"… identity alone may shine forth" — Octavio Paz
Friday, July 1, 2016
BBC News today ("4 hours ago" at 2:50 PM ET) —
British poet Sir Geoffrey Hill has died aged 84,
Alice Goodman said her husband died "suddenly,
Sir Geoffrey was the Professor of Poetry at
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy told The Guardian :
"At the point of convergence the play of similarities and differences
cancels itself out in order that identity alone may shine forth.
The illusion of motionlessness, the play of mirrors of the one:
identity is completely empty; it is a crystallization and
in its transparent core the movement of analogy begins all over
once again." — The Monkey Grammarian by Octavio Paz,
translated by Helen Lane
A more specific "transparent core" —
See all references to this figure
in this journal.
For a more specific "monkey grammarian,"
see W. Tecumseh Fitch in this journal.
Revisiting August 31, 2006 —
Thursday, June 30, 2016
"At CERN the LHC has reached design luminosity,* and is
breaking records with a fast pace of new collisions. This may
have something to do with the report that the LHC is also
about to tear open a portal to another dimension."
See also the following figure from the Log24 Bion posts —
— and Greg Egan's short story "Luminous":
"The theory was, we’d located part of the boundary
between two incompatible systems of mathematics –
both of which were physically true, in their respective
domains. Any sequence of deductions which stayed
entirely on one side of the defect – whether it was the
'near side', where conventional arithmetic applied, or
the 'far side', where the alternative took over – would
be free from contradictions. But any sequence which
crossed the border would give rise to absurdities –
hence S could lead to not-S."
— Greg Egan, Luminous
(Kindle Locations 1284-1288).
* See a definition.
In his last theoretical book, Attention and Interpretation (1970), Bion has clearly cast off the mathematical and scientific scaffolding of his earlier writings and moved into the aesthetic and mystical domain. He builds upon the central role of aesthetic intuition and the Keats's notion of the 'Language of Achievement', which
… includes language that is both
Bion distinguishes it from the kind of language which is a substitute for thought and action, a blocking of achievement which is lies [sic ] in the realm of 'preconception' – mindlessness as opposed to mindfulness. The articulation of this language is possible only through love and gratitude; the forces of envy and greed are inimical to it..
This language is expressed only by one who has cast off the 'bondage of memory and desire'. He advised analysts (and this has caused a certain amount of controversy) to free themselves from the tyranny of the past and the future; for Bion believed that in order to make deep contact with the patient's unconscious the analyst must rid himself of all preconceptions about his patient – this superhuman task means abandoning even the desire to cure . The analyst should suspend memories of past experiences with his patient which could act as restricting the evolution of truth. The task of the analyst is to patiently 'wait for a pattern to emerge'. For as T.S. Eliot recognised in Four Quartets , 'only by the form, the pattern / Can words or music reach/ The stillness'.30. The poet also understood that 'knowledge' (in Bion's sense of it designating a 'preconception' which blocks thought, as opposed to his designation of a 'pre -conception' which awaits its sensory realisation), 'imposes a pattern and falsifies'
For the pattern is new in every moment
The analyst, by freeing himself from the 'enchainment to past and future', casts off the arbitrary pattern and waits for new aesthetic form to emerge, which will (it is hoped) transform the content of the analytic encounter.
29. Attention and Interpretation (Tavistock, 1970), p. 125
30. Collected Poems (Faber, 1985), p. 194.
31. Ibid., p. 199.
See also the previous posts now tagged Bion.
Preconception as mindlessness is illustrated by Rubik's cube, and
"pre -conception" as mindfulness is illustrated by n×n×n Froebel cubes
for n= 1, 2, 3, 4.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The 3×3×3 Galois Cube
See also Rubik in this journal.
"The domain of O has been explored by philosophers and mystics
under titles like the Absolute, Ultimate Reality or Ultimate Truth,
the Ground of Being, God or the godhead. O is the world of Plato’s
ideal forms, Kant’s things-in-themselves, Bion’s pre-conceptions,
Klein’s inborn phantasies and Jung’s archetypes."
— Barbara Stevens Sullivan on page 38 of her book
The Mystery of Analytical Work: Weavings from Jung and Bion ,
Routledge first edition, 2010
See also Bion in The Search for Charles Wallace, and …
Click on the image for some context.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Slowly, with a beat —
Meanwhile, back in 1947 —
“The experience of my films is a little like daydreaming.”
— Peter Hutton, Filmmaker With Austerely Romantic Worldview, Dies at 71,
in The New York Times this evening
"Real estate before personalities"
— Adapted AA motto
(Suggested by posts tagged Getcha.)
"The film ends with the family silently attending Eve's funeral,
each placing a single white rose, Eve's favourite flower and a
symbol of hope to her, on Eve's wooden, perfectly polished coffin."
— Wikipedia article on Woody Allen's 1978 film "Interiors"
"The story of our lives is written in interiors . . . ."
— A "Defender of Notable New York City Interiors"
(NY Times headline today) who reportedly died at 78
on June 16, 2016, a date known as Bloomsday.
