Monthly Archives: October 2017

Plot Device

Precarious speculation
Resolve the dilemma
Revelation episode

Fiction can come alive on the midway. To Be Continued…

“Don’t bother to buckle up – you may not want to survive this.” – Eric Qualen

Natural Edge

Physical presence
Habitat fragment
Boundary case

The grassland prairie here meets the forest on a bright autumn afternoon. These landscape patches are spatial ranges at a given scale, distinguished compositionally, structurally, and operationally from adjacent extents.

“Boundaries are important components of spatially heterogeneous areas. Boundaries are the zones of contact that arise whenever these areas are partitioned into patches.” – Mary L. Cadenasso

Expanse of Imagination

Inspired heights
Sense for the elemental
Conceptually determined

Vision releases at the speed of light, reflecting off objects in relative motion. In this universe, everything is always changing position.

“Nothing attests more forcefully to the exorbitance of imagination than its violation of logic’s most ineluctable proscription, its infraction of the most firm, steadfast, sure principle. Indeed the decisive indication is not just that certain contradictions, but also that delight is taken in flouting this supreme prohibition, as if contradiction were borne in the very impetus of imagination.” – John Sallis

Satisfaction in the Beautiful

Elementary notion
Critical estimation
Sensitive cognition

Beauty is either objectively independent or a subjective affair of personal opinion, or both simultaneously. Sort of like how quantum physics defines light as either a wave or a particle, or both. In the universe, there is always room for some kind of inherent uncertainty. In any case, the feeling that there is something objective about what one finds beautiful, or ugly, cannot precisely be identified.

“If a determination of the feeling of pleasure or displeasure is called sensation, then this expression means something entirely different than if I call the representation of a thing . . . sensation.” – Immanuel Kant


Down the road
Eyes on the prize
Feeling just fine

An anthropocentric orientation to actuality is impossible to avoid. Interpretation of sensation and the associated subsequent fabrication of truth is what it means to be a human being. Aesthetics helps to make our lives enjoyable by recognizing self-imposed illusions.

“It’s not a lie if you believe it.” – George Costanza

Transcendental Illusion

Ostensible purpose
Unavoidable dialectic
Rationalist considerations

Reacting aesthetically to the inevitability and necessity of drawing metaphysical conclusions, lights on the midway rhythmically hypnotize. It is good to be an artist.

“These conclusions are . . . to be called pseudo-rational . . . they are not fictitious and have not arisen fortuitously, but have sprung from the very nature of reason.” – Immanuel Kant

Highway Rider

Road keeps moving
Coming back
Drawing near

Traveling across town, aesthetic values progress in dynamic relationship to the given scenery. Tensional landscapes are in subordination, for as Kant said, “we leave it to nature to produce the man capable of composing it.”

“Beauty is and always will be blue skies and open highway.” – Dave Hickey

Dark Ride

Exotic objects
On the midway
Carnival cluster

The public’s penchant for easy boredom and persistent demand for new entertainment fuels a market for the traveling amusement show. Once every twelve months seems to be about the right exposition frequency, as the novelty quickly wears thin.

“Things aren’t the way they used to be and, you know what? They never were the way they used to be.” – One Old-Timer

Speculative Nature

Theoretical cognition
Empirical conditions
Initially envisaged

Considering the sum-total of given objects and events identified with nature, it is interesting to ponder their existence outside of sensation and memory. In such cognition, the transcendent use of reason is beyond the bounds of possible experience.

“Nature is the existence of things, insofar as that existence is determined according to universal laws. If nature meant the existence of things in themselves, we would never be able to cognize it, either a priori or a posteriori.” – Immanuel Kant

Time to Ponder

Salient counterfactual
Outlandish possibilities
Properties correlated

Commonly considered a virtue, being intuitive is associated with common sense agreement. Nevertheless, the opposite is also the case, because there are certain unavoidable constraints on what can possibly be known. Thus, philosophy that is intuitive is often dubious, while philosophy that initially seems unintuitive has increasing significance.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates