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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday October 30, 2008

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Readings for
Devil's Night

Pope Benedict XVI, formerly the modern equivalent of The Grand Inquisitor

1. Today's New York Times  review
    of Peter Brook's production of
   "The Grand Inquisitor"
2. Mathematics and Theology
3. Christmas, 2005
4. Cube Space, 1984-2003

Thursday October 30, 2008

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From the Mountaintop

Katherine Neville, author of perhaps the greatest bad novel of the twentieth century, The Eight, has now graced a new century with her sequel, titled The Fire. An excerpt:

“Our family lodge had been built at about this same period in the prior century, by neighboring tribes, for my great-great-grandmother, a pioneering mountain lass. Constructed of hand-hewn rock and massive tree trunks chinked together, it was a huge log cabin that was shaped like an octagon– patterned after a hogan or sweat lodge– with many-paned windows facing in each cardinal direction, like a vast, architectural compass rose.
……..
From here on the mountaintop, fourteen thousand feet atop the Colorado Plateau, I could see the vast, billowing sea of three-mile-high mountain peaks, licked by the rosy morning light. On a clear day like this, I could see all the way to Mount Hesperus– which the Diné call Dibé Nitsaa: Black Mountain. One of the four sacred mountains created by First Man and First Woman.

Together with Sisnaajinii, white mountain (Mt. Blanca) in the east; Tsoodzil, blue mountain (Mt. Taylor) in the south, and Dook’o’osliid, yellow mountain (San Francisco Peaks) in the west, these four marked out the four corners of Dinétah– ‘Home of the Diné,’ as the Navajo call themselves.

And they pointed as well to the high plateau I was standing on: Four Corners, the only place in the U.S. where four states– Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona– come together at right angles to form a cross.”


Related material
(Oct. 14, 2004):

The Eight

Lest the reader of the previous entry mistakenly take Katherine Neville’s book The Eight more seriously than Fritz Leiber’s greatly superior writings on eightness, here are two classic interpretations of Leiber’s “spider” or “double cross” symbol:

Greek: The Four Elements

Aristotle:
The 4 elements and
the 4 qualities
(On Generation and
Corruption, II, 3
)

Chinese: The Eight Trigrams

Richard Wilhelm:
The 8 trigrams
(Understanding
the I Ching
,
154-175)

The eight-rayed star may be taken
as representing what is known
in philosophy as a “universal.”

See also

The Divine Universals,

Plato, Pegasus, and the Evening Star,

A Little Extra Reading, and

Quine in Purgatory.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday October 27, 2008

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Halloween
Meditation

for…

Halloween Card from SuSu

5:07:33 AM ET

Denali

Hexagram 33

33 Retreat

THE IMAGE

Mountain under heaven:
the image of RETREAT.
Thus the superior man
keeps the inferior man
at a distance,
not angrily
but with reserve.

“The mountain rises up under heaven, but owing to its nature it finally comes to a stop. Heaven on the other hand retreats upward before it into the distance and remains out of reach. This symbolizes the behavior of the superior man toward a climbing inferior; he retreats into his own thoughts as the inferior man comes forward. He does not hate him, for hatred is a form of subjective involvement by which we are bound to the hated object. The superior man shows strength (heaven) in that he brings the inferior man to a standstill (mountain) by his dignified reserve.” —Richard Wilhelm

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday October 25, 2008

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Actual Being

The New York Times Book Review online today has a review by Sam Tanenhaus of a new John Updike book.

The title of the review (not the book) is "Mr. Wizard."

"John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters. His output alone (60 books, almost 40 of them novels or story collections) has been supernatural. More wizardly still is the ingenuity of his prose. He has now written tens of thousands of sentences, many of them tiny miracles of transubstantiation whereby some hitherto overlooked datum of the human or natural world– from the anatomical to the zoological, the socio-economic to the spiritual– emerges, as if for the first time, in the complete­ness of its actual being."

