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Jonathan Rowson
Greetings. Chess Grandmaster, father, writer & philosopher. Director Politically homeless Scottish Londoner. Status viatoris, just like you.
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Jonathan Rowson 2h
Replying to @shanefenwick @onbeing
Thanks Shane.
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Jonathan Rowson 3h
‘But is not the world on fire? Is this not a time of vanishing islands and drowning refugees? Did I not feel that cocktail of disbelief and powerlessness again? Do we not watch in despair as man-child plutocrats close our parliaments, cage our children and burn our forests?’
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
“Political vision is often tempered by unpredictability, but it can also be inspired and directed by it.“ My essay on the Emerge network:
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Perspectiva 21h
"The point is not that we are guilty or hypocritical, but that we’re confused. We are ethically entangled in the props of social life and unreasonably complicit in their untold stories."
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Jonathan Rowson 22h
Emergence as inspiration for an ‘anti-strategy’ for transformation. Why a proper appraisal of our predicament suggests the Mont Pelerin strategy of vision+story+influence=power &policy will never work again. And what follows for political hope and discerning action in the world.
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David Allen Green Sep 20
Brexit, a sad short story Once upon a time I did not think the Article 50 notification would ever be sent A mistake, which I own But why make such a mistake? 1.
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
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I guess that’s partly what Christianity tries to do with the Trinity....Then I thought I had better stop thinking and make lunch, and this all happened within about 20 seconds. Fairly sure I’m some kind of pluralist monist dualist though, and not sure it matters at all...
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
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Then I thought it was clear that dualism and monism is probably much too simple a binary, unless the distinction collapses and you say there is one thing, but it is many things.
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
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Then I thought of the old Indian motto: “Unity in diversity” and how that is reflected in the Hindu pantheon.
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
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Then I remembered a book by Gregory Bateson where he says this mind/matter distinction confuses us and that we should instead think of an entirely different distinction (can’t remember the term) that captures the underlying unity rather than the division.
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
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Then I thought, what if the single substance is a relational process, characterised by its diversity of forms? I wondered whether Mind emerging from Matter but not being reducible to it might be one process of emergence...
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
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Then I thought surely you can be ontologically (substance) monist but epistemically and axiologically pluralist...
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
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To which I immediately thought: no. Then I recalled the Buddhist line on discernment: “Neither this way, nor that way, nor neither, nor both.”
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
Observing a moment on a list-serve where, at the end of a rich but protracted conversation about good and evil someone wrote: “The thing is, Mr X, you have to decide whether you’re ultimately a monist or a dualist and everything flows from that.”
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
“Dissonance between what *we feel expected to understand* and what we *actually feel*, and *actually understand*, confounds our capacity to make sense, or act with conviction.”
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Mark Christensen 🇦🇺 Sep 20
: "The point is not that we are guilty or hypocritical, but that we’re confused. We are ethically entangled in the props of social life and unreasonably complicit in their untold stories."
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Perspectiva Sep 20
We at Perspectiva wish a peaceful and joyous day to all who are taking part in the , and to all those who are not.
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
“Political vision is often tempered by unpredictability, but it can also be inspired and directed by it.“ My essay on the Emerge network:
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Jonathan Rowson Sep 20
One of the things has been up to behind the scenes that is now coming to the surface:
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Perspectiva Sep 20
Good morning. On the day of the global here is asking What would Emma Goldman do?
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