My title and tagline aren’t jokes. This blog is about everything, or at least everything my hyperabstracted thinking style can be applied to.
I’m a thirty-something engineer with philosophy, history, economics, law, psychology, geography and social science under my shapeless academic belt and I suffer from a lack of focus. As a result my thoughts are mostly about how different fields of study, ways of thinking and people differ from each other and how some pattern somewhere looks like another pattern somewhere else.
If there was a real field called “everything studies” where you got to apply patterns to things and integrate models and theories from different fields into a “System of Systems”, I’d be all over that. In other words, I’m a shameless armchair theorist, and armchair theorizing is the meat and potatoes of this blog. I want to think it’s fairly well-informed armchair theorizing.
One thing I do focus my efforts on is erisology, a made up academic field that does part of what I’d wish “everything studies” would do. Erisology is about disagreement and argumentation (actual argumentation, not the idealized type you study in philosophy classes), drawing on many different fields to make sense of the complicated process that is verbal conflict. Such a field has become possible now since so much study material is available online (82% of everything on the internet is people arguing at each other and the rest is porn and cats). The conspicuous dysfunctionality of most of this material cries out for explanation.