Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
“Logic is all about the entertaining of possibilities.”
— Colin McGinn,
Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning,
Harvard U. Press (See yesterday’s entry.)
“God is the sum of all possibilities.”
— Isaac Bashevis Singer, according to
the Associated Press “Today in History“
feature for today, March 30, 2005
“A probability space is a measure space with total measure one.”
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
For other illustrations of logocentric theology, see
Matrix of the Death God (May 25, 2003),
Transcendental Meditation (July 30, 2003),
and, for Warren Beatty’s birthday today,
Graphical Password (April 27, 2003).
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
The stranglehold of the Wiener Kreis on Harvard philosophy may at last be breaking:
"… imagination and belief are related…. belief presupposes imagination…."
"To negate the actual is to move imaginatively into the realm of modality. Logic is all about the entertaining of possibilities."
"… imagination is central to an account of linguistic understanding. To understand a sentence is to imaginatively grasp the possibility it represents."
From Four Quartets:
And the pool was filled
with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light…
Monday, March 28, 2005
Sunday, March 27, 2005
The Mother Ship
Camille Paglia, The Magic of Images:
“Young people today are flooded with disconnected images but lack a sympathetic instrument to analyze them as well as a historical frame of reference in which to situate them…. The new generation, raised on TV and the personal computer but deprived of a solid primary education, has become unmoored from the mother ship of culture.”
A Google search on plato cave jesus tomb yields the following:
Parched with thirst am I, and dying.
Nay, drink of Me, the ever-flowing Spring….
— Ancient tomb prayer
Those with opinions on the Schiavo case may interpret these words as they please. See also the previous entry.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Click on picture for details.
Added at 1:11 PM Saturday:
|From a discussion of gnostic heresies in today’s Tennessean.com:
Gnostic way a backlash against
lackluster sermons, worship
”Jesus is not a teacher in the conventional sense, according to the Gospel of Thomas, because people must come to knowledge themselves,” writes Marvin Meyer in The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus, the latest book to collect these hidden gospels and secret sayings of Jesus.
”Jesus was more like a bartender, in that he serves the intoxicating drink of knowledge, but people must drink for themselves.”
“It’s quarter to three…”
The Twelve Steps of Christmas
from Sinatra’s birthday last year.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
The God Factor
"Kids who may never get out of their town will be able to see the world through books. But I'm talking about my passion. What's yours?"
— NickyJett, Xanga comment
"'What is this Stone?' Chloe asked….
'…It is told that, when the Merciful One
made the worlds, first of all He created
that Stone and gave it to the Divine One
whom the Jews call Shekinah,
and as she gazed upon it
the universes arose and had being.'"
— Many Dimensions,
by Charles Williams, 1931
appropriate to Passion Week —
Jews playing God — see
in conversation with
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco,
Tuesday, March 22. Wine and cheese
reception at 5:15 PM (San Francisco time).
For the meaning of the diamond,
see the previous entry.
Make a Différance
From a Contemporary Literary Theory website:
"Différance is that which all signs have, what constitutes them as signs, as signs are not that to which they refer: i) they differ, and hence open a space from that which they represent, and ii) they defer, and hence open up a temporal chain, or, participate in temporality. As well, following de Sassure's famous argument, signs 'mean' by differing from other signs. The coined word 'différance' refers to at once the differing and the deferring of signs. Taken to the ontological level†, the differing and deferring of signs from what they mean, means that every sign repeats the creation of space and time; and ultimately, that différance is the ultimate phenomenon in the universe, an operation that is not an operation, both active and passive, that which enables and results from Being itself."
Make a Difference Day, Oct. 23, 1999:
|22. Without using the Pythagorean Theorem prove that the hypotenuse of an isosceles right triangle will have the length if the equal legs have the length 1. Suggestion: Consider the similar triangles in Fig. 39.
23. The ancient Greeks regarded the Pythagorean Theorem as involving areas, and they proved it by means of areas. We cannot do so now because we have not yet considered the idea of area. Assuming for the moment, however, the idea of the area of a square, use this idea instead of similar triangles and proportion in Ex. 22 above to show that x = .
— Page 98 of Basic Geometry, by George David Birkhoff, Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University, and Ralph Beatley, Associate Professor of Education at Harvard University (Scott, Foresman 1941)
"There is no teacher but the enemy."
Tor paperback reprint, 1994, p. 262
"Différance is, for Derrida, the key concept
in order to understand what is here at stake."
The following entries from October 2004
are related to the death of Jacques Derrida.
|Saturday, October 9, 2004 6:40 PM
"Jacques Derrida, the Algerian-born, French intellectual who became one of the most celebrated and unfathomable philosophers of the late 20th century, died Friday at a Paris hospital, the French president's office announced. He was 74."
