philosophical mischief

Since here at Unfound, we are nothing if not pretentious and existentialist, and we like old-school video games…

Strings and the Unconscious Self

I had strings, but now I’m free.
There are no strings on me.


Peter Carruthers, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, had the gall to tell me today that any perceived control that my conscious self thinks I have is a cold, hard illusion.

That’s right, that beautifully evolved self-aware brain of yours has you duped. You think you’re driving this bus? Think again.

According to Carruthers, those deeply held beliefs of yours, decisions – big or small, and any goals you were pretty damn sure you consciously set (and then consciously failed at)… nope. You weren’t driving the bus. Well, not the you that you thought was driving at least. The unconscious you was at the wheel. Look, ma, no hands! Continue reading “Strings and the Unconscious Self”

People ask us…

Q: What made you guys decide to start a blog?

A: We thought it would impress women…

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(h/t to Dangerous Minds)

Artifacts 10 – Ghosts of Saturn

Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar.

Heisenberg says, “Clearly this is a joke, but how can we tell if it’s funny?”

Gödel replies, “We can’t know that, because we’re inside the joke.”

Chomsky says, “Of course it’s funny. You’re just telling it wrong.”


It’s as if we asked for the perfect minimal ambient electronica, delicately textured, and the universe responded by way of Alessandro Cortini (keyboard and synth wizard of Nine Inch Nails)

From the Resveglio LP by Alessandro Cortini

Quote of the Day

Disobedience was man’s Original Virtue.

— Oscar Wilde

Identifying the Nexus

As mentioned in a previous post here on Unfound, the Nexus can be described as a time-invariant psychoperceptual phenomenon.

A visual representation of the Nexus
A visual representation of the Nexus

In more informal terms, the Nexus (or perhaps ‘a’ Nexus; it is not yet clear if the Nexus is a singular Jungian thought-form or unique to each experience… research so far tends to suggest the former) is a psychological object that intercepts varying degrees of a person’s conscious awareness, ranging from absent-minded distraction to consuming all but the most basic level of thought needed to function. The Nexus is time-invariant from the point of view of the person having the encounter. During the experience it will seem to have always been present, and anticipation of a time when it is not present becomes nearly impossible.
Continue reading “Identifying the Nexus”

Artifacts 9 – Aperture

Gaze into the eye, and the eye will gaze into you.

the Eye
(Click image for larger version)

via Pippa Killi Nova on Flickr

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