Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Here are my top questions

There are some questions I ponder other than St.Ambroise pale ale or Boreale rousse; Arctic Monkeys or George Thorogood; hill run or long, slow day.

What is the relationship of Experience, Knowledge, Art and Subjectivity?
This informs my interest in Phenomenology. The experience of seeing something as something else- in my specific case seeing an old electrical support as the sculpture of a deer- pins one of my areas of interest about the connection of art and experience. In answer to a lesser question of a teacher as to how Yoga can be classified with Philosophy in a college Humanities department, I've been pondering the phenomenology of running. Many of my previous posts about meaning, creativity, Schopenhauer and so on are related to this general theme.

What will the the world economy look like after human populations stabilise at about 9 billion people sometime in the middle of the 21st Century?
Just curious about what's next on the program. To wit, is China the next phase of modernity? Or will liberal capitalism survive? What are the characteristics of a modern society? Does liberal democracy go hand in hand with capitalism or will state-centered oligarchies and a new round of empire building define political-economic relations for the foreseeable future? An answer to this not attributed to biblical prophecy or Norman Podhoretz would be welcome.

Perhaps one heretical question that has occurred to me is; Should economics be reduced to subfield of social-psychology? After all, beauty and share value seem to be in the eye of the beholder.

I had a maths question, but it was solved - it was similar the the Bridges of Koenigsberg problem.
This one had stumped me since I was 8 years old. This issue, how to draw a square with an "x" in the middle without lifting pen from paper and without doubling back over a line only occurred to me as a mathematical problem about 6 years ago.

I have a few stories about; the economics of vampyric slavery, the devil's role in freedom of choice, a lonely wolf and the village he defends, and bio-warfare terrorists. But the questions I ask there are less rigorous.


Anonymous said...

Are you actually looking for answers?

adamvs said...

Seriously, Gazoo, my masters thesis is nibbling at the phenomenological issue I mentioned. The China/Economics issue will be revealed in time, although I doubt I'll be around to see the answer.

As for the other questions, St.Ambroise definitely.

Thanks for reminding me about my questions- I articulated them better than usual in that post.

Do I know you, other than as a virtual entity, Gazoo?

Anonymous said...

Beauty and share value being in the eye of the beholder... brilliantly stated...:)

Can I subject you to my opinions?

- All experience can be seen as a part of the human art form.
Humanity itself is a work of art, some parts of it beautiful and inspiring, other parts of it tormenting and dark.
I’ve often felt that the part of my job that exposes me to the general public allows me to experience humanity as just that, most days with it appearing as a lovely water colour painting... sadly running in the rain.
Experiencing, in itself, can also be raised from involuntary to an art form, depending on the direction of one’s desire for fulfillment and the embracing of a conscious choice.
Experience, knowledge, art and subjectivity…how art can be subjective to ones’ personal knowledge and experience…
Usually that’s what the artist is counting on.
And if you believe in a Higher Power or a Creator…chances are He was hoping the same.
The way I see it, humanity itself is quite the artistic creation. As is everything that stems from it. Everyone’s experience of it is unique, creating their own personal perspective and, in turn, addition to this twisting sculpture.
Right down to inspiring electrical supports. :)

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