Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Browning Methods

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The Ballad of Goo Ballou —

“Let me count  the ways” is an
appropriate request for students
of the discrete ,  as opposed to
the continuous , which instead
requires measurement .

Related academic material —

Raymond Cattell on crystallized  vs.
fluid  intelligence.  For a more literary
approach, see Crystal and Dragon
and For Trevanian.

Monday, October 19, 2020

“Let Me Count the Ways” — Jeffrey Toobin?

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Portuguese Charlize

A Moritat for Macalester

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The previous post, “Frame Analysis,” was about a death
related to Macalester College.

Wikipedia on the man for whom the college was named —

“In the 1870s, Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill turned to
Macalester  for sponsorship for the failing institution
in Minnesota known as Jesus College. ”

Logos —

On the sidewalk Sunday morning …

Frame Analysis

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:55 AM

For the late John Schue —

Another event on Schue’s reported date of death —

Related philosophical remarks —

Also on June 12, 2007 —

“Graffiti in the Library of Babel” Continues.

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:36 AM

Click on the Wiktionary image for the Babel story.
Click on the Springer.com link for related posts.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Limits of Language

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Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations  118-119 —

118. Where does our investigation get its importance from,
since it seems only to destroy everything interesting,
that is, all that is great and important? (As it were all
the buildings, leaving behind only bits of stone and
rubble.) What we are destroying is nothing but
houses of cards  and we are clearing up the ground
of language on which they stand.
119. The results of philosophy are the uncovering of one
or another piece of plain nonsense and of bumps
that the understanding has got by running its head up against the limits of language. These bumps make us
see the value of the discovery.


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:10 AM

See “Unfolded.jpg” in this journal.  From that search —

Pentagon with pentagram    

Compare and contrast these figures with images by Wittgenstein in . . .

Wittgenstein's pentagram and 4x4 'counting-pattern'

Related material from last night’s post Modernist Cuts

Schlick also appears in recent posts tagged Moriarty Variations.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Modernist Cuts

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:05 PM

“The bond with reality is cut.”

— Hans Freudenthal, 1962

Indeed it is.

Related screenshot of a book review
from the November AMS Notices

Now Lens…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:52 AM


The above phrase “neurolinguistic hacker” does not do justice to
Neal Stephenson’s remarks on “Ba’al Shem.”

This post was suggested by  an  Oct. 12  Wired  book review.

“I Could a Tale …”

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The Doily Man

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

What Lies Beneath

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:47 PM

From the previous post

Lily Collins in a more recent mattress meditation —

See as well Plaid in this journal.

The Quarantine Midrash

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:56 PM

Illustration for a New York Times  July 15  “Tech Fix” piece:
You’re Doomscrolling Again.

One possible antidote:

Related fiction:  “Quarantine Story.

“Show me all  the blueprints.” — Attributed to Howard Hughes

Sundown Ending

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See posts so tagged.

Those posts mark the end of Yom Kippur 2006
and the death of the father of James R. Swartz,
Harvard ’64, for whom the central building of
Harvard Divinity School was renamed in 2019.

See as well last night’s post, “With Shields Emblazoned,”
on the death of a notable Divinity School leader.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

With Shields Emblazoned

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 PM

Histoire d’O :  “I Dreamed a Dream”

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:03 AM

Related material:
Programming for DOS.

The O-Zone

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When Adam delved and Eve span . . . .

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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Monday, October 12, 2020

New Fields

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Old Fields

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Weisheit Weekend

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:54 PM

Related legendary artifacts —

See Isidore of Seville and Ring and Stone.

Saniga on Einstein

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:25 AM

See Einstein on Acid” by Stephen Battersby
(New Scientist , Vol. 180, issue 2426 — 20 Dec. 2003, 40-43).

That 2003 article is about some speculations of Metod Saniga.

“Saniga is not a professional mystic or
a peddler of drugs, he is an astrophysicist
at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava.
It seems unlikely that studying stars led him to
such a way-out view of space and time. Has he
undergone a drug-induced epiphany, or a period
of mental instability? ‘No, no, no,’ Saniga says,
‘I am a perfectly sane person.'”

Some more recent and much less speculative remarks by Saniga
are related to the Klein correspondence —

arXiv.org > math > arXiv:1409.5691:
Mathematics > Combinatorics
[Submitted on 17 Sep 2014]
The Complement of Binary Klein Quadric
as a Combinatorial Grassmannian

By Metod Saniga

“Given a hyperbolic quadric of PG(5,2), there are 28 points
off this quadric and 56 lines skew to it. It is shown that the
(286,563)-configuration formed by these points and lines
is isomorphic to the combinatorial Grassmannian of type
G2(8). It is also pointed out that a set of seven points of
G2(8) whose labels share a mark corresponds to a
Conwell heptad of PG(5,2). Gradual removal of Conwell
heptads from the (286,563)-configuration yields a nested
sequence of binomial configurations identical with part of
that found to be associated with Cayley-Dickson algebras

Related entertainment —

See Log24 on the date, 17 Sept. 2014, of Saniga’s Klein-quadric article:

Articulation Day.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Einstein on Poetry

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will
bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest
possible circle of formal relationships.”

