What if Theory Determines Reality? (Instead of the other way around?)

I was just sitting there, around the fireplace, reading some Berkeley, considering his nutsy (though perfectly coherent) idealist theory. And my mind drifted (as usual) to Cartesian Dualism, thinking, once again, how am I to convince some firm believer of dualism that a Heideggerian Being-in-the-world/mind-is-already-intermixed-with-matter/you-cannot-separate-thought-from-object theory of the subject. Only to realize that this may … Continue reading What if Theory Determines Reality? (Instead of the other way around?)

Reflections on Sisyphus and Victimhood after a Marathon

Marathon is not fun. But it is not too bad either. There is even some perverse pleasure (jouissance) in suffering. In fact, the whole experience grew progressively better—even enjoyable—in the last 10km. Mainly because my muscles really broke down, so I was forced to walk (whilst also running when I can and sitting down every … Continue reading Reflections on Sisyphus and Victimhood after a Marathon

The Great Dictator

Chaplin did not disappoint. The Great Dictator is profound. It would be an ordinary, though terrifically executed, political satire without the mysterious last scene, where Hynkel (i.e. Hitler)'s benign double, the Barber, gives a benign humanitarian speech? And this seen really is enigmatic. Though it seems to be a triumph of speech from its dimensions … Continue reading The Great Dictator

(Very Long) Reflections on Nothing

Unedited essay for the UChicago supplement: “Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.“—Miles Davis (1926–91). (It is way over the word limit. But...) I “Why do you love me?” This is an impossible question that we can only answer with our flailing gestures and stutters and awkward false starts and pauses and frustrated faces. … Continue reading (Very Long) Reflections on Nothing