Rolling Stone interview with Sting, February 7, 1991:

"'I was brought up in a very strong Catholic community,' Sting says. 'My parents were Catholic, and in the Fifties and Sixties, Catholicism was very strong. You know, they say, "Once a Catholic, always a Catholic." In a way I'm grateful for that background. There's a very rich imagery in Catholicism: blood, guilt, death, all that stuff.' He laughs."

http://www.log24.com/log/pix08A/081025-Sting.jpg

RS 597, Feb. 7, 1991

Last night's 12:00 AM
Log24 entry:

Midnight Bingo

From this date six years ago:


It All Adds Up.

From this morning's newspaper,
a religious meditation I had not
seen last night:

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix08A/081025-WizardOfIdSm.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Related material:

Juneteenth through
Midsummer Night, 2007

and

Church of the Forbidden Planet

Saturday October 25, 2008

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Midnight Bingo

From this date six years ago:

It All Adds Up.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday October 24, 2008

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The Cube Space” is a name given to the eightfold cube in a vulgarized mathematics text, Discrete Mathematics: Elementary and Beyond, by Laszlo Lovasz et al., published by Springer in 2003. The identification in a natural way of the eight points of the linear 3-space over the 2-element field GF(2) with the eight vertices of a cube is an elementary and rather obvious construction, doubtless found in a number of discussions of discrete mathematics. But the less-obvious generation of the affine group AGL(3,2) of order 1344 by permutations of parallel edges in such a cube may (or may not) have originated with me. For descriptions of this process I wrote in 1984, see Diamonds and Whirls and Binary Coordinate Systems. For a vulgarized description of this process by Lovasz, without any acknowledgement of his sources, see an excerpt from his book.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday October 23, 2008

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Along Came
a Spider

Symmetry axes of the square

A phrase from 1959
(“Damnation Morning“),
from Monday
(“Me and My Shadow“),
and from Sept. 28
(“Buffalo Soldier“) —

“Look, Buster,
do you want to live?”

A closely related phrase:

… Todo lo sé
por el lucero puro
que brilla en la diadema

de la Muerte.

Rubén Darío

The link to
Buffalo Soldier
in this entry
is in memory of
Vittorio Foa, who
died Monday
at his home
 outside Rome.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday October 22, 2008

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Atwood's 'Matter of Life and Debt,' NY Times online, 6 PM Oct. 22, 2008

Related material:
Oct. 16-18, 2004

   THEREFORE CHOOSE LIFE.

Wednesday October 22, 2008

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Euclid vs. Galois

On May 4, 2005, I wrote a note about how to visualize the 7-point Fano plane within a cube.

Last month, John Baez
showed slides that touched on the same topic. This note is to clear up possible confusion between our two approaches.

From Baez’s Rankin Lectures at the University of Glasgow:

(Click to enlarge)

John Baez, drawing of seven vertices of a cube corresponding to Fano-plane points

Note that Baez’s statement (pdf) “Lines in the Fano plane correspond to planes through the origin [the vertex labeled ‘1’] in this cube” is, if taken (wrongly) as a statement about a cube in Euclidean 3-space, false.

The statement is, however, true of the eightfold cube, whose eight subcubes correspond to points of the linear 3-space over the two-element field, if “planes through the origin” is interpreted as planes within that linear 3-space, as in Galois geometry, rather than within the Euclidean cube that Baez’s slides seem to picture.

This Galois-geometry interpretation is, as an article of his from 2001 shows, actually what Baez was driving at. His remarks, however, both in 2001 and 2008, on the plane-cube relationship are both somewhat trivial– since “planes through the origin” is a standard definition of lines in projective geometry– and also unrelated– apart from the possibility of confusion– to my own efforts in this area. For further details, see The Eightfold Cube.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday October 20, 2008

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Me and My Shadow

Thoughts suggested by Saturday's entry–

"… with primitives the beginnings of art, science, and religion coalesce in the undifferentiated chaos of the magical mentality…."

— Carl G. Jung, "On the Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry," Collected Works, Vol. 15, The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature, Princeton University Press, 1966, excerpted in Twentieth Century Theories of Art, edited by James M. Thompson.

