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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lux

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(As opposed to an alleged bearer  of lux  .)

IMAGE- T. Lux Feininger on 'Gestaltung'

(Here “eidolon” should instead be “eidos.”)

An example of Gestaltung :

This journal on the day of Feininger’s death, and the day before —

The 256 Code (Thursday, July 7, 2011) and Nordstrom-Robinson Automorphisms.

Grid

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In memory of one who sent in the clowns:

See also Plan 9 in this journal, as well as Saturday’s posts.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Flashback…

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To Feb. 11, 2012:

“News and Traffic. Sports and Weather. These were his acid terms
for the life he’d left behind, more than two years of living with
the tight minds that made the war. It was all background noise,
he said, waving a hand. He liked to wave a hand in dismissal.”

— DeLillo, Don (2010-02-02), Point Omega 

Send in the Clowns.   (Click to enlarge.)

The above flashback was suggested by Lev Grossman’s verb “trafficked”
in yesterday’s posts, and by the song lyric “show us the way to
the next little girl.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Grossman Chronicles

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“Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, Homer: those writers trafficked in
witches and fairies and ghosts and monsters. Why shouldn’t I?”

Novelist Lev Grossman in The New York Times  this afternoon

Grossman’s father was the poet Allen Grossman.

See that Grossman in this journal, as well as a search for Holy Water.

Les Prédateurs

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For the Thin White Duke —
The Next Whiskey Bar:

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6:00 pm in UTC+02
at LYNX 760 in Oslo, Norway.

Friday, August 15, 2014

August Ninth Death

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In memory of a Manhattan real-estate developer
who reportedly died on August 9, 2014 —
a post from that date a year earlier.

Click on the Tower for further details.

The Omega Matrix

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(Continued)

The webpage Rosenhain and Göpel Tetrads in PG(3,2)
has been updated to include more material on symplectic structure.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Analects

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“Mr. Ryckmans translated, into English, the ‘Analects,’
the collection of sayings attributed to Confucius.”

— A New York Times  obituary this evening

See also this morning’s post on Confucius.

Full Frontal Aesthetics

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A prequel to today’s noon post

Rosalind Krauss in “Grids” —

“The physical qualities of the surface, we could say,
are mapped onto the aesthetic dimensions of
the same surface. And those two planes—
the physical and the aesthetic— are demonstrated
to be the same plane…. the bottom line of the grid is
a naked and determined materialism.”

A writer I prefer:

Barsotti’s classic illustrated:

The naked and determined Annette Bening in “The Grifters” —

Bottom Line

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“. . . the bottom line of the grid is a naked and determined materialism.”

— Rosalind Krauss, quoted by Josefine Lyche

See also http://www.dailymotion.com/video/
x164rmi_britt-ekland-nude-wicker-man-1973_people.

MIT Mystery

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Robin Williams and the Stages of Grief

A weblog post from Jan. 25, 2014 (click image to enlarge)—

Clues for a Mystery   (Click links for more details)—

Clue 1:  A June 11,* 2014, math death.

Clue 2:  The answer is a surname.

Midrash for Will Hunting:

See Nanavira Thera at Wikipedia and space notes from September 2012.

* According to a (perhaps inaccurate) math department.
June 10, according to other sources cited by the department.

Intelligent Opening?

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“The Pope’s visit to South Korea is the first part of a very intelligent
opening to Asia,” said Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian
Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame.
— Madison Park, CNN this morning

A not-so-intelligent opening —

“Could it be that the familiar and beloved figure of Confucius
was invented by Jesuit priests? In Manufacturing Confucianism,
Lionel M. Jensen reveals this very fact….”

Duke University Press

For some background, see an Atlantic Monthly  article from 1999,
Confucius and the Scholars,” by Charlotte Allen.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Symplectic Structure continued

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Some background for the part of the 2002 paper by Dolgachev and Keum
quoted here on January 17, 2014 —

Related material in this journal (click image for posts) —

Stranger than Dreams*

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Illustration from a discussion of a symplectic structure 
in a 4×4 array quoted here on January 17, 2014 —

See symplectic structure in this journal.

* The final words of Point Omega , a 2010 novel by Don DeLillo.
See also Omega Matrix in this journal.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Point Omega

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Continues

Update of 9:29 PM ET (Click to enlarge.) —

Adapted from a Facebook page.

Monkey Business

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Welcome to the Ape Stuff.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Wicca Man*

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Don’t forget to send us your strip!

* A reference to mathematician Peter J. Cameron as Lord Summerisle.

