Category Archives: Sisyphus


Our reach exceeds our rut and yet We grasp but what we drag into it. Re: Scott Aaronson • A Coronavirus Poem

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Alpha Now, Omega Later : 4

Re: Cristopher Moore on Theorems From Physics? It is critically important to distinguish between the objective landscape, the boolean functions as mathematical objects, and the syntactic landscape, the particular formal language we are using as a propositional calculus to denote … Continue reading

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Strangers In Paradise

Re: Kilvington’s Sophismata Comment 1 On the one hand Aristotle gives us the logic of analogy (παραδειγμα). On the other hand he cautions us that different paradigms may have no common measure. It seems these Immortals are always getting ahead … Continue reading

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Rock On

Elsewhere I have brought out the fact that human will had no other purpose than to maintain awareness.  But that could not do without discipline.  Of all the schools of patience and lucidity, creation is the most effective.  It is … Continue reading

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Revolt, Freedom, Passion

Thus I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are my revolt, my freedom, and my passion. By the mere activity of consciousness I transform into a rule of life what was an invitation to death — and I refuse suicide. I … Continue reading

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Absurdum Quid

I am thus justified in saying that the feeling of absurdity does not spring from the mere scrutiny of a fact or an impression, but that it bursts from the comparison between a bare fact and a certain reality, between … Continue reading

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Slip Slidin’ Away

And you give me the choice between a description that is sure but that teaches me nothing and hypotheses that claim to teach me but that are not sure. — Albert Camus • The Myth of Sisyphus Re: R.J. Lipton … Continue reading

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Pragmatism Meets Absurdity

At the streetcorner … At any streetcorner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. As it is, in its distressing nudity, in its light without effulgence, it is elusive. But that very difficulty deserves reflection. It … Continue reading

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A Determined Soul

Selections from Albert Camus, “The Myth of Sisyphus” Everything considered, a determined soul will always manage. (41) ⁂   To a man devoid of blinders, there is no finer sight than that of the intelligence at grips with a reality … Continue reading

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