1.

This is the way the world works:
One structure
Universal law
Reality is big, bigger even
Everything converts
Everything transfers
Everything is equal
Every relationship
is understood in the same frame
All frames are the same
This is the correct frame
The world is flat
Even when round it is flat
One society:
We all live in it.

2.

This is the way the world works:
Many structures
Many laws, no laws
Reality is small, micro-realities
Nothing universal
Conversions happen
Nothing is equal
In transferring there are no equalities
Understanding happens within frames, not out
No frame is correct
Worlds are territories overlapping
The terrain is multidimensional:
Multidimensional is not a frame.

 

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The first paradigm is done out. Too simple and yet too pervasive. It needs to go.

The second paradigm is a reaction. It is too complex, unfathomable.

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The first paradigm is the economist. This is how we know capitalism works.

The second paradigm is the anthropologist. This is how little we know about other people.

 

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The first is baby formula. We know everything else in our diet is missing but it’s all we want.

The second is tonic water. Not the best diet, and too much might kill you or make you insane.

 

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The first is comprehension. We need to do this in order to get anywhere at first, to draw a square around us.

The second is bewilderment. We need to do this in order to see the limits of, and to get past, square one.

 

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The first is wholesome. It feels good to know everything, or at least the possibility that somewhere everything could be known.

The second is anti-totality. It’s better to know what you don’t know if you’re honest about it.

 

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In the first frame you’re standing in a doorway.

In the second frame you’re standing in a doorway without walls.

 

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In the first frame the doorway leads somewhere.

In the second frame the doorway leads nowhere and everywhere but not somewhere.

 

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In the first frame you’re standing in a doorway.

By the second frame you’re walking through.

 

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The first is the yang, the sunnyside of life giving a false impression that it’s always summertime.

The second is the yin, the darkside of life giving a false impression that it’s never summertime.

 

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The first paradox is the source of misunderstandings.

The second paradox is the source of incompleteness.

 

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Immanuel Kant said god exists for the posterity of preserving the moral structure of society.

Immanuel Kant said we can’t know if god exists because our knowledge is experiential.

 

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There is a general theory of everything and nothing in particular. It has no coefficient.

There is a complicated and untestable theory for a specific thing in particular. It isn’t interesting.

 

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At first glance, religion makes a lot of sense.

On second thought, religion is why the world got to be this fucked up.

 

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The first is why capitalism succeeds everywhere on the planet rich people live.

The second is why it fails everywhere else.

 

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The first is monogamy. Only a man and a woman can get together and make babies, god dammit.

The second is polyamoury. If you’re not poly then you are brainwashed to think monogamy is anything except dissatisfying.

 

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The first is the Tower of Babel reaching Yahweh before he smites the people and confuses them with thousands of languages.

The second is when you learn that there were multiple towers, not one, made by people of different religions, building towers for different purposes, with no reliable witnesses, and no overarching consensus on what, if anything, happened.

 

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In the first room is a fascist marching band from North Korea, everyone looking and moving exactly the same, having practiced the same routine every day for an entire year, for this one show, all for the glory of one man sitting on a throne.

In the second room is an experimental breakcore benefit show for some anarchists’ legal bills, where multiple DJs spin on open-decks and uncoordinated equalizers, microphones and lights flare off in several directions at once.

 

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A steelworker sits on an assembly line producing mass quantities of the same exact widget-thing over and over.

A DIY steel designer sits in a workshop smithing every scrap by hand into a dozen or so unique and uneven widget one-of-a-kinds.

 

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Exhibit A: is the same blue Toyota Prius you’ve see everywhere, but you’re wrong, they’re different cars.

Exhibit B: is the hippopotamus-shaped Burning Man art car you got smashed in as it smashed into a flaming art temple. Your life will never be the same.

 

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At first there was public opinion. Polls could show disagreements but we’d still talk about a “public” as if it had an opinion, objectively.

Then along came anti-politics. Someone was asking the wrong questions because there are no unities like “public opinion.” Everyones’ opinion is their own.

 

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The first is an epic myth with a beginning, middle, and end.

The second is a neverending James Joyce saga written by an unknown number of copycat authors at different times of the life, some claiming to be already dead, with several open plot series developing, and no editor or introduction.

 

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The first is the encyclopedia, almanac, dictionary.

The second is Anti-Oedipus.

 

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The first is the Declaration of Independence, the United Nations Charter, the Geneva Conventions.

The second is an obscure communique from an anarchist cell scratching on about the freedom to live without dead time against the production of biopower as a critique of Wells Fargo.

 

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The first time you made love it was meant to last forever, but probably didn’t.

The next time you made love it lasted longer but you don’t remember it – it wasn’t that big of a deal.

 

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The first bank you rob is like a technical writers’ manual: clear rules for right wrong. Either every I is dotted and every T crossed or all bets are off.

The second bank you rob is like a romantic thriller, full of corny cliches and predictable maneuvers, but since everybody is making them in pretty much the same way, yours fit right in unnoticeably.

 

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When you became a Christian you were converted to Christianity.

When you became an atheist you denounced converting to Christianity, and denounced converting from Christianity to atheism.

 

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The first wage of sin is death.

The next wage of sin is freedom.

 

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Your first tour in Iraq is a call of duty and everyone must answer that call.

Your second tour in Iraq is just another job.

 

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The first flight of stairs you fell down was an epic fail.

The second flight of stairs you fell down is where you died.

 

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The first flying saucer you see is there and gone before you know it.

The second flying saucer you see is obviously a couple of Chinese New Year fire lanterns blowing in the wind.

 

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The first week of life imprisonment is like a Harrison Ford movie.

The second week of life imprisonment is like Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus.

 

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Your last cigarette was the one you remember.

It was different from your next last cigarette after that.