See also posts now tagged Bloomsday Eve 2016.
From a search in this journal for Euclid + Galois + Interplay —
The 3×3×3 Galois Cube
A tune suggested by the first image above —
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Rubik's Cube Core Assembly — Swarthmore Cube Project, 2008 —
There is also a central structure within Solomon's Cube —
For a more elaborate entertainment along these lines, see the recent film
"Midnight Special" —
Saturday, June 25, 2016
From a requiem for a fashion photographer who reportedly
died today at 87 —
"Although he sometimes photographed upward of 20
gala events a week, he never sat down for dinner at
any of them and would wave away people who walked
up to him to inquire whether he would at least like
a glass of water.
Instead, he stood off to the side photographing women
like Annette de la Renta and Mercedes Bass
in their beaded gowns and tweed suits.
As Anna Wintour put it in the documentary about
'I’ve said many times, "We all get dressed for Bill." ' "
And un dressed for · · · · ?
" 'Hear what he says,' the speaker concludes,
'The dauntless master, as he starts the human tale.' "
— B. J. Leggett on page 66 of
The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens
(See "An Ordinary Evening on Page 66,"
this journal on Monday, June 20, 2016.)
The title is a reference to the Chicago character named "Four"
in Veronica Roth's Divergent series.
"In July 2014, Roth revealed that she initially wrote
Divergent from Four's point of view . . . ." — Wikipedia
Other Chicago-related stories — "Raiders of the Lost Code"
(on the recent murder-suicide of two Chicago Jungians)
and the following —
See also Jungian narrative art in
Friday, June 24, 2016
From a work cited in the previous post —
"… representation of hell and the horrors
of the burial ground are missing."
— Page 384 of Joseph Campbell's The Mythic Image ,
Princeton University Press, 1981
(First published in 1974)
For those who regret the above omission …
A review of a book published in 1977 —
"Its materials are fear and death, hallucination
and the burning of souls."
The book's author reportedly died Thursday, June 23, 2016.
See also, from 11 AM ET that day, "Raiders of the Lost Code."
The above Mythic Image quote is from page 384.
See also "Order 384" in this journal.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
From a web page —
Breaking the Code of the Archetypal Self:
An Introductory Overview of the Research Discoveries
Leading to Neo-Jungian Structural Psychoanalysis
Dr. Moore will introduce his research and discoveries
with regard to the deep structures of the Self.
Tracing the foundations in the tradition of Jung’s
affirmation of the collective unconscious, Moore
will present his “decoding of the Diamond Body,”
a mapping of the deep structures of the Great Code
of the psyche. . . .
From the same web site —
Googling "Jung" + "Diamond Body" shows that
Moore's terminology differs from Jung's.
The octahedron that Moore apparently associates
with his "diamond body" was discussed by Jung
in a different context. See selections from Ch. 14
of Jung's Aion : "The Structure and Dynamics of the Self."
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
(Continued from December 19, 2007)
Another tutelary figure —
"He attended the Trinity School in Manhattan
before enrolling in the Lawrenceville School
in New Jersey, where he began writing poetry.
He graduated in 1957. Under his yearbook
photograph appeared the motto:
'Plato or comic books, I’m versatile.' "
- "Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read"
- "Alpha Dog"
- "B. J. Leggett is professor emeritus at UT Knoxville"
- "Seven is Heaven, Eight is a Gate, Nine is a Vine"
Update of about 6:40 AM ET on June 22, 2016 —
"Que cantaba el rey David." Happy birthday to Kris Kristofferson.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
"The central poem is the poem of the whole,
The poem of the composition of the whole"
— Wallace Stevens, "A Primitive like an Orb"
The symmetries of the central four squares in any pattern
from the 4×4 version of the diamond theorem extend to
symmetries of the entire pattern. This is true also of the
central eight cubes in the 4×4×4 Solomon's cube .
Monday, June 20, 2016
"I've got a brand-new pair of roller skates …"
At the Still Point … (February 12, 2008)
For Balanchine's Birthday (January 9, 2007)
Go Set a Structure (Various dates)
Sunday, June 19, 2016
See as well this afternoon's related Vanity Fair piece.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
From a poet discussed in Plato's Meno —
Click the above image for an animated version of Feb. 12, 2008.
See also this journal on Feb. 12, 2008.
"He grew up near Stratford-upon-Avon
and went to school on a small scholarship."
In memory of New Yorker artist Anatol Kovarsky,
who reportedly died at 97 on June 1.
Note the Santa, a figure associated with Macy's at Herald Square.
See also posts tagged Herald Square, as well as the following
figure from this journal on the day preceding Kovarsky's death.
A note related both to Galois space and to
the "Herald Square"-tagged posts —
"There is such a thing as a length-16 sequence."
— Saying adapted from a young-adult novel.
Friday, June 17, 2016
The Hypertime post from 11 PM yesterday suggests
a review of one sort of narrative sequence —
See Three Approaches to The World as Myth
(Log24, September 16, 2015).