Blame it on Toby
"We are in awar of ideas."
-- Defense SecretaryDonald Rumsfeld,Oct. 24, 2003
Toby Zieglerof West Wing THE WEST WING"NIGHT FIVE"
WRITTEN BYAARON SORKIN
Original Airdate:Feb. 6, 2002...
Misunderstandingin the Theory of Design
"Whether or not we can follow the theorist in his demonstrations, there
is one misunderstanding we must avoid at all cost. We must not confuse
the analyses of geometrical symmetr…
Axis of Flim-Flam
Recommended reading from Axis of Logic --
On outgoing weapons-of-mass-destruction hunter David Kay: "... instead
of drawing the logical conclusion that he's been duped and played for a
fool, he chos…
The Subject Par Excellence
The previous entry connected the mad Marxist Althusser with Mount
Sinai; this connection is not as whimsical as it may seem.
From Althusser's "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" (La …
More on "selving," a word coined by the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley
Hopkins. (See Saturday's Taking Lucifer Seriously.)
"... through the calibrated truths of temporal discipline such as
Taking Lucifer Seriously:
Michael SprinkerversusThe Society of Jesus
As the previous entry indicates, I do not take Christian poetry too
seriously. The Prince of Darkness is another matter. I encountered him
Perichoresis, or Coinherence
Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter XXI --
Gibbon, discussing the theology of the Trinity, defines perichoresis as
"... the internal connection and spiritual penet…
This is the first anniversary of the death of Irene Diamond, patron of
the arts, for whom the New York City Ballet's Diamond Project is named.
(See last year's entries for January 20-23.)
Since tomorrow is th…
Song of the Father
The death of Max D. Barnes (previous entry) and the opening of the
first Tennessee lottery suggested the following meditations.
Wikipedia on Jimmie Rodgers, known as the father of country music:
A search on "vult decipi" at about3:40 AM today yielded the following,
The ad for "Geometry of Latin Squares,"my own. is in direct com…
A Living Church
"Plato has told you a truth; but Plato is dead. Shakespeare has
startled you with an image; but Shakespeare will not startle you with
any more. But imagine what it would be to live with such men still li…
Yesterday's entry may be viewed as honoring Saint Leonard Eugene
Dickson, who died on January 17, 1954. Dickson was the author of the
History of the Theory of Numbers.
The annual World Social Forum started Jan. 16 in Bombay ("Mumbai"),
From the right,
The Fifth International?
From the left,
Towards a New International?
From the …
Ludwig Wittgenstein,Philosophical Investigations:
373. Grammar tells what kind of object anything is. (Theology as
See this date last year, and Zen and Language Games
On this date —
Alfred Tarski was bornin 1902 in Warsaw, and
Kurt Friedrich Gödel diedin 1978 in Princeton.
From last year's entry on this date:
What is Truth?
"What is called 'losing' in chessmay constitute w…
At Last, Some Veritas
From the Harvard Crimson, 1/12/04:
College Faces Mental Health Crisis
"An overwhelming majority of Harvard undergraduates struggle with
mental health problems, a recent Crimson poll found."
"Remember your epiphanies on green oval leaves, deeply deep, copies to
be sent if you died to all the great libraries of the world, including
-- James Joyce, Ulysses, "Proteus"
James Joyce may…
To sum up the last two entries:
"I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men
of understanding, nor favor to me…
Two-Dimensional Time The following is from
the Prime Quotes page at the website of Matthew R. Watkins... "I have
sometimes thought that the profound mystery which envelops our
conceptions relative to prime numbers de…
Phil Sweetland of the New York Times on Gospel singer St. Jake Hess,
who died on Sunday, January 4, 2004 -- also the feast day of saints T.
S. Eliot, T.S. Matthews, and Joan Aiken --
"Mr. Hess was the str…
Report to theJoint Mathematics Meetings
"What was the lecture about,Cosmo wanted to know.
'It's about solving equationsof the fifth degree,which are supposed to
-- Chapter 2 ofThe Shadow Guests,by Joan…
"... at the still point, there the dance is...."
"... to apprehend The point of intersection of the timeless With time,
is an occupation for the saint.... "
-- T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
720 in the Book
Searching for an epiphany on this January 6 (the Feast of the
Epiphany), I started with Harvard Magazine, the current issue of
An article titled On Mathematical Imagination conclu…
Continuing the hotel theme of the previous entry....
John Gregory Dunne has a letter in the New York Review of Books of
December 20 (St. Emil's Day in the previous entry), 1990. In this
letter, he reveals th…
"... both a new worldAnd the old made explicit, understoodIn the
completion of its partial ecstasy,The resolution of its partial
-- T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets Speaking of horror, today's noon entry
What, and Give Up Show Biz?
"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."
-- Saying attributed to Edmund Gwenn, star of "Miracle on 34th Street,"
and also attributed to "Noel Coward, David Garrick, William Holden, …
The Dark Lady
"... though she has been seen by many men, she is known to only a
handful of them. You'll see her -- if you see her at all -- just after
you've taken your last breath. Then, before you exhale for the fin…