Raiding Minsky’s

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In honor of Emil Post and Robin Williams:

With Honors

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Continued from June 5, 2003.

Complete the sentence: “The son of a bitch stole my _______. ”

Syntactic/Symplectic

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(Continued from August 9, 2014.)

Syntactic:

Symplectic:

“Visual forms— lines, colors, proportions, etc.— are just as capable of
articulation , i.e. of complex combination, as words. But the laws that govern
this sort of articulation are altogether different from the laws of syntax that
govern language. The most radical difference is that visual forms are not
discursive 
. They do not present their constituents successively, but
simultaneously, so the relations determining a visual structure are grasped
in one act of vision.”

– Susanne K. LangerPhilosophy in a New Key

For examples, see The Diamond-Theorem Correlation
in Rosenhain and Göpel Tetrads in PG(3,2).

This is a symplectic  correlation,* constructed using the following
visual structure:

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven).

* Defined in (for instance) Paul B. Yale, Geometry and Symmetry ,
Holden-Day, 1968, sections 6.9 and 6.10.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

That Old Devil Moon

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“Something in your eyes I see
Soon begins bewitching me”

Knight Moves

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Some illustrations:

Springer logo - A chess knight

Chess Knight
(in German, Springer)

See also…

Katherine Neville's 'The Eight,' edition with knight on cover, on her April 4 birthday

More technically (click image for details):

Sermon

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From The Mathematics of Language:
10th and 11th  Biennial Conference….
Berlin,  Springer, 2010 —

Creation Myths of Generative Grammar
and the Mathematics of Syntactic Structures
by Geoffrey K. Pullum, University of Edinburgh

Abstract

Syntactic Structures  (Chomsky [6])  is widely believed to have laid
the foundations of a cognitive revolution in linguistic science, and
to have presented (i) the first use in linguistics of powerful new ideas
regarding grammars as generative systems, (ii) a proof that English
was not a regular language, (iii) decisive syntactic arguments against
context-free phrase structure grammar description, and (iv) a
demonstration of how transformational rules could provide a formal
solution to those problems. None of these things are true. This paper
offers a retrospective analysis and evaluation.”

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Syntactic/Symplectic

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Syntactic  Structure —

See the Lightfoot of today’s previous post:

Symplectic  Structure —

See the plaited, or woven, structure of  August 6:

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven).

See also Deep  Structure  (Dec. 9, 2012).

Operation Lightfoot*

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“In 1977, Golan directed Operation Thunderbolt….”

Hollywood Reporter  obituary

* See a search for Lightfoot  in this journal.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Succès de Scandale

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Ten Years

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A Late Quartet

01:13:08.25,01:13:12.35
(STRING QUARTET PLAYING
SLOW, LUSH MELODY)

01:13:22.59,01:13:26.23
They’re fucking sixteenths,
Steve, stop milking them.

01:13:26.36,01:13:29.78
Folks, disagree,
but do it nicely, and please…

01:13:30.47,01:13:33.38
…try not to get caught up in mistakes.

01:13:35.17,01:13:38.21
When I was your age,
I met the great Pablo Casals.

01:13:38.34,01:13:40.85
I was so intimidated
I could barely speak.

01:13:40.98,01:13:43.19
He must have sensed this, because…

01:13:43.31,01:13:46.99
…instead of a chat,
he asked me to play.

01:13:47.12,01:13:49.93
He requested the prelude
to the Fourth Bach suite.

01:13:51.62,01:13:54.80
I focused, took a deep breath,
began, the notes started to flow,

01:13:54.93,01:13:58.67
the music’s in the air, and it was
the worst music I ever made.

01:13:58.80,01:14:00.28
(STUDENTS CHUCKLE)

01:14:01.13,01:14:05.44
I played so badly,
I got halfway through and had to stop.

01:14:05.57,01:14:07.71
“Bravo,” he said, “Well done.”

01:14:08.94,01:14:13.85
Then, he asked me to play the allemande.
“A second chance,” I think to myself.

01:14:15.48,01:14:17.05
I never played worse.

01:14:18.48,01:14:22.06
“Wonderful. Splendid,” he praised me.

01:14:22.19,01:14:26.73
And when I left that night,
I felt terrible about my performance,

01:14:26.86,01:14:30.50
but what really bothered me
wasn’t my playing, it was Casals.

01:14:30.63,01:14:32.30
The insincerity.

01:14:33.90,01:14:36.50
Years later, I met him in Paris

01:14:36.63,01:14:40.41
and by then I was professional,
we played together.

