Filling in a few more blanks in our conceptual picture, we turn to perrenial struggle between progressive and conservative, nietzsche and kurzweil, the myths of eternal return and forward escape and the overall lack of a suitable exit strategy from our ongoing historical predicament.

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7 thoughts on “The Mosaic Effect 18: Time is a Predator

  1. If my last comment was too cryptic: mathematically, the “natural” functions all have properties of both forward escape and eternal return. One cannot exist without the other. They are two sides of the same coin. Yin and Yang.

  2. i suspected something like that might be true. which is why either one by itself is a ‘myth’

    you’ll probably find some of the new stuff i got cooking interesting from a mathematical systems theory standpoint. either that or you’ll wanna throw rotten vegtables at me.

  3. From my understanding, Nietzsche used “eternal return” as a kind of moral litmus test for the ubermensch…Everything you have ever done–down to the tiniest details–would be played out again and again for Eternity.

    The Master would say that cannot be, for in addition to the good in life, the evil would “replay” as well, and that is not acceptable.

    The Slave would gnash his teeth in ressentiment, for all he wants is a brand new day…a fresh start…a new beginning…to cut off the past and move cleanly into the future. To have to revisit his past for eternity would be an unbearable Hell.

    The Ubermensch would smile, knowing that all the good in the world would “replay.” He would smile, knowing that all the evils and sins in the world would “replay.” He would welcome it because his one creed is “amor fati.” He accepts…no, loves his fate…fate of the future and fate of the past. He does it, not for any gain or pleasure, but because that’s all there is…

    Hmmm… I was gonna point out some conflict between Nietzsche and what you were talking about, but as I wrote it out it seems they fit pretty well together, so…fuck it…really good images, lately…hows the weather….blah…blah…blah…

    Be Good,

    Ronin

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