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Sunday, February 19, 2017

a behavioral cause, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 143


The end proposed decides the beginning. In consciousness, it is the end that arrives first. We travel as inchworms. The end has set itself forward, and it is the beginning that then curls up and joins the ending. We say that a cause produces an effect and therefore “precedes” it, but we realize that the proposed effect is a behavioral cause, a stimulus that is itself an additional means by which we plant the “goal” down and then muster all necessary “means” toward it.

Monday, February 13, 2017

advance in science, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 144


A great advance in science breaks with a custom and thus constitutes a public immorality, which then, after this new custom is set, becomes the next scientific impediment. A great discovery in science is an Evil that threatens the present Good while establishing the conditions from which it emerges again as the next Good. Pure Evil then would be indistinguishable from an acceleration of scientific discovery no longer hindered by the friction of a “moral Good.”

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Science, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 145


Science has the human limp forward, but it is his strong leg that accounts for his Evil appearance. Had he two bad legs ... had he stood still, he would have appeared perfectly normal ... Good.

Friday, February 10, 2017

the absence of limits, aphorism 316, A Human Strategy, Matt Berry


We seek the absence of limits ... crave to feel ourselves free of all constraints. Of the grain of sand, we would see infinity ... of this passing moment, eternity. Somehow we are to blink away the wall of reality.

However, suppose one sought freedom in the opposite direction, groped hand over hand along the wall, so as to be sure of its inexorability ... to have something unyielding from which to push off.

One cannot push off from unlimited freedom. Freedom as I have experienced it requires a limit, for this limit renders control. We need a courage to face reality and not a flight that we call our “freedom.” However disappointing it may feel, this limit ... this control is something like freedom.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

In the Mirror, The Mechanics of Virtue, Matt Berry, aphorism 146


In the Mirror: A conclusion in urgent need of a premise is usually a stimulus whose gratification leads to disaster or atrocity.