Dear Jerry, Maxine, Marcus and All,

I will come back later on discussing this interesting issue because, I have
a major project deadline by tomorrow.
But let me just give you this link to educate you on what Phenomenological
Philosophy is really about:
It was provided to explain the domain of the special issue  to natural
scientists as an extended CFP (s. link below), which Maxine contributed to.

One more thing about Husserl: Have you ever tried to read and understand
his over 100 years notes?
Believe me, no matter how old they are, there is still something to
discover there.
The same holds for C.S. Pierce, William James and others of that size.
What is novelty of archaeology and palaeontology then?
Just digging in the dust??? All these people are discovering new facts
about the past.
The result is restructuring of our present and correcting the view about
the future.
Even if microbiology was not known at the time of Husserl, it can be seen
with other eyes from the perspective of phenomenological philosophy now.

Have a nice day.




2015 JPBMB Special Issue on Integral Biomathics: Life Sciences, Mathematics
and Phenomenological Philosophy
(note: free access to all articles until July 19th, 2016)


On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 12:10 AM, Jerry LR Chandler <> wrote:

> Maxine, List:
> Just my two cents worth.
> After puzzling about the potential connections between your
> interpretations of Husserl and evolutionary biology, I remain uncertain
> about where this line of reasoning starts and where it leads.
> I should say at the beginning that I am a hardcore realist and a
> pragmatist. The value of vague philosophies for doing science is
> problematic, in my opinion.  The value of the philosophy of mathematics can
> be quite useful for scientific practice, if the appropriate correspondence
> relations can be symbolized and exploited. The necessity for rigorous
> symbolic relations between the meta-languages of science and logic of the
> sciences is well known.  (See Malatesta, The Primary Logic, 1999?).
> Husserl’s (1859-1938)  writings are about a Century old.  What does he
> bring to the table today?
> Molecular biology barely existed in his day.
> In this context, the concept of oscillators is proposed as the linkage
> between movement and mathematical modeling.  Yet, the physical basis of the
> mathematical oscillators is Hook’s Law for springs.  The mental image for a
> two dimensional network of oscillators is a the old-fashioned
> “bed-spring”.  Admittedly, a hypothetical oscillator model was used for a
> few decades to model the source of epileptic seizures, but it is so crude
> that it is hardly more than a metaphor.  (For a review, NeuroQuantology |
> June 2006 | Vol. 4 | Issue 2 | 155-165 155 Velazquez JLP. Coupled
> oscillators field
> Molecular biology requires the use of the atomic numbers in arithmetic
> operations.
> It further requires the use of three - dimensional asymmetric structures
> to describe handedness (even for dance!).
> These two facts suggest to me that Husserlian vagueness can be improved
> upon in the modern inquiry into the conceptualization of motion and its
> relationships to evolutionary biology.
> A different line of reasoning concerns the questions raised by Pedro.
> That is, the cultural roots of the tremendous array of dance movements and
> the encoding of ballad movements into a symbol system.
> This issue raises the far wider issue of the roles of diagrammatic logic
> in relation to dance “logic”.  Has anyone explored how the diagrammatic
> logic of CS Peirce may relate to dance?  Or even Venn diagrams?  Or how are
> the diagrams of chemical logic related to dance symbols, if at all?  Or,
> should we follow Hilbert and simply ignore the role of diagrams in the
> mathematics of evolutionary biology.  (see: Greaves, The Philosophical
> Status of Diagrams (2001))
> Another topic worth exploring is the communication among ballad dancers
> during a performance.  The range of emotions exhibited during a ballad
> performance can be truly spectacular.  How is this accomplished from an
> informational theory perspective?
> Thus, I would close with a question:
> Does the modern state of human communication and information exchange go
> far beyond early 20th Century German Philosophy?  An essay on either
> Kantian or Shelling’s philosophy, as contrasted with Husserl, could be of
> substantial interest to me.
> Cheers
> Jerry
> Research Professor
> Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies
> Headwater House
> On the Banks of the Mississippi
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