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Paradigm Shift and the Quantum Creativity Project:


Humane vs Inhumane


Henry A. Giroux and the Institutional Values of America (ii)



Before proceeding to the aforementioned next contribution here: “Personal Value and the Existential Field,” and in light of the little “Content Demonstration” regarding Personal/Institutional Value in historical context of three years at Google, we bear a few more abstractions, try step-back, and see everything thus far in the Round, reflecting a Paradigm enclosing the rest.

We consider here that obtaining to this is, quite literally, to mirror an act of cognitive/affective synthesis, albeit transcendental and having a strong aesthetic urgency, involving what we once humorously termed an: “etiology of praxis;” discovering our Models, differentiating our analytic, and finding Cause as Moment, ideationally (rational) and sensationally (instinctual), in the Sphere of our Existential Field. (Sphere is to EF what Coin is to Obverse/Reverse Causal relation, while our Moment here is to Time what Time is to Space in Kant’s system.)

The Synthetic Paradigm, or momentum being actuated, remains an aesthetic sensibility that then becomes a literal and virtual Thing (Art), as that Observing is, in effect, that Observed; mirroring while affecting Moment to determine forcefully, emotively as some would have it, the Cultural Artifact and zeitgeist complex, whether principally determined personally or institutionally, having inherent or adherent Telic (instinct/reason), intensive or extensive Actuality (Dynamic) with implicit (tacit?) or explicit Identity, satisfying our Field Categories for the Objective/Subjective EF Differential Analysis given as our prelude to the “Models of Agency,” first projected in our “Prolegomena to the Models of Agency” preceding, Intelligence leading the way forward (organic/mechanic) and principally formative but cooperatively instrumental in the evolution of all variations of perceptive brilliance within and upon the EF. (“Repunzel, Repunzel: Let down your hair!”)

Still, before proceeding, one term should at least be acknowledged, or more carefully observed, whose unusual duplicity of reference to frames, (dual directional momentum, creating Value Vectors (VV)), can be describe as: AGENDA.

Still observing how much this Steerage crowds-in upon the Moment, sometimes unwillingly or exhaustingly imposed from without, or inspired from within, sometimes as an unwilling mind, focused upon the (demanding?) sense of some Event Stream, each Moment either Passing, Past, Now or Next; Maneuvering, Ordering, Building-up/pulling-down; thence Sustained against opposing, or kept with complimentary, winds, the heart and mind endures…”ships hurled upon raging storms, sometimes pressed-on, forlorn, the strong waves beating.” ~OH (p.39)

What is treated of in that following: PVEF, consists of all that preceding of Agency, Orientation, Interest, Perspective, Perception and Volition, that FRAMES the Models of Agency in the PMA and gives Impetus to every Event Stream (ES) any one can, has and will encounter.

Here would be the Marriage of our Objective and Subjective Paradigms, lending it forward to determine the outlines of our Transcendental Aesthetic/Synthetic Paradigm(s), resolving our Personal and Institutional Scope of Being into their various Telic or zones of influence with vectoring Values (differentiated) comprising the Moment, for Good or Ill. See the revolving brilliance of a newly minted silver coin, and perceive the clock-like wheel upon which your perspective turns to observe.

If successful, our attempt here to give Voice to this Other Paradigm may prove Cause as harbinger of a New Earth, of a New Heaven (too painfully Witnessed), the former rolled-up like a Scroll and the utterly unspoken made a new Dawn.

The Stage is set…the Orchestral Sphere rings…Dancers prepare and Magisterial Characters rehearse…from Farce to Comedy to Tragedy, some Utopian shores to traverse, at last. Adieu.



Encountering Tragedy: Thoughts on Nietzsche and Plato

Aesthetics, Tragedy, and Primordial Being


The goal of this post is to put onto ‘paper’ some thoughts regarding Nietzsche’s rendering of tragedy in The Birth of Tragedy and the way in which tragedy functions in Plato’s The Republic. I have prepared these thoughts within the context of writing a paper on Nietzsche and Bloch and preparing the syllabus for the introduction to philosophy course I am currently teaching at California State University Bakersfield. As I am now unable to produce anything like a lucid non-academic blog post, I have chosen to write this in essay format.


The confrontation Nietzsche seeks throughout his project with the figure of Socrates, I argue, is summarily available to his readers through the way in which Plato construes tragedy negatively as an inappropriately imitative form of art. My thesis is that Plato’s censorship of particular genres and modes of storytelling reflect the positive content Nietzsche locates within tragedy…

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Peter Kropotkin theorized in his classic Mutual Aid:

All species on Earth, over the course of centuries, exhibit “Mutual Aid and Mutual Support, carried on to an extent which made me suspect in it a feature of the greatest importance for the maintenance of life, the preservation of each species, and its further evolution.”


Henry A. Giroux and the Institutional Values of America


Interlude III

It’s been a long slog this year, first begun with a draft to treat of Personal Value in all its Causal insinuations upon the Perceptive Orientation of both the Rational and Instinctual Agency, from root worm to the ashen phoenix egg, stripping then clothing again the necessitating grounds of every moment of Existential Integrity (EI). Alas, not even a fifth run at that first draft has left this free thinker with other than profound pause, forgiving friends and willing acquaintances bidding clarity upon the assertion of such facts laid out here at Cultural Criticism (CC) to date.

As more questions are raised than discerning answers given (still upholding the lengthy piece on Personal Value, running past 8000 words, five times rebroached and entrenched in the Argument and but a quarter through the whole), we have discovered the shifting enigmas of Valence Value (VV) that torque Perspective this way and that, as to Agency Orientation (AO); while behind our two unruly steeds (Objective/Subjective Paradigms) high-stepping to rush-on, remains me to steer upon the Sun.

