Thursday, June 30, 2016

Two Djinn

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The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, on December 8, 2012

See also this journal on that date.

Design Luminosity

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Peter Woit today

"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.

Rubik vs. Galois: Preconception vs. Pre-conception

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From Psychoanalytic Aesthetics: The British School ,
by Nicola Glover, Chapter 4  —

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
a prelude to action and itself a kind of action;
the meeting of psycho-analyst and analysand
is itself an example of this language.29.

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
And every moment is a new and shocking
Valuation of all we have ever been.31.

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. 

Suitably coordinatized, the Froebel  cubes become Galois  cubes,
and illustrate a new approach to the mathematics of space .

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Space Jews

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For the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul

In memory of Alvin Toffler and Simon Ramo,
a review of figures from the midnight that began
the date of their deaths, June 27, 2016 —


   The 3×3×3 Galois Cube

See also Rubik in this journal.

The Mystery of O

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"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

'Study of O' by Steven H. Cullinane, Oct. 16, 1983

Click on the image for some context.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

STAR WARS Scrollup…

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For Paul Simon and the late Scotty Moore

Click image to play.

“Use ‘The Source,’ Luke”

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See Source + Michener and The Source (Dec. 29, 2014).

Strings Attached

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Hyde Park

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From the Hyde Park Herald , June 22, 2016 —


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See November 9, 2006.

Related material: 


Click image for further details.

Eine kleine Nachtmusik

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"Don't bother, they're here."

— "Send in the Clowns"

Midnight in the Garden

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Continues .

Monday, June 27, 2016

At Play

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Slowly, with a beat — 

Meanwhile, back in 1947 —


"Put on your high-heel sneakers …"

View from a Member

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See also an adapted AA saying in this evening's previous post
and Mary Karr in  a "Damnation Morning" post.


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“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.)

Some Prefer Women …

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Outside the Box (as opposed to the Eve of "Interiors").

American Hustler

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Hollywood ending

"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.


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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

The Story of Four

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Continues .

A more recent remark on "the odd behaviour of  4" —


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Some like it hot.

Google — Sacramento temperature —

Common Core versus Central Structure

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Rubik's Cube Core Assembly — Swarthmore Cube Project, 2008 —

"Children of the Common Core" —

There is also a central structure within Solomon's  Cube

'Children of the Central Structure,' adapted from 'Children of the Damned'

For a more elaborate entertainment along these lines, see the recent film

"Midnight Special" —

The Devil His Due

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See the May 2013 Interview  cover.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A is for Anna

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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
Mr. Cunningham,

'I’ve said many times, "We all get dressed for Bill." ' "

And un dressed  for  · · · · ?

Summer Summa

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See October 20, 2008 — "Me and My Shadow."


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Detail —


See also a search in this journal for Notation .


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Continued from Halloween Manifestos 2013 and from Poster —


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" '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.)

See also "Dauntless" in the Divergent  saga
and a character from that saga in the previous post.

ART WARS: The Story of Four

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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


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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."


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The above Mythic Image  quote is from page  384.

See also "Order  384" in this journal.

Symbol of the Self

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The previous post suggests a review of the phrase
symbol of the self " in this journal.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Raiders of the Lost Code

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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."

Dr. Moore appears as well in the murder-suicide story 
of last night's 11:18 PM ET post.

For the relevance of Aion  to "deep structures,"
see Jung + Diamond + Structure in this  journal
and, more specifically, "Deep  Structure."

Figures of Speech

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See posts now tagged Starbursts,
and a search for Nabokov + Starflight.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tutelary Figures

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(Continued from December 19, 2007)


Another tutelary figure —

"You got to know when to hold 'em "

Versatile Figure

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"I need a photo opportunity " — Paul Simon

NYT 'distinctive cultural tang' obit

Click image to enlarge.

Bloomsday Trinity

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NYT 'distinctive cultural tang' obituary

"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.' "

He reportedly died on Bloomsday, June 16.
See also this journal on that date —

Model Citizen

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of a paper town

Fragments Against My Ruins, by Odd Thomas

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  1. "Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read"
  2. "Alpha Dog"
  3. "B. J. Leggett is professor emeritus at UT Knoxville"
  4. "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 Structure

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“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

An Ordinary Evening on Page 66

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Shema, Salinger

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"I've got a brand-new pair of roller skates "

Melanie, 1971

Related material —  Salinger in the Park and
                                 Philosophy in a New Key.

Sacred Space

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For further background to this morning's post Plan 9 Continues,
see posts tagged Sacred Space

The 3x3 square .

Plan 9 Continues

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See …

At the Still Point … (February 12, 2008)

For Balanchine's Birthday (January 9, 2007)

Go Set a Structure (Various dates)

and …

Sunday, June 19, 2016

In Memoriam

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For those who prefer the red pill to the blue pill

See as well this afternoon's related Vanity Fair  piece.

