Monthly Archives: December 2011

Most Important—What An Event Means

Conversation In Thin Air Continues July, ’80 “I read somewhere,” said Noel, “that in the world of space-time nothing changes; that all that has been and all that will be just ‘is.’ Like in a crystal ball, everything in space-time … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Universe Attacks Your Sense Of Freedom And Dignity

Conversation In Thin Air Continues July, ’80 “Okay, Tony, if you want to jump into the thick of it, than lets do it,” replied Noel. “The space-time interval, what’s it based on?” “The speed of light, or rather the constancy … Continue reading

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In Science The Stabilizing Objective Tendency Predominates

Conversation In Thin Air Continues July, ’80 “You see, it’s all about time and place,” the Philosophy Professor said, “a time to move forward and a place to rebel, a time to attack and place to settle down. Einstein had … Continue reading

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Ernst Cassirer—The Functioning Of Symbolic Forms

Conversation In Thin Air Continues July, ’80 “Yeah, I think some of this stuff is coming back to me now,” I said. “I’m beginning to remember why I liked Cassirer.” “In the early history of myth and magic,” said Noel, … Continue reading

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The Ordering And Differentiating Of Particulars

Conversation In Thin Air Continues July, ’80 “And, what principles did Cassirer take to be a priori anyway,” I said. “Obviously Kant’s space and time had to go, but causality and relation, I suppose, they could stay. Right?” Woe, too … Continue reading

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Ernst Cassirer— Philosopher

Conversation In Thin Air Continues July, ‘80 “So Noel,” I again interrupted, “what’s with Cassirer’s take on Einstein’s theory?” “Well, before that question can be answered, you’ve got to know something about Cassirer’s philosophy,” Noel replied. “But I do know … Continue reading

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Cassirer And Einstein

Conversation In Thin Air Continues July, ’80 “Cassirer, I know that guy,” I said. “He was one of my philosophy teacher’s favorite people. I had to read his books on symbolic form. But what’s he got to do with Einstein?” … Continue reading

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