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Endograms

Millennialized
Others because you did not swipe Right have been friends of mine… Read more – ‘Millennialized’.
Evolution
The lucky descend to their level. Read more – ‘Evolution’.
Fornever
The key to eternal life is also the key to total extinction. You think biology would let you cut it? Read more – ‘Fornever’.
The cement of the universe
Causality is retrospective prophecy. Read more – ‘The cement of the universe’.
Emoton
Grief is a wave, not a particle. Read more – ‘Emoton’.
Fated
Blame neither moth nor flame. Read more – ‘Fated’.
Natural history
Cultures rarely die: they zombify. Read more – ‘Natural history’.
Moves
If the world were a chess game, it would have too few knights in it. Read more – ‘Moves’.
Illumination
The light of analogy always casts a shadow. Read more – ‘Illumination’.
Complementarities
If you reflect more than you emit, you will attract those who like to look at their reflection. Read more – ‘Complementarities’.
Medicine
Medicine is what we do while waiting for science. Read more – ‘Medicine’.
Emancipation
If you don’t know biology you won’t know how to escape it. Read more – ‘Emancipation’.
Revisionary
Vision takes imagination, revision takes imagination and courage. Read more – ‘Revisionary’.
Tragedy
Promise that remains promise never disappoints. Read more – ‘Tragedy’.
Proof
Only the old can know their youth was not an accident. Read more – ‘Proof’.
Memory II
You only forget what you never knew. Read more – ‘Memory II’.
Style
Brutality and elegance are orthogonal. Read more – ‘Style’.
Contrast III
Science generalises, medicine particularises. Read more – ‘Contrast III’.
Action and sound
In vision, occlusion and collision are indissociable. Read more – ‘Action and sound’.
Tailoring
Biased to the mean is biased still. Read more – ‘Tailoring’.
Tattoos…
…are of the body-alexic. Read more – ‘Tattoos…’.
Inexistence
That we are programmed to resist it does not mean we are not programmed to die. Read more – ‘Inexistence’.
Evolution II
Biology cares not whether you win or lose, only that you play the game. Read more – ‘Evolution II’.
Psychography
Thought flows in channels carved by passion. Rarely does it breach them, and never for long. Read more – ‘Psychography’.
Contrast II
Men are living or dead; ideas living or undead. Read more – ‘Contrast II’.
Achievement
To have extinguished the concept of noise. Read more – ‘Achievement’.
Chat
“You are staring at my words.” Read more – ‘Chat’.
Competition
If I constrain more than you explain, I win. Read more – ‘Competition’.
Emotional myopia
Close up, the prefix in melodrama and the suffix in sentimentality are hard to see. Read more – ‘Emotional myopia’.
“Creative”
When a noun, rarely an adjective. Read more – ‘“Creative”’.
Sightcraft
God plays dice only with those who cannot call them. Read more – ‘Sightcraft’.
Presupposed
If you know, you need not believe; if your believe, you need not know. Read more – ‘Presupposed’.
Collateral
Shooting yourself in the foot might be a good idea if the enemy’s head lies behind it. Read more – ‘Collateral’.
Malcontent
Nothing is sadder than the wrong kind of happy. Read more – ‘Malcontent’.
Netart now
Will sans skill. Read more – ‘Netart now’.
The game
Philosophy is S&M where most of the S is covertly M. Read more – ‘The game’.
Transduction
Poetry is for prose. Read more – ‘Transduction’.
Summary
A mind for coffee tables, a soul for day beds. Read more – ‘Summary’.
Geophilosophy
Continental philosophers try to make sense out of nonsense, anglo-saxon philosophers nonsense out of sense. Read more – ‘Geophilosophy’.
Salvation
Intellect is like rope: if you hang yourself with it, more will not help you. But the knife of courage might. Read more – ‘Salvation’.
Evolution
The locus of selection is not the only locus of competition. Read more – ‘Evolution’.
Psychophysiological
Not all symbols need to be usable more than once. Read more – ‘Psychophysiological’.
Continuity
The man who goes down with the sun is not the man who rises with it. Read more – ‘Continuity’.
Mereology
An animal is just the flower, not the plant. Read more – ‘Mereology’.
Netcasting
Addressing no-one is not the same as addressing anyone. Read more – ‘Netcasting’.
