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A BLOG – NOT A BOOK. Think about!

ISSN 2567-6458, 11.April 2019 – May 26, 2022
Author: Gerd Doeben-Henisch

Some philosophical remarks in advance

(See comment HERE.)

The following text has not the format of a book but the format of a blog. This seems to be trivial at a first glance. But it isn’t.

A book represents its subject as a ‘closed shop‘:  everything to be said is there; things are fixed; nothing new can happen. You ‘have it’.

The real world instead is not static, is not closed, is in a steady process of ,multiple changes all the time. Not only an individual alone can change every time, all things can change and are changing. There is nowhere a ‘fixed point’. Even the ‘hard things’ of the everyday world are dynamic substrates which are changing constantly.

Thus a written book equals mostly a ‘can’ which contains everything, not changing, stored as something from the past.

blog is completely different. While the authors are part of a dynamic reality and they themselves are constantly changing — with ‘learning’ as a subset of these changes — they are in the strange situation that they want to report on multiple processes which have no fixed ‘endpoint’: the actual time-spot, the now, is the actual endpoint of the process so far, but because the process as such does not stop,  this ‘relative endpoint called ‘now” will turn into some ‘past’ from the next ‘now’.

Thus reporting about the real world  will ever be an ongoing story which reveals some possible ‘hidden structure’ only during the course of time itself.

The  self-image of the blog is exactly like this: a constant self-reporting of an individual as a process being part of uncountable many processes which are more or less interacting. Generating models about these processes is necessary but will never be more than a simplified sketch of some dynamic complexity which as such can never be  modeled completely.

Thus the ‘incompleteness‘ of a blog is the only possible ‘truth’ in this dynamic world.

To make some ‘sense’ out of it therefor belongs to the responsibility not only of the author(s) alone but to the reader as well. Truth lives always ‘in the middle of everything’…