Making Gatsby Great Again

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Image-- From the Diamond in Plato's Meno to Modern Finite Geometry

See also the previous post.

Saturday, June 18, 2016


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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.

A Small Scholarship

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"He grew up near Stratford-upon-Avon
and went to school on a small scholarship."

NY Times  obit this afternoon for
    a theatre designer who reportedly died 
    on June 10.  See also this  journal 
    on that date.


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See also the previous post.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon

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Click to enlarge.


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See also some recent related posts.

Alms for Oblivion

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Clock Folding*

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* The title refers to the recent posts Hypertime 
and Midnight in Herald Square. See also Julavits 
in a post of March 31, 2015.

Midnight in Herald Square

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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


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The Hypertime  post from 11 PM yesterday suggests
a review of one sort of narrative sequence —

Here the aleph may be regarded as a sort of 
glass slipper (see last midnight's post) found by
Alan Moore. (Moore​, mentioned in last night's
Hypertime post, is the author of Lost Girls .)

Making Stuff Up

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See Three Approaches to The World as Myth
(Log24, September 16, 2015).

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Klock’s Hypertime

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Πολυμερῶς καὶ πολυτρόπως πάλαι ὁ Θεὸς λαλήσας . . . .

Long Day's Journey into Nighttown  continues. )


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— From a book reviewed in the April 1923 
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Garden of Allah

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Continues .

From "The Back Page," Notices of the American Mathematical Society ,
June-July 2016 —

Related material:  Page 1 of Screenland , April 1923 —

Rubik’s Deathtrap

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The previous post suggests a search in this journal
for "Deathtrap."

"Rubik’s Cube® used by permission
Rubik’s Brand Ltd. www.rubiks.com."

— Bernd Sturmfels, June-July 2016 Notices
of the American Mathematical Society
Volume 63, Number 6, page 605

"Tenser, said the Tensor …." — The Demolished Man

Max von Sydow in Branded  (2012)

Expanding the Spielraum …

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Rubik cube in the heading of the homepage of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society

"My AMS invited address at the SIAM Annual Meeting July 11–15
in Boston discusses the extension of eigenvectors and singular
vectors from matrices to higher order tensors."

Bernd Sturmfels in the June-July 2016 AMS Notices

See also Sturmfels in this  journal — for instance, in
"Expanding the Spielraum," a post of Feb. 3, 2015 —

Stephen King’s “Pulse”

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You can  make this stuff up.

Venn’s Lotus …

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Continues .

A search for "Purple" in this journal suggests a review of Transition,
a Log24 post of November 21, 2011.  A related image —

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Color Code

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For Megyn Kelly

The following animation is
by Robert Foote:

Red-Blue-Purple theorem, illustrated by Robert Foote

Hamiltonian Philosophy

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For some philosophical background, see (for instance) Jeremy Butterfield,
"Some Aspects of Modality in Analytical Mechanics," and


For those who prefer entertainment —

Model Kit

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The title refers to the previous post, which quotes a 
remark by a poetry critic in the current New Yorker .

Scholia —

From the post Structure and Sense of June 6, 2016 —



A set of 7 partitions of the 2x2x2 cube that is invariant under PSL(2, 7) acting on the 'knight' coordinatization

From the post Design Cube of July 23, 2015 —

Broken Symmetries  in  Diamond Space 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Primordial Stone

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"The poem on its own is negligible,
instructing a human 'intelligence /
So late dredged up' to master
the primordial stone,
which 'may have contempt /
For too-familiar hands.' 
The stone is language,
the diamond is a poem:
as in a model kit,
all the pieces come labelled
and the instructions are easy to follow."

Dan Chiasson in The New Yorker ,
issue dated June 20, 2016, on a
1955 Adrienne Rich poem,
"The Diamond Cutters"

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Table Talk

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See also the previous post and posts on "The Lost Theorem."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Café Society

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A post linked to here at 9 AM on May 27, 2016 —


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In memory of philosopher Morton White,
who reportedly died at 99 on May 27.

See Lowry + Razor and Joyce + Razor.

Where Credit Is Due

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"White is credited with broadening the scope of
topics traditionally studied by philosophers…."

Friday, June 10, 2016

High Concept

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Orwell Meets Waugh

'Space Cross' from the Cullinane diamond theorem

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Actor’s Nightmare

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See a commencement address from Friday, May 22, 2015,
and a post from this journal on that date.

Triple Cross…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

In Memoriam

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But is it good for the narrative?

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Jews on Style  continues

From a Washington Post  obituary  this morning —

"For the past 30 years, while teaching at New York University’s
law school, Dr. Bruner explored the idea of storytelling as a
fundamental way of understanding the nature of the world
around us. He believed that the choices we make in telling
stories 'become so habitual that they finally become recipes
for structuring experience itself, for laying down routes into
memory,' he said in 1987.

'This is a mode of cognition,' Gardner said, 'at least as
important as STEM' — the science, technology, engineering
and mathematics model of instruction that has gained
currency in recent years.

