Science

The Psychology of Subjectivity — On Perception and Introspection

The Psychology of Subjectivity — On Perception and Introspection

The intersection of life and subjectivity is a tricky one to navigate. Axiomatic to any discussion of perception is that one experiences nothing but that which is mediated through their own nervous system and brain; rather than seeing the “thing-in-itself,” one instead experiences the best its brain can reproduce of the external object in question. One does not see anything so much as experience whatever their visual cortex may produce.

Called/Calling into Existence- Be(com)ing in Quantum Physics

Called/Calling into Existence- Be(com)ing in Quantum Physics

A common theme in Eastern thought, and mysticism generally: no thing and no one exist "in themselves," but only in relation to all other things. We are not neatly-separable objects, but knots of contexts. And it's in this sense that we literally call each other into existence.

A Necessary Nihilism — Facing the Elephant in the Room with Ray Brassier

A Necessary Nihilism — Facing the Elephant in the Room with Ray Brassier

Ray Brassier may be the rightful heir to Friedrich Nietzsche's wrestle with nihilism, in no small part because I think Brassier possesses a far more articulate and considered version of nihilism than most.

All Possible Worlds and Natural Selection

All Possible Worlds and Natural Selection

Recently (for the past couple months, in fact) I’ve been down quite the rabbit hole.  More or less, it can be described as an as-in-depth-as-I-can-manage exploration of “multiverse theories.”  I’d like to give a relatively brief synopsis of my findings thus far, with the caveat that none of these descriptions of various theories will be exhaustive (though I’ll provide links to further reading, if you’re interested), hoping to arrive at a point that rang a little truer for me recently: speculation is healthy, sometimes even necessary, in order to more fully grasp the concrete and actual.  That’s not at all to say speculation can’t be outlandish, especially when it becomes masturbatory speculation for speculation’s sake; but when it remains rooted in the actual and concrete, when it moves from the mortifying realm of “conspiracy theories” to something more like mapping possible upcoming roads, I believe it’s quite useful.  I believe the immediate use for writing will be apparent, but this perspective seems to me to be broadly applicable to other fields as well.