— Jonathan Kandell, New York Times
"There is no teacher but the enemy."
— Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game,
Saturday, October 9, 2004 2:22 AM
KERRY: "I'm a Catholic – raised a Catholic. I was an altar boy. Religion has been a huge part of my life, helped lead me through a war, leads me today."
BUSH: "Trying to decipher that."
Friday, October 8, 2004 5:07 PM
Behush the Bush
"There's where. First.
"… we all gain an appreciation of how each of us can provide readings that others are blind to and how each of us is temporarily blind to other feasible readings. Reading the text becomes a communal act of discovery….
No one has much to say, for now, about the grass reference…."
The phrase "snake in the grass" seems relevant, as does the opening of Finnegans Wake:
and, for Matt Damon,
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Thursday, March 17, 2005
that shall succeed me….”
— John Bunyan,
The Pilgrim’s Progress
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, March 18, 2005; Page A01
“George F. Kennan, a diplomat and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who formulated the basic foreign policy followed by the United States in the Cold War, died last night at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 101….”
St. Patrick’s Day
Time of this entry: 12:00:36 PM.
- A commentary on “Darkening of the Light,” the I Ching, Hexagram 36:
- Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler
- Under Western Eyes, by Joseph Conrad
Sturgess’s book deals with the narrative logic of the above novels by Koestler and Conrad, as well as some Irish material:
Narrativity: Theory and Practice Pt. I The Theory of Narrativity Introduction 3 1 Narrativity and its Definitions 5 2 A Logic of Narrativity 28 3 Narrativity and Double Logics 68 4 Narrativity and the Case against Contradiction 93 5 Narrativity, Structure, and Spatial Form 117 6 Narrativity and the French Perspective 139 Pt. II The Practice of Narrativity Introduction 161 7 The Logic of Duplicity and Design in Under Western Eyes 166 8 A Story of Narrativity in Ulysses 189 9 Narrative Despotism and Metafictional Mastery: The Case of Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds 235 10 A Double Logic and the Nightmare of Reason: Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon 260 Conclusion. A Reading of Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent 287 Bibliography and Further Reading 312 Index 317
“Here the climax of the darkening is reached. The dark power at first held so high a place that it could wound all who were on the side of good and of the light. But in the end it perishes of its own darkness, for evil must itself fall at the very moment when it has wholly overcome the good, and thus consumed the energy to which it owed its duration.”
For some background, see The Shining of May 29 (JFK’s birthday).
In the previous entry, who represents the
Hexagram 36 “dark power”
Midnight Drums for Larry
"Voting by secret ballot in a Faculty meeting at the Loeb Drama Center, 218 faculty members affirmed a motion put on the docket by Professor of Anthropology and of African and African American Studies J. Lorand Matory ’82, stating that 'the Faculty lacks confidence in the leadership of Lawrence H. Summers.' "
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences:
Professor Matory is "a renowned expert on Brazil and on the Yoruba civilization of West Africa, which is world famous for its religious complexity and artistic creativity. He is equally noted for his study of such Latin American religions as Haitian 'Vodu,' Brazilian Candomblé, and Cuban Santería…."
"I came here with the goal of dancing with Larry Summers, and I did it," Chinwe U. Nwosu ’08 said. "He’s a great dancer."
"Now I can say that 'Bootylicious' is our song," she added.
"Atabaque – a large tom-tom
that is used in Afro-Brazilian
— The Sounds of Samba
— From Log24.net, Oct. 16, 2004:
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Ides of March at Harvard
And the faculty fails history’s.
Religion at Harvard
The Children’s Hour
“With the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts, Harvard couples were among those who took vows…. Lowell House master Diana Eck (left) and co-master Dorothy Austin tied the knot in Memorial Church on July 4, with Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer professor of Christian morals, officiating.”
Once in Love with Amy
“In the Dining Hall are portraits of President Lowell and his wife; his sister Amy Lowell (Pulitzer prize winning poet, and a lover of scandal…)….”
“Stone joined members of the Foundation for lunch yesterday in Lowell House before delivering her remarks at Memorial Church last night…”
Hold That Thought
nothing – the word had sexual connotations, as a slang word referring to female sexual parts. Compare Hamlet:
HAMLET Lady, shall I lie in your lap?
[Lying down at OPHELIA’s feet]
OPHELIA No, my lord.
HAMLET I mean, my head upon your lap?
OPHELIA Ay, my lord.
HAMLET Do you think I meant country matters?
OPHELIA I think nothing, my lord.
HAMLET That’s a fair thought to lie between maids’ legs.
OPHELIA What is, my lord?
