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July 2, 1992
Circular Power Structures.
Hierarchies with a glitch, a link in the
chain of command that connects back up
above... An old story idea, which
I don't think I'll get
And loops. Recursion?
Just free associating. Don't mind me.
If there's a point to this, it's probably this:
When you consider indirect links, the structures
(of the self, of the world) get complicated (knotty?)
I influence A which influences B which influences me.
May 13, 2003
The traditional expectation is to expect
knowledge/logic to be a hierarchical edifice.
Definitions are assumed,
other definitions are Induction formulates
based on those principles,
definitions. deduction works down
the tree, producing
If you trace back a chain conclusions that are
of definitions and find that always correct, or
it loops back, and you have else the inductively
something defined in terms determined principles
of itself, that's supposed must be discarded.
to be a glitch, a failure.
It's not tolerated in
common it may be in
But it seems to me that
there are at least two
other possibilities, cases
where circularity might not
be a catastrophe:
(1) You may have uncovered
something that's true-by-definition,
just stated in a slightly odd form.
(2) You may have hit a
recursive definition. RECURSIVE_DEFINITION
Logical structures need not be
easy to follow in order to be
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