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Distributed cognition; the “They”; Geist; active intellect; transcendental ego; intelligibility; the One. These conceptions, though approached from different methodological and philosophical angles constitute various attempts at describing a “something” (a relation, a structure, a form, an entity, a substance, an idea, a spirit?), the neglect of which has brought us to the current crisis of meaning. By neglect I mean either a materialist denial of its existence, or a fundamental misunderstanding of its role and function in human life. The crisis manifests itself in myriad tangible ways in the West today: increases in substance abuse/suicide, increases in mental health disorders, political and educational jacobinism, political violence, increasingly aggressive/reactionary public policy, erosion in institutional confidence among the populace, cultural and spiritual decay…

This site constitutes a “notebook” of sorts; a place of collected thoughts on these problems and how some of the smartest people in the history of Western thought have approached them. I do not intend for these thoughts to in any way contribute to solutions or answers. In fact, I hope to explore the idea that this condition we are experiencing may be an indelible feature of the human experience, perhaps amplified due to recent technological “advances.” The identification of the problem and outlining a methodology for approaching it has been one of the great pursuits in philosophy since the Presocratics (witness the problem of the “one and the many”). Nor are these reflections intended to be of publishable quality. They are simply an outlet for me to make a bit more sense of these problems rather than just jotting ideas down in the margins of whatever book I happen to be reading.

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