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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Descartes, Impact Abstraction, Subversion, and Kant's Noumenon

Despite the truth of Descartes's rationalist argument that we can know by deduction and his contribution to mathematics, I suspect it was because he used the logic of cynicism to obey God that Descartes was superstitious about how he spent his time. Although he loved people, he spent years in solitude talking mostly by correspondence1. And although such asynchronous communication is very deliberative, it does not have the easiness and range of expression as other mediums.

Despite our current inability to quantify quality of life, our evolutionary biopsychology is rigged to prefer some situations over others. We can describe the abstraction of such situations' utilities with the equation benefit*probabilityb/cost*probabilityc=(impact abstraction). While we can reason that such impacts are chemical, we can also reason as to the plan that will result in the most pleasant society.

While Rawls's suggestion that we shouldn't impede livelihood-generating practices may have subverted impact abstraction for some, others thought more about the futility of taking such an argument to the numinous. When Kant rediscovered noumenon, he described the transcendence of ideas over societal repression. He posited that the noosphere will always express the truth as Machiavellian communication adds to sentiment.

The difference between subversion and semiotic ninjitsu is that semiotic aikido takes the commonality of a symbol and uses it to bring wide attention to ethical considerations of its manifestation while semiotic ninjitsu infiltrates conceptual frameworks to engage with their hegemonized subjectivities.

1http://www.philosophy.leeds.ac.uk/GMR/hmp/texts/modern/descartes/dcintro.html

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