— Albert Einstein, May 1, 1935, obituary for Emmy Noether

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Obscure Superlative

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:13 AM

From a midrash by Bloom

Between Pyramid and Pentagon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:34 AM

The 35 small squares between the pyramid and the pentagon
in the above search result illustrate the role of finite geometry
in the Miracle Octad Generator  of R. T. Curtis.

'Then a miracle occurs' cartoon

Cartoon by S. Harris

Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:06 PM

A web search for “Wallace Stevens” + Virtuoso  yields . . .

A thousand crystals’ chiming voices,
Like the shiddow-shaddow of lights revolving
To momentary ones, are blended,
In hymns, through iridescent changes,
Of the apprehending of the hero.
These hymns are like a stubborn brightness
Approaching in the dark approaches
Of time and place, becoming certain,
The organic centre of responses,
Naked of hindrance, a thousand crystals.
To meditate the highest man, not
The highest supposed in him and over,
Creates, in the blissfuller perceptions,
What unisons create in music.

— “Examination of the Hero in a Time of War,” XIV

Breaking News

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 PM

Only Connect :  Bulk Apperception* Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:49 AM

The above Vanity Fair  article was republished on the Web by VF
on September 3, 2013.  See also this  journal on that date.

Related religious remarks —

* “Bulk apperception” is a phrase from Westworld. See Log24 notes.

Spreads via the Knight Cycle

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A Graphic Construction of the 56 Spreads of PG(3,2)

(An error in Fig. 4 was corrected at about
10:25 AM ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.)

Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Language of Flowers

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For Enola Holmes

“Speak softly and carry a big pistil.”

Related musical remarks — The Crooning.

Saturday, October 3, 2020


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Friday, October 2, 2020

The Dead Poet of Kinsale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:11 PM

” Another leading Irish poet, Paul Muldoon,
compared Mr. Mahon to a renowned American writer.
‘A technician to rival Richard Wilbur, by whom he was
deeply influenced both as a poet and translator. . . .’ “

A search in this  journal for Wilbur yields . . .

The Square Inch Space: A Brief History.”

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Legend of the Deep: The Sea of Cortez according to Kafka

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 PM

Other connecting threads:

“Hey, what about Legend of the Deep ?” — Dark Tide , 0:35:15

Annals of Academia

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New York  magazine’s “The Cut” —

JULY 14, 2016

Why It Took Social Science Years to Correct a Simple Error
About ‘Psychoticism’

By Jesse Singal

“What should we make of all of this? Partly, of course, this is
a story of conflicting personalities, of competitiveness between
researchers, of academics acting — let’s be frank — like dicks.”

Or, worse, like New York Times  reporter Benedict Carey —

A Theory About Conspiracy Theories

In a new study, psychologists tried to get a handle on the personality types that might be prone to outlandish beliefs.

By Benedict Carey, New York Times  science reporter,
on Sept. 28, 2020

. . . .

The personality features that were solidly linked to conspiracy beliefs included some usual suspects: entitlement, self-centered impulsivity, cold-heartedness (the confident injustice collector), elevated levels of depressive moods and anxiousness (the moody figure, confined by age or circumstance). Another one emerged from the questionnaire that aimed to assess personality disorders — a pattern of thinking called “psychoticism.”

Psychoticism is a core feature of so-called schizo-typal personality disorder, characterized in part by “odd beliefs and magical thinking” and “paranoid ideation.” In the language of psychiatry, it is a milder form of full-blown psychosis, the recurrent delusional state that characterizes schizophrenia. It’s a pattern of magical thinking that goes well beyond garden variety superstition and usually comes across socially as disjointed, uncanny or “off.”

In time, perhaps some scientist or therapist will try to slap a diagnosis on believers in Big Lie conspiracies that seem wildly out of line with reality. For now, Dr. Pennycook said, it is enough to know that, when distracted, people are far more likely to forward headlines and stories without vetting their sources much, if at all.
. . . .

Some elementary  fact-checking reveals that historical definitions
of “psychoticism” vary greatly. Carey forwards this bullshit without
vetting his sources much, if at all.

The Stevens Motive

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

See http://m759.net/wordpress/?s=Stevens+Motive .

Hillman on Perception

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James Hillman

“The kind of movement Olson urges is an inward deepening of the image,
an in-sighting of the superimposed levels of significance within it.
This is the very mode that Jung suggested for grasping dreams —
not as a sequence in time, but as revolving around  a nodal complex.”

See also posts tagged The Well.

Well, which is it, Hillman?  Superimposing or revolving?

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