'He made narrative a form of thinking,' Gardner added.

Jerome Seymour Bruner was born Oct. 1, 1915,
in New York City to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe."

Related material —

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Art and Space…

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Continues, in memory of chess grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi,
who reportedly died at 85 yesterday in Switzerland —

IMAGE- Spielfeld (1982-83), by Wolf Barth

The coloring of the 4×4 "base" in the above image
suggests St. Bridget's cross.

From this journal on St. Bridget's Day this year —

"Possible title: 

A new graphic approach 
to an old geometric approach
to a new combinatorial approach
to an old algebraic approach
to M24

The narrative leap from image to date may be regarded as
an example of "knight's move" thinking.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Structure and Sense

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"… the war of 70-some years ago
has already become something like the Trojan War
had been for the Homeric bards:
a major event in the mythic past
that gives structure and sense to our present reality."

— Justin E. H. Smith, a professor of philosophy at
     the University of Paris 7–Denis Diderot,
     in the New York Times  column "The Stone"
     (print edition published Sunday, June 5, 2016)

In memory of a British playwright who reportedly
died at 90 this morning —



A set of 7 partitions of the 2x2x2 cube that is invariant under PSL(2, 7) acting on the 'knight' coordinatization

Intellect Limited

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Explorations in Media Ecology
Volume 12 Numbers 3 & 4
© 2013 Intellect Ltd Article.

For some background, see Bullshit Studies.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Shining of May 29…

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Continues .

A death on May 29,  from The Fresno Bee —

See as well "La Diadema de la Muerte."


"The Cardinal seemed a little preoccupied today."

Sunday School: Seven Seals

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A set of 7 partitions of the 2x2x2 cube that is invariant under PSL(2, 7) acting on the 'knight' coordinatization

Click image for some background.

See also Standard Disclaimer.

Saturday, June 4, 2016


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Previous references in this journal to the "Church of Synchronology"
suggest a review of that phrase's source —

"The fine line between hokum and rational thinking
is precisely the point of The Lost Time Accidents ;
a brick of a book not just because of its length but
because of the density of both the prose and the
ideas it contains.

It is, in a nutshell, a sweeping historical novel that's
also a love story but is rooted in time-travel
science fiction and takes on as its subject
the meaning of time itself. This is no small endeavor."

Janelle Brown in The Los Angeles Times
     on February 4, 2016

See also … 


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From this morning's news, a  cultural icon —

From November 18, 2015, four  icons —

— the three favicons above, and the following:

Jack in the Box, by Natasha Wescoat

A Personal View

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"The editors are also grateful to
T. Kibble and Imperial College Press
for permission to reprint B. Zumino's paper
'Supersymmetry: A Personal View' . . . ."

— Preface to Symmetry in Mathematics and Physics
(AMS, 2009), a book based on talks at
a UCLA conference of Jan. 18-20, 2008

(For the book's title page, see yesterday morning's post Symmetry.)

This suggests a search in this journal for the term "supersymmetry."
That search yields some links that may be of further interest to
devotees of the Church of Synchronology.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Physics Saint?

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For a physicist who reportedly died at 83 yesterday
(Thursday, June 2, 2016) —

Also on March 13, 2013 —

A note for the Church of Synchronology

See as well the word "contemporary" in the previous post.


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Bruins and van Dam

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A review of some recent posts on Dirac and geometry,
each of which mentions the late physicist Hendrik van Dam:

The first of these posts mentions the work of E. M. Bruins.
Some earlier posts that cite Bruins:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bullshit Studies

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"The allusion to 'the most precious square of sense' shows
Shakespeare doing an almost scholastic demonstration of
the need for a ratio and interplay among the senses as
the very constitution of rationality."

— Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy ,
University of Toronto Press, 1962, page 13

"What Shakespeare refers to in Lear  as the 'precious
square of sense' probably has reference to the traditional
'square of opposition' in logic and to that four-part analogy
of proportionality which is the interplay of sense and reason."     

— McLuhan, ibid. , page 241

This is of course nonsense, and, in view of McLuhan's pose
as a defender of the Catholic faith, damned  nonsense.

Epigraph by McLuhan —

"The Gutenberg Galaxy  develops a mosaic or field
approach to its problems."

I prefer a different "mosaic or field" related to the movable
blocks  of Fröbel, not the movable type  of Gutenberg.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mathematics and Narrative

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:06 PM

Principles before Personalities — AA  Saying .

Principles —

See Schoolgirl Problem in Wikipedia.

Personalities — 

See Alexandra Alter in the May 26 online New York Times :

"With the proliferation of 'girl' titles,
there are signs that the trend may have peaked;
it already seems ripe for parody." 

Update of 12:40 PM ET on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 —

A note for the Church of Synchronology 
See a post from this  journal on the date of the Alter piece, May 26:

(Click image for the rest of the post .)

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