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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The present: the faculty from which it proceeds lies to us in the fiction of the specious present.

There is no present; it is composed of past and future divided by an indivisible point or instant. That instant or time-point, is the strict present. What we call loosely the present is an empirical portion of the course of time, containing at least the minimum of consciousness, in which the instant of change is the present time-point. If we take this as the present time-point, it is clear that the minimum of feeling contains two portions, a sub feeling that goes and a sub feeling that comes. One is remembered, the other imagined. The limit of both are indefinite at beginning and end of the minimum, and ready to melt into other minima, proceeding from other stimuli.


The present is an empty time, and we have no sense of empty time.

A simple sensation is an abstraction, and all our concrete states of mind are representations of objects with some amount of complexity. We have a constant feeling of past ness, to which every one of our experiences in turn falls a prey. Awareness of change is the condition on which our perception of time's flow depends. But there exist no reason to suppose that empty time's own changes are sufficient for the awareness of change to be aroused. The change must be of some concrete sort, an outward or inward sensible series, or a process of conscious attention or volition. But we have no conscious attention or volition. we are the product of habit, and habit diminishes conscious attention.


The reproduction of an event, after it has once completely dropped out of the rearward end of the specious present, is an entirely different psychic fact from its direct perception in the specious present as a thing immediately past.

The date of a thing is a mere relation of before the present thing or some past or future thing. The unit of composition of our perception of time is a duration. A date in time. A position in space.


The date of a thing is Cajole; to coax or persuade by flattery, soothing words, or false promises; wheedle; persuasion by flattery. The salesman tried to cajole the woman into buying a new vacuum cleaner.


The date of a thing is Cache; a hiding place, especially for provisions or treasure. Something hidden or stored in such a place. To hide or store in cache. To hide or store in present.


The date of a thing is Escapism; the tendency to escape the dull routine and responsibilities of daily life by daydreaming or by reading, watching Television, or the like.

The date of a thing is Escarole; a plant bearing curly green leaves, used especially in salads.


The date of a thing is Escarpment; a steep slope or cliff. A fortification consisting of a man-made steep slope.


The date of a thing is Eschew; to keep away from; avoid; shun: to eschew wickedness.


The date of a thing is Establish; to set up permanently; found: to establish a colony in a new land, to establish a university. To settle (oneself) securely or permanently, as in a business: The lawyer established himself in his new office. To introduce and wine permanent acceptance for; gain recognition of: tp establish a law; to establish one's  reputation. To show or prove to be true: to establish a motive, to establish a fact.


The date of a thing is Plasticity; the possession of a structure weak enough to yield an influence. A change in the tissue, becomes a new habit


The date of a thing is Soul; manifesting its faculty of memory, reasoning, volition, imagination, appetite, ambition, goal, drive, hope, desire, purpose, objective, aim, aspiration, target, END.

The date of a thing is Matter; is Energy; is

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Thursday, 02 October 2008

How many zeros in a billion? 

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of it's releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth.

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes.


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A.A.A.D.D. PDF Print
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Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye-- they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was plannning to do.

At the end of the day:

the hose has been running since noon, the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter, the flowers don't have enough water, there is still only 1 check in my check book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favour.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
because I don't remember who I've sent it to.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!

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