Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Jewel in the Lotus

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Meets the Kernel in the Nutshell.

This post was suggested by the title of Natalie Wolchover’s
article in Quanta Magazine today,
A Fight for the Soul of Science.”

The post continues a meditation on the number 6
as the kernel in the nutshell of 15.

For an illustration of the 6 in the 15,
see nocciolo  in this journal.

For an illustration of the jewel in the lotus,
see that  phrase in this journal.

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Hateful Eight

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:00 AM

In memory of physicist David Ritz Finkelstein,
who reportedly died yesterday —

"His sense of irony and precision was appreciated" ….



An illustration of the song "Stuck in the Middle with You"
(from the Tarantino film "Reservoir Dogs") was posted by
an academic at Christmas 2015 —

See also, in this  journal,
The Jewel in the Lotus Meets the Kernel in the Nutshell 
(December 16, 2015).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

This Just In

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:48 PM

Leslie Nielsen Dies at Age 84

Readings that may or may not* be relevant —

Graham Priest, "The Stone" and The Jewel in the Lotus.

* See Priest in Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, Fall 1997 and see Block That Metaphor.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Bastille Day…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

To the leftist philosophers of Villanova

From "Make a Différance"
(Women's History Month, 2005)—

Frida Saal's 

Lacan The image 
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"Our proposal includes the lozenge (diamond) in between the names, because in the relationship / non-relationship that is established among them, a tension is created that implies simultaneously a union and a disjunction, in the perspective of a theoretical encounter that is at the same time necessary and impossible. That is the meaning of the lozenge that joins and separates the two proper names….  What prevails between both of them is the différance, the Derridean signifier that will become one of the main issues in this presentation."

Football-mandorla (vesica piscis) with link to 'Heaven Can 

“He pointed at the football
  on his desk. ‘There it is.’”
Glory Road


Compare and contrast
the diamond in the football
with the jewel in the lotus.

* "A scholastic argumentation upon a subject chosen at will, but almost always theological. These are generally the most elaborate and subtle of the works of the scholastic doctors." —Century Dictionary

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Door into Summertime

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 AM

This journal on Aug. 17, 2008:

TIME photo of preacher Rick Warren embracing the Republican candidate (on his right) and the Democratic candidate (on his left)

That post linked to an earlier post illustrating
the triangle formed by Harvard, by the
Mystic River at Somerville, and
by Bunker Hill Community College–

Triangulation illustrated by Harvard, by Mystic River, and by Bunker Hill Community College

That post also linked to the Wikipedia article
Triangulation, which now states that
"Some members of the U.S. Democratic
Party, in particular the left, insist that
triangulation is 'dead.'"

Perhaps. Click the image below
for some background.

The Mystic Eye of Somerville, with the late Howard Zinn and the late Louis Auchincloss-- 'The eye you see him with is the same eye with which he sees you'-- Father Egan

For a view of Somerville from Harvard for Zinn,
see May 31, 2006. For a view of Summertime
for Auchincloss, see the NY Times obituary
of a political figure who died on Sunday.

On that day, this journal pictured a different
 metaphor from Robert Stone's Father Egan
the jewel in the lotus

The Jewel in Venn's Lotus (photo by Gerry Gantt)

Euclid's classic construction
of the equilateral triangle
offers a different view of
the jewel in Venn's lotus–

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For a more poetic approach to
this metaphor, see Log24 on
another Sunday– July 1, 2007.

Happy birthday, Rick Warren.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday March 10, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM
Mani Padme
(Jewel in the Lotus):
Part I

“Raiders of the Lost Stone”
(March 10, 2006)

Part II

“Raiders of the Lost…”
(Feb. 17, 2006)

Part III

The Further
Adventures of
Tony Rome
(March 7, 2008)

Parts I and II above
may be summarized by
the famous phrase
jewel in the lotus”–
which, some say, has
a sexual meaning–
and by the diagram

Diamond, diamond in lotus/mandorla, and structure of St. Peter's Square-- 'ovato tondo'

For discussions
of this structure
in Western thought,
the ovato tondo
Last to the Lost.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sunday October 14, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM
The Dipolar God

Steven H. Cullinane, 'The Line'

“Logos and logic, crystal hypothesis,
Incipit and a form to speak the word
And every latent double in the word….”

