Saturday, November 18, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 356

Interoperable Ideas

And I admire the way they grow right through fences, nothing
stops them, it’s called inosculation: to unite by openings, to connect
or join so as to become or make continuous, from osculare,
to provide with a mouth, from osculum, little mouth.
Sometimes when I’m alone I go outside with my big little mouth

Catherine Barnett

...and speak to the trees as if I were a birch among birches.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 355

Downslope Tropes to You-Tope

The human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of Being.
Martin Heidegger

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 354

Umm! I'm Telling!

And no one can be caught up in wonder without traveling to the outermost limits of the possible. But no one will ever become the friend of the possible without remaining open to dialogue with the powers that operate in the whole of human existence. But that is the comportment of the philosopher: to listen attentively to what is already sung forth, which can still be perceived in each essential happening of world. And in such comportment the philosopher enters the core of what is truly at stake in the task he has been given to do.
Martin Heidegger


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 353

Polyphonic Bullshitification

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
Robin Williams

Thanks to Maria Popova and Amanda Palmer for the performance of Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s Protest

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 352

Hey, What's Going On!

When the farthest corner of the globe has been conquered technologically and can be exploited economically; when any incident you like, in any place you like, at any time you like, becomes accessible as fast as you like; when you can simultaneously "experience" an assassination attempt against a king in France and a symphony concert in Tokyo; when time is nothing but speed, instantaneity, and simultaneity, and time as history has vanished from all Being of all peoples; when a boxer counts as the great man of a people; when the tallies of millions at mass meetings are a triumph; then, yes then, there still looms like a specter over all this uproar the question: what for? — where to? — and what then?
Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics