The Future of Post Human Knowledge

Why should inquiry be possible, only if some knowledge is required to guide it, as conventionally understood? Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many thinkers in all human history hitherto existing, there are some fundamental dialectic principles hidden behind any categories of understanding in knowing. And these principles impose some constraints, at both methodological and ontological levels, together with other levels in culture, society, nature, and the mind - on how reality is to be understood. Furthermore, the specific categories of understanding (as conventionally understood), even if valid at all (which are often not the case), are often not that important, when compared with these more fundamental dialectic principles hidden behind them. The focus on understanding the nature of knowledge has been much misplaced, in this sense, in the intellectual history hitherto existing, and much time and talent have been wasted for something less important. If true, this thesis will alter the way of how knowledge is to be understood across the board. Is written by a highly knowledgeable and well-respected scholar A new theory called The Holistic Theory of Knowledge A comprehensive analysis of knowledge in relation to methodology and ontology, from the perspectives of nature, the mind, society, and culture

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  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Pages : 294 pages
  • ISBN : 1780631413
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The Future of Post-Human Knowledge

The Future of Post-Human Knowledge
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release : 30 September 2008
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Why should inquiry be possible, only if some knowledge is required to guide it, as conventionally understood? Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many thinkers in all human history hitherto existing, there are some fundamental dialectic principles hidden behind any categories of understanding in knowing. And these principles impose some constraints, at both methodological and ontological levels, together with other levels in culture, society, nature, and the mind - on how reality is to be understood. Furthermore, the specific

The Future of Post-human Space-time

The Future of Post-human Space-time
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Peter Lang
  • Release : 18 October 2021
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Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many in much of human history, in this book Peter Baofu here proposes what he calls «the perspectival theory of space-time.» According to this theory, there are multiple perspectives of space and time in society, culture, the mind, and nature, all of which are subject to «the regression-progression principle» in «existential dialectics.» These perspectives exist in society, culture, the mind, and nature with good reasons, being subject to «the symmetry-asymmetry principle» in «existential

The Future of Post-Human Accounting

The Future of Post-Human Accounting
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : IAP
  • Release : 01 June 2014
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Is the invention of accounting so useful that, as Charlie Munger once said, “you have to know accounting. It's the language of practical business life. It was a very useful thing to deliver to civilization. I've heard it came to civilization through Venice which of course was once the great commercial power in the Mediterranean”? (WOO 2013) This positive view on accounting can be contrasted with an opposing view by Paul Browne that “the recent [accounting] scandals have brought a new

The Future of Post-Human Waste

The Future of Post-Human Waste
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 01 December 2012
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Is waste (or trash) really so useless that, as William Faulkner once wrote, “[r]ead everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. . . . If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window”? (TE 2012) Interestingly, this critical view of waste (or trash) can be contrasted with an opposing observation by Isaac Bashevis Singer, who once famously said that “the waste basket is the writer’s best friend.” (TE 2012a)

The Future of Post-Human Sports

The Future of Post-Human Sports
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 17 October 2014
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Are sports really supposed to be so competitive that, as Henry R. Sanders once famously said, ""Men, I'll be honest. Winning is...the only thing!""? (WK 2012) This competitive view of sports can be contrasted with a critical view by William Shakespeare, who wrote in Othello (Act. iv. Sc. 1), ""They laugh that win."" (BART 2012) Contrary to these opposing views (and other ones, as will be discussed in the book), sports (in relation to both training and winning) are neither possible (or

The Future of Post-Human Culinary Art

The Future of Post-Human Culinary Art
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 03 January 2013
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Is culinary art really so exact that, as Delia Smith once wrote, “cooking is an exact art and not some casual game”? (BQ 2012) This exact view of cooking can be contrasted with an opposing observation by Tom Jaine, when he argued that, “if cooking becomes an art form rather than a means of providing a reasonable diet, then something is clearly wrong.” (BQ 2012a) Contrary to these opposing views (and other ones as will be discussed in the book), culinary

The Future of Post-Human History

The Future of Post-Human History
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 15 March 2012
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Is history really so universalistic (even when similar events happen in different contexts) that, as George Santayana (1905) once famously wrote, “[t]hose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”? This more universalistic view of history can be contrasted with an opposing view which is more relativistic in orientation, as shown by the equally known remark by Winston Churchill that “[h]istory is written by the victor,” to the extent that what is regarded as true in history

The Future of Post-Human Transportation

The Future of Post-Human Transportation
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 03 January 2013
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Can transportation really have such a destructive impact on society that, as Jay Holtz Kay (1998) once forcefully wrote, with the automobile industry as an example, that “the modern consequences of heavy automotive use contribute to the use of non-renewable fuels, a dramatic increase in the rate of accidental death, social isolation, the disconnection of community, the rise in obesity, the generation of air and noise pollution, urban sprawl, and urban decay”? (WK 2012) This negative expectation from transportation, with the automobile

The Future of Post-Human Migration

The Future of Post-Human Migration
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 03 January 2013
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Is migration really so constructive that, as Ralph Emerson (1909) once wrote, in the context of the New World, “asylum of all nations . . . will construct a new race, a new religion, a new state, a new . . . smelting-pot”? (WK 2012) This noble lie—the “melting pot” in the 20th century—can be contrasted with an opposing noble lie of the “salad bowl” in the 21st century, when those in multiculturalism like Tariq Modood (2007) argue nowadays that multiculturalism “is most timely and necessary, and . . .

The Future of Post-Human Language

The Future of Post-Human Language
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 02 October 2009
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To what extent is there really a universal structure, whether innate or not, of language for learning? Or conversely, is language learning mainly context-based? And, in the end, does the very nature of language delimit our mental world—such that “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world” or, in a different parlance, constitute “the prison house of language”? Contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many in history, all these seemingly plausible views are highly misleading,

The Future of Post-Human Performing Arts

The Future of Post-Human Performing Arts
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 03 January 2013
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Are the performing arts really supposed to be so radical that, as John Cage once said in the context of music, “there is no noise, only sound,” since “he argued that any sounds we can hear can be music”? (WK 2007a; D. Harwood 1976) This radical tradition in performing arts, with music as an example here, can be contrasted with an opposing view in the older days, when “Greek philosophers and medieval theorists in music defined music as tones ordered horizontally

The Future of Post-Human Sexuality

The Future of Post-Human Sexuality
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 14 December 2009
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What precisely resides in “sexuality” which warrants the popular discourse on sexuality as “part of our world freedom,” or something as an inspiring source for “our own creation” of “new forms of relationships” or “new forms of love” never before possible in human history? This popular treatment of sexual freedom has become so politically correct, in this day and age of ours, that it fast degenerates into a seductive ideology which has impoverished our understanding of sexuality by blinding us

The Future of Post-Human Law

The Future of Post-Human Law
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 19 February 2010
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What makes the rule of law so special that it is to conscientiously punish the “bad” doers and reward the “good” ones—such that, where there is the rule of law, peace and order are to be expected, so that “the rule of law is better than the rule of any individual”? Take the case of international law, as an illustration. While different international courts have been busy going after the killers of innocent victims in Rwanda and Liberia, they

The Future of Post-Human Organization

The Future of Post-Human Organization
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 02 October 2009
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What exactly makes the nature of organizations so miracular that their very purpose is “to achieve performance” and that it is now regarded, in this capitalist age of ours, as the central aim to be both possible and desirable for any organization? After all, there is simply no lack of organizations which “achieve performance” with questionable means and goals—be they about “greed” and “excess” in the corporate world, or “evil” and “injustice” in the public sphere, just to cite

The Future of Post-Human Martial Arts

The Future of Post-Human Martial Arts
  • Author : Peter Baofu
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 02 October 2009
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Is it really true that martial arts, in spite of their popularity in this day and age of ours, have, at their deepest level, the promised land of “self-knowledge,” “the expression of beauty,” or something highly spiritual to be pursued for the human soul? Or, to put it in a different way, what exactly makes martial arts so amazing that, somehow, they will eventually lead the practitioners to the spiritual realm of self-cultivation in its highest depth? Contrary to the