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Unfolding Nature Shop: Unfolding Nature: Being in the Implicate Order

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Poe's Prophecy
    #11725964 - 12/27/09 02:28 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

"And now, before proceeding to our subject proper, let me beg the reader's attention to an extract or two from a somewhat remarkable letter, which appears to have been found corked in a bottle and floating on the Mare Tenebrarum - an ocean well described by the Nubian geographer, Ptolemy Hephestion, but little frequented in modern days unless by the Transcendentalists and some other divers for crotchets. The date of this letter, I confess, surprises me even more particularly than its contents; for it seems to have been written in the year Two thousand eight hundred and forty-eight. As for the passages I am about to transcribe, they, I fancy, will speak for themselves.

"Do you know, my dear friend," says the writer, addressing, no doubt, a contemporary -- "Do you know that it is scarcely more than eight or nine hundred years ago since the metaphysicians first consented to relieve the people of the singular fancy that there exist but two practicable roads to Truth? Believe it if you can! It appears, however, that long, long ago, in the night of Time, there lived a Turkish philosopher called Aries and surnamed Tottle." [Here, possibly, the letter-writer means Aristotle; the best names are wretchedly corrupted in two or three thousand years.] "The fame of this great man depended mainly upon his demonstration that sneezing is a natural provision, by means of which over-profound thinkers are enabled to expel superfluous ideas through the nose; but he obtained a scarcely less valuable celebrity as the founder, or at all events as the principal propagator, of what was termed the de ductive or a priori philosophy. He started with what he maintained to be axioms, or self-evident truths: -- and the now well-understood fact that no truths are self -evident, really does not make in the slightest degree against his speculations: -- it was sufficient for his purpose that the truths in question were evident at all. From axioms he proceeded, logically, to results. His most illustrious disciples were one Tuclid, a geometrician," [meaning Euclid] "and one Kant, a Dutchman, the originator of that species of Transcendentalism which, with the change merely of a C for a K, now bears his peculiar name. "

Will we be the metaphysicians we free the world from Dogma?

continued:  http://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper/POE/eureka.html


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Re: Poe's Prophecy [Re: xFrockx]
    #11725994 - 12/27/09 02:32 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

That was fun


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Re: Poe's Prophecy [Re: andrewss]
    #11729529 - 12/28/09 03:19 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

To do away with metaphysics - it seems we always do so metaphysically...


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Re: Poe's Prophecy [Re: Lakefingers]
    #11730310 - 12/28/09 09:50 AM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Epistemology is basically metaphysics.  Think about it.


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Re: Poe's Prophecy [Re: xFrockx]
    #11731411 - 12/28/09 02:34 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I'd rather not. :lol:


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