In the Cells of the Eggplant

Eggplant in refrigerator

In the Cells of the Eggplant is an introduction to meta-rationality: ways of using rational systems more effectively by examining their relationships with their surrounds.

Meta-rationality operates in the territory beyond the boundaries of fixed understanding. It recognizes, works with, and transcends the limits of rationality. It evaluates, selects, combines, modifies, discovers, and creates rational methods.

As of mid-2020, only the first two Parts of The Eggplant, out of five, are complete. I have posted them here on the web.

The book gradually builds a complex, densely connected conceptual structure. It is not well-suited to reading in pieces. I recommend starting at the beginning and reading forward in order.

Parts One and Two stand alone, without the rest of the book, fairly well. However, they are on different topics, and included in The Eggplant only to provide necessary conceptual background. Part One explains why rationalism is an inadequate theory of rationality (so we need a better one, which Part Three offers). Part Two explains “mere reasonableness,” the way we go about everyday tasks like making breakfast. Part Three’s explanation of rationality relies on that.

Eventually I will publish The Eggplant in paperback and as a Kindle ebook. But I prefer reading on the web, myself! Maybe most people do! And it’s free!


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The previous page is Meaningness and Time: past, present, future. (That page introduces its own subsection.)

General explanation: Meaningness is a hypertext book. Start with an appetizer, or the table of contents. Its “metablog” includes additional essays that are not part of the book.

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