01:14:40.54,01:14:45.08
We became acquaintances,
and one evening, over a glass of wine…

01:14:46.94,01:14:51.32
…I confessed to him what I thought
of his horseshit all those years ago.

01:14:51.45,01:14:53.22
(LAUGHTER)

01:14:55.12,01:14:59.09
And he got angry. His demeanor changed,
he grabbed his cello,

01:14:59.22,01:15:02.50
“Listen,” he said.
And he played this phrase.

01:15:03.63,01:15:07.58
(PLAYS DYNAMIC, DRAMATIC PHRASE)

01:15:19.08,01:15:22.06
“Didn’t you play that? Fingering.

01:15:22.18,01:15:25.96
You did.
It was novel to me. It was good.

01:15:26.08,01:15:31.09
And here, didn’t you attack
this passage with an up-bow like this?”

01:15:45.14,01:15:49.08
Casals emphasized the good stuff,
the things he enjoyed.

01:15:50.87,01:15:55.65
He encouraged. And for the rest,
leave that to the morons,

01:15:55.78,01:16:00.85
or whatever it is in Spanish,
who judge by counting faults.

01:16:00.98,01:16:03.62
“I can be grateful,
and so must you be,” he said,

01:16:03.75,01:16:09.03
“for even one singular phrase,
one transcendent moment.”

01:16:09.33,01:16:10.33
Hmm?

01:16:11.40,01:16:16.64
- Wow.
- Yeah, wow. Pablo Casals. Champion.

01:16:17.90,01:16:21.82
Once more, with feeling please. Feeling!

01:16:25.21,01:16:29.05
(SLOW, LUSH MELODY RESUMES)

See also a video of this scene and a post from this date ten years ago.

Forty Years

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Omega Mystery

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See a post,  The Omega Matrix, from the date of her death.

Related material:

“When Death tells a story, you really have to listen.”
— Cover of The Book Thief

A scene from the film of the above book —

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Some context — “Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery” —
See posts tagged April Awareness 2014.

Abuse of Language

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From Wikipedia — Abuse of language —

“… in mathematics, a use of terminology in a way that is not formally correct
but that simplifies exposition or suggests the correct intuition.”

The phrase “symplectic structure” in the previous post
was a deliberate abuse of languageThe real definition:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Symplectic Structure*

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From Gotay and Isenberg, “The Symplectization of Science,”
Gazette des Mathématiciens  54, 59-79 (1992):

“… what is the origin of the unusual name ‘symplectic’? ….
Its mathematical usage is due to Hermann Weyl who,
in an effort to avoid a certain semantic confusion, renamed
the then obscure ‘line complex group’ the ‘symplectic group.’
… the adjective ‘symplectic’ means ‘plaited together’ or ‘woven.’
This is wonderfully apt….”

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven)

The above symplectic  structure** now appears in the figure
illustrating the diamond-theorem correlation in the webpage
Rosenhain and Göpel Tetrads in PG(3,2).

Some related passages from the literature:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/100915-SteinbergOnChevalleyGroups.jpg

* The title is a deliberate abuse of language .
For the real definition of 
“symplectic structure,” see (for instance)
“Symplectic Geometry,” by Ana Cannas da Silva (article written for
Handbook of Differential Geometry, vol 2.)

** See Steven H. Cullinane, Inscapes III, 1986

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Verhexung

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“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment [Verhexung ]
of our intelligence by means of our language.”

— Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations , section 109

“The philosophy of logic speaks of sentences and words
in exactly the sense in which we speak of them in ordinary life
when we say e.g. ‘Here is a Chinese sentence,’ or ‘No, that only
looks like writing; it is actually just an ornament’ and so on.”

— Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations , section 108

Monday, June 30, 2014

High Concept

Tags:  — m759 @ 5:24 PM

For the title, see a post of Nov. 4, 2007.

Related material:

Hexagram 29, Water, and a pattern resembling
the symbol for Aquarius:

http://www.log24.com/images/IChing/hexagram29.gif          .

For some backstory about the former,
see the June 21 post Hallmark.

For some backstory about the latter,
see today’s post Toward Evening.

Tom Wolfe has supplied some scaffolding*
to support the concept.

* A reference to Grossman and Descartes.

Which

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“… which is our actual experience” — Joan Didion

IMAGE- Wittgenstein on 'the bewitchment of our intelligence'

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

Omega Post

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In memory of radio personality Steve Post,
a link to some remarks on the date of his death.

The Omega Story

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live…. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”

Joan Didion

See also a post from May 4, 2011 (the date, according to a Google
search, of untitled notes regarding a matrix called Omega).

