Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Con Vocation

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:09 AM

Con Vocation

A Case in Point — Discuss:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Double Consciousness

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:28 AM

A check of the New York Times 's version of the 
philosophers' stone yields

"And as Du Bois, a student of Hegel’s, reminds us,
the one who is in the dominated position is aware
of the perspective of the master: She is conscious
of herself as being seen by the other. It is this
double-consciousness that we must learn to understand."

— Seyla Benhabib, quoted by the Times
     on Oct. 29, 2015, 3:30 AM ET

A check of Benhabib's words yields

"It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness,
this sense of always looking at one's self through
the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape
of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity."

W. E. B. Du Bois

That, for example, looks on Harvard in amused contempt and pity

See Con Vocation.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Entertainment at Harvard

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:38 AM

(Continued from Monday afternoon's "Con Vocation" link.)

From The Harvard Crimson  this morning

"David Black, author and scholar-in-residence
at Kirkland House, entertained a small group
of attendees with a reading of his latest novel
Fast Shuffle  Monday evening in Kirkland’s
Senior Common Room."

From a  Kirkus Reviews  review of Fast Shuffle  last July —

" 'My heritage is of Jewish socialists on one side,' 
Black explains, 'and of Jewish gangsters on the
other side. My great aunt was Polly Adler [the
(in)famous Manhattan madam of the '20s, '30s
and early '40s whose girls entertained some of
the guys from the Algonquin roundtable]. It's a
mix of idealism and gritty practicality. I delight
in both.' "

Non-entertainment from the publication date of Fast Shuffle :

Monday, October 12, 2015

Space, Time, Matter (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:08 PM

Cool Mystery:


Detective Cruz enters Planck's Constant Café in "The Big Bang."

The above images are from a Log24 post of October 5, 2011.

Related material for fans of recreational math and Manil Suri

A book that Amazon.com says was published on that same date —
October 5, 2011 —

Space, Time and Matter 

by Ashay Dharwadker (Author), Vinay Dharwadker  (Author)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
                       Platform (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,605,448 in Books 

See as well

Con Vocation  (Log24, Sept. 2, 2014).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Putting the Con in Conceptual

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 AM

Edward Frenkel in The New York Times ,
in an op-ed piece dated Feb. 20, 2015 —

"… I suggest that we regard the paradoxes
of quantum physics as a metaphor for
the unknown infinite possibilities
of our own existence. This is poignantly
and elegantly expressed in the Vedas:
'As is the atom, so is the universe;
as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm;
as is the human body, so is the cosmic body;
as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.'"

The Times : "Edward Frenkel, a professor of mathematics
at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality. "

See also Con Vocation (Sept. 2, 2014).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Passage from India

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM

(For Columbus Day.) See Con Vocation.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meanwhile, Back at Harvard…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:18 AM

"William Deresiewicz argued his claim that students of elite universities
are growingly risk-averse, homogeneous, and career-focused with a
panel of faculty members and students on Monday evening.

Hosted by Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center, the question-and-
answer-style forum involved a panel…. The panel was moderated by
Homi K. Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Center."

— Alexander H. Patel in today's online Harvard Crimson

See also Con Vocation (Sept. 2, 2014).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Image and Logic

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 AM

This morning’s previous post may be regarded as an example of
the Harvard Business School’s “case system.”

A search for this topic yields another example:

Harvard professor Peter Galison discusses the case system’s
origin at Harvard Law School in his book Image and Logic:
A Material Culture of Microphysics

No Image, No Logic

(Click to enlarge.)

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