Monday, September 15, 2014


Joseph provided a link to the "Para-Academic Handbook." These folks are responding to corporate education. I like the term para-academics as indicative of the p2p knowledge generation inherent to the emerging Commons. I'm thinking prefixes like meta are old school in still adhering to the representation paradigm with its classical, abstract hierarchies based on naive set theory. The prefix para is much more conducive to a metaphysics of adjacency, given its meaning as prefix: at or to one side of, beside, side by side. Therefore and henceforth to hell with meta-theory; I'm calling it para-theory.

I also propose paraphysics for the kind of metaphysics that goes postmetaphysical. Especially since 'meta' is in the latter, thereby causing all sorts of redundancy by adding 'post' to qualify it. And then having to add another 'post' for post-postmodernism etc. Paraphysics handles all that without all the posts and the metas.

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