Monthly Archives: January 2023

In the Way of Inquiry • Reconciling Accounts

The Reader may share with the Author a feeling of discontent at this point, attempting to reconcile the formal intentions of this inquiry with the cardinal contentions of experience.  Let me try to express the difficulty in the form of … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Material Exigency

Our survey of obstacles to inquiry has dealt at length with blocks arising from its formal aspects.  On the other hand, I have cast this project as an empirical inquiry, proposing to represent experimental hypotheses in the form of computer … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Formal Apology

Using form in the sense of abstract structure, the focus of my interest in this investigation is limited to the formal properties of the inquiry process.  Among its chief constituents are numbered all the thinking and unthinking processes supporting the … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Justification Trap

There is a particular type of “justification trap” a person can fall into, of trying to prove the scientific method by solely deductive means, that is, of trying to show the scientific method is a good method by starting from … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Initial Unpleasantness

Clouds and thunder: The image of Difficulty at the Beginning. Thus the superior man Brings order out of confusion. — I Ching ䷂ Hexagram 3 Inquiry begins in doubt, a debit of certainty and a drought of information, never a … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Obstacles

Upon this first, and in one sense this sole, rule of reason, that in order to learn you must desire to learn, and in so desiring not be satisfied with what you already incline to think, there follows one corollary … Continue reading

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In the Way of Inquiry • Recircus

I must lie down where all the ladders start In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart. — W.B. Yeats I have in mind circling back to a point in my project on Inquiry Driven Systems, namely, the chapter … Continue reading

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Riffs and Rotes • Happy New Year 2023

No information is lost by dropping the terminal 1s.  Thus we may write the following form. The article referenced below tells how forms like these correspond to a family of digraphs called riffs and a family of graphs called rotes.  … Continue reading

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