In the Cells of the Eggplant is an introduction to meta-rationality: ways of using rational systems more effectively by recognizing, working with, and transcending their limits.
Meta-rationality evaluates, selects, combines, modifies, discovers, and creates rational methods. It operates in the territory beyond the boundaries of fixed understanding.
The Eggplant is part of a gigantic hypertext book, Meaningness. Readers who dislike the web format have often asked for paper or ebook versions of Meaningness. Unfortunately, it is much too large for that, and also I’m unlikely ever to finish it. However, as I complete chunks the size of a normal book, creating paper or ebook versions is possible.
The Eggplant gradually builds a complex, densely connected conceptual structure. It is not actually well-suited to reading in pieces. So I will publish it first in paperback and as a Kindle ebook. I’ll create others only if enough people buy it to make me believe there’s genuine demand. Every page I write on the web gets many thousands of views; how many people will a traditional book reach?
Eventually I’ll chop the book into blog-post-sized bits and post it here on the web as well. I prefer reading on the web, myself! Maybe most people do! And it’s free! On the other hand, most people discover web pages via google searches or social media shares, and they are likely to land somewhere in the middle of the book. Most bits out of the middle won’t make much sense without having read what comes before.
To give some sense of the book—“Try before you buy”—I’m posting excerpts on the web before publication:
- “Because rationality matters”: Why does meta-rationality matter?
- “The function and structure of the eggplant”: an outline and overview of the contents of the book.
- “Introducing key terms”: preliminary explanations of central concepts such as nebulosity and meta-rationality.
- “The parable of the pebbles”: A brief meta-rational explanation of how and why rationality works, using a simple example.
- “Ontological remodeling”: Some basics of meta-rationality, using cool facts about planets as examples.