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Cartesian rationalism 05:50 (research#110)

consists of a single falsifiable hypothesis: The world, which to the individual has the character of a Big Dream, may be well defined as far as the the quantitative relations between its qualitative features are concerned (hypothesis of relational consistency). The universe then would behave like a giant dynamical system ("machine"). The first major implication is determinism, while the second implication is exteriority...

The exteriority principle was invented by Descartes in the 17th century. It was elaborated by Ludwig Feuerbach in the 19th and Martin Buber and Helmut Plessner in the 20th. It was rediscovered and named by Levinas [ref. Time and the Other]. Lower level worlds (in the computer) by definition pose an ethical problem because of one's being completely exterior to them.

[Otto E. Roessler. Boscovich Covariance. Endophysics p. 103]

The forest clearing: setting for xxxxx_at_interface 05:37 (research#109)

We call this openness that grants a possible letting-appear and show 'opening.' In the history of language the German word Lichtung is a translation derived from the French clairiere It is formed in accordance with the older words Waldung [foresting] and Feldung [fielding].

The forest clearing [or opening] is experienced in contrast to dense forest, called Dickung in our older language. The substantive Lichtung goes back to the verb lichten. The adjective licht is the same word as 'open.' To open something means to make it light, free and open, e.g., to make the forest free of trees at one place. The free space thus originating is the clearing. What is light in the sense of being free and open has nothing in common with the adjective �light� which means �bright,� neither linguistically nor factually. This is to be observed for the difference between openness and light. Still, it is possible that a factual relation between the two exists. Light can stream into the clearing, into its openness, and let brightness play with darkness in it. But light never first creates openness. Rather, light presupposes openness. However, the clearing, the open region, is not only free for brightness and darkness but also for resonance and echo, for sound and the diminishing of sound. The clearing is the open region for everything that becomes present and absent.

[Martin Heidegger.The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking. Routledge p.441]

He wanted... 05:26 (research#109)

a modification worked into one rocket, only one. Its serial number had been removed, and five zeroes painted in.

[Thomas Pynchon. Gravity's Rainbow p. 431 Picador]