Here’s a final muse for current year. This probably counts as
The Internet/Blockchain/whatever is not a truth machine and could never be a truth machine. Inside events/stories/happenings everyone’s just as clueless as in past eras and technological differences become “functionally equivalent” — meaning you either waste time separating signal from noise in “fast” and “fake” information infinitum or waiting for “slow” and “official” carrier pigeons to arrive.
It’s mesmerizing how an appeal to human nature can also be an appeal to contradiction itself. Humans operate in perpetual extremes and contradictions — if everyone wants decentralization today, they’ll eventually want centralization tomorrow, and vice versa. Philosophically, it’s an airtight appeal because the contradiction can be anything time/history allows.
Isn’t it peculiar that we internalize mind–body dualism at such an early age? This happens when you intimately realize that your mind does not control someone else’s body or any other entity external to your person. A philosopher told me that.
The Greeks were clever. The Pythagorean “number line” idea of knowledge: the monad (1), dyad (2), triad (3) — is a sly way of grasping at complexity.
Humans think/reason by breaking complexity indefinitely into twos/dyads/dichotomies/dualisms.
The bar for making useful/smart sounding observations is kinda low. Rule: Take a complex thing, divide it into two parts, then as a bonus — express those divisions as a monad (everything is love/a force), and… repeat. Triads/Trialisms/Trinity and higher are undefined for obvious reasons.
Not a philosopher .