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bunch vs. Bunch

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“This is a divorce case that was before us on an earlier occasion.”

Wild:

From the director of The Wild Bunch

Brady:

From The New York Times —

The Omega Portal

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Version from “The Avengers” (2012) —

Version from Josefine Lyche (2009) —

Image- Josefine Lyche work (with 1986 figures by Cullinane) in a 2009 exhibition in Oslo

See also this journal on the date that the above Avengers  video was uploaded.

A Wrinkle in Space

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“There is  such a thing as a tesseract.” — Madeleine L’Engle

An approach via the Omega Matrix:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10A/100619-TesseractAnd4x4.gif

See, too, Rosenhain and Göpel as The Shadow Guests .

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Omega Matrix

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Shown below is the matrix Omega from notes of Richard Evan Schwartz.
See also earlier versions (1976-1979) by Steven H. Cullinane.

IMAGE- The matrix Omega from notes of Richard Evan Schwartz. See also earlier versions (1977-1979) by Steven H. Cullinane.

Backstory:  The Schwartz Notes (June 1, 2011), and Schwartz on
the American Mathematical Society’s current home page:

(Click to enlarge.)

Unplatonic Dialogue

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Dialogue from “The Osterman Weekend”—

01:57:22  “Why did he make us try to believe Omega existed?”
01:57:25    ….
01:57:26  “The existence of Omega has not been disproved.
01:57:28  Don’t you understand that?
01:57:31  Omega is as real  as we need it to be.”

See also Omega elsewhere in this journal.

Update of 9:15 PM ET —

Transgressing the Barriers

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  • “Jung’s archetypes transgress the barriers of time and space.”
    — From a passage quoted by Fritz Leiber in “The Oldest Soldier,”
    Fantastic,  May 1960
  • “… as if they had opened a door and stepped into another dimension
    full of the potentialities of any dimension not immediately calculable.”
    — Wallace Stevens, Bard College speech,  1951
  • “Break on through to the other side.”
    The Doors, 1967

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bard Speech

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Today’s previous post quoted a professor of English at Bard College.

Related material:

IMAGE- Opening of Wallace Stevens's Bard College speech, 1951

The Warrenpoint Puzzle

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From a review of Metaphor , by Denis Donoghue
(Harvard University Press, 2014)—

“Donoghue brings a lovely confessional element to his analysis.
As a student, he says, he

loved Latin, the foreignness of it….
In Warrenpoint I sang the syllables….”

“Donoghue concedes points, finds faults, develops his own memories
to arrive at hybrid personal-critical museum-piece definitions of metaphor.
Interrogating Richards’s tenor/vehicle distinction, Donoghue observes
that ‘metaphor is the mutual relation of tenor and vehicle,
a relation achieved by holding the two simultaneously in one’s mind’ –
but, he points out, ‘How that is done is a puzzle.’”

— Lianne Habinek in Open Letters Monthly

See also Log24 posts of June 26, 2014.

Or Not

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Smart Art

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IMAGE- Ruth Horwich, recipient of the 2013 Shapiro award from the Smart Museum

Horwich reportedly died on July 21, 2014.

For a different perspective on smart art, see the Log24 posts of April 2013.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Mystery Prize

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Continued from the Facebook-related post of February 4, 2014:

In related news at the website of the
American Mathematical Society today:

Multimillion-Dollar Minds

“The Multimillion-Dollar Minds of 5 Mathematical Masters,”
by Kenneth Chang, ran in the New York Times  on June 23, 2014.
The piece reports the award of $3 million “Breakthrough” prizes….
The prizes are financed by Yuri Milner, “a Russian who dropped out
of graduate studies in physics and became a successful investor in
Internet companies like Facebook,” and Mark Zuckerberg,
the founder of Facebook….

Related material:  Requiem for a Cat  (March 27, 2012).

“Break on through to the other side” — The Doors

The Diamond-Theorem Correlation

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Click image for a larger, clearer version.

IMAGE- The symplectic correlation underlying Rosenhain and Göpel tetrads

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Zero System

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The title phrase means, according to the Encyclopedia of Mathematics,
a null system , and

“A null system is also called null polarity,
a symplectic polarity or a symplectic correlation….
it is a polarity such that every point lies in its own
polar hyperplane.”

See Reinhold Baer, “Null Systems in Projective Space,”
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 51
(1945), pp. 903-906.

