From: Jack Sargeant (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jan 01 2006 - 01:17:19 PST
uh....I really don't like evoking quantum physics because I only have a
pop-level understanding of it, but I understand that some now think
that time may not be linear but may just be perceived that way.
On Saturday, December 31, 2005, at 10:02 pm, Freya wrote:
> Just to throw one into the pot and I've never really
> considered the idea of universal concepts too much,
> but how about linear time?
> OK db, I'll bite! What are the 4 paradoxes in the
> sweedish punk song? ;)
> --- db <email suppressed> wrote:
>> I know I'd find it difficult to name a dozen
>> "universal" concepts.
>> Human beings die? We are born? But the process of
>> birth is changing
>> in ways that were considered fantasy, even within my
>> lifetime, with
>> practices like artificial insemination and cloning.
>> So what is
>> natural about birth, unless one is willing to put
>> and accept
>> limitations on that process?
>> Concepts are ideas and therefore mutable, so how can
>> they be universal?
>> And, while an acceptance of a set of universal
>> concepts by specific
>> individuals might very well serve to define "the
>> common space of a
>> culture," this occurs only through attempts or
>> actualizations of
>> domination based upon partial consensus. This is (or
>> at least has the
>> potential of leading to) the road to 'Crowds and
>> Power' or 'The Mass
>> Psychology of Fascism.' The reality that only
>> specific individuals
>> can agree on specific concepts as universal
>> (whatever they may be) is
>> another potential proof that denies universality.
>> Both paths (acceptance or denial of universals)
>> contain dangers. Is
>> that a universal concept?
>> All of this reminds me of a Swedish punk song by
>> This is a song about the three paradoxes of life
>> which can never be
>> answered. Well, OK, four paradoxes.
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