Among the many interesting blog Reading at WordPress, those best I had occasion to glance are forwarded here to those interested in CC, with some commentary. Half of time worthily invested being in the Company of those engaged with Ontology and Epistemology, and the reliably witty and insightful, sometimes bemused pondering that occur within and between the spheres of rational and instinctual cognition, whose many drivers of importance (scholars, analysts, theoriticians) sometimes bear overly on finer points of Agency, mistaking sometimes the Sentiment for Thought, or Ideality for the Necessitating Will. We observe here that not all stands to Reason, not all bends to Instinct; while together they run the Caduceus of Time that Messages the Gods themselves as where to Stand for Healing, the Way Through, and Oracular License to Speak for the Higher, timeless Wisdom.

Well then, Come…let US Reason together.

One fine voice suggested a certain Content Demonstration for our CC, while we mentioned (historically) how Voice was confined too much by the legislative inoculations of this time’s Ideational Iconography (standards of civil or scholarly discourse), such as were witnessed at the Huffington Post (see Censorship at HP here), invoking a sanitized “vanilla nice” for the equation of responsible civil society, knocking out from the multiplicity of Voice Orientations to Speech among Rhetoric for Comedy, Tragedy or Farce to wholly nullify the practice of truly meaningful and deep Social Communication; except for Farce, which seems so much to rule the day in this ‘civil’ society standard, falsely applied everywhere and hypocritical from heal to head.

Cowards like nothing better than to find excuse for accusing their opponents of not being ‘civil’, promoting War against their opponents all the while in their own right, while sanctioning standards of the lowest common denominator outright to justify their own vulgar and insistent ideology. Religion, Politics, Class, Race, Wealth…all symptoms of social structure bent for Division, and the undermining of Universal Welfare for all Species, to whom this Earth belongs. THIS is the Status Quo, whose end is cultural self-immolation for mankind.

So, we at Cultural Criticism devised an ideational mechanism of Content Demonstration outside of WordPress: an Historical Analytic on the landscape of three years time (developing most this last year in absence of contributions here), tying into the Event Stream (ES) those Personal Value Orientations set against proven Institutional Value Orientations, in open conflict with the State of Power ranging across the West and World, such as the Daily News’ Geist demonstrates (as once suggested for an interest in the Practice of Cultural Criticism):


Keeping in mind that the Personal Value System lays adjacent to the Humane of Welfare Evaluations, exactly through those several degrees of VV integration and the Cognition of Agency deployed for Empire, whether defensively or offensively attending distinct and mostly disparate Telic. Careful readers will have already browsed the “Models of Agency” here, and so will have little less than understanding of what divergence of Systems lends to our Analytic that proceeds.

It is here that we link-up with the Practical Application of Agent Orientation as to the driving forces of man’s social milieu (enculturation) and dialogue among contending parties (of interest). As it’s only sensible that one can only treat of the most familiar and ‘natural’ to their dispositions that fits most sturdily the ideational and affective value frames once or ever adopted, rehearsed, and clarified for spontaneous and authentic reflection, projection, assertion and reformation of the adjacent confluence of Event Stream, via pursuant Agency, we must take Example from the Historical Record to Speak upon the available and going Evidence. We are relying here upon the Applied Concept of Agency Integrity (AI), fleshed-out in the upcoming “Personal Value” ethic, as the architectural scaffolding and spirit of our Differentiation Analysis that proceeds; that is, distinguishing the Humane from Inhumane Value Systems mankind owns spontaneously or invents for nefarious ends. The moral import of this Analysis bodes Destiny to the human Species, as well as to the General Welfare of the Globe, universally speaking.

Having reduced the Evidence of Intelligence to a Humane and Inhumane Disposition (Values Orientation), and this to the Fundamental Causes of Value (Interest), we meanwhile are spinning-out this Voice as to Justice, Judgment, Interest and Rationalization (Obverse and Reverse Value in a dual directional momentum), to eventually see a clear Point of Departure from the Event Stream (such as the Example, Below) of contending forces, thus enabling Perspective to reaffirm less clever Standing against the tides of many ill-fortunes our history asserts and confirms.

Once the careful and intrigued reader passes these bounds and returns upon the Publication of our Trilogy: “The Odyssey of Heart,” and grasps the meaningful Trope of the “Golden Child,” “Dragon Hero” and “Birth of the Sojourner” contained therein (book 1/3 released on Amazon in Last Printing as of December 15, 2014), comparing the Personal Value Orientation with the Institutional Value Orientation provided in what is already offered and still follows, THEN we may conduct the next offering: “Personal Value” for our impatient Friends at WordPress.

As with all History, we pursue what follows from the most recent Moment, backwards till we arrive at “The Sprite of Fairhaven,” first Published in 1999 at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshal, MN., but coinciding with the First Release Book: “Birth of the Sojourner” November 11, 2011.

Till then, Adieu.



Reason is a tool of emotion

Instinct and Reason


David Hume David Hume (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.
David Hume

Reason, logic, is a tool.  It is a means to an end.  It is never an end unto itself, never the goal.  It is the journey, not the destination.  When we use reason, we use it in pursuit of some goal.  That goal may be truth, it may be self aggrandizement, or it may be rationalizing an intuitively held opinion.

Our goals come from our instincts, our intuitions, our emotions, from the base programming that evolution has given us.  First you feel the motivation, then (maybe) you deploy reason in pursuit of the motivated goal.  Reason may have informed your instincts.  It might have played a role in the formation of the urge, but it didn’t itself…

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Language structure: You’re born with it — ScienceDaily

Instinctual language learning


More evidence that we are not born blank slates, and that language is probably very ancient, developing over hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years.

Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study shows that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic ‘nature vs. nurture’ debate.

via Language structure: You’re born with it — ScienceDaily.

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