— Hamlet, III.2
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Continued from March 10:
For related material, see
O’Hara, Hopkins, and Joyce.
From the Women’s History Month Soundtrack:
||The River’s Too Wide
— Olivia Newton-John 3:16
For a sample of this vintage
For more on 3:16, see the
For more on Life on the
Women’s History Month, continued:
Friday, March 11, 2005
Click on picture for details.
For some theological background
to this and the previous 8 entries,
see log24 Sept. 1-15, 2003,
which contains the following passage:
“I would like to say something more to you about cheerful serenity, the serenity of the stars and of the mind…. neither frivolity nor complacency; it is supreme insight and love, affirmation of all reality, alertness on the brink of all depths and abysses; it is a virtue of saints and of knights; it is indestructible and only increases with age and nearness to death. It is the secret of beauty and the real substance of all art.”
To a Young Scholar
truth is truth, tautalogous and true; what beauty is, that’s the thing to know
Posted 11/16/2002 at 1:51 am by TheYoungScholar
Posted 11/16/2002 at 8:16 am by m759
The Eight, an entry of 4/4/2003,
to which the following sketch refers.
Friday, March 11, 2005
James Biddle, 75, died at his family’s estate, Andalusia, near Philadelphia yesterday.
From today’s New York Times:
“Mr. Biddle was born at Andalusia on July 8, 1929. He attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., and graduated from Princeton, where he studied art and archaeology. He served in an intelligence unit of the Army during the Korean War.”
“Anybody invites you to a game of solitaire, you tell ’em sorry, buster, the ball game is over.”
Thursday, March 10, 2005
The winner of the
Art History competition
is Jodie Foster, for
with interpretive dancing.
“… as in a great work of art, there is,
written small, the artist’s signature….
Standing over humans, gods, and demons…
there is an intelligence that
antedates the universe.”
— Carl Sagan,
“Dr. Kinsey, Dr. Arroway;
Dr. Arroway, Dr. Kinsey.”
Ms. Rittmann died on February 22.
For related arrangements, see the
five log24.net entries ending on that date.
“It’s quarter to three…”
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Happy Year of the Rooster.
“The entertaining script was adapted from the novel by Charles Portis, by well-known, long time writer, Marguerite Roberts who liked to write scripts for tough men. She wrote scripts for MGM in the ’30’s, ’40’s, until she was blacklisted in 1952, for not revealing names to The Committee on Un-American Activities.”
Thursday, March 3, 2005
“Everything changes but the law of change does not change.”
“He who has perceived the meaning of change fixes his attention no longer on transitory individual things but on the immutable, eternal law at work in all change. This law is the tao of Lao-Tse, the course of things, the principle of the one in the many.”
Matrix group actions,
March 26, 1985
“The possibilia that exist,
and out of which
the Universe arose,
are located in
a necessary being….”
— Michael Sudduth,
God, Chance, and Necessity
by Keith Ward,
Regius Professor of Divinity
at Christ Church College, Oxford
(the home of Lewis Carroll)
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
"I have stolen more quotes and thoughts and purely elegant little starbursts of writing from the Book of Revelation than anything else in the English language– and it is not because I am a biblical scholar, or because of any religious faith, but because I love the wild power of the language and the purity of the madness that governs it and makes it music."
— Hunter S. Thompson, Author's Note, Generation of Swine
who died in Las Vegas
"And I will give him a white stone…."
For an "elegant starburst," see
the date of
Christopher Reeve's death.
Revelation 10:10 —
"And I took the little book
out of the angel's hand,
and ate it up; and it was in my mouth
sweet as honey: and as soon as I had
eaten it, my belly was bitter."
For the relationship of this verse to
the style of Hunter Thompson, see
From the Department of Justice:
"LSD generally is taken by mouth.
The drug is colorless and odorless
but has a slightly bitter taste."
Among the street terms for LSD
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
The New Yorker, issue dated March 7, 2005, on Hunter S. Thompson:
“… his true model and hero was F. Scott Fitzgerald. He used to type out pages from ‘The Great Gatsby,’ just to get the feeling, he said, of what it was like to write that way, and Fitzgerald’s novel was continually on his mind while he was working on ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,’ which was published, after a prolonged and agonizing compositional nightmare, in 1972. That book was supposed to be called ‘The Death of the American Dream,’ a portentous age-of-Aquarius cliché that won Thompson a nice advance but that he naturally came to consider, as he sat wretchedly before his typewriter night after night, a millstone around his neck.”
for St. Patrick’s Eve
by Steven H. Cullinane
on March 16, 2001
“I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
— Daisy Buchanan in Chapter I of The Great Gatsby
“Thanks for the tip, American Dream.”
— Spider-Girl, in Vol. 1, No. 30, March 2001