An example in PG(3,2), the projective 3-space over the
two-element Galois field GF(2):

IMAGE- The natural symplectic polarity in PG(3,2)

See also the 10 AM ET post of Sunday, June 8, 2014, on this topic.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Photo Opportunities

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I need a photo opportunity….” — Paul Simon

Ready for My Closeup

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IMAGE- Jenny O'Hara sums up the Log24 'Aqua' theme

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Art Now

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IMAGE- 'MADE IN LA,' 'NEW ART NOW,' with fountain from broken water main on Sunset Boulevard. Photo by Mike Meadows.

See also Aqua  in this journal.

The Craft

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See “Charles Williams” + Witchcraft  in this journal.

Williams was one of the Inklings, a group of Christian
writers that included C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Darkness at Noon

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See also Kurtz in this  journal.

Radio Days

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In memoriam :

“Margot Adler, an iconic NPR correspondent and Wiccan priestess,
died on Monday July 28 from endometrial cancer at the age of 68.”

Huffington Post 07/28/2014 5:39 pm EDT

See also Log24 posts tagged NPR Magic.

Strict Form

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Two items from this morning’s news:

IMAGE- 'Monk brought strict form of Zen Buddhism to U.S.'

Sasaki Roshi trained for years in a distinctively strict style of Zen
that he transplanted to the U.S. His students rose at 3 a.m.
for chanting, exhausting hours of meditation and one-on-one
meetings with their teacher, who would pose impenetrable
koans, riddles like: ‘When you see the flower, where is God?’”

For a mathematician’s example of an alleged Zen ideal, see the feast day
this year of St. Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Reductio Ad

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Wikipedia article:

Reductionism is a philosophical position
which holds that a complex system is nothing but
the sum of its parts, and that an account of it can be
reduced to accounts of individual constituents.[1]

 1.  See e.g. Reductionism in the Interdisciplinary
Encyclopedia of Religion and Science.

 “The Website of the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia on
Religion and Science
  is edited by the Advanced School
for Interdisciplinary Research (ADSIR), operating at the
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome….”

For a reductionist Holy Cross, see yesterday’s noon post.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

George Johnson’s Theory of Everything

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George Johnson, a science writer, in The New York Times
on July 21, 2014:

“New particles may yet be discovered, and even new laws.
But it is almost taken for granted that everything
from physics to biology, including the mind,
ultimately comes down to four fundamental concepts:
matter and energy interacting in an arena of space and time.”

Related material:

Ite, missa est.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

OOPs

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Or:  Two Rivets Short of a Paradigm

Detail from an author photo:

IMAGE- 'House of Cards,' book on Bear Stearns, author photo, with two missing rivets

From rivet-rivet.net:

The philosopher Graham Harman is invested in re-thinking the autonomy of objects and is part of a movement called Object-Oriented-Philosophy (OOP). Harman wants to question the authority of the human being at the center of philosophy to allow the insertion of the inanimate into the equation. With the aim of proposing a philosophy of objects themselves, Harman puts the philosophies of Bruno Latour and Martin Heidegger in dialogue. Along these lines, Harman proposes an unconventional reading of the tool-being analysis made by Heidegger. For Harman, the term tool does not refer only to human-invented tools such as hammers or screwdrivers, but to any kind of being or thing such as a stone, dog or even a human. Further, he uses the terms objects, beings, tools and things, interchangeably, placing all on the same ontological footing. In short, there is no “outside world.”

Harman distinguishes two characteristics of the tool-being: invisibility and totality. Invisibility means that an object is not simply used but is: “[an object] form(s) a cosmic infrastructure of artificial and natural and perhaps supernatural forces, power by which our last action is besieged.” For instance, nails, wooden boards and plumbing tubes do their work to keep a house “running” silently (invisibly) without being viewed or noticed. Totality means that objects do not operate alone but always in relation to other objects–the smallest nail can, for example, not be disconnected from wooden boards, the plumbing tubes or from the cement. Depending on the point of view of each entity (nail, tube, etc.) a different reality will emerge within the house. For Harman, “to refer to an object as a tool-being is not to say that it is brutally exploited as a means to an end, but only that it is torn apart by the universal duel between the silent execution of an object’s reality and the glistening aura of its tangible surface.”

— From “The Action of Things,” an M.A. thesis at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, by Manuela Moscoso, May 2011, edited by Sarah Demeuse

From Wikipedia, a programming paradigm:

See also posts tagged Turing’s Cathedral, and Alley  Oop (Feb. 11, 2003).

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review

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In honor of Ace Greenberg, a major Wall Street player
who reportedly died today at 86:

See also this journal on the date of the above review,
March 9, 2009:  First and Last Things.

Zeppelin Concert

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