Miscritical
A chess move will always look silly to those who think you are playing draughts. Read more – ‘Miscritical’.
False variety
Changing the chessboard does not make the same moves more interesting. Read more – ‘False variety’.
Sexual dimorphism
A peacock _is_ its tail. Read more – ‘Sexual dimorphism’.
The Motive of the Christ
Vicarious revictimisation? Read more – ‘The Motive of the Christ’.
Defects
Darkness is better than false light. Read more – ‘Defects’.
Memories
There is a kind of forgetting that is remembering time, and a kind of remembering that is forgetting it. Read more – ‘Memories’.
Post-Wittgenstein
To show the fly is in a Klein bottle. Read more – ‘Post-Wittgenstein’.
Philosophy & Neuroscience
The deaf leading the blind in pitch black silence. Read more – ‘Philosophy & Neuroscience’.
Knowledge
Late is not better than never. Read more – ‘Knowledge’.
Compounds
The meaning of imagination falls somewhere between intelligent courage and courageous intelligence. Read more – ‘Compounds’.
Fit
Neurology is meteorology done by horologists. Read more – ‘Fit’.
Knowledge
Better to be innocent of guilt than guilty of innocence. Read more – ‘Knowledge’.
Solubility
Only the blind see paradox. Read more – ‘Solubility’.
The view from the top
On Olympus, it is hard not to become parochial. Read more – ‘The view from the top’.
Behind the glasses of psychopathy
The sociopath is a sentimental cynic, the borderline is a cynical sentimentalist. Read more – ‘Behind the glasses of psychopathy’.
Through the glasses of psychopathy
To the narcissist compassion and self-pity look the same. Read more – ‘Through the glasses of psychopathy’.
Panacea
Death is the best medicine. Read more – ‘Panacea’.
Then…
…and now we are familiar strangers. Read more – ‘Then…’.
Profession
Misfortune teller. Read more – ‘Profession’.
Payback
There are hands you may redeem yourself for eating from only in biting. Read more – ‘Payback’.
Attention
Detail and scale are orthogonal. Read more – ‘Attention’.
Situations
The muse is lonelier than the artist. Read more – ‘Situations’.
Sequence
After you use a hammer you won’t know you needed a scalpel. Read more – ‘Sequence’.
Shades
Black is white without the hysteria. Read more – ‘Shades’.
Inequality
The neuroscientist can change his logic, the philosopher cannot change the facts. Read more – ‘Inequality’.
Youth
The old wait for death; the young are out looking for it. Read more – ‘Youth’.
Misinstrumented
A torch does not help when you are looking for shadows. Read more – ‘Misinstrumented’.
Agnosognosia (sic)
Ignorance need resolve in knowledge no more than in the impossibility of knowledge. Read more – ‘Agnosognosia (sic)’.
Asymmetries
The love of ideas is always unrequited. Read more – ‘Asymmetries’.
Between the pieces 3
“Can you exchange your air miles for intellectual ones?” Read more – ‘Between the pieces 3’.
Between the pieces 2
“Do you also read bedtime stories to yourself?” Read more – ‘Between the pieces 2’.
Between the pieces 1
“You ran a gospel choir in Kabul? And then?” Read more – ‘Between the pieces 1’.
Opinions
There is no such thing as plurality of fact. Read more – ‘Opinions’.
Careers
Some seek to advance the field, others seek to advance themselves in it. Read more – ‘Careers’.
Phantoms
Pain from imaginary things is not imaginary. Read more – ‘Phantoms’.
Boundaries
Art begins where the sense of “why?” ends. Read more – ‘Boundaries’.
Instruction
“Stop acting!”, they tell you at acting school. “Stop thinking!”, they should tell you at philosophy school. Read more – ‘Instruction’.
Extensions
Sex is an information theoretic necessity. And so is death. Read more – ‘Extensions’.
Dissociations
Violence no more implies anger than amusement implies joy. Read more – ‘Dissociations’.
Adverse socioemotional diagnostic
(Lapsed friends) – (strangers) < 0 Read more – ‘Adverse socioemotional diagnostic’.
Smysl
An artist should be a pair of eyes: not a brain, still less a heart. Read more – ‘Smysl’.
