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November 7, 2011
I've always liked the phrase
"In Search of a Method"... POLAR_SARTRE
I've seen that 1963 Sartre
paperback kicking around for
most of my life, I suspect.
I see it's actually based on a 1960
publication in french that might
more literally be translated as "The
Question of Method" (or "The Problem
of Method"?), a phrasing which seems Possibly "In Search"
less appealing: it's more passive isn't quite a phrase
and reflective, and less engaged. that Sartre would
Actually reading the book doesn't It's a bit
really illuminate the phrase "In POLAR_SARTRE frustrating to
Search of a Method" very much. attempt a close
When the word "method" pops up study of a text in
it always takes me by surprise: what I suspect is a
"I do not like this method"-- weak translation.
Wait, we were discussing a method?
What method? For doing what?
I'm still puzzling
The Methods he's after over the last
appear to be methods for section, with the
the application of Marx, tantalyzing title
perhaps the creation of "The Progressive-
a Marxist world. Regressive Method".
As far as I can
Since I'm not willing tell, the idea is
to grant that Marx you need to know
nailed everything, it what happened before
may be that Sartre's you decide where it
analysis is only of should go. (Nov 17)
So start over with the phrase itself.
What might it mean?
What virtue does it have?
There's an air of tentativeness
Should I adopt it as a about it, a character of
flag to wave? hedging... "I don't claim to
know what I'm doing, I'm trying
to figure it out."
(New ways of waffling are
Method of doing what? always exciting.)
We have a "scientific
method" that works
What method might we
need that we don't
Often when I talk
My usual answer is that about my own "methods",
we need better mechanisms I'm looking for ways
for all of us as a whole of focusing on the
to converge on the truth task at hand, and ways
while the truth is still of breaking out of a rut
relevant. in hopes of achieving
It could be that we
need some negative Also: looking for ways of
methods, ways of keeping oneself honest...
and provacateurs before Ways of learning new things.
they can do damage.
Ways of determing truth,
Ways of living while true
(Nov 14, 2011)
Here's a thought:
look up techniques of
network security, error-
checking and debugging, NODAL_SELF
and try developing
analogies to human Applying a result from one
networks. domain to another, looking
for unexpected applications.
How's that for a method?
(Nov 17, 2011)
Sartre's chapter "The Progressive-Regressive
Method" is full of kindergarten-level
puzzling over whether people create or are Maybe the real
created by history, or could it be-- appeal of bio-
*both at the same time*!? logical deter-
What else? networks make
But better keep the gain down on hurt.
that feedback loop if you don't
like shrieking noises. "You are
are" is so
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