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Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday July 20, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 PM
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The Diamond Theorem

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From Sunday’s New York Times, Tom Wolfe on the moon landing forty years ago:

What NASA needs now is the power of the Word. On Darwin’s tongue, the Word created a revolutionary and now well-nigh universal conception of the nature of human beings, or, rather, human beasts. On Freud’s tongue, the Word means that at this very moment there are probably several million orgasms occurring that would not have occurred had Freud never lived. Even the fact that he is proved to be a quack has not diminished the power of his Word.

July 20, 1969, was the moment NASA needed, more than anything else in this world, the Word. But that was something NASA’s engineers had no specifications for. At this moment, that remains the only solution to recovering NASA’s true destiny, which is, of course, to build that bridge to the stars.

Tom Wolfe is the author of “The Right Stuff,” an account of the Mercury Seven astronauts.

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The Word according to St. John:

Jill St. John, star of 'Diamonds are Forever'

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