Entering Lonergan's Novum Organon
Educational Projects: Foundations: Donald Trump I
July 3, 2019
General discussion + two short videos
State of the Union Address
February 5, 2019
Talent is everywhere. The hard part is to avoid crushing it before it has a chance to flourish.
— David P. Goldman
September 22, 2019
Preliminary Cut of the "X" to be Known
In the previous session we found a way to move from the Prager/Peterson studies into a broader range of foundational evaluation analysis. As laid out in the prior pdf, we have an upper blade of theory that allows us to anticipate what is to be known and a lower blade of data from the Prager/Peterson/Trump studies. The connecting point is the "Un-Present Presence" with which all three actors are engaged.
Here we lay out an initial cut of the key players forcing the fundamental institutional changes working themselves out in our times. These include:
What we are seeking are clues to the recurring schemes of operations that define at the theoretical level current institutional change that are set in the context of two radical historical changes:
In both case a new question has emerged into public consciousness, one in which the ruling elite are judged in terms of their success or failure to enhance the human good. No longer are the elite allowed to do as they might, as their "divine" right.
There is the possibility of a third major tectonic shift, one involving the control of meaning at a time when there are only two ways to control language: force and/or the hard sciences. This is the approach we are trying to work out in our application of Lonergan's thoughts on method.
June 26, 2019
Second viewing of CPAC
The attached notes deal with business, not the Donald's speech. Business includes:
Conservative Political Action Conference
September 17, 2019
The Problem: both Peterson and Prager were not well known by the group, so the investigations went quite well. The same cannot be said about Trump, a polarizing figure at the best of times. So the challenge is to set aside our mutual common sense media based opinions to tackle a more theoretical project in the realm of interiority. On top of this, our strategy for sneaking up to a foundational stance also needs to adopt to these new needs.
The connection is to extend the notion of a "Non-Present Presence" as an "X" to be known, using the lower blade of Prager/Peterson/Trump videos as the data source and a number of upper blade operations to anticipate what there is to be known. The details are laid out in the attached pdf file.
June 19, 2019
First viewing of President Trump's 2019 SOTU Address
Attached notes cover:
President Trump's Full United Nations General Assembly Speech, 2019
It's becoming clear that any assessment of President Trumps foundational stance using the evidence provided by these two public speeches will be incomplete without an answer to the question of what he is actually doing as opposed to what he says he will do. At some future point, we may have to delve into the question of his public record for the first two years of his presidency, but for now I'd like to draw your attention to a little known document titled "National Security Strategy of the United States of America" dated December 2017, commissioned by President Trump. This document not only provides direct evidence of what he is doing but gives the rational for many of his actions in office.
This is the third testing of a research methodology for working out the foundational stance based on a detailed video chosen for the way in which the person presents who he really is, i.e., his core value. Note how evaluating the previous attempt has lead to an improvement of our technique.
June 12, 2019
First viewing of President Trump's address to CPAC
The attached notes covers:
The interesting twist in this our third attempt to objectify a person's foundational stance is that we will be comparing two different presentations in order to see if there is any significant change from one context to another.
NOTE: We will resume this thread in September. In the meantime I'm working on The Project, an attempt to pull together over 14 years of work. RCB