— Wallace Stevens,
   “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

Yesterday’s meditation (“Simon’s Shema“) on the interpenetration of opposites continues:

Part I: The Jewel in the Lotus

“The fundamental conception of Tantric Buddhist metaphysics, namely, yuganaddha, signifies the coincidence of opposites.  It is symbolized by the conjugal embrace (maithuna or kama-kala) of a god and goddess or a Buddha and his consort (signifying karuna and sunyata or upaya and prajna, respectively), also commonly depicted in Tantric Buddhist iconography as the union of vajra (diamond sceptre) and padme (lotus flower).  Thus, yuganaddha essentially means the interpenetration of opposites or dipolar fusion, and is a fundamental restatement of Hua-yen theoretic structures.”

— p. 148 in “Part II: A Whiteheadian Process Critique of Hua-yen Buddhism,” in Process Metaphysics and Hua-Yen Buddhism: A Critical Study of Cumulative Penetration vs. Interpenetration (SUNY Series in Systematic Philosophy), by Steve Odin, State University of New York Press, 1982

Part II: The Dipolar God

And on p. 163 of Odin, op. cit., in “Part III: Theology of the Deep Unconscious: A Reconstruction of Process Theology,” in the section titled “Whitehead’s Dipolar God as the Collective Unconscious”–

“An effort is made to transpose Whitehead’s theory of the dipolar God into the terms of the collective unconscious, so that now the dipolar God is to be comprehended not as a transcendent deity, but the deepest dimension and highest potentiality of one’s own psyche.”

Part III: Piled High and Deep

Odin obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1980. (See curriculum vitae (pdf).)

For an academic review of Odin’s book, see David Applebaum, Philosophy East and West, Vol. 34 (1984), pp. 107-108.

It is perhaps worth noting, in light of the final footnote of Mark D. Brimblecombe’s Ph.D. thesis “Dipolarity and Godquoted yesterday, that “tantra” is said to mean “loom.” For some less-academic background on the Tantric iconography Odin describes, see the webpage “Love and Passion in Tantric Buddhist Art.” For a fiction combining love and passion with the word “loom” in a religious context, see Clive Barker’s Weaveworld.  This fiction– which is, if not “supreme” in the Wallace Stevens sense, at least entertaining– may correspond to some aspects of the deep Jungian psychological reality discussed by Odin.

Happy Birthday,
Hannah Arendt

(Oct. 14, 1906-
Dec. 4, 1975)


Hannah (Arendt) and Martin (Heidegger) as portrayed in a play of that name

Actors portraying
Arendt and Heidegger

Click on image for details.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday November 10, 2006

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:20 PM

PA lottery Nov. 10, 2006: Mid-day 588, Evening 004

Today is the day that
Stanley found Livingstone.

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“Stone 588,
   I presume?”

Related material:

This afternoon’s entry
on color symmetry


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See, too, the following from
  a Log24 entry of last Monday–

“To von Eschenbach, the Grail
was never really a material cup,
but a jewel like the
jewel in the lotus,

a symbol of enlightenment,
of something intangible
and always
beyond reach.”
Arcadian Functor

— in this context:

“Philosophers ponder the idea
of identity: what it is to give
something a name
on Monday
and have it respond
to that name
  on Friday….”
  — Bernard Holland in
  The New York Times
  Monday, May 20, 1996

Monday, November 6, 2006

Monday November 6, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM
Today’s Birthdays:
Mike Nichols,
director of “Spamalot,”
and Maria Shriver

Yesterday evening’s entry, “Grail,” continued:

“To von Eschenbach, the Grail was never really a material cup, but a jewel like the jewel in the lotus, a symbol of enlightenment, of something intangible and always beyond reach.

I must confess that the reason I know this is because I’m a bit of an opera fan. The work of von Eschenbach was a source for Wagner….”

— From the weblog Arcadian Functor, Nov. 6, 2006

West Coast Story:
A musical adaptation of
Romeo and Juliet

“A Girl Named Maria”

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“Bring Us Together”

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(Official inaugural ball
theme of Richard M. Nixon)

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