The challenge of embodiment

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Regular readers of this blog will remember that I have long argued for a middle way – too often in the history of ideas we end up in polarising debates around extreme positions. One pertinent debate is that between philosophical realists (who believe that reality exists independently of observers) and idealists (who think that reality is mentally constructed). So is there a middle way here also – an “entre deux” between the Scylla of realism and the Charybdis of idealism? Well, yes there is, and it arises out of ideas developed around the problem of complexity, reflexivity and 2nd order cybernetics.
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Second (and third) thoughts: Second-order cybernetics and deconstruction

Graham Harris v3By Graham Harris

The old saw says “many a true word is spoken in jest.” and this has been proven by Terry Pratchett who wrote the following in one of his witty Disc World novels:

“First thoughts are everyday thoughts. Everyone has those. Second thoughts are the thoughts you think about the way you think. People who enjoy thinking have those. Third thoughts are thoughts that watch the world and think all by them selves. They’re rare and often troublesome. Listening to them is part of witchcraft.” (A Hat full of sky, 2004, Disc World novel #32, footnote 2, p. 74). Continue reading