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armchair

noun

thing one sits in for relaxing and thoughtful activity;

collective

adj., noun

of, or relating to a group of individuals;

Humans, of all the animals, have the greatest capacity for nurture. Our capacity to thrive is due to our ability to adapt, and our ability to adapt is merely a reflection of our ability to meaningfully share ideas among each other. If one quality could be said to characterise the human condition, it would be this.

A shame, then, that the ideas we've been sharing lately aren't so great.

Today, the scholastic enterprise is a bit funny. It's about the pursuit of truth, but only for those who can read the articles. Terminology that isolates us from expression. Facts for the sake of facts, without understanding. A thousand proliferating disciplines, showering us with knowledge split into a million isolated fragments until "we know more and more about less and less". This kind of knowledge is a barrier to learning.

The information that does make its way to us is necessarily filtered. Not always by intent, but rather by the pressures attendant upon producing the information in the first place. Narratives which centre on an economy of shame, outrage, yearning, and terror have come to dominate, and narratives of growth have become increasingly superficial.

The good ideas are buried among all these fragments.

To find them, we must create an architecture of thought: a system of organising knowledge that can guide us in the pursuit of understanding. A set of theories or credenda that gather our fragments into a narrative. But such knowledge is nothing except in relation to the way we use it. Our architecture of thought, our credenda, must be embedded in the context of our desires and coordinated in the light of experience. In short, we must become wise.

And the best way to learn is to teach our future selves. That's what the Armchair Collective is about. Bringing together scholarship, creating an architecture of thought, and leaving it here to teach our future selves.

So let's do that. Let's turn scholarship into wisdom.

Or, read even more.

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I'm Dorian. You can find out more about me here.

If you have any questions or comments, just email:

dorian@armchr.co

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