josh blog

Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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9 Jul '13 04:47:48 AM

'… an achingly small album of epic proportions…'

8 Jul '13 10:47:35 AM

Bach, coffee, 'hi', logic, Converge, Faust.

7 Jul '13 06:27:41 AM

'… it is a matter of cultivating virtues like tact and discretion…'

7 Jul '13 04:42:22 AM

'5.552: The 'experience' that we need in order to understand logic is not that something or other is the state of things, but that something is: that, however, is not an experience.

Logic is prior to every experience—that something is so.

It is prior to the question 'How?', not prior to the question 'What?'.

5.5521: And if this were not so, how could we apply logic? We might put it this way: if there would be a logic even if there were no world, how then could there be a logic given that there is a world?'

7 Jul '13 04:36:59 AM

'Similarly, for Frege and Russell (or Russell at least until he became influenced by the doctrines of Wittgenstein), logic is about something, namely, everything.'

6 Jul '13 07:09:29 AM

'… it begins to look as though these investigations are essentially unbookable…'

5 Jul '13 10:04:08 PM

'We're always trying to do our second reading first.'

5 Jul '13 02:38:53 AM

Neighborhood child, Fourth of July, yelling: 'That's illegal!! That's illegal!!'.

3 Jul '13 10:48:54 PM

('Do the terms really matter, then, as long as I'm feeling it? As long as I put myself into it somehow?' —As if any word could serve at any time to express whatever calls for expression!)