Epistemology

ERV WILSON, COSMIC DREAMER (1928-2016)

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Published: December 19, 2016 | By Gary David

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On Dec. 8, Erv Wilson took his leave from planet earth.

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Trying to Break Out of Musical Prison

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Published: February 19, 2013 | By Gary David

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There has never been a recorded culture that did not make music. Harry Partch in Genesis Of A Music writes: Music, “good” or not “good,” has only two ingredients that might be called God-given: the capacity of a body to vibrate and produce sound and the mechanism of the human ear that registers it.” I […]

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The Value of Limits in the Creative Process

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Published: February 18, 2013 | By Gary David

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Previously, I outlined some of the innate limits of human hearing. Rather than seeing such limits as a barrier, I see them as necessary to creativity. Human feeling needs freedom, but our perceptions and cognitions need limits. How well we learn within our limits defines our degrees of freedom.  The old philosophical argument regarding “free […]

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Frequency Limitations

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Published: February 1, 2013 | By Gary David

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How we live and learn within our biological sonic limits defines our degrees of freedom. If I am hearing impaired and you are not, we are both determined, but you have greater degrees of freedom. Let us consider the frequency range of hearing for humans and various selected animals: SPECIES           […]

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This is NOT Philosophy!

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I really don’t like calling this a discussion of Philosophy. It’s not. We’re going to call it something else. Philosophy is on the second floor. (Review the Three Story Rap). Epistemology is on the 3rd floor. For some time, now, I have not seen Epistemology as a Branch of Philosophy. That definition is out of […]

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Limiting the Unlimited: Personal Reflections on Erv Wilson and Arabic Liquor

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I was around 11 or 12 years old when I heard my grandfather, Joe Shikany, singing Arabic music with his friends. His eyes were tightly closed as he wailed “ya lay lee” accompanied by an oud (stringed instrument) and a doumbek (drum). There was a group of men sitting in a circle drinking Arak and […]

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