Preliminaries
To slam a door shut you need to open it first. Read more – ‘Preliminaries’.
The problem of the intellect…
…is that it does not bruise. Failure needs to be painful to be learned from. Read more – ‘The problem of the intellect…’.
Prepositional 2
One acts _with_ a reason, though it seems as if _for_ it. Read more – ‘Prepositional 2’.
The narcissist’s problem
Sharing a point of view makes self-delusion harder. Read more – ‘The narcissist’s problem’.
Brain talk
You are worried it is indefensible, I am worried it is indefeasible. Read more – ‘Brain talk’.
Talking
As lacking means does not extinguish desire so lacking sense does not extinguish nonsense. Read more – ‘Talking’.
The information age
The best way to kill a man with thirst is to drown him in another liquid. Read more – ‘The information age’.
Dysacademia
It is not seeing the wood for the trees that is the commonest problem, it is having it. Read more – ‘Dysacademia’.
Brain imaging
You are worried it is phrenology. I am worried it is tasseography. Read more – ‘Brain imaging’.
On the ice
Plausibility is the worst enemy of truth. Read more – ‘On the ice’.
The meaning of philosophy
Caring about the difference between rationality and irrationality is non-rational. Read more – ‘The meaning of philosophy’.
Senility
The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only when it can no longer tell dusk from dawn. Read more – ‘Senility’.
Memory
Unthought of is not the same as forgotten. Read more – ‘Memory’.
Impossibilities
“Falling out of love” is like “waking up from death”: if the verb is true the object cannot be. Read more – ‘Impossibilities’.
Politics
Paleoconservatives know the emperor’s clothes are imaginary but find him no less appealing for it. Neoliberals cover him with sheep’s clothing and feign surprise at being eaten alive. Read more – ‘Politics’.
Minds
Travel broadens only the irreparably narrow. Read more – ‘Minds’.
Proximities
The closer a fact is to an idea, the blinder one is to its actuality. Con artists seek out the imaginative. Read more – ‘Proximities’.
Contrast
Intellectual death (and still-birth) _are_ events in life. Read more – ‘Contrast’.
Well-slept
Would you be proud of faithfully re-reading only a handful of books? Read more – ‘Well-slept’.
Infungibility
“But you do not know who he is!” Exactly. Read more – ‘Infungibility’.
Values
An architect who does not build is like a lover who only talks: ultimately, he can only sustain the interest of the frigid. Read more – ‘Values’.
Euphemistic
Low in confidence sounds so much more sympathetic than low in courage. Read more – ‘Euphemistic’.
Conversorial
If the outcome is more consistent than the choice of game, perhaps it is what is really chosen. Read more – ‘Conversorial’.
Academic writing…
…is frozen flirtation. Read more – ‘Academic writing…’.
When the time comes
Love may not be comparative, but power certainly is. Read more – ‘When the time comes’.
Hipsteria 2
If you must lie to the world to be true to yourself, you will know neither truth nor falsehood. Read more – ‘Hipsteria 2’.
Hipsteria 1
Fake creators escape from the world into themselves; real creators escape from themselves into the world. Read more – ‘Hipsteria 1’.
Grounds of liability
In emotion, suspicion is conviction. Read more – ‘Grounds of liability’.
Emotional amnesia
What is it about the emotional realm that turns amnesia from a defect into an achievement? For some. Read more – ‘Emotional amnesia’.
Bare minima
If you can’t see the way to death, and back, from any position, what good are you? Read more – ‘Bare minima’.
Performance
The trouble with counting the goals is that it assumes we are all playing the same game. Read more – ‘Performance’.
A comparison
Unconditional love is a virtue, unconditional attraction a vice. Perhaps love is more superficial than attraction. Read more – ‘A comparison’.
True synopsis
To see outside the visual field you need to stop using your eyes. Read more – ‘True synopsis’.
Bad combination
Strong will and no courage. Read more – ‘Bad combination’.
Adversarial
In the realm of intimacy, all victories are Pyrrhic. Read more – ‘Adversarial’.
In academia…
…most truths are negations of counterfactual lies. Read more – ‘In academia…’.
Emotonality
One is either born with perfect emotional pitch, or forever needs another’s heart for reference. Read more – ‘Emotonality’.
