Classical Daoism: Amoral Ethos

by Scott Barnwell edited by O Society April 23, 2020 Like other early Chinese thinkers (and people all over the world), most of the authors of the early texts later labelled Daoist appear to have valued a long, flourishing life in either a peaceful and well-ordered[1] society, or an individualistic – perhaps reclusive – life, disengaged from … Continue reading Classical Daoism: Amoral Ethos

Spirits in the Material World AKA Descartes Fucked it All UP There is no political solution To our troubled evolution Have no faith in constitution There is no bloody revolution Our so-called leaders speak With words they try to jail you They subjugate the meek But it's the rhetoric of failure Where does the answer lie? Living from day to day If it's something we … Continue reading Spirits in the Material World AKA Descartes Fucked it All UP

De 德 Zhuangzi 莊子

edited by O Society September 23, 2019 19 Chi Hsing-tzu was training gamecocks for the king. After ten days the king asked if they were ready. “Not yet. They’re too haughty and rely on their nerve.” Another ten days and the king asked again. “Not yet. They still respond to noises and movements.” Another ten … Continue reading De 德 Zhuangzi 莊子

This Is Called Walking Two Roads

So he has no use [for categories], but relegates all to the constant. The constant is the useful; the useful is the passable; the passable is the successful; and with success, all is accomplished. He relies upon this alone, relies upon it and does not know he is doing so. This is called the Way. … Continue reading This Is Called Walking Two Roads

Do I Contradict Myself? On Autopoiesis

edited by O Society July 1, 2019 The term autopoiesis (from Greek αὐτo- (auto-), meaning 'self', and ποίησις (-poiesis), meaning 'creation, production') refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself. The original definition can be found in Autopoiesis and Cognition: the Realization of the Living (1st edition 1973, 2nd 1980): autopoiesis: It was in these … Continue reading Do I Contradict Myself? On Autopoiesis