For a video of such undifferentiated chaos, see the Four Tops' "Loco in Acapulco."

"Yes, you'll be goin' loco
  down in Acapulco,

  the magic down there
  is so strong."

This song is from the 1988 film "Buster."

(For a related religious use of that name– "Look, Buster, do you want to live?"– see Fritz Leiber's "Damnation Morning," quoted here on Sept. 28.)

Art, science, and religion are not apparent within the undifferentiated chaos of the Four Tops' Acapulco video, which appears to incorporate time travel in its cross-cutting of scenes that seem to be from the Mexican revolution with contemporary pool-party scenes. Art, science, and religion do, however, appear within my own memories of Acapulco. While staying at a small thatched-roof hostel on a beach at Acapulco in the early 1960's, I read a paperback edition of Three Philosophical Poets, a book by George Santayana on Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe. Here we may regard art as represented by Goethe, science by Lucretius, and religion by Dante. For a more recent and personal combination of these topics, see Juneteenth through Midsummer Night, 2007, which also has references to the "primitives" and "magical mentality" discussed by Jung.

"The major structures of the psyche for Jung include the ego, which is comprised of the persona and the shadow. The persona is the 'mask' which the person presents [to] the world, while the shadow holds the parts of the self which the person feels ashamed and guilty about."

— Brent Dean Robbins, Jung page at Mythos & Logos

As for shame and guilt, see Malcolm Lowry's classic Under the Volcano, a novel dealing not with Acapulco but with a part of Mexico where in my youth I spent much more time– Cuernavaca.

Lest Lowry's reflections prove too depressing, I recommend as background music the jazz piano of the late Dave McKenna… in particular, "Me and My Shadow."

McKenna died on Saturday, the date of the entry that included "Loco in Acapulco." Saturday was also the Feast of Saint Luke.
 

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday October 18, 2008

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Allure
(continued from
July 3, 2006)

This morning’s New York Times
has an obituary for the father
of the paper’s executive editor,
Bill Keller:

NY Times obituaries Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008

For more on George Keller and on
the more colorful Levi Stubbs,
who also died on Friday,
see the Times‘s AP obituaries.

Keller’s son Bill has emphasized
what he calls the “allure” of the
Times‘s lifestyles coverage.

An example of such coverage–
a 2006 story on visual art in Mexico
that included a reference to…

Damien Hirst’s gory new series
 ‘The Death of God–
Towards a Better Understanding
of Life Without God
Aboard the Ship of Fools.’

For descriptions of such life,
I prefer the literary art of
Robert Stone– in particular,
Stone’s novel
A Flag for Sunrise.

Credit must be given to
the Times for an excellent
1981 review of that novel.

(This was well before
the younger Keller
joined the Times in 1984.)

My own views on life are
less like those of either Keller
than like those of Stone and
perhaps of Levi Stubbs, the
other father figure who
died on Friday.

Related material:

“Yes, you’ll be goin’ loco
down in Acapulco,
the magic down there
 is so strong.”
— Levi Stubbs   

The Four Tops: Goin' Loco Down in Acapulco

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday October 17, 2008

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Yesterday’s entry

Ediie Adams sings 'That's All'

Edie Adams, who died
on Wednesday, sings
That’s All

“Every musician wants to do something of lasting quality, something which will hold up for a long time, and I guess we did it with ‘Stairway.'”

Jimmy Page on “Stairway to Heaven

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday October 16, 2008

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Steps

“… it’s going to be accomplished in steps,
 this establishment of the Talented
 in the scheme of things.”

Step 1:

Checkers game from 'Our Man in Havana'

Alec Guinness and Ernie Kovacs
play checkers in
Our Man in Havana” (1959)

Et cetera,
Et cetera,
Et cetera


“…Once in a lullaby….”
— Judy Garland  

Lullaby:

Edie Adams sings 'That's All' on the final episode of the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Edie Adams sings on the
final episode of
“The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour”
in April 1960

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday October 15, 2008

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Quality

http://www.log24.com/log/pix08A/081015-WW.jpg

Hint:
The above symbol
does not stand for
Walter Winchell.”