Comparison
Is it an accident that emotions are never dismissed as tautological? Read more – ‘Comparison’.
The origins of sympathy
If emotion can be so confused about its object, why not its subject? Read more – ‘The origins of sympathy’.
Creativity
Most creators are inverted spectators. Read more – ‘Creativity’.
Penetration
In the contemporary humanities, a radiograph and a jumpsuit emblazoned with a skeleton look the same. Read more – ‘Penetration’.
Books
Reading should be less like watching a play than acting in one. Read more – ‘Books’.
Human nature
The conceptual is only the beginning. Read more – ‘Human nature’.
Roles
Philosophy defines the limits of possibility, neuroscience the limits of actuality. Read more – ‘Roles’.
Insight
Only great philosophers realize they cannot be. Read more – ‘Insight’.
The arrow of information
Nothing can be simpler than its constituent elements. Read more – ‘The arrow of information’.
Religion
The part of us that is wrong about belief is not the part that can understand the question. Read more – ‘Religion’.
Question marks
Just as many put them too deep as not deep enough. Read more – ‘Question marks’.
The conative…
…may have reason as instrument but never as cause. Read more – ‘The conative…’.
Small worlds
It is the size of the Bacon number for ideas that we need to worry about. Read more – ‘Small worlds’.
Nature vs nurture
If you can only replicate one, you cannot distinguish noise from the other. Read more – ‘Nature vs nurture’.
Success
From unknown to known is good, from unknown to unknowable better. Read more – ‘Success’.
The shadow of a mirage
The sense of subconsciousness came so late because the nonsense of consciousness had to come first. Read more – ‘The shadow of a mirage’.
Underdeterminacy
Life has necessities but no sufficiencies. Read more – ‘Underdeterminacy’.
Enough philosophy…
…is stairs to samewhere. Read more – ‘Enough philosophy…’.
The problem with the emotions…
…is that they are not counterfactual even when their object is. Read more – ‘The problem with the emotions…’.
Language
Words fall long of deeds. Read more – ‘Language’.
Conflict
The mind never wins against the body: you must keep them on the same side. Read more – ‘Conflict’.
Ownerships
You cannot possess an idea, but an idea can possess you. Read more – ‘Ownerships’.
Limits
The eye cannot see its seeing, so why should the brain understand its understanding? Read more – ‘Limits’.
Virtues
It is not courage if it is not cold; it is not power if it is not cool. Read more – ‘Virtues’.
Neopsychonosology 2
Love is both too much and too little imagination. Read more – ‘Neopsychonosology 2’.
Neopsychonosology 1
Conformist without a cause. Read more – ‘Neopsychonosology 1’.
There is no vainer hope…
…than Gesamtliebeswerk. Read more – ‘There is no vainer hope…’.
She said:
“I’ll kill you if getting over me doesn’t.” Read more – ‘She said:’.
Relative powers
I decide on the full stops, you decide on punctuation. Read more – ‘Relative powers’.
Prepositional
Neuroscience tries to generalise to the particular. Read more – ‘Prepositional’.
Relations
To be uncritical is to be unforgiving. Read more – ‘Relations’.
Ontogeny
Cinema is curated theatre. Read more – ‘Ontogeny’.
Power
Death is the body’s revenge on the soul. Read more – ‘Power’.
In the realm of the emotions
There are goldfish, and they are teflon-coated. Read more – ‘In the realm of the emotions’.
Language & the brain
Few see that we do not have a vocabulary for the brain; fewer still that we do not have a grammar. Read more – ‘Language & the brain’.
Jurisdiction
Biology has no laws. Read more – ‘Jurisdiction’.
False clanging
Constructive destruction is like disinterested interest. Read more – ‘False clanging’.
A curse
May all your truths be plausible! Read more – ‘A curse’.
Looking into boxes
Of subject & designation, as of object & designation, one is irrelevant. Read more – ‘Looking into boxes’.
Through a glass
A person is a caricature of a human being. Read more – ‘Through a glass’.
“Engagement”
Science should not be showbusiness for boring people. Read more – ‘“Engagement”’.
Fidelity
Better to be wrong than to be right for the wrong reasons. Read more – ‘Fidelity’.
Death & Birth
Part death is also a birth. Read more – ‘Death & Birth’.