Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Sluice and Slice

My leg/knee/hip appears to be getting worse. It probably doesn't help that I'vebeen climbing up and down stairs and biking more since I got the injury. I nowdon't think I could handle stairs if I wanted to (the thing now has a tendencyto just give out, and dump me on the floor), and sitting down on the floorintentionally is quite painful. Even putting my feet up on a table/stand/chairis really bad. I don't think I'll be climbing tomorrow, and I'll leave my bikeat CMU and bus back. Nature is really good nowadays at reminding me that a 25year old body is less resilient than a 15 year old body. On the other hand,for the actual place I lost skin near my elbow, the doctors put some kind ofgel on it that appears to have made it heal very rapidly. This is cool --normally, while I almost never get diseases or anything like that, it takes mea very long time to recover from bruises, cuts, and similar. I wonder what wasin the gel that made it heal so fast -- I suspect that by tomorrow, the skinwill be intact. I hope that the knee/leg/hip injury will disappear within a weekor two, and find myself wondering if this is the kind of thing where I'll wakeup tomorrow in agony, about the same, or mostly better. Hmm.

On the upside, I had lunch with N -- she found an interesting veggie placenear my favourite Indian restaurant, and while it's not a particularly cheapplace to eat, it's very good. If you're in Pgh, the place is called Maggie's,and it's on 320 Atwood.

Also, in the amusing side, last time my life began to shift course in a waylike this, I suffered in a different way -- my car broke down. It's amusing tocompare the two situations. Some people, those suceptible to mysticism, seesuch accidental synchronization, and see it as a sign of a deeper pattern, abifrost bridge to religion.. a personal message from the universe. However, thenature of things possible, simpler even than accepting the statistical premise,demands better from us. This has always been a topic I've been fascinated with-- what kinds of base interpretations of events are possible, what 'stacks' ofanalysis can, should, and do fit in? For example, people who believe thateverything is according to their god's will, and that that will often but doesnot always make sense, these people may not accept statistics, as the notionof things not being planned, the very notion of frequency/probability may playno role in their worldview. For people who either don't have that tile in theirstack of analysis, the only recourse I can imagine to have discourse with themis to rely on a harder tile to deny, the flipside of sophism. It is possible,without resorting to statistics/probability, to rule out many mystic worldviewsby saying that the universe has no special message for people by demandinga similar interpretation for other people, and doing consistancy checks. Peopleare thus either pushed to vanity (the universe only gives such messages tome and perhaps a few other special/magick people) or to sophism (nobody elseis actually real), or perhaps to a radical cousin to sophism - everybodylives in a universe with some differences in the small details, but with broadenough consensus that people generally don't notice when conversing with eachother, these conversations effectively bridging universes. In any case, it'san interesting tack to take.

Tags: philosophy

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