Some six years back, when I still had a good cadre of people discussing things with me here at Only a Game on a regular basis, I opened discussions about which area of philosophy I should move into next in a short piece entitled Any Requests? There was a broad consensus I should do some philosophy of mind, since I hadn’t then touched it.
As it happened, I got swept up with other things and never quite made it back to philosophy of mind. So it’s with great pleasure that I present – six years later – my first piece unambiguously about philosophy of mind, which goes live at 5:30 pm tonight. It might also be my last, though, for reasons that will become clear shortly.
If DJ i/o, Foster Nichols, or Michael Mouse are still around, please do drop me a line to let me know how things are going!
Because my readership is partly in Europe, partly in the US, and partly scattered across the globe, I am experimenting with new posting times. I previously ran all posts on Only a Game and ihobo.com at 10:30 am GMT. For the near future, I will be posting at 5:30 pm GMT instead. This is based on trying to minimise any impact from time zones on my readership. If you are affected by this change, do let me know your thoughts!
The orchestra has finished tuning up its instruments, and the overture has begun. Soon, I will start blogging again, and I'm going to be carving out some set times during my week for it so that I can give and get more out of it than last year.
There are already a few changes - social media integration has been added to the bottom of each post, for instance, and I'll be automating my Twitter integration so that I don't have to waste so much time there.
Alas, not even enough time for my traditional well-wishing to each and every religious festival of the season. Off to stay with my wife’s family in their ‘log mansion’ outside of Nashville for three weeks. Since my wife is still on maternity leave, it’s a rare opportunity for them to host their grandkids for the festivities. I wish you all a happy Winter Festival of your choice and hope to speak with you again some time after Gregorian New Year. Have fun!
Only a Game will return in January 2015 with yet more nonsense.
Back in residence, for what it's worth. Looks like I will only have time for two posts before I am once again away, this time travelling to the United States for the Winter Festival. The first one goes up on Tuesday next week and is about the film Interstellar, but I'm not sure what the other one will be yet... Watch this space!
As with every year since the Game began, I shall be taking a break from blogs and social media for a minimum of twelve days in November for the Wheel of Fortune.
I had hoped to have another blog letter prepared before then, but time has run out. My motivation to write the blog letters is weak at the moment because of the low rate of response - basically, only Oscar has responded to anything I put into the Republic of Bloggers, although Jed and Joseph did chip in on their own (bless you guys!). I would still like to have these exchanges, and will certainly reply to any that are written to me, but my general feeling is that our attention has been shattered to the point that it is almost impossible for coherent written dialogue to occur now. Some view this as inevitable. I view this as quietly tragic. The internet cannot be a path to liberation while it is primarily an infinite source of distraction: it has merely imprisoned us in a more entertaining jail.
I would especially like to hear from anyone who has read Chaos Ethics, since at the time of writing I know of no-one who has read the book (who didn't read it prior to publication). There are at least a few hundred copies in circulation now - so at some point there will be someone who has read it. If this is you, I would love to hear from you! And of course, it could be you, if you read the book - or the ebook, which is on a special offer all November. Who will be the first reader to talk to me about the book? I don't know, but I greatly anticipate finding out.
In the meantime, enjoy the silence and I will be back for the run-up to the Winter Festival with more nonsense of one kind or another.
It being Samhain today, decided it was time for a bit of Autumnal cleaning here at the Game. So I’ve resequenced the side bar, added a search box that someone asked for a while back, and update the bio and sidebar of the ‘About’ page. If you have anything else you’d like done, let me know. (We could switch to Disqus for comments, if anyone wants this, but so far no-one has been keen).
Been doing a spot of servicing here on Only a Game, mostly just updating the sidebar, which hasn’t significantly changed for two years. If anyone has any suggestions or requests for changes in the layout or referenced content here (e.g. missing articles, allied blogs etc.), do let me know.
Returned from my travels, and gearing up for more Only a Game very soon. I have a few new philosophical dialogues to share, as well as some pieces to support the release of Chaos Ethics. Plus, I have at least one blog letter in the Republic of Bloggers that warrants a thoughtful response. I would welcome replies to the unresponded letters, too. Stand by - the Game begins anew shortly!