul was the vital force of existence. In this way, spirit may be a universal and primordial feature.

“Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor and power of the mind, displaying itself from within.” – Ralph Cudworth

Guerrero Banana Plantation

Rich soil
Much sunshine
Frequent heavy rains

Surprisingly, bananas are the most consumed fruit in the United States. Although not indigenous to Mexico, banana exports have risen rapidly in recent years. The production of bananas for export came with colonialism, promoted as bringing ‘modernity’ to tropical regions by making beneficial use of otherwise worthless jungle.

“Time flies like an arrow – but fruit flies like a banana.” – Terry Wogan

Relativity of Simultaneity

Natural Process
Physical phenomena
Encompass interactions

Two simultaneous facts profoundly interpenetrate consciousness. In this way, the temporal orders in which phenomena arrange do not allow arbitrariness. We naturally differentiate present sensation from the remembrance of past sensations. Within the domain of perception, the apprehension of time is relatively unequivocal.

“To doubt everything, or, to believe everything, are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” – Henri Poincaré

By our People

Globally minded
Inspire breakthrough
Tangible impacts

Most every event or seemingly random circumstance, including common human decisions and actions, are the inevitable and necessary consequence of previously existing causes.

“As weird as it may seem, I enjoy doing laundry and watering my plants, very normal things like that.” – Kimberly Schlapman