Related material:

Log24 entries for the
Halloween season
of 2005

“This is the turning point
 Funny
 But by the end
 Bitter and serious and deadly”

— Jill O’Hara singing
  “The Climax” in “Hair”

See also
The Quality of Diamond
.

Wednesday October 15, 2008

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Links for the birthday of the late mathematician Bernhard H. Neumann:

MacTutor biography of Neumann

Variety (Universal Algebra) at Wikipedia

Preface to Varieties of Groups (1967), by Hanna Neumann

Biography (1974 obituary) of Hanna Neumann

Peter M. Neumann home page

Some related notes on algebra suggested by finite geometry:

Dynamic and algebraic compatibility of groups (1985 Dec. 11)

Groups related by a nontrivial identity (1985 Nov. 17)

Transformations over a bridge (1983 Aug. 16)

Group identity algebras (1983 Aug. 4)

I have no idea if any work has been done in this area since my own efforts in 1983-1985.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday October 12, 2008

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Confidence Game
 
Paul Newman and Robert Redford in 'The Sting'

The Winners:

European leaders in Paris agree on plan to aid banks

Related material:
Dec. 16, 2003

Moulin Bleu

Juliette Binoche in 'Blue'  Animated 2x2 kaleidoscope figures from Diamond Theory

Kaleidoscope turning…
Shifting pattern
within unalterable structure…
— Roger Zelazny, Eye of Cat   

Sunday October 12, 2008

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“Elegant”

— Today’s New York Times
review of the Very Rev.
Francis Bowes Sayre Jr.

Related material:

Log24 entries from
the anniversary this
year of Sayre’s birth
and from the date
of his death:

A link from the former
suggests the following
graphic meditation–

The Windmill of Time and the Diamond of Eternity
(Click on figure for details.)

A link from the latter
suggests another
graphic meditation–

A 2x4 array of squares

(Click on figure for details.)

Although less specifically
American than the late
Reverend, who was
born in the White House,
hence perhaps irrelevant
to his political views,
these figures are not
without relevance to
his religion, which is
more about metanoia
than about paranoia.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday October 11, 2008

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Phaeton

Haider was pronounced dead
 in a hospital shortly after his
 Volkswagen Phaeton veered
 off the road….”

“In the version of the myth told by Ovid in the Metamorphoses, Phaeton bragged to his friends that his father was the sun-god. One of his friends, who was rumored to be a son of Zeus, refused to believe him and said his mother was lying. So Phaeton went to his father Helios, who swore by the river Styx to give Phaeton anything he should ask for in order to prove his divine paternity. Phaeton wanted to drive his chariot (the sun) for a day. Though Helios tried to talk him out of it, Phaeton was adamant. When the day came, Phaeton panicked and lost control of the mean horses that drew the chariot. First it veered too high, so that the earth grew chill. Then it dipped too close, and the vegetation dried and burned. He accidentally turned most of Africa into desert, burning the skin of the Ethiopians black. Eventually, Zeus was forced to intervene by striking the runaway chariot with a lightning bolt to stop it, and Phaeton plunged into the river Eridanos. His sisters the Heliades grieved so much that they were turned into poplar trees that weep golden amber.

This story has given rise to two latter-day meanings of ‘phaeton’: one who drives a chariot or coach, especially at a reckless or dangerous speed, and one that would or may set the world on fire.” —Wikipedia

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday October 10, 2008

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The Fury
Comes Later

Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column, “Sound, but No Fury,” on the September 26 debate at Oxford, Mississippi–

“Who would have dreamed that when socialism finally came to the U.S.A. it would be brought not by Bolsheviks in blue jeans but Wall Street bankers….?”

Perhaps Ernest Lehman, author of screenplays for “The Prize” and “From the Terrace.” (See recent Log24 entries.)

Paul Krugman’s column in today’s online Times, “Moment of Truth“–

“The consequences of Lehman’s fall were apparent within days, yet key policy players have largely wasted the past four weeks. Now they’ve reached a moment of truth: They’d better do something soon– in fact, they’d better announce a coordinated rescue plan this weekend– or the world economy may well experience its worst slump since the Great Depression.

Let’s talk about where we are right now.”

Related material:

The Sound and the Fury
(Log24, June 8, 2003)
and Lehman’s
Sweet Smell of Success.”

Song of Songs 8:8–
We have a little sister,
and she hath no breasts:
what shall we do for our sister
in the day when she shall
be spoken for?


Burt Lancaster in 'Sweet Smell of Success'


“In Lehman’s fall
We sinned all.”

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday October 9, 2008

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The Swedish Solution

(A modest proposal from
the date of Paul Newman’s death)

Paul Newman and Elke Sommer in 'The Prize'

Paul Newman and Elke Sommer
in “The Prize” (1963,
screenplay by Ernest Lehman)

Happy Yom Kippur.

Thursday October 9, 2008

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First Draft
of History

(Click to enlarge)
 
NY Times online 2:18 AM Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008

Deep Background:

From the Terrace
of the Hotel Bella Vista
in Cuernavaca

From the Terrace (of the Hotel Bella Vista, Cuernavaca)

Related Material:

Midsummer Night
in the Garden
of Good and Evil

Right through hell
there is a path…

(Voice-over by
Richard Burton,
“Volcano,” 1976)

The Peacock Throne

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday October 8, 2008

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Serious Numbers

A Yom Kippur
Meditation

"When times are mysterious
Serious numbers
Will always be heard."
— Paul Simon,
"When Numbers Get Serious"

"There is a pleasantly discursive treatment of Pontius Pilate's unanswered question 'What is truth?'"

— H. S. M. Coxeter, introduction to Richard J. Trudeau's remarks on the "story theory" of truth as opposed to the "diamond theory" of truth in The Non-Euclidean Revolution

Trudeau's 1987 book uses the phrase "diamond theory" to denote the philosophical theory, common since Plato and Euclid, that there exist truths (which Trudeau calls "diamonds") that are certain and eternal– for instance, the truth in Euclidean geometry that the sum of a triangle's angles is 180 degrees. As the excerpt below shows, Trudeau prefers what he calls the "story theory" of truth–

"There are no diamonds. People make up stories about what they experience. Stories that catch on are called 'true.'"

(By the way, the phrase "diamond theory" was used earlier, in 1976, as the title of a monograph on geometry of which Coxeter was aware.)

Richard J. Trudeau on the 'Story Theory' of truth

Excerpt from
The Non-Euclidean Revolution

What does this have to do with numbers?

Pilate's skeptical tone suggests he may have shared a certain confusion about geometric truth with thinkers like Trudeau and the slave boy in Plato's Meno. Truth in a different part of mathematics– elementary arithmetic– is perhaps more easily understood, although even there, the existence of what might be called "non-Euclidean number theory"– i.e., arithmetic over finite fields, in which 1+1 can equal zero– might prove baffling to thinkers like Trudeau.

Trudeau's book exhibits, though it does not discuss, a less confusing use of numbers– to mark the location of pages. For some philosophical background on this version of numerical truth that may be of interest to devotees of the Semitic religions on this evening's High Holiday, see Zen and Language Games.

For uses of numbers that are more confusing, see– for instance– the new website The Daily Beast and the old website Story Theory and the Number of the Beast.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday October 7, 2008

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The Color Grey

The previous two entries mention,
 and illustrate, the color grey.

Another illustration, on the cover
of one of my favorite books:

'Winter Count,' by Barry Holstun Lopez, cover with shades of gray

"A colour is eternal.
It haunts time like a spirit."
Alfred North Whitehead   

From John Lahr's
winter 2002 review
of "Our Town"–

"We all know that something is eternal," the Stage Manager says. "And it ain't houses and it ain't names, and it ain't earth, and it ain't even stars– everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings."

The Stage Manager was played by Paul Newman. The review was subtitled "Getting the Spirit Onstage."

Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday October 6, 2008

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Leap Day of Faith

Yesterday's entry contained the following unattributed quotation:

"One must join forces with friends of like mind."

As the link to Leap Day indicated, the source of the quotation is the I Ching.

Yesterday's entry also quoted the late Terence McKenna, a confused writer on psychosis and the I Ching. Lest the reader conclude that I consider McKenna or similar authors (for instance, Timothy Leary in Cuernavaca) as "friends of like mind," I would point rather to more sober students of the I Ching (cf. my June 2002 notes on philosophy, religion, and science) and to the late Scottish theologian John Macquarrie:


The Rev. John Macquarrie, Scottish Theologian, Dies at 87

Macquarrie's connection in this journal to the I Ching is, like that book itself, purely coincidental.  For details, click on the figure below.
 

A 4x4x4 cube

The persistent reader will
find a further link that
leads to an entry titled
"Notes on the I Ching."

 

McKenna's writing was of value to me for its (garbled) reference to a thought of Alfred North Whitehead:

"A colour is eternal.  It haunts time like a spirit.  It comes and it goes.  But where it comes it is the same colour.  It neither survives nor does it live.  It appears when it is wanted."

Science and the Modern World, 1925

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sunday October 5, 2008

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Nash Equilibrium or:
To Make a Short Story Long

Last night's entry presented a
short story summarized by
four lottery numbers.

Today's mid-day lotteries
and associated material:

Pennsylvania, 201– i.e., 2/01:
Kindergarten Theology

Theologian James Edwin Loder:

"In a game of chess, the knight's move is unique because it alone goes around corners. In this way, it combines the continuity of a set sequence with the discontinuity of an unpredictable turn in the middle. This meaningful combination of continuity and discontinuity in an otherwise linear set of possibilities has led some to refer to the creative act of discovery in any field of research as a 'knight's move' in intelligence."

New York, 229– i.e., 2/29:
I Have a Dreamtime

"One must join forces with friends of like mind"

Related material:

Terence McKenna:

"Schizophrenia is not a psychological disorder peculiar to human beings. Schizophrenia is not a disease at all but rather a localized traveling discontinuity of the space time matrix itself. It is like a travelling whirl-wind of radical understanding that haunts time. It haunts time in the same way that Alfred North Whitehead said that the color dove grey 'haunts time like a ghost.'"

Anonymous author:

"'Knight's move thinking' is a psychiatric term describing a thought disorder where in speech the usual logical sequence of ideas is lost, the sufferer jumping from one idea to another with no apparent connection. It is most commonly found in schizophrenia."

Star Wars:
 
John Nash, as portrayed by Russell Crowe

I know more than Apollo,
For oft when he lies sleeping
I see the stars at mortal wars
In the wounded welkin weeping.

Tom O'Bedlam's Song

For more on the sleep of Apollo,
see the front page of today's
New York Times Book Review.

Garrison Keillor's piece there,
"Dying of the Light," is
about the fear of death felt
by an agnostic British twit.

For relevant remarks by
a British non-twit, see
William Dunbar–

Timor Mortis conturbat me.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Saturday October 4, 2008

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Lotteries
10/4/08
PA NY
Midday 919 501
Evening 522 828

Saturday October 4, 2008

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In a Nutshell:

“The Ambition of the Short Story,” the essay by Steven Millhauser quoted here on Tuesday, September 30, is now online.

“Hoo ha!” cries the novel.
Here ah come!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday October 3, 2008

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The Prize

Paul Newman and Elke Sommer in 'The Prize'

“The secret to life, and
to love, is getting started,
keeping going, and then
getting started again.”

Nobel Laureate
Seamus Heaney
at Sanders Theatre,
Harvard College,
September 30, 2008

On Elke Sommer:

“…Young Elke… studied
in the prestigious
Gymnasium School
in Erlangen….”

Film Fatales

Erlangen Prize Lecture:

Variations on a Theme of
Plato, Goethe, and Klein

(Background:
Christmas Knot, Sept. 26,
and Hard Core, July 17-18.)

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