Thursday, March 17, 2011

A couple of aphorisms

Nature's God has a nice collection of aphorisms in Chapter 7, "The Wilderness Diary of Sigismundo Celine." It reminds me both of the Dhammapada, or, less pretentiously, "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long," from Robert Heinlein's novel, Time Enough for Love

Anyway, whatever you think of my comparisons, there are a couple of aphorisms that I thought particularly captured Wilson's metaphysical worldview.

There is no governor anywhere, but there are hierarchies of competing intelligences everywhere, all motivated by the joy of creativity and the Will to Power.


Forms emerge from Chaos, linger awhile, fade away, and are replaced by new forms. This is absolutely all I know. Everything else is speculation -- that is